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Powerboat sales continue year-over-year growth

February 23, 2012
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MIAMI – January sales of 15-foot or greater powerboats continued an upward trend of almost 5-percent sales growth compared to the same period in 2011, according to the latest figures from the Info-Link Technologies Bellwether Report.

Sales of 15-foot or greater outboard boats grew 9.3 percent in January, rising from 8.5 percent growth in December 2011. Outboard sportfishing boat sales grew even more significantly, up 5.3 percent over the same period of 2011 and up 2.3 percent over December 2011.

Graphs of all of the Info-Link Bellwether Report data can be found by clicking here: Info-Link Technologies Bellwether Report.

Sales of stern drive, jet boats, personal watercraft and ski boats worsened in January, with PWC and ski boat sales both shrinking 9 percent in January 2012 compared to January 2011. Sales of stern drive and jet boats were weak as well, falling around 7.5 percent again in January, compared to the same period of 2011.

The Bellwether Report is based on new U.S. boat registrations in geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the U.S. boat market.

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Yacht club offers to sponsor Mattituck sailing team


BETH YOUNG PHOTO | Old Cove Yacht Club treasurer Chris Kuehn (from left), Commodore Dion Lynch and Mattituck High School sailor Stefan Kuehn are helping to set up the school’s new sailing club.

Mattituck High School could have a new competition sailing club within the next few weeks, thanks to Old Cove Yacht Club in New Suffolk.

Yacht club treasurer Christopher Kuehn of Cutchogue has been researching the possibility since last year, when his son Stefan, then a junior at Mattituck High School, petitioned the school to recognize his sailing skills to list on his college applications.

Mr. Kuehn concluded that since Mattituck is surrounded by water, there should be a way to enable all its students to participate in school-sponsored sailing.

With the help of other yacht club members, Mr. Kuehn helped the yacht club’s foundation raise money to pay a coach. The club plans to donate the use of its facilities and its C420 Class two-man sailing dinghies for the program.

Both the yacht club and the school have obtained program insurance. Since parents would be required to transport their children to competitions and practice, there’s no additional cost to the school.

Mr. Kuehn said he’d like to have Mattituck students out on the water and practicing within weeks so they can compete March 17 in the first qualifying race of the spring season at The Stony Brook School. The club will meet on weekends, with time spent on the water and learning sailing theory in the clubhouse.

Mr. Kuehn’s son Stefan, who is now a senior, plans to take part in the club, and his older son Daniel plans to apply to be the coach.

Stefan now primarily sails Lasers, which are singlehanded boats, in competition, but he said this week that he’s excited to be involved in the quick, strategic two-man races that the club will offer.

“The team races are short and extremely tactical,” he said.

Stefan added that he believes it will be easy to provide enough training for the club to begin competing by mid-March.

“The learning curve for high school sailing is pretty fast,” he said.

“The idea is to open up to the whole community. The interest is there, it’s significant and real,” said Old Cove Yacht Club Commodore Dion Lynch. Mr. Lynch added that high school sailers will need drysuits and other winter sailing gear, but the yacht club will try to help students who can’t afford all the gear with the purchase.

The team would race with about 14 other teams in the Northeast League of the Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association. The league covers Long Island, New York City and Westchester County, and meets are held in Stony Brook. Shelter Island is the only other local public school with a sailing team, which also meets at a yacht club on Shelter Island.

Mattituck High School principal Shawn Petretti said he already knows of 15 students interested in joining the club and hopes to hold an information session in the week ahead.

Sailing stands out on résumés high school students send to colleges, Mr. Kuehn added.

“Many of our kids participate in team sports. They would like to play in college, but most likely they won’t,” he said. “Every single kid in the club now that wants to sail in college is sailing. It’s a lifelong sport.”

He added that it’s part of Old Cove’s mission statement to promote interest in sailing in the larger community.

Members of the school board were concerned with contractual issues that might slow down the launching of the club.

During a discussion during last week’s school board meeting, board president Jerry Diffley said the school will need to post a job listing for a coach and interview candidates, despite the fact that the club has a coach in mind.

Board member Charles Anderson wanted to know if the participating students have already been selected. He said he wanted to make sure it won’t be an exclusive club and that all students have an opportunity to participate.

The team has not been selected, said Mr. Kuehn.

“The mission is to bring the sport of sailing to kids who are not currently involved in the sport,” he added.

Board member Laura Jens-Smith asked whether the district will have to pay to fund the club in future years.

