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Thursday, November 19th, 2020

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Boat Winterization

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Ensuring a safe winter for your boat.

Boaters in much of the U.S. and Canada acknowledge the need to winterize their boat’s engines each autumn. But what else can go wrong? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers boat owners a free online resource at The website is chock full of winterizing checklists, tips, and a downloadable Boaters Guide to Winterizing to help all vessel owners ensure their boats are stored safely for the winter.

“In addition to winterizing the engine, there are a few other important things boaters should know,” said BoatUS Vice President of Public Affairs Scott Croft. “Like should you use a plug-in heater? How do you store a boat that has E10 fuel in the tank? Or once preparations are done, how can you keep your boat safe over the winter months?”

In addition to a boat engine winterization checklist for both outboard and inboard engines and another on what to look out for over the long winter lay-up period, also offers off-season outboard care tips and help with what to do if the winter storm of the century approaches. Following the winterization guidelines from our partner at BoatUS will help ensure you get back on the water faster next spring!

Boat Insurance Buying Tips

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

More first-time boat buyers are getting on the water this season than in summers past. Along with the boat, many new owners also find themselves shopping for boat insurance for the first time. What are the most basic things new boat owners should know about buying a boat policy? Our friends and partners at BoatUS, the nation’s largest advocacy, services, and safety group with more than 700,000 members, offers three wise buying tips.

  1. Know the two basic types of boat insurance policies: Agreed Hull Value (AHV) and Actual Cash Value (ACV). AHV policies are the most popular type of boat insurance policy sold today because if there is a total loss, there are no surprises: You and your boat insurer have already agreed on the value paid on the vessel. If, at the policy’s inception, you and your insurer agree to a hull value of $35,000, you will get $35,000 on a total loss.

    ACV policies often appeal to the more frugal because they cost less. However, if the boat is a total loss, the insurance company will pay the claim based on the actual value of the boat on the day of the loss, which is likely to be lower than what it was on the day that you purchased the boat.

    With both AHV and ACV policy types, it’s also good to understand how partial losses are paid, as depreciation can be a factor on certain equipment and boat parts and often vary among boat insurers.
  2. Look at how the boat policy handles towing assistance coverage. First ensure the policy offers an on-water towing coverage endorsement, understand how that coverage is offered and how it will pay for the tow. Otherwise, you may have to pay a hefty towing bill out of your own pocket. Adding an on-water towing endorsement to your boat policy is often less expensive than purchasing a stand-alone annual towing plan. BoatUS offers this coverage for as low as $36 a year with no deductibles and an easy-to-use App that summons the closest local TowBoatUS towing captain.

    New boat buyers who will be trailering their boat may want to ask about roadside assistance services as most auto clubs don’t handle disabled boat trailers – which may explain why they are sometimes seen left unattended on the side of a road, a prime target for theft.
  3. Pay attention to a policy’s boat salvage coverage because this could offer you significant financial benefits should you have to file a claim. A boat policy’s salvage coverage will pay to recover your sunk or partially sunk boat from under the collapsed shed, at its dock or stuck on a beach, and transport it safely to a repair facility. Some boat insurance policies either (1) won’t pay for it, (2) will deduct the cost of salvage from your total payout leaving you with less money or (3) will make you coordinate the salvage, leaving you to hire the marine salvors, cranes and barges by yourself – a difficult task on a good day and especially challenging after a major storm event.

For a free boat insurance quote or learn more, visit our local State Farm Insurance Agent, Christina M. Lloyd at (518) 877-7999 or CLICK HERE for her website.

On the Water, Separation Isn’t Just About Safe Distancing

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

With more paddlers and boaters sharing the water this summer, our friends at BoatUS Foundation offer some etiquette tips below to help ensure safety and fun for all.

The coronavirus pandemic is leading to more recreational boats and paddlers hitting the water, all trying to have fun in a safe way. So what are these two groups doing this season to safely share more crowded waters?

“Ultimately, it’s about looking out for each other,” says BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. The nonprofit boating safety and clean water arm of BoatUS shares some etiquette tips to make for a positive day on the water for paddlers and boaters alike.

