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The Great Upstate Boat Show Another Success

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Despite the looming possibility of the Fed raising interest rates in recent weeks, it was another positive year for The Great Upstate Boat Show this past weekend. The leading Upstate NY boat dealers and lifestyle vendors put on some very impressive displays. Some attendees who’ve visited other shows, such as the New York Boat Show and Atlantic City show were vocal to organizers regarding how well the show layout was and how approachable the dealers were.

People from all over New York and New England attend this event each year. Statistics show that folks from over 300 zip codes travel near and far to enjoy this particular boat show. Based on live interviews at this year’s show, some were attending as an effort to get more information about boating and the boating lifestyle; and others were there to take advantage of the selection under one roof paired with the aggressive pricing by dealers.

“Each year, we try do a little more to improve the experience for customers,” said Joel Holden, Executive Director. This year’s show did have some unique offerings over past years, including an all electric pontoon boat featured by Hyde’s RV & Boats in Rexford, NY. There were also some unique vendors at this years show such as CV-Tec Marine Industry Careers booth and Freedom Boat Club, a neat boat sharing service headquartered at Queen Boat Co. on Lake George.

All in attendance however, seemed to be leaving the gates with big smiles on their faces. It could have been the nice weather out there for a change. However, we’d like to think it was another job well done by all involved.

Mark Your Calendars: The 2019 Great Upstate Boat Show dates announced

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

The biggest boat show between New York City and Montreal just announced the official dates for the 2019 show:

Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2019 at The Adirondack Sports Complex (“The Dome”) in Queensbury, NY.

For more information on The Great Upstate Boat Show, please click here: http://thegreatupstateboatshow.com

NYS Canal Corp. Votes To Waive Fees For Recreational Boats Until 2021

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

CANAL CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THREE-YEAR WAIVER OF TOLLS FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS

Dates for Navigation Season Through 2021 are Also Released

WHITE PLAINS—The New York State Canal Corporation Board of Directors today approved a continued waiver of tolls for recreational vessels through 2021, following two years of toll-free travel that saw increases in canal traffic.

The tolls, $25 to $100 depending on the size of the boat, had been waived in 2017 and 2018 to celebrate the Erie Canal bicentennial and the 100-year anniversary of the New York State Barge Canal, now known as the New York State Canal System.

“We had initially waived the tolls for special occasions, but the increased patronage of the canals is also a cause for celebration,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of the New York Power Authority, which oversees the state Canal System. “Come spring, we hope even more boaters will find out why the canals make for a unique experience on the water.”

Tolls will continue to be collected for commercial vessels.

Motorized pleasure boat traffic on the state Canal System increased 3 percent over last year as boaters took advantage of tolls being waived. Such vessels—the most-common type on the canals—were recorded traveling through Canal System locks and lift bridges 71,529 times during the 2018 navigation season, compared to 69,362 lockings in 2017.

The figures account for each time a boat goes through a lock or under a lift bridge, not the actual number of boats. If a boat travels through several locks it would be counted as locking through each time.

In a related move, the New York State Canal Corporation today announced the navigation season dates for recreational vessels for 2019-2021. Each year, the season will begin the Friday of the week before Memorial Day and end the Wednesday after Columbus Day. For example, the 2019 season will run from May 17 to Oct. 16. The dates are in line with the navigation seasons for the last two years.

“We sought to have a more predictable schedule for the thousands of boaters who use the canals,” said Brian U. Stratton, Canal Corporation director. “Announcing the dates now will provide mariners, communities and business interests along the canal corridor with ample advance notice to plan itineraries and events.”

The navigation season is designed to optimize conditions and productivity for critical maintenance and capital work that can only be performed when canals are closed. Traditionally, the canals have been kept open later in the year when very little boating occurred, forcing Canal Corporation employees and contractors to compact work schedules and work in more dangerous conditions.