Mr. Kuehn said the yacht club has raised funds to pay a coach for two seasons, and plans ongoing fundraising for the program.

Board member Jeff Smith liked the proposal.

“You’ve got a number of kids who are not involved in sports in school. If we can find something they’re interested in, this to me is a no-brainer,” he said.

The school board will discuss the proposal again at its Feb. 29 work session.

byoung@timesreview.com


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Bearing Marine combines all things yacht in one business

Whether a client is buying or selling, upgrading or repairing, Tim Nichols and his staff at Bearing Marine have developed a business that can address any aspect of yacht brokerage and service. Nichols, the operations manager at Bearing Marine, segued into the yacht sales and service business after serving in the United States Coast Guard Station of Wrightsville Beach.

“I’ve been working on and around boats for a long time, so this business is pretty much a lifelong thing for me,” Nichols said.

What sets Bearing Marine apart from other yacht brokerage and service companies, Nichols said, is its unique set of employees and services.

“We can do work on the yacht before the owner puts it up for sale, we sell them, and we can do upgrades to the yachts for the new owners,” Nichols said. “This is different for a lot of other companies because most are either service or brokerage, not both.”

To help draw more attention to the company, Bearing Marine opened a new brokerage office on Airlie Road, directly on the Intracoastal Waterway.

“I always had customers from Wrightsville Beach when we were located at Carolina Beach, but when we saw this location open up we jumped on it because of the visibility and exposure this location offers,” Nichols said.

On the service side, Bearing Marine’s specialty is the installation of marine air conditioning units and refrigeration. Nichols said that both he and service manager, Jim Ligon are technicians certified by the American Boat and Yacht Council. Ligon recently received his master technician certification from the ABYC, making him one of only nine in the state and the only one in Wilmington. In addition, Nichols is also one of only 12 people in the state that have completed the National Yacht Broker Certification Program.

“With both myself and Jim being certified by the ABYC and my broker certification, I think it gives our clients a lot of confidence that we can provide qualified service both before and after the sale of a boat,” Nichols said. “We feel that is the right way to do it.”

Nichols said that Bearing Marine currently has around 20 yachts for sale, ranging in price from $20,000 to $300,000 or more, and that he recently negotiated the sale of boats to buyers as far away as Australia and Turkey. For first-time yacht owners located closer to Wilmington, Nichols added that Bearing Marine also provides after-sale training on the management and operation of the yachts.

“Insurance agents do require certifications to drive the yachts on the larger end, but often the new first-time owners just want to be sure they are comfortable handling and maintaining them,” Nichols said.


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Carp fishing a lucrative business for Wis. crew – Green Bay Press

PRINCETON, Wis. (WTW) — Tom Monsoor spends more than 300 days a year on the water.

He fishes for bluegills and perch around his hometown of La Crosse and in a few weeks will be in South Carolina for the start of the FLW Professional Bass Tournament, a series that last year rewarded him over $96,000.

But when I joined Monsoor, 63, his son Jedd, 33, and their weathered, hard-working crew earlier this month in Marquette and Green Lake counties, the fish were scarce.

Of course it was the Monsoors’ own fault.

“We don’t just fish it,” said Tom Monsoor, a Marlboro dangling from his lips. “We try to catch everything in it. That’s how we get paid.”

The Monsoors weren’t chasing bass, walleye or even catfish. Instead, the Monsoor Fishing Co. has paid the state Department of Natural Resources $25,000 a year for the next five years to harvest yellow and white carp, buffalo carp and sheepshead from the Fox River and Lake Puckaway.

And, up until earlier this month, the fishing has been phenomenal.

Since October, the 10-man team in an armada of flat-bottom boats netted more than 1.5 million pounds of fish. That’s about five times more than the 300,000 pounds the Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District was hoping for.

“This makes the DNR happy, the lake district happy and these guys (the Monsoors) happy,” said Roger Swanke, a member of the lake district who is monitoring the netting. “We’re very surprised how much they’ve gotten out of here.”

And with fish processing companies paying 50 cents a pound for buffalo carp and 15 to 18 cents a pound for the remaining rough fish, the paydays have been flush.

“It’s a lot of fish to take out of a small stretch of river,” said Jedd Monsoor, who has been fishing since he was a child. “Once they’re gone here, we’ll go to the next lake. There’s no shortage of carp in Wisconsin. We know that.”

