Captains for Clean Water

The estuaries on the East and West coasts of Florida are being deluged by nutrient laden, sediment filled water. This is causing long term damage to our fisheries. Meanwhile Florida Bay is starved of clean fresh water needed to sustain the fishery. The solution is to ‪#‎BuyTheLand‬ south of Lake Okeechobee and ‪#‎SendCleanWaterSouth‬ Thanks to…

West Marine Announces New Direction for BlueFuture®

Charitable fund will support nonprofit organizations dedicated to youth waterlife recreation, education and stewardship. Watsonville, Calif., Mar. 15, 2016 — Starting this spring, West Marine is taking a new approachwith its nonprofit BlueFuture program. While the program initially supported initiatives on threefronts — youth boating, sustainable fisheries and marine conservation — the company hasopted to…

Provide Your Feedback to the Coast Guard on Boating Safety

The Coast Guard said the draft Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program 2017-21 was published in the Federal Register. The NMMA said Ernie Marshburn and his volunteer strategic plan work group prepared the draft and is asking for public feedback. The Coast Guard is offering the opportunity for review and comment so…

Pursuing Lost Youth

People who grow up boating will always boat. That’s the message the industry has been sending in its effort to get more people on the water as kids. And for good reason. Traditionally, many of the people who grow up boating eventually become boat owners themselves. But what was a given in the past doesn’t…

Seven Must-Have Ditch Bag Items

Ditch bags are compact floating bags designed to hold critical items boaters need in an emergency. With everything in one place, boaters can quickly jump into a life raft or even the water with important items needed to speed their rescue. The experts at The GPS Store, Inc. of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina to…

PolarKraft Sold

Godfrey Marine said it completed the sale of the brand and certain assets and liabilities of Polar Kraft aluminum fishing boats, which is located in Syracuse, Ind. Godfrey Marine manufactures Hurricane deckboats and Godfrey pontoon boats. The decision to sell the aluminum fishing boat line was made as part of Godfrey’s strategy to refocus on…