The new schedule allows for increased productivity, while continuing navigation during periods when the overwhelming majority of boaters have historically used the canals– with the greatest usage between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Canal Corporation also announced it is reviewing the hours of operation during the navigation season in response to feedback from recreational boaters, vessel operators, and canal businesses. Operating hours for 2019 will be announced in April.

The dates are subject to change based on weather conditions and water levels.

To receive the latest notices on canal conditions, sign up at http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/tas/tascanals/index.aspx.

SOURCE: http://www.canals.ny.gov

About the New York State Canal Corporation

New York’s canal system includes four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca. Spanning 524 miles, the waterway links the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. The canals form the backbone of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and connect hundreds of unique and historic communities. In 2018, New York is celebrating the bicentennial of the start of the Erie Canal’s construction.

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Winterizing Your Boat

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

5 STEPS TO WINTERIZING YOUR BOAT

As temperatures start to drop in the Northeast, all boat owners know it’s the sad time of year when you try to get that one last joy ride in before the boating season comes to a close. It’s also that time of year when you need start thinking about winterizing your boat. Boat Upstate NY wants to make sure you and you’re boat are ready for the long winter nights!

There are many steps you must take at the end of the season to ensure your boat is fully protected during the winter. There’s nothing worse than bringing your boat out of storage for the next year of boating, only to find it cracked or damaged from improper winterization. It’s important to build your own checklist during the years, to ensure you are not skipping over anything important. We’ve compiled five steps to include each year during your winterization process.

As boat owners, we all know the season isn’t over until the boats fully lifted into storage, so it’s important to take the proper steps after the sunny summer days have past and the chilly winter season rolls into town.

Step 1: Clean and Empty Your Boat

The first thing you want to do is give your boat a nice scrub down. This way you can get all the dirt and slime off the bottom and creases of your boat, plus you’ll be happy come summer when you unwrap it for the new season. Another thing to keep in mind when your washing your boat is to look under all the seat and clear out any items that were misplaced during summer. Towels, floaties, water toys and clothes are probably hiding out somewhere. If you have a cabin cruiser, make sure to check your cupboards and clear out any food and beverages that might of gotten left behind. There’s nothing worse than finding a opened bag of moldy Cheetos, six months later! The last item you may want to consider when cleaning your boat for the winter months is to remove and clean the terminals of your batteries. Store the battery in your garage where you can give it a few charges throughout the winter months to ensure it stays fully charged for the new season.

Winterizing_Your_BoatStep 2: Winterizing Your Boat Engine

Without the proper preparations to your engine, you risk the possibility of freezing or rust during storage. So, depending if you have an inboard or outboard boat engine, winterizing your boat engine is still one of the most important steps you should take when prepping your boat for storage. While these are some of our top steps, always consult your boat owner’s manual for your boat’s specific winterization instructions.

  • Run your engine to bring it to operating temperature
    • Preferable your boat will be out of the water during this step, so connect your boat to a hose to offer a full supply of water to the engine
  • Treat your fuel system
    • If storing your boat with fuel that doesn’t contain alcohol, top off the tanks with fresh fuel (not containing alcohol) and add fuel stabilizer to treat your fuel. The stabilizer keeps the gas fresh for the upcoming year
    • If storing your boat without fuel, completely empty your tanks but add stabilizer to any fuel that may remain in the tank
  • Check & replace fuel filter
    • Bring engine to operating temperature
    • Check fuel filter for leaks and make any necessary fixes
    • Run engine for 15 minutes to help fuel stabilizer enter engine’s fuel system
  • Replace oil & inspect sparkplugs
    • Give your engine an oil change
    • Check your sparkplugs and add lubrication. Replace if necessary
  • Drain tank and water lines
    • Inspect and replace any water lines
    • Add few ounces of antifreeze
  • Fog the engine
    • Fogging oil prevents corrosion of inboard and outboard engines that are stored for long periods of time

Step 3: Inspect Your Boat

Your boat has been taken out of the water and you’ve properly winterized your engine. Great! Now is the best time to give your boat a nice inspection and make notes of cracks, damage or minor fixes you may want to make during the offseason.