But there were no smiles in late 2009 when an Ohio man, who contracted with the DNR to remove rough fish from the lake and river, killed an estimated 3,000 walleye, northern pike and catfish. Timothy Smith was fined $19,000 for failing to quickly remove the game fish from his nets. It forced the state to shut down netting on the Fox River and Lake Puckaway for 2010 and create a committee to study netting and the impacts of rough fish removal.

The removal of the bottom-feeders is designed to promote weed growth, increase the game fish population and improve the fishing for more desirable fare like walleye.

“It’s good but we don’t know how many we need to take out,” said Dave Bartz, a Wautoma-based fisheries biologist for the DNR. “There’s a good chance that even though they took a lot out, they may respond with a strong (reproductive) year-class. We’re going to try and learn more.”

Growing up in Watertown, we knew all about carp, or “Rock River salmon.”

Most Wisconsin anglers toss carp and their kin into the garbage or spread the fish on vegetable gardens for fertilizer. Some anglers line the bridges of some rivers in the spring and use dip nets to harvest buffalo carp that are then smoked or pickled.

But the fish harvested by the Monsoors are sent to fish markets in cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles and end up on dinner tables. Some are frozen and shipped to Europe, said Chris Schmidt, manager of Schafer Fisheries in Pepin, a small Mississippi River town in northwestern Wisconsin.

Schafer’s buys carp from about eight commercial fishing companies in the Upper Midwest and prepares the fish for sale. Some are filleted, others are gutted but shipped whole. The most recent catches are headed to Romania and Germany, Schmidt said.

“That’s what they were brought up on,” said Schmidt, whose company, based in Thomson, Ill., also processes Asian carp.

In December, the Monsoors cut holes in the ice below the Princeton dam where they netted 300,000 pounds of small yellow carp. The fish is a Christmas tradition for many Polish and Czech families and turned into a hefty payday for the Monsoors. Just do the math.

An article in the Prague Daily Monitor said that “in the days leading up to Christmas, it’s nearly impossible to walk through Prague without running into a carp vendor.”

Who knew?

There were no carp on ice when I recently visited Metcalfe’s Market at Hilldale or the Madison Seafood Center at Willy Street Co-op West in Middleton. However, I did find fresh sheepshead ($1.49 per pound) at Asian Midway Foods in Madison. I was also told that fresh buffalo carp, netted from the Mississippi River in Missouri and Louisiana, arrive on Tuesdays and Fridays from a Chicago fish company and are sold here for $1.69 a pound.

But before for you get any ideas about making a quick buck hawking carp, realize the effort required.

The Monsoors have invested more than $750,000 in their equipment. It includes custom-made, 30-foot boats with 150-horsepower motors, massive amounts of netting and waterproof, cold-weather clothing. They stay in motels and eat in small-town diners for weeks at a time. Each day on the water costs about $1,500, which means they need to net at least 10,000 pounds of fish a day to break even.

It’s kind of like Wisconsin’s own version of “Deadliest Catch,” only the lowly carp takes the place of crab and a boat landing on Ferry Road south of Princeton substitutes for Dutch Harbor in Alaska.

“It takes a special breed to want to do this,” Tom Monsoor said. “It’s hard work and long hours but you make good money.”

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Group wants to expand Cape Cod sailing programs

Despite living so near the water, the majority of Cape Cod residents never actually get an opportunity to get out on the water. A new nonprofit sailing organization, called Sail Cape Cod, wants to change that.

The community-oriented sailing and water sport program has announced it is coming to Barnstable and the broader Cape Cod region this year. Sail Cape Cod is being developed by a steering committee of about a dozen avid sailors and community leaders.

They started talking about the idea a couple of years ago at the Hyannis Yacht Club following the death of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy as a way to commemorate the Kennedy family’s sailing history, Sue Nickerson, a group member said this week. Sail Cape Cod has filed for tax-exempt nonprofit status and the committee has been meeting weekly for several months to bring this initiative to realization.

“One of the great ironies on Cape Cod is that we are surrounded by water, yet so very many of our residents have no access to it,” Sail Cape Cod President Charles McLaughlin said in a news release. “We have literally thousands of local youth and teens, some in at-risk situations, seniors, hundreds of families facing severe financial challenges and more than 25,000 people on Cape Cod with physical and developmental disabilities who would greatly enjoy the opportunity for on-the-water experiences that simply aren’t available without the programs that we envision.

“We want to leave no one on the beach, literally and figuratively, who wants access to the beautiful waters that surround us.”

