Party cove anchoring guide

The foundation for any day of having fun in your favorite party cove is a solid anchoring job. Party cove anchoring is different than typical anchoring for a couple reasons. Mainly because the boats around you change and it will usually will get more crowded. So as the cove fills in, you’re going to have to change your strategy.

Here’s a few tips to keep you nicely anchored and make sure nobody is flipping you off for being a jerk:

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Posted on: September 20th, 2010 at 2:10 am

Quick n’ Dirty Boat Building Contest

Madisonville, LA is home to the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival on Oct 23 and 24. You guessed it, it’s a celebration of boats from a simpler time. Before fiberglass and triple digit top speeds on water. This is great and all, but I don’t think this is the interesting part. I’m interested in the Quick n’ Dirty Boat Building Contest. This contest pits teams of costumed amateur boat builders against each other in improvised boats. They have 14 hours to build their boats from the materials given to them. After the boat is completed, they are pitted against each other to row 100 yards to a buoy and sail 100 yards back. Sounds like a blast!

Check out the website to see more information and their pictures from past events.

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Posted on: September 15th, 2010 at 6:40 am

Absolute Speed and Marine Poker Run event

If you like driving fast with an armada of other fast boats, a poker run is the event for you. Check out this event being put together by Absolute Speed and Marine.

The 5th Annual Absolute Speed and Marine Poker Run is right around the corner. Dates for the event are Oct. 1-2. If you’re interested in booking rooms at The Nautical, use Group Reservation #215213.

2010 Absolute Speed and Marine Poker Run Schedule

Thursday, September 30:
5:30 pm—Meet and Greet at Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler

Friday, October 1:
12:30pm Lunch at Pirates Cove, Park Moabi, CA
6-9 pm—Registration Party @ Absolute Speed and Marine
1607 Industrial Blvd, (928)855-2252
Come join us for music, food and drinks
Bring all your Friends and Family
Fun for the Kids

Saturday, October 2:
9am—Mandatory Drivers Meeting @ Naked Turtle
Breakfast and coffee will be available
10am Parade thru Channel Poker Run Start
Pick up hands 1 thru 4
Card stop #3 will be a helicopter waiting for individual Photo Shoots, each participant will get a complimentary Ariel Photo of their Boat
12:30pm Card Stop #5 Beach BBQ, Nautical Cove
7pm Dinner Party, Raffles and Prizes @ Nautical Cove

If anybody is interested in a private helicopter Photo or Video Session
Arrangements can be made Friday Night at the registration party.

If you want more information on sponsorship, read on after the jump.
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Posted on: September 9th, 2010 at 8:19 am

Bayliner lands on top of Dodge Ram’s cab

suddenstop This is a great example of boat hauling gone wrong. I don’t know the details of this Bayliner jumping over the trailer on the cab of this Dodge Ram, but once can assume it was not on purpose. This Labor Day weekend, be safe and avoid crashing in to things with your truck. Or next time, Lake Boss could be posting pictures of your boat’s acrobatics.

Check out the full gallery here.

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Posted on: September 3rd, 2010 at 5:18 am

An old saying that’s just not true

I have heard for years a saying that I have never agreed with. There are many when it comes to boats but this one has always been said with a laugh. Every time I hear it the person usually has not owned a boat. The saying in question is “what are the two best days of owning a boat?” Let me tell you why I think this simply isn’t the case!

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Posted on: September 2nd, 2010 at 3:15 am

Good news for Booze

So long have we thought that as boozers we have taken the lower road for our health, not so! In fact, this study points out that our love for the bottle has benefits. Not news to you? Well read on, looks like even being a full on booze-o-holic is better than completely writing off alcohol all together. Leave it to the brighter minds of UT Austin to develop a 20 year study that favors my fellow marathon drinkers. Bottom line: not drinking is worse than heavy drinking. Read on (don’t die of sobriety) at http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2014332,00.html

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Posted on: September 1st, 2010 at 8:00 am

Boat review: Monterey M5-MSX

Rarely do you find a boat does multiple things well. When I saw the combination of deckboat and wakeboard boat I thought for sure that was a mix like oil and water. Trailer Boats has shown otherwise in their review of the Monterey M5-MSX. It is a stern-drive boat with ballast tanks in a deck boat configuration. With the MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI/Bravo Three 300 HP package it has plenty of power to pull a skier or boarder out of the water and reaches a top speed of 47.5 MPH.

All this capability doesn’t come at a small price though. The Monterey M5-MSX will lighten your wallet to the tune of over six figures: $100,871. If you can do without all the snazzy features, the base model Monterey M5 will run you $79,179.