Check the underside of your boat for scrapes and dents, if you used your boat a lot this summer you might find something you don’t remember hitting, but hopefully not! Re-examine the side walls and all your joints to ensure there are not any major gaps or questionable spots you may want to ask your local boat shop about. Basically, this clears you of any liability if you find damage to your boat after a winter of storage.

Step 4: Shrink Wrap Your Boat

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or have self-storage that is covered, you probably already know the necessary steps to protect your boat from snow and other water damage. However, it is always important to wrap your boat using shrink wrapping kits or a tarp system that is tight and elevated, keeping minimal snow buildup during winter. While tarps and self-storing systems may work, we always suggest having professional shrink wrapping done by your local boat service shop.

Step 5:  Store your boat

After you’ve gotten all the past steps completed, you’re going to want to store your boat for the winter, this is a big piece to fully winterizing your boat. When it comes to storing your boat, you have a few options. Boat storage is just another piece to boat ownership and is an important to take boat storage into consideration if you are a first-time boat owner or thinking about buying a boat for the first time. Marina’s and boat storage can fill fast, so please take the time to consider all available options to avoid stressful situations come fall.

  • Self-Storage: If you’re storing your boat yourself you are going to want to follow your boater’s owner’s manual, as well as the steps we’ve laid out in this blog to ensure you store your boat properly and out of a. Self-storage is a cheap alternative to professional storage, but please consider the following:
    • Clear the space and ensure it is on a level ground
    • Place blocks behind your trailer’s wheels, so it does not roll backwards
    • Check the area above. Tree limbs and branches love to fall and break because of the weight of the snow, so make sure no major tree limbs can fall and damage your boat
  • Professional Indoor or Outdoor Storage: Many marinas and boat dealers offer their customers the option for indoor & outdoor storage, at a cost … there’s always a cost! Anyway, there are many benefits to using a professional to store your boat, including:
    • Keeps your boat off your yard and your neighbors happy
    • Covered storage is normally available and offers the best way to keep your boat free of snow, water and other debris
    • Check with your local marina as they may offer discounts on storage if you dock your boat there during the summer
    • Boat winterization and other winter maintenance can be included with boat storage

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Because winterizing your boat can be a difficult task, we recommend searching our list of local boat dealers, marinas and shops to find boat servicing near you. This way you can prevent liability from damage, including freezing water in the engine.

 

 

 

Tips When Shopping for A New Boat

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

When Is The Best Time To Buy A Boat?

Ask anyone in the retail boat business, “When is the best time to buy a boat?” and they’ll answer, “Today!” Probe a little further and you’ll find there’s more to consider, including where you live, whether you’re buying new or used, and the time of year and the time of the month. Conventional wisdom says that boat sellers have monthly quotas, just as car sellers do, and that better prices can be negotiated near the end of the month. But that’s not necessarily true in the boat business. The new model year begins each late summer, and boats for sale in the spring may sell for a lower price as the date approaches for the new 2019 models to arrive at the end of August or September.

Even in a rising market, builders like to prime the pump for the new model year and will often offer dealers short- term incentive to sell their new 2019 model for the price of a 2018 model. But these models may also be sold out quickly. “As a result August or September for the Lake George Boat dealers is a very strong sales month, since many of them have one or two year old boat rentals for sale!” says Roger Phinney, Director of the Lake George Boat Show. “Whether you’re after a new or used boat”, says Phinney, “the time to buy the boat you want in 2018 is whenever you can get your hands on it.” The used-boat market is hot right now because the economy is doing well and there is a scarcity of boats for sale!” Those 6 or 8-year-old boats you might like to buy now simply don’t exist in adequate numbers. As Phinney puts it, “If you see that 2012 model you’ve been looking for, buy it now. If you wait until tomorrow, it may well be sold.”