Based in Hyannis, the mission of the organization is to increase on-water access to the ocean around the Cape for people of all ages, socio-economic backgrounds and physical and developmental abilities, including youngsters and teens, seniors, disabled people and returning veterans, according to the news release.

Sail Cape Cod will offer instruction in recreational sailing and other eco-friendly water sports, educational opportunities in seamanship, water safety, marine science and navigation. Fees will be affordable and calculated on a sliding scale basis.

Additionally, Sail Cape Cod is actively exploring partnerships with a number of local marine educational programs, school departments and others. In the first year, the group is working on a cooperative program that partners with and expands on the existing Barnstable town sailing program, perhaps serving a broader age spectrum than 10 to 13, Nickerson said. The group is also in discussions with town officials starting an off-the-beach program based at Kalmus Beach this summer.

Sail Cape Cod is getting technical support and guidance from US Sailing, a national community sailing organization, Nickerson said. There are about 300 community sailing programs around the country, as well as three nearby — on Pleasant Bay, Nantucket and Bourne, she said. Sail Cape Cod is modeling its program after the Duxbury Bay Maritime School.

In addition to town support, Nickerson said the group has had many offers from private owners for the use of their boats. The organization would eventually like to offer other programs, such as standup power paddleboards, wind surfing and kayaking, Nickerson said.

“We’re in the earliest stages, trying to get a program this year,” Nickerson said. “There are a lot of directions we can go in.”

The organization’s main need is money and an intensive fundraising effort is underway. The group has raised $25,000 and would like to raise around $100,000, Nickerson said, which would pay for professional, certified staffing of instructional programs, the purchase of boats and equipment and a hoist to move disabled persons from dockside into a sailboat specially equipped for adaptive sailing.

Sail Cape Cod has secured support from Figawi Charities, Bank of Cape Cod, Rockland Trust, US Sailing and numerous individuals as well as in-kind support offers. The organization is planning several special events in the coming months, including a free family sailing day and a new fundraising regatta and auction with a local charitable partner.

Learn more

For more information or to donate, visit Sail Cape Cod’s website at SailCapeCod.org or contact Susan Nickerson at: suenickerson@sailcapecod.org.

Susan Vaughn can be reached at Svaughn@wickedlocal.com


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USA. Jester Communications wins NMMA Innovation Award at Miami International …


Jester Communications (Jestercom), a pioneering company in the development of mobile marketing solutions for the maritime industry, won the 2012 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award in the Applications and Mobile Software category for its Toucan Dealer Application (App) developed for Beneteau.

NMMA presented Jestercom the award during the State of the Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center during the 71st annual Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Strictly Sail.

The annual Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), recognize products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt.

An interactive selling tool, the Toucan Dealer App from Jestercom includes a suite of sales tools and information, incorporating brochures, spec sheets, sea trial reports, videos, virtual tours, dealer information, equipment lists, upgrade options, press releases and articles, competitive analyses, links to learning resources and a virtual boat configuring tool that allows dealers to create a personalized boat and a quote right on the dock.

“We are honored to receive the NMMA Innovation Award. It underscores that what we’re doing here is groundbreaking in the industry,” said Jared Jester, founder and president of Jestercom. “The Toucan App serves as a virtual extension of the dealer’s sales team by turning popular mobile devices into selling tools, and helps create a connection to set the groundwork for a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with a customer.”

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Kelly Bostian: Fish won’t say, but photos can give spot away


A LITTLE swirl stirred in a muddy slough off the Red River near Shreveport, La., and it caused bass pro Edwin Evers to speak with a tone that bordered on disappointment.

“This one’s coming on board. If you want a picture you can get back and just make sure you point down,” he said.

I was preparing my camera but mostly confused.

“You can get up on the back deck, there.”

“I’ll get down … so people can’t see the background,” the Talala pro explained.

“Oh, yeah, right!” I said as the message sunk in.

Evers had already told me as we got on the boat that the rules of practice day boat etiquette were pretty simple. “I just don’t want you to do anything that will give people an idea of where I am,” he said.

I had no idea just how secretive bass fishing gets in the days leading up to the Bassmaster Classic. It’s so secretive that anglers don’t want to risk sharing a photo that shows a mess of muddy stumps and barren trees, even if they look like pretty much every other part of the river peppered with stumps and surrounded by barren trees.

Tulsa World photographer Mike Simons related a similar experience after his outing with Bixby pro Fred Roumbanis. Simons was with Roumbanis all day Wednesday, and I was with Evers for the final pre-fishing or “practice” fishing day before the 2012 Bassmaster Classic launches Friday on the Red River near Shreveport.