Etiquette for paddlers:

  • Be seen – but that may be harder than you think. Perhaps your kayak, life jacket or clothing is a neutral or dark color. As the day progresses, glare increases, waves kick up, and it becomes more difficult for recreational boaters to see you at a safe distance. Bright clothing and life jackets, warning flags, painting paddle blades bright colors and adding reflective tape to the tips can ultimately give boaters more time to steer clear of you.
  • Try to cross channels at a 90-degree angle, and if you are with a group, cross together and not stretched out in a long line. This reduces the time you spend in a potentially hazardous waterway in which recreational vessels may be limited in navigation by size, draft or maneuverability.
  • Even if you think you have right of way, practice defensive paddling to prevent collisions and mishaps in spite of the actions of others around you. Try to avoid heavy boat traffic, and pick a route away from congestion. Typically, it is safest to pass astern of other vessels and let them cross in front of you. Some boats have awkward blind spots that prevent good visibility at certain trim angles, so never assume a boater can see you.

Etiquette for boaters:

  • Put down the phone, minimize distractions and be on the active lookout for small craft. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that operator inattention and improper lookout are at the top of the list for contributing factors to accidents. Consider learning the S.C.A.N. (Search, Concentrate, Analyze, and Negotiate) method to help you safely navigate around paddlers and other traffic on the water.
  • While you may not be in an official slow speed zone, show courtesy and slow down in areas where paddlers congregate. Be mindful of your wake. One way for boat operators to check their courtesy is to ask themselves, “If my son or daughter were in the kayak I am about to pass, what would I do?”
  • Paddling is booming, and paddlecraft rentals are here to stay. Accept and understand that some paddlers may not understand the rules of the road or all of the safety risks inherent to small-craft operation. Paddlecraft are highly maneuverable, so it’s good to give a little more breathing room on the water when you can. Everyone has a responsibility to avoid a collision.

Boating in NY in 2020

Friday, April 24th, 2020

Top 10 Safety Reminders, New Resources

By: Dave White & New York Sea Grant

In mid-April, with boating opportunities opening up with some restrictions related to marina operations, social distancing and sanitization, the Empire State Marine Trades Association, Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York, and New York Sea Grant are providing resources to encourage people to boat in a socially responsible way. Boaters should be watchful for additional restrictions or new closures and should follow CDC and New York State guidelines or restrictions for community safety. Call ahead to see if your local boating destination is open. Do not use closed or crowded areas. If you are not feeling well or show any sign of illness or symptoms, stay home. New York Sea Grant is reminding people of 10 tips to follow healthy, clean, safe and environmentally-friendly practices while socially distancing on boats at this time:

1. Observe social distancing and disinfecting standards aboard your boat. Maintain social distancing from other boats and boaters in parking lots, at dock, fueling stations, and on the water. Do not share paddles or any hand-held safety, recreational, angling or other equipment. 

2. File a float plan so someone onshore knows when and where you are going and when you are expected back. Call ahead to be sure your boat launch or marina destination is open. 

3. Know the rules of navigation. Brianna’s Law will require all motorboat operators to complete a boating safety course; new age requirements began January 1, 2020. Online classes are available. 

4. Properly equip your vessel, be it a motorized boat, paddleboard, canoe, kayak. . . Check that all gear is working or up-to-date, e.g., lights, horn, fire extinguishers, flares, batteries, signal flags, first-aid kit, etc. 

5. Have and wear an approved life vest, preferably with a bright color that would be easily seen by emergency personnel. 

6. Check and assure weather and water conditions are safe before leaving, and check while on the water for any approaching weather system. Sites for information include and

7. Have a properly-working means of communication, including a whistle, in case of emergency. 

8. Practice environmentally-responsible boating. Use a new bilge sock and fuel nozzle bib to prevent spills. 

9. Practice Clean, Drain, Dry before and after entering the water to limit the spread of aquatic invasive species. 

10. For Watercraft Inspection Program leaders, New York Sea Grant has enhanced access to new and standardized watercraft inspection program management tools on the redesigned New York State Invasive Species Clearinghouse website at

Links to New York State and marine industry guidance for safety and using boat launches, fishing-by-boat access sites, and marinas include:
– Boating During COVID-19: 
– Empire State Marine Trades Association:
– Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York:
– New York State DEC Boating and Paddling:
– NYS Parks Marine Services Bureau:
– New York Sea Grant:

Resources on offer the following points for attention:
– Limit the people aboard to only those in your immediate household; no guests
– No rafting up with other boats; no beaching your boat right next to someone else
– Maintain distance at docks, when fueling, and on the water
– Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after handling marina gates or fuel pump
– Go right from your house to the boat and back, no unnecessary contact
– Boat responsibly.

