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Boats: New technology enhancing boat ownership

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    Ever dreamed of owning a boat? 

    If you’re ready to make it happen this summer, you’re not alone — boat sales were up about 10 percent in 2012 and are projected to increase another 5 to 10 percent this year, which many see as a sign that the economy is recovering. 

    “Early numbers from boat shows are strong,” says Thom Dammrich of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, with many customers shopping for smaller crafts that make boating accessible for middle-class families. 

    “There’s a boat for every budget and every experience,” he says.  

    Pontoon boats are very big sellers because they are so versatile — they’re great for fishing, and many come with plenty of power for waterskiing and tubing. 

    Pontoons also have a nice design that accommodates a crowd. Also popular are aluminum fishing boats, says Dammrich. 

    If you’re ready to start boating but have no idea what kind of boat is right for you, check out discoverboating.com. This unbiased industry site has tools to help you find the best boat for your needs, as well as a boat loan calculator and a “spousal conversion kit” that just might help convince a skeptical spouse that the time to buy a boat is right now.

     

    Fish finders

    For anglers looking to take their expeditions to the next level, fish finders have come a long way. The newest high-end models use the latest digital technology and boast great-looking screens. The Furuno FCV-627 shows you whether the lake bottom is composed primarily of rocks, sand, gravel or mud, as the actual size of individual fish on the screen. It retails for around $713 to $780. 

    The ultra-cool Raymarine Dragonfly, available in March 2013, will let you view the area under your boat with “photo-like clarity” using high-resolution imaging sonar.

     

    Joystick docking

    Joystick docking is all the rage — for good reason. 

    “It takes all the fear of docking away,” says Dammrich. 

    Joystick docking allows the driver to move the boat in any direction and  is appearing in more and more boats. Some manufacturers have even introduced joystick controls in outboard motors.

    Apps for your phone

    If you haven’t looked up apps for boating, you may be overwhelmed with all the choices — many of which are free or cheap and can really enhance your boating experience. Just for starters:

    – The free WindGuru app for iPhone allows you to access wind, wave and weather data instantly for locations around the world.

    – Speedometer apps help you easily keep tabs on how fast you’re going. 

    - Float Plan is a safety measure that allows you to easily send information about your boat trip to your loved ones onshore; if a problem does occur, it will help rescuers find you. 

    - Flashlight is simply a powerful flashlight that comes with a compass.

    - IKnots teaches serious sailors to tie knots.

     

     


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    Storm surge causes concern for C.B.S. boat owners

    High sea surges have affected several communities in eastern Newfoundland, including the Conception Bay South area.

    Some CBS boat owners were concerned with the safety of their vessels during the storm surge that hit the waters early Friday.

    The rock breakwater that once protected boats docked at the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club at the harbour in CBS disappeared, leaving the boats more vulnerable to volatile water conditions.

    Mark Warehan went out in the stormy weather to check on his yacht and ensure it was safe.

    The rock breakwater at the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club has fallen under the water due to harsh waves during the storm surge on Friday. (CBC)

    “I had all kinds of worries,” Warehan said. “I didn’t know if the wharf had been damaged, if the boat had let go, if rocks had made it all the way over to the boats.

    “I had visions of a catastrophe,” he said.

    Peter Lawrie, head of the sailing committee, said he went down to the wharf as soon as he heard about the breakwater being damaged.

    “We weren’t expecting such a high surge,” Lawrie said. “We knew there was going to be high tide, but it’s certainly a surprise to us.”

    Lawrie said they have not received any reports of damage.

    “We’ve notified our membership and anybody who has boats in the water to check out their boats and make sure they’re not damaged.”

    Lawrie notified the department of fisheries and oceans, and hopes to have the breakwater repaired as soon as possible.


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    Boats: New technology enhancing boat ownership

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    Ever dreamed of owning a boat? 

    If you’re ready to make it happen this summer, you’re not alone — boat sales were up about 10 percent in 2012 and are projected to increase another 5 to 10 percent this year, which many see as a sign that the economy is recovering. 

    “Early numbers from boat shows are strong,” says Thom Dammrich of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, with many customers shopping for smaller crafts that make boating accessible for middle-class families. 

    “There’s a boat for every budget and every experience,” he says.  

    Pontoon boats are very big sellers because they are so versatile — they’re great for fishing, and many come with plenty of power for waterskiing and tubing. 

    Pontoons also have a nice design that accommodates a crowd. Also popular are aluminum fishing boats, says Dammrich. 

    If you’re ready to start boating but have no idea what kind of boat is right for you, check out discoverboating.com. This unbiased industry site has tools to help you find the best boat for your needs, as well as a boat loan calculator and a “spousal conversion kit” that just might help convince a skeptical spouse that the time to buy a boat is right now.

     

    Fish finders

    For anglers looking to take their expeditions to the next level, fish finders have come a long way. The newest high-end models use the latest digital technology and boast great-looking screens. The Furuno FCV-627 shows you whether the lake bottom is composed primarily of rocks, sand, gravel or mud, as the actual size of individual fish on the screen. It retails for around $713 to $780. 

    The ultra-cool Raymarine Dragonfly, available in March 2013, will let you view the area under your boat with “photo-like clarity” using high-resolution imaging sonar.

     

    Joystick docking

    Joystick docking is all the rage — for good reason. 

    “It takes all the fear of docking away,” says Dammrich. 

    Joystick docking allows the driver to move the boat in any direction and  is appearing in more and more boats. Some manufacturers have even introduced joystick controls in outboard motors.

    Apps for your phone

    If you haven’t looked up apps for boating, you may be overwhelmed with all the choices — many of which are free or cheap and can really enhance your boating experience. Just for starters:

    – The free WindGuru app for iPhone allows you to access wind, wave and weather data instantly for locations around the world.

    – Speedometer apps help you easily keep tabs on how fast you’re going. 

    - Float Plan is a safety measure that allows you to easily send information about your boat trip to your loved ones onshore; if a problem does occur, it will help rescuers find you. 

    - Flashlight is simply a powerful flashlight that comes with a compass.

    - IKnots teaches serious sailors to tie knots.

     

     


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