You won’t see the videos of our practice day adventure until after the tournament starts Friday. However, there is a short cell phone-shot video of Evers driving his boat on my Twitter page, twitter.com/kellybostian. He’s going 67 mph, so the background is blurry.

Evers was so secretive because he knows the river, and he knows his competitors. Maybe I couldn’t look at such a photo and recognize the place, but he knows 48 other guys who might – guys who happen to be some of the best bass fishermen in the world and who he is trying to beat for a $500,000 first prize.

Practice fishing is a good description for Wednesday’s outing. The anglers line up in their randomly determined launch order just like they will Friday, and the BASS folks run through some announcements over a loud speaker. They stand for the Star Spangled Banner, launch their boats at the same times and they fish and return on the clock just like they will the first day of competition – except they don’t catch any fish.

Not many, anyway. The one Evers boated and allowed me to shoot managed to get hooked even though Evers had a plastic plug covering the hook end of the lure.

“It doesn’t do you any good to win on practice day,” he said. What anglers do when they practice is toss baits and find locations where they get strikes. “That’s a pretty good one there,” Evers said in another muddy location as he pulled gently and let a fish swim close to the boat with his bait in its mouth.

Wednesday, too, was about strategy and timing. Though the anglers have miles to fish on the Red River, the fishable areas are relatively few. A spot Evers fished that had my hand aching to reach out and grab a rod and try a throw had its downside. “You could win the tournament right here,” Evers said. “But if five other guys are fishing it? No. It’s not really even big enough for two.” Four other pros and a recreational fisherman fished the hole as we arrived.

One other huge factor figures into what Evers will be mulling over until he drops the hammer on the Red River Friday. He drew dead last position in the starting order. If there is a good spot that others know about, he has little chance of beating them to it.

He starts last on Friday, but the order reverses for Saturday and he will leave first. Where to go first? What technique to use first? What to do to not just fish well, but to win? Even after days of fishing sunup to sundown and studying aerial maps, the question remains: To win the toughest bass tournament against the toughest competition in the world, where do you start?

“You just have to follow your gut,” he said.


Read Kelly Bostian’s blog at tulsaworld.com/outdoors

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2012 Bassmaster Classic

Where: Shreveport-Bossier City, La.

When: Friday through Sunday

Launch: Red River South Marina

Weigh-In: CenturyLink Center

Expo: Hilton Shreveport Convention Center

2013 Bassmaster Classic

Where: Tulsa-Grand Lake, Okla.

When: Feb. 22-24, 2013

Launch: Grand Lake of The Cherokees

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Smooth sailing in forecast as Halifax boat show opens

Whether it is the renewed confidence in the economy, the strength of the Canadian dollar or the purchasing power of the growing baby boomer demographic, it is a good time to be a boat builder, Tim Edwards, executive director of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association, said on the eve of the Halifax International Boat Show.

The flagship event for the industry kicks off today and runs through Sunday at Exhibition Park.

“The industry in Nova Scotia is much stronger than it was two or three years ago,” Edwards said. “All in all, (the industry is) pretty healthy, but it could definitely be better.

“We’ve seen more fishermen start to order … big boats worth over $500,000 each and that has kept a lot of boat builders in the southwest region of the province busy. With 90 per cent of builders in the coastal and rural communities of Nova Scotia, the impact is large and it keeps a lot of people at work.”

The boat-building industry employs about 1,100 Nova Scotians and generates around $70 million in annual sales. Market conditions — and the decision by many boat builders to diversify their operations and offer service and maintenance — are helping annual sales volumes slowly creep back up to levels seen before the recession in 2008, Edwards said.

Boat show manager Scott Sprague took a break from %overseeing the set up of the 120 exhibits on display this weekend to chat with The Chronicle Herald about the mood among exhibitors.

Sprague, an eight-year veteran of the show, echoed Edwards’s sentiments, saying the climate for builders and buyers looks healthy for 2012.

“The shipbuilding announcement has given people a bit of security to go make those leisure purchases,” Sprague said. “We experienced the same thing with the RV show recently. People are feeling confident and we’ve actually seen a lot more serious buyers coming through the door.”

David Trott, sales manager of Seamasters Marine Services in Dartmouth, will man one of the largest exhibits at the show this weekend. Trott said the variety the show offers — whether you are looking for a 7½-metre boat or a personal dinghy — brings shoppers of all stripes through the door.