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Posted on: August 25th, 2010 at 1:04 am

Restoring a classic, mid-August edition

100_2578I have had Old Timer (a 1972 Century Coronado) for a few months now and the process has been slow but steady. Since getting the boat home it has come along way. With the help of a new battery, I was able to get it started and running. For an older motor, the 440 Chrysler runs well. Not all the gauges seem to be functional mainly the ampmeter and fuel gauge. After working through the some wiring I got the bilge pump working. I also got the original FM/8-track radio working but due to a loose connection I decide to install a modern radio instead. I mounted the radio in a dry box under the glove box so it was more out of the way. Now it is time for a water test. Read more…

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Posted on: August 24th, 2010 at 1:18 am

Stupid boating: human tubing

These idiots decide it’s a smart idea to hang on to the swim deck of their boat and let it rip. I know everything seems like a good idea when you are drunk, but man, there should be some limits when there’s a good possibility of genital harm. I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt that this is a inboard/outboard boat and there wasn’t a risk of eating a face full of prop.

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Posted on: August 20th, 2010 at 8:19 am

Chinese missile could sink US aircraft carriers

It has been a given since World War II that the United States aircraft carrier fleets were the dominant power in the Pacific and it appears that assumption is about to be challenged. The Chinese will be putting the finishing touches on a missile that is accurate enough to strike a moving aircraft carrier from 900 miles away. dom information It is called the Dong Feng 21D.

This would add a new dimension to naval warfare in the Pacific. No longer would American aircraft carriers be able to operate in range of the Chinese coast for fear of this missile striking.

Read more details about this missile at SF Gate.

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Posted on: August 19th, 2010 at 6:41 am

Howard 36 Bullet crushing waves on Lake Ontario

howard2 The Howard 36 Bullet is a true wave crusher as you can see from these pictures from Havasu Dreamin on Performance Boats. The boat has twin 700/NXT powerplants and has been tested as fast as 110 MPH. Clearly one hell of a ride. Lake Ontario’s big swells are no challenge for this monster of a boat.

Click here to see a gallery of this this bad boy in action.

If you want to learn more about this boat, check out Howard Custom Boats. The 36 Bullet is their flagship model.

Edit: There was a problem with the gallery this afternoon, it has been fixed.

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Posted on: August 17th, 2010 at 3:32 am

Outboard vs inboard vs inboard/outboard – the engine guide!

Outboard

Choosing an inboard or outboard motor for your boat is simple once you are familiar with how your needs affect the decision. Inboard motors offer greater stability and are well suited to certain water skiing applications, outboards are general purpose and offer easy control, maintenance and replacement. There are no hard-and-fast rules, however, and personal preference will affect your decision.

Read on to find out how all the different engine designs stack up against each other and what fits your best.

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Posted on: August 16th, 2010 at 7:34 am

Sinking wake boats – oh the humanity!

Sinking wake boatSeeing a boat full of water is like seeing an empty cooler full of water, nobody is going to have fun after this happens. The Wake Board Report has a gallery of absolute sinking wake board carnage. I am not sure if this is a commentary on wake board boat owners or if the site’s readers just happen to be a little faster with a camera than most. I decided to shield the eyes of the innocent by only showing a boat with half of a chance of survival. There are several more boats that are doing their best impersonation of the Titanic.

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Posted on: August 13th, 2010 at 4:56 am

New boaters’ guide to backing down the ramp

Boat ramp gone badSuccessfully launching your boat depends on being able to back it down a launch ramp. Ramps are a huge frustration to those who have difficultly backing up a trailer. It is even more true for the next guy in line watching the attempts. Smooth operation of a launch ramp depends on the ability of users and adequate preparation before nearing the ramp. Rushing at the launch intensifies as the number of boats in line increases. Users get in a hurry. The drain plugs are not put in, the boat rolls off the trailer or a hitch comes loose causing the whole works to go down the ramp and into the drink.

Here’s a few tips to help those who have trouble with the trailer or are new to trailer boating.

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Posted on: August 12th, 2010 at 6:00 am

25 Fantastic Boat Names

I think everyone on the water enjoys a witty double entendre when it comes to a great boat name. This list of images on Banned is sure to get a chuckle or two from you.

I’m still working on a great boat name for my boat (a year so far nameless). I think a hilarious double meaning is important. Also very important is making sure that the boat’s name doesn’t sound very ironic if there’s some horrible boat accident and its name appears in the headline of the newspaper.

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Posted on: August 10th, 2010 at 3:38 am

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