Boating

Canadian boat tariffs removed

Last week, the Government of Canada removed all retaliatory tariffs on U.S. recreational boats entering Canada, immediately ending a levy that impacted boat businesses on both sides of the border. National Marine Manufacturers Association and NMMA Canada heralded the news, calling the action a momentous step in the right direction for the North American marine industry, which has been particularly suppressed by…

Crestliner launches Angling Aces student program

Ostego, Minn. — Crestliner recently announced the introduction of Angling Aces, a program aimed at nurturing high school- and college-aged anglers’ passion for fishing and guiding them with higher education and careers related to the sport. In addition, the program advocates for the outdoors and resource conservation, helps youth anglers perfect fishing techniques, and teaches on-water safety, the company said…

In Montana, boats coming from Lake Powell undergo additional AIS examination

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)With the proliferation of adult quagga mussels in Lake Powell, on the border of Utah and Arizona, watercraft from this lake that are entering Montana will be subject to additional measures at watercraft inspection stations to ensure they are free from aquatic invasive species. Lake Powell is on the Colorado River and invasive mussels are…

Ohio to take part in Operation Dry Water

Columbus — There have been several drownings on Ohio waterways in the past week or so, and that is several too many. Wearing a personal flotation device might have saved at least some of the victims. Far too many people go for no good reason. And, according to published reports, the recent deaths don’t mention the use of alcohol while…

Heavy rains wreaking havoc on Wisconsin waterways

The DNR says to check your local water conditions before boating or paddling, swimming or any water activity. (National Park Service)MADISON, Wis. — June storms packing heavy downpours have pushed lake and river levels into flood levels, tossed debris into waterways and accelerated currents statewide, prompting Wisconsin DNR officials to remind all water users to think safety by checking local…

RV company Winnebago adds boats to the mix with Chris-Craft acquisition

And the crossover effort continues. RV maker Winnebago Industries, Inc., announced Monday, June 4 that it has acquired recreational boat builder Chris-Craft from Stellican Ltd., which has owned Chris-Craft since 2001. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Last week, snowmobile and all-terrain-vehicle maker Polaris Industries, Inc., based in Medina, Minn., reportedly acquired Boat Holdings, a pontoon boat company out…

NMMA: U.S. boat sales strong for boat show season

With the industry in the midst of the busy winter boat show season – a crucial selling period – the National Marine Manufacturers Association recently announced that unit sales of new powerboats are expected to be up 6 percent, marking an estimated 260,000 new powerboats sold last year. As consumer confidence continues to rise and boat manufacturers introduce products and…

Ohio boating safety eduction gets a boost

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than $240,000 from Ohio’s Waterways Safety Fund is being provided to support 10 community boating safety education programs this year, according to the Ohio DNR. Individual grant awards provided through the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft’s Boating Safety Education grant program range from $8,875 to $30,000. The grants are funded by Ohio’s recreational boaters through the…

Montana wrapping up ramped-up AIS inspection ‘season’

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations will close for the season Oct. 15. Boaters that are still in need of an inspection can receive one at a regional FWP office. Water temperatures in both Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs will be below the levels to allow invasive mussels to spawn, dramatically…

Report: Ethanol-related repairs remain on rise for boaters

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —  A newly released survey of boat dealerships, marinas and engine and boat manufacturers from around the country by Boating Industry Magazine indicates ethanol-related service issues remain on the rise. The survey was in reference to recreational boating and the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard’s requirement to put more corn ethanol into gasoline. The reader survey results, which appear in the…