“We’ve been coming every year of the show, and this year, we’re optimistic the customers will be out this weekend,” Trott said Wednesday.

“Last year was one of our better years in terms of sales off the floor and we’re looking for a repeat this year.”

Weekend sales volumes are tough to predict, but if the 2011 show is any indication, Trott expects 40 to 50 visitors will walk away with a new boat package. Packages range greatly in price; the 22 packages Seamasters has on display range from $700 to more than $80,000.

The boat show is the largest of its kind in Atlantic Canada and features a lot more than just boats, including marine equipment, engines, electronics, accessories, docks and dock builders.

The four-day event is touted as one-stop shopping destination for boating enthusiasts.

(ccosgrove@herald.ca)


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Brunswick Corporation : Lund Announces All New "Sport Utility Boat"

   

Multi-tasking 1875 Crossover XS hauls in fish, shreds wakes . . . and delights the family

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. Feb. 22, 2012 – Friday finally arrives. The clock shows 4:30 p.m., but you`re brain sees “Fish:30.” Elvis and your focus on work have left the building. At home, blissfully loading the boat and truck, you hit a snag. Your teenage son is set on wakeboarding, while your daughter demands solar rays. Meanwhile, your wife craves a `cruise around the lake.` Everyone wants a piece of what was supposed to be the family “fishing boat.” Oh, the horror.

Leave it to Lund – builders of the most solid, comfortable, safest boats on the water - to devise a solution that turns everyone`s frowns upside-down. No doubt, the new 1875 Crossover XS is a pure Lund fishing-machine through-and-through. But to appease the masses, it`s also a wakeboard, water-ski, and buzz-the-bay multi-task rig that happens to cruise the lake in style. And when it`s finally, mercifully, time to cast or troll, this rig does it up right – with killer fishing features like spacious casting decks, an aerated livewell and bait tamer, bow 12/24-volt trolling motor plug, plus rod storage galore – even while the wakeboards and skis are stored separately, safe and snug from tip to tail.  

But you`ve got to check out the sleek lines on this craft: a hot new cosmetics and sizzling graphics that even the trendiest teenagers can dig. This rugged sport utility boat maximizes your time on the water, offering dual massive in-floor storage lockers for wakeboards, skis, or fishing rods up to 8-feet long. Intuitive little design details are signature to Lund, and the Crossover XS is replete with the goods: an integrated removable ski pylon pedestal and boarding ladder, and all new roomy bow and aft platforms. The craft`s even tricked out with a complete Clarion® AM/FM sound system that`s iPod/Sirius XM ready. Lots of extra seating, too, so family and friends can cruise in comfort. Padded bow back rests up front, act like sprawled out sun-loungers, while three Pro-Ride swivel seats and two extra aft jump seats with storage trays, cup holders, and underseat storage offer ultra-relaxation.

“The new 1875 Crossover XS is designed for those who need the fishability of a Lund, while maximizing the recreational needs of the family,” says Lund Boats Product Manager Rory Wiebe. “Revolutionary from the ground up, including an interior layout that features a new center rod locker, and a ski and wakeboard storage locker plus new paint lines and graphics. Crossover XS is designed to keep everyone happy and entertained.”

To accommodate the varying needs of the angler, plus the skier/boarder crew, the Crossover XS sports not just a whole new look and feel, but also an entirely re-engineered console. A driver`s seat slider, plus new deluxe tilt steering with a soft-grip wheel let you carve wakes with precise response and comfort. Vast glove-box storage and additional spacious side storage allow room for all your crew`s necessary gear. The exclusive Lund Sport Trak(TM) system provides handy accessory mounting platforms, while Pro-Trak(TM) remains the best boat cover system in the industry.

Built on the rock-solid foundation of Lund`s famed IPS hull and powered by a standard 115 to 175hp engine, the Lund Crossover eats waves and chews up spray. Capable of transporting up to eight enthusiastic passengers, the Crossover XS encourages the social side of water-sport. Matched with a ShoreLand`R Trailer, this athletic 18-foot, 10-inch model has carved out a category all its own. Lund calls it the SUV of boats, or better yet, “Sport Utility Boat,” which is just a fancy way of saying that every boater on the lake will throttle down to scope out your new ride.

To see the extensive list of 1875 Crossover XS features and options, visit lundboats.com, or shop Lund`s full selection of fishing and recreational boats. More family-friendly features. Lund quality and craftsmanship. More fish in the livewell. All for a lot less money than you`d expect. Lund boats, built by fisherman for fisherman.and their families, too.

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