COVID-19 Update – April 2020

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020



We have received word for the Governor’s Office and Empire State Development and at this point Recreational Marinas are Non-Essential.  We have and will continue to advocate to the Governor’s office on behalf of the Marine Trades Association. However, we have been informed that this is due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in NYS and Public Health concerns. It appears that the State is looking to reassess and remove Essential Business as new developments occur and only approve business as essential from this point on if they are directly related to Public Safety and Health. While we all may be disappointed with this decision, we fully understand the position of the state government to help stop the spread of this virus and will continue to abide by the Governor’s directives.  We have put together a resource center on our website the ESMTA website, that has many useful links to information to guide each of you through these challenging times.

Empire State Development has created Essential Business Guidelines and the following industries are deemed Essential – A full list can be found HERE:

Essential retail including

  • gas stations

Essential services including

  • auto repair

For more resources please visit this link:

Lake Living: Matt O’Hara

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Matt O’hara owner of Freedom Boat Club


Matt owns and operates Freedom Boat Club located at Queen Boat Co. in Dunhams Bay on Lake George. The Westchester native did not grow up boating however. Matt discovered Freedom Boat Club while working with the company as his client through advertising sales in Massachusetts. It wasn’t until Matt met his wife Rebecca while attending Boston College he was introduced to the clear waters of Lake George. Matt saw the great opportunity he had with Lake George as another home for Freedom Boat Club and him and his wife made it happen in 2016.


Freedom Boat Club was first introduced to Lake George in the spring of 2016. Unlike other marinas and boat clubs, the Freedom Boat Club membership offers a wide variety of locations and boats all over the country to be accessible to its members. Currently Freedom Boat Club on Lake George has a variety of 12 different boats to choose from ranging from pontoon boats to center consoles. Members of the club are typically but not limited to younger families eager to get out boating.


The owner and operator of Queen Boat Co. and Freedom Boat Club, Matt does not have much free time during the busy summers. Matt and his wife Rebecca have two daughters they enjoy taking with them out on the lake. Matt explained he normally can only get out on the lake in the early spring and late summer when the business quiets down a little bit. Matt and his family enjoy spending their time on the lake in beautiful Sandy Bay. In the off-season Matt travels with his family and coaches his daughter’s basketball teams.


Freedom Boat Club members can just call up and make a reservation for a boat. Members do not have to worry about gassing, cleaning, covering, or even maintaining the boat. They just show up and the boat is ready to go. The time and stress the club saves its members from is worth the membership alone. The members only responsibility is to drive the boat wherever they want to go with no worry or hassle for any of the typical boating chores.

Lake Living: Ben Marshall

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Ben Marshall in front of the boat inspection station at Dunhams Bay


Ben has always lived and worked in the Lake George area enjoying many of the amenities the Adirondacks has to offer. Ben, who grew up in Queensbury, enjoys going cliff jumping on Lake George and wake-boarding on Glen Lake. Currently Ben is a senior at Paul Smith’s College studying Ecological Restoration.


An employee of the Lake George Park Commission, Ben plays an important role in keeping Lake George clean. For the past two years Ben has been at the forefront of the fight on Aquatic Invasive Species entering Lake George’s beautiful waters. Originally stationed at the Norowal Marina boat inspection station in Bolton Landing, Ben now works on the southern end of the lake at Dunhams Bay. The Lake George Park Commission’s motto “Arrive Clean, Drained, & Dry” basically sums up the guidelines that Ben follows when inspecting boats. “We use a Decontamination machine much like a really big pressure washer. I check the bilge for any old standing water and make sure it is removed. In addition, I also check the trims of the motors, anchor lines, trailers, and boat hulls to name a few things we pay attention to when looking for any invasive species they may have brought with them” Ben explained. If the boat Ben inspects meets all of the standards to enter the lake he then proceeds to tag the boat and record the launch with a little red park commission tag they attach to the boat for proof of inspection.


Out of the thousand’s of boats people trailer to Lake George not all of them meet the standards required to enter the lake. It is Ben’s job to decide and monitor what enters and leaves the lake. What he determines as unsafe or unsuited to enter the lake is what goes. “Often times when I do not pass a boat because of either zebra mussels or other invasive species like fishhook waterflees, the boats owner expresses their frustration towards me.” Said Ben. He went on to explain how it’s difficult for him because he understands how bad people want to get out on the water as he himself completely understands how enjoyable the lake is. However, Ben can not let the frustration and disappointment of boaters with unsafe vessels get to him because it’s his job to keep the lake clean and free of unwanted aquatic visitors.


Dunhams Bay boat inspection station is one of six inspection stations on the lake. The Lake George Park Commission implemented these stations around the lake as an effort to assist the Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program to help keep Lake George clean and its water clear and sparkling. Its hard working and caring people like Ben who are to thank for keeping the water that thousands of tourists, locals, and species inhabit clean and free of detrimental unwanted aquatic visitors.



