Spotlight On: Boston Whaler

In 1956 Richard T. Fisher and C. Raymond Hunt produced the original 13 foot Boston Whaler. Based on the Hickman sea sled hull, the duo modified the hull and used polyurethane foam to fill the fiberglass skin. Other manufacturers have since picked up on the practice because it provides strength, buoyancy, and sound deadening.

Typically, Boston Whaler boats are used recreationally for sport fishing, water sports, and as tender on large yachts. In recent years, Boston Whalers have been purchased by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy. Today, Boston Whaler, Inc. is part of the Brunswick Boat Group, a division of Brunswick Corporation. To keep the Mercury Marine outboard motor that comes with each Boston Whaler humming, be sure to use Yamalube 2W oil.

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Spotlight On: Brunswick Boat Group

With 1.7 billion USD in net sales in 2008 alone, the Brunswick Boat Group is the king of recreation boats. The Brunswick Boat Group, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, makes pleasure boats and offshore fishing boats on a variety of labels. Among the 45 brands are Cabo Yachts, Flipper, Sealine, and Quicksilver.

The BBG was formed in 2000 to manage the holdings of the Brunswick Corporations labels. The group is privately held. In five years, from 2000 to 2005, BBG doubled in size and acquired 13 new brands. The sluggish economy has had an affect on the company; they had to reduce their workforce by 10 percent after seeing sales fall 16 percent in 2008. The brands associated with BBG have impeccable reputations. Whether you own a Sealine or a Flipper, be sure to use Yamalube 2M oil.

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Spotlight On: Bayliner

The largest manufacturer of recreational boats is Bayliner. In 1957 boat Orin Edson racer started selling racing boats in a parking lot in Seattle, WA. The first Bayliner was sold by Edson’s Advanced Outboard Marine business that year. By the following year Edson had grown so much he was able to open a showroom that began selling several brands of new powerboats, wooden boats, and outboard engines.

Eventually, Edson got into boat building and purchased the Bayliner name from his long-time friend and supplier, Al Koffel. Through the 1960s and 70s the company developed a name for innovative design, as well as excellent working conditions for its employees. In 1986 Bayliner joined the Brunswick Corporation, the largest marine company in the world. Bayliner has facilities in Tennessee and Washington in the U.S., as well as in Mexico and Portugal. If you’re fortunate enough to own a Bayliner, be sure to keep the motor in tip top shape with Evinrude XD50 oil.

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New Sealines in the Works

Sealine is hoping to put eight new models on the market in the next couple of years. The S28 sports cruiser is the hotly anticipated follow up to the S25 and the SC29. Most likely, the S28 will be the new entry-level boat Sealine.

Another new endeavor is the F36. The model will have a sub 40 foot fly bridge, meaning more luxury. As a result, the F37 will no longer be produced. The F37 has been Sealine’s longest serving model, but with the improvements on the new F36 the transition shouldn’t be difficult. Whether you own a Sealine boat or not, be sure to stock up on Evinrude XD100 oil for your motorboat!

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Antique and Classic Boat Festival

The Antique and Classic Boat Festival will be held at the Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, Massachusetts. The festival has previously been held in Boston and Quincy. Antique boats from 1946 and prior, as well as classic boats from 1975 and prior will be on display.

Past participants include ‘Dorothy’ an 1898 fantail lake launch, ‘Sumoria’ a 1929 motor yacht, and ‘Goldeneye’ a 1960 Concordia yawl. In addition to mingling with other boat lovers, there is an optional judging competition. Awards will be given for Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat, Best Hand-Powered Boat, Best Reproduction, Finest Interior, and more. If you hope to participate, get your boat competition ready with Evinrude XD100 oil.

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Land of Ten Thousand Lakes

Minnesota is known commonly as the land of ten thousand lakes. There are actually 11, 842 lakes, plus thousands more rivers and streams. As a result, Minnesota is the third most popular state for boating in the U.S.

Popular destinations include Lake Superior, Lake Minnetonka, Leech Lake, and Lake Winnibigoshish. Although water skiing, canoeing and white water rafting are all popular, fishing takes the cake. The state is home to 1.4 million anglers. You can become part of that great statistic, provided you follow up with the Minnesota Fishing Regulations. Outfit your engine with Yamalube 2W oil before you attempt to haul in the big catch.

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Texas: Go Big or Go Home

Is anyone surprised that Texans enjoy boating in a big way? Nearly 600,000 boats are registered in Texas. No doubt the boat owners want to take advantage of the Gulf of Mexico and man-made reservoirs that are great for water sports and fishing.

Popular destinations include Lake Travis, Choke Canyon State Park, and Lake Amistad, to name a few. Inland water destinations make for a great family getaway. In addition to boating, you can also go camping, hiking, and swimming. Of course, Yamalube 2M oil is essential if you plan to break out the water skis!

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Safety Regulations for Boating in Illinois

Illinois is home to several popular boating destinations. These include Lake Michigan, Carlyle Lake, Rend Lake, Fox Lake, and Lake of Egypt. Before heading out to one of these prime destinations, make sure that you have all of your legal ducks in a row.

For instance, know that minors can operate a motorboat in Illinois, if they are at least 12 years old and accompanied by an adult 18 years or older, or have completed an Illinois Boating Education Course. Illinois has many regulations in regard to safety, accident reporting, and consequences for operating a motorboat under the influence. Rather than reading through every ordinance, check out the handy highlights available online. Be sure to also order Evinrude XD50 oil so your Illinois fishing trip will go swimmingly!

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Rules and Regulations for Boating in Florida

Now that May is upon us, warm weather is starting to reach even the colder climates. If you’re fortunate enough to live in or visit a warmer region, like Florida, make sure you know the boating rules and regulations before you head out on open waters. You don’t want to ruin your vacation with a violation ticket!

First off, any person born after January 1, 1988 who wants to operate a ten or more horsepower boat in Florida must have a Florida Boating Safety Education Identification card. Every boater, regardless of birth date, needs to be compliant with safety and equipment rules, marine life awareness, personal watercraft, and boating under the influence. Those rules, as well as the regulations for catching saltwater and freshwater fish, are available online. Don’t forget to get your boat in tip-top shape with Evinrude XD100 oil!

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