To some extent, every boat-buying decision involves emotions, but Fall on Lake George is different! The weather is cool, the scenery spectacular, and the Lake George boat dealers, offer a great opportunity to take advantage of demo boats in the water for free trials of new and used boats. One great event to keep an eye out for is the Lake George In-Water Boat Show on September 15th & 16th. This gives anyone in the market for a boat a unique way to experience and test drive some of the latest boat models before the end of the season.

On top of all that many hotels, motels and cottages in the Lake George area discount their weekend packages thus you save both ways, while enjoy fall on Lake George, a never to be forgotten wonderful experience!

SOURCE: Boating On The Hudson Magazine: Written by James Sorensen & Published by John Vargo

Skaneateles Lake & Lake George Partner on Algae Bloom Prevention

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

SOURCE: Gwendolyn Craig, The Post-Star

A Class AA water body and sister lake to Lake George has already experienced multiple toxic algal blooms this summer, and The Jefferson Project is hoping to find out why. Skaneateles Lake, a Finger Lake in Onondaga County that provides drinking water to the city of Syracuse and multiple surrounding towns and villages, was plagued with the blooms last year, too. The Jefferson Project, an environmental monitoring system developed by IBM Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The Fund for Lake George, is expanding from Lake George to Skaneateles Lake with a monitoring platform already set up, according to a release.

 

Free Safe Boating Course – July 28 & 29

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is offering a free two-day boater safety course at its Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook on July 28 and 29.

Anyone born after May 1, 1996, must pass an approved boater safety course to legally operate a motor boat. In addition, New York State Law requires a boating safety course for the operation of personal watercraft (PWC).

The Safe Boating Course is a comprehensive course that provides the fundamentals of safe boating operation and is approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Certified Instructors and DEC Environmental Conservation Officers teach the course, which includes eight hours of classroom instruction over two days.

Students must be10 years old to take the class. The course will be given at DEC Region 5 Headquarters at 1115 State Rt. 86, Ray Brook, NY. The course runs from at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 29.

Instructors will issue students a temporary Safe Boating Certificate good for 90 days upon completion of the course. Adults age 18 or older must submit $10 to the Bureau of Marine Services to receive a permanent safe boating certificate.

Call 518-897-1324 to pre-register for the course. Class size is limited. Please notify instructors in advance if students require any special accommodations.

Invasive Species Prevention Week

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Spectrum News Anchor, Solomon Syed caught up with Warren County Supervisor, Dennis Dickinson; Lake George Park Commission Executive Director, Dave Wick; and Julie Tighe and Justin Perry with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today to discuss invasive species.

Please click the link below to view the three very informative videos under the title, Invasive Species Prevention Week: http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/in-focus

In Focus is a 30-minute public affairs program hosted by award-winning reporter and evening anchor Solomon Syed, exclusively on Spectrum News. Each week, Solomon will invite experts around Albany to discuss a wide range of issues impacting the Capital Region. In Focus airs on Spectrum News each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and repeats Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

SOURCE: http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region

Would this loss be covered by your boat insurance policy?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

For the majority of recreational boaters, a boat insurance claim won’t be in their future this summer – but you can never predict when something will happen. Is your boat insurance policy up to par? With the boating season just begun, our partners at BoatUS suggest that you should do a quick “checkup” on your boat insurance policy to ensure you have three important coverages.

Three important coverages boaters sometimes overlook:

1. Consequential damage coverage: Big, bad things like sinkings, often happen to boats as a result of some small part below the waterline failing. Think cracked rubber outdrive bellows or broken thru-hulls. Check your policy now to ensure it includes consequential damage coverage that pays for losses that often begin with a failed part that may be excluded under the policy. This means the leaky rubber outdrive bellows or broken thru-hull itself may not be covered, but with consequential damage coverage, the rest of the repairs or total loss – your sunken boat – will be (up to the limits you have selected). One caveat: This consequential damage coverage often applies only to major or total losses. It’s typical, for example, to cover the immediate consequential damage resulting from any sinking, fire, explosion, demasting, collision or stranding.

