Lake Travis down to the last two ramps

Lake Travis is the Lake Boss’ local lake, so we keep a close eye on things here. The Texas drought has been going strong and it shows no signs of slowing. The lake is now down to the very last two ramps. Jones Brothers Park ramp is barely open at that, I

certainly wouldn’t launch there. So that leaves Mansfield Dam or one of the privately owned launches such as Highland Lakes Marina.


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Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Feeling guilty about your super yacht?

I know, you were probably just thinking to yourself that you felt guilty about the excess of your super yacht. You feel like you need a yacht, but also somehow you’re a hippie with a yacht and feel guilty about your environmental impact.

Enter the Ocean Empire LSV. This 144-foot catamaran super yacht features a vast array of sustainable equipment. Here’s the major selling points from the Engadget levitra dosage vs viagra article:

[It] features not only “all of the hotel amenities of a luxury global voyager” but two hydroponic farms

and fishing facilities and three sustainable power sources: a 400 square meter 70kw solar array, an auxiliary 80 square meter (200kw) automated

SkySail that drives the ship to 18+ knots and charges her battery systems, and a Motion Damping Regeneration (MDR) system developed with Maurer Sohnes Gmbh that can produce up to 50kw of electricity as it steadies the ship on rolling seas.

You can get this bargain cruiser for $17 million green backs.


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Posted on: January 18th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Put some Corvette ZR1 power in your boat

Want to add some of this ZR1

brutality to your boat?

If you do, GM has a marine version of the supercharged LSA engine that you find in the Corvette ZR1. It puts down 530 horsepower and and 545 foot pounds of torque. It features a marine electronic fuel injection computer system that changes this road pounding monster to a wave smashing powerhouse through a completely different tune adapted to the needs of boats.

Click here for all the dirty details.


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Posted on: December 22nd, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Caravelle Powerboats under new ownership

If you’re in the market for a “cost conscious” boat, then Caravelle Powerboats going under new ownership is good news to you. They will be specializing in 18′-23′ inboard boats.

The brand was purchased by Eugene Sak and Duane Sak of Florence, Alabama. They are known for their elevator and metal fabrication businesses.

Bottom line, it’s nice to see a boat company going forward with production and not closing their doors. The more options the better, especially if you are in the market for a value priced boat.


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Posted on: December 3rd, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Sea Tow $10,000 Contest

Sea Tow has announced its “Rig Your Boat $10,000 Sweepstakes.” There is no purchase necessary and I suspect the only price you’ll have to pay is being on their mailing list in the future. The contest will end on January 31 of next year.

You can check out the contest here.


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Posted on: December 1st, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Navy commissions its newest guided missile destroyer

The latest Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer has been commissioned. It is named after the late Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi achat viagra belgique forum Freedom. His story is a pretty chilling one but is definitely one that makes for an honorable ship name. This clip is from the Navy’s announcement:

On April 14, 2004, Dunham’s squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in Karabilah, Iraq, when his battalion commander’s convoy was ambushed. When Dunham’s squad approached to provide fire support, an Iraqi insurgent leapt out of a vehicle and attacked Dunham. As Dunham wrestled the insurgent ou acheter du vrai viagra sur internet to the ground, he noticed that the enemy fighter had a grenade in his hand. Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines, and when the enemy dropped the live grenade, Dunham took off his Kevlar helmet, covered the grenade, and threw himself on top to smother the blast. In an ultimately selfless act of courage, in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of two fellow Marines.

Best of luck to everyone on the Navy’s newest ship.


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Posted on: November 16th, 2010 at 8:07 am

Checkmate adds 55 MPH 20 ft model

Boatermouth is reporting that Checkmate is adding a 20 ft V-bottom model powered by a 115 HP outboard capable of speeds reaching 55 MPH. It will cost you $29,995 for the new 2000 BXR. More details are coming soon. This should be a fairly inexpensive way to get on the water and go fast. Doug Smith, Checkmate’s owner compares the model to a Bayliner:

“With the 115-hp engine, the boat runs 55 mph and gives the buyer a real performance-boating experience,” said Smith. “If you put the same buyer in a Bayliner, the boat runs 35 mph—it’s a slug. And when he goes to sell it, it won’t be worth anything.”


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Posted on: October 1st, 2010 at 8:17 am

Lake Travis: On the water boat show

The folks that bring the Austin Boat Show to Austin have put together an on the water boat show at Lake Travis. You can find the show at Carlos n Charlies with some added capacity by adjoining Emerald Point Marina. It looks like all the largest dealers in the area will be in attendance. After a long day of looking at boats you can listen to live music on Friday and Saturday night at Carlos n Charlies.


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Posted on: September 30th, 2010 at 8:26 am

Turbocharged F-150 in 2011

When it comes to pulling your boat, if your boat is of any considerable weight, most buyers would only consider a V8 engine. Ford is hoping that buyers will consider a turbo V6 before an entry level V8 from one of the other automakers. Autoblog summarizes the new engine choices:

Let’s start with the base engine, which quite thankfully puts the old 248-horsepower 4.6-liter, two-valve V8 out to pasture. The new 3.7-liter V6 powerplant may be down two cylinders from the mill it replaces, but it’s a much more modern design. Plus, with 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, it’s also significantly more powerful.

Check out the rest of the article at Autoblog.


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Posted on: September 28th, 2010 at 8:02 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

Eliminator Boats files Chapter 11 Restructuring

For those of you who don’t know, Eliminator Boats is a popular custom performance boat manufacturer from California. It has been rumored for a while, but it looks like Eliminator Boats is having to file for bankruptcy to stay afloat. A quote from Bob Leach, Eliminator’s owner, sums up the situation:

“It’s not anything we like doing, but on the other hand the option not to it is fatal,” said Bob Leach, the owner and founder of the Perris Valley, Calif., company, which in its best years produced more than 300 boats. “I would rather pay everybody every dollar we owe, but it’s just not in the cards at the moment.

Read on at Boater Mouth for the rest of the details.


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Posted on: September 10th, 2010 at 4:26 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