2. Salvage coverage: A windstorm collapses your marina’s shed roof onto your boat. You run hard aground and damage the running gear. You are now in a salvage situation: The boat is not a total loss and needs to be recovered and brought to a repair facility. Most boaters assume the cost of removing the boat to a safe location is covered by their insurance policy, but some policies will first subtract salvage costs from the insured value of the boat, reducing the funds available to repair the boat, or the amount paid to the boater in the event of a total loss. Or worse yet, some policies pay only a small percentage of that insured value – perhaps just 5 to 10 percent – to pay for salvage costs, again forcing you to pay more out of pocket. Make sure your policy has salvage coverage that is separate but equal to the limit of your boat’s hull-value coverage. For example, a boat with an agreed value of $40,000 should have another separate $40,000 available just for salvage expenses.

3. Hurricane haulout coverage: For boats in hurricane zones, hurricane haulout coverage is a must. This coverage helps a boat owner make the decision to haul his or her boat before the storm as it helps pay a portion of the labor costs to have a boat hauled, prepared and tied-down by professionals, or moved by a licensed captain. While hauling out in preparation for a storm costs the boater some money, it’s potentially far less than if the boat sustained damage or became a total loss. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program pays 50 percent of the cost of labor, up to $1,000, to have the boat hauled or moved to the safety of a hurricane hole, and the haulout does not penalize the policyholder.

For more information on boating insurance or to find a local boat insurance provider near you, please contact us today.

Tracking Invasive Species Using Artificial Intelligence

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

June 2, 2018 – Queensbury, NY 

Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM Senior Vice President of Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research gave an important lecture at the Warren County Economic Development Corporation Luncheon today at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge regarding the advancement and exponential growth potential of Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Kelly gave a detailed overview of AI and the amazing super-computers he and his colleagues at IBM are currently working on. Mind blowing stuff, really. According to Dr. Kelly, theses new advancements in technology are going to such high levels, that computer chips the size of a grain of salt will actually be able to process data in seconds, to help humans in just about every field make key decisions and solve problems with a 99% accuracy.

In one specific example, Dr. Kelly explained that using AI, IBM’s computer technology scales Globally and it could help a doctor in India retrieve an American citizen’s digital health records in seconds, to properly be able to diagnose and best treat ailments of that person, in real-time. Additionally, he explained that IBM is working tirelessly with leaders in healthcare to be able to use this technology to hyper-target the source of rogue cell mutations, assisting health care providers to actually be able to prevent the spread of cancer at the source, upon diagnosis. Pretty awesome news.

For boaters like us, some neat details were discussed regarding how IBM, The FUND for Lake George, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY have joined forces on The Jefferson Project, to utilize IBM’s AI technology to track invasive species. The group’s joint effort is currently tracking human behavior and its impact on Lake George, using IBM’s computers and AI technology tracking system as an effort to more proactively be able to prevent the contamination and spread in the future. More great news there. The best part however, is that this technology is already being scaled as a means to track the same activity throughout other bodies of water in Upstate NY, such as Skaneateles.

At IBM, Dr. Kelly is focused on the company’s investments in several of the fastest-growing and most strategic parts of the information technology market. His portfolio includes IBM Analytics, IBM Security and IBM Watson (as seen on Jeopardy, outsmarting human beings), as well as IBM Research and the company’s Intellectual Property team.

He also oversees the specialization of IBM Watson into various industries and domains including IBM Watson Health, IBM Watson Internet of Things, IBM Watson Education, IBM Watson Financial Services and IBM Watson Customer Engagement.

In this role, Dr. Kelly’s top priorities are to stimulate innovation in key areas of information technology and to bring those innovations into the marketplace quickly; to apply these innovations to help IBM clients succeed; and to identify and nurture new and future areas for investment and growth. He works closely with the leaders of these units to drive business development, accelerate technology transfer and invest for the future.