Mercury Racing launches 450R outboard

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Steeped in Mercury Racing DNA, the 450R features a 4.6-liter V8 FourStroke powerhead boosted by an exclusive Mercury Racing supercharger to produce 450 peak propshaft horsepower and 40% higher torque than the 400R.

At over 300 pounds lighter than the nearest competitor, the new 450R delivers a new power-to-weight ratio in a compact, efficient package. The 450R offers the latest technology from Mercury Racing including: multiple gearcase, control system, tie bar, and styling options are available to create the ultimate customized outboard performance package. The Mercury Racing 450R also delivers all of its performance on readily-available 89-octane (95 RON) pump fuel.

Designed and developed in-house and manufactured in Wisconsin on a dedicated Mercury Racing production line, the 450R is based on the same 4.6-liter V8 powerhead used for the normally aspirated Mercury Racing 300R outboard models. The proprietary 64-degree aluminum block is topped with aluminum cylinder heads with a Mercury Racing Quad Cam Four Valve (QC4) design and double overhead camshafts (DOHC). The valve train features a high-performance intake cam profile and race-spec Inconel exhaust valves. The camshafts are chain-driven and run in an oil bath so there is no timing belt to maintain.

Mercury Racing applies its supercharging expertise to extract optimum power from the 4.6-liter V8. A 2.4-liter belt-driven twin-screw supercharger delivers pressure charging with zero lag for instant throttle response. The supercharger is water-cooled to reduce the temperature of the intake charge and increase power. Twin charge-air coolers engineered by Mercury Racing reduce the temperature of the compressed intake charge to further increase air density and power output. A custom designed intake attenuator is tuned to cancel the harshest high-frequency supercharger noise while retaining a throaty high-performance sound.

To maintain peak performance, a boost bypass valve automatically adjusts maximum boost pressure in response to changing ambient conditions. To better manage engine heat, the Mercury Racing 450R is fitted with a special high-capacity oil cooler and an exclusive poppet valve in the midsection to provide a higher volume of cooling-water flow on-demand. Electronics and other engine components are designed and positioned to create the tightest package possible while maintaining good service access. The carefully considered design and placement of the new supercharger and charge-air coolers allow the 450R to use the same slim-line cowl as the 300R model while incorporating higher flow intake vents. Like all Mercury Racing outboards, the 450R accommodates 26-inch center-to-center mounting on multi-engine transoms, perfect for maximizing transom space on brand new boats or re-power installations.

Mercury Racing engineers addressed every aspect of performance in designing the 450R outboard, and the weight and design of each component was scrutinized to achieve maximum power with minimal weight. The result is 450 horsepower from an outboard that weighs as little as 689 pounds (313 Kg).

The wide-open throttle (WOT) operating range extends from 5800-6400 rpm, allowing for a full complement of Mercury Racing propellers to optimize acceleration, efficiency, and top speed.

Inspired Engineering

The exclusive Mercury Racing Advanced MidSection (AMS) features heavy-duty stainless steel guide plates and stiffened engine mounts that stabilize the outboard and enhance high-speed handling. An optional rear tie-bar bracket integral to the AMS provides a strong, ultra-light mounting point and uncluttered installation for catamaran and other high-speed applications.

The AMS also isolates the powerhead from the transom to insure run quality is smooth and quiet. Standard electro-hydraulic power steering offers confident and precise control at all speeds.

The 450R also has high-performance charging capacity. The 115-amp alternator is a match for extreme audio systems and power-hungry electronics. When the Idle Charge battery-management system senses low battery voltage it automatically increases engine idle rpm to boost alternator output until batteries are charged to the proper level.

The new outboard also features Mercury’s industry-exclusive Top Cowl Service Door for routine engine oil checks and top-offs without removing the cowl. An integrated latch and carry handle eases cowl removal for service.

Gearcase Options

The surface-piercing Sport Master gearcase, designed for boats capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph, features low water pick-ups and a crescent leading-edge for maximized efficiency, and for the 450R application, a stout new one-piece 1.25-inch diameter stainless steel propshaft. From single-engine performance runabouts to multi-engine catamaran sport boats the Sport Master – in the correct application – will enhance boat handling, speed and efficiency. The available cambered skeg counteracts prop torque for improved performance and handling in single-engine applications. The 450R is also available with the 5.44 HD gearcase for lower-speed and traditional submerged applications. All 450R gearcases have a 1.60:1 gear ratio for enhanced acceleration and speed.

Intelligent Technology

Mercury Transient Spark Technology applies pre-programmed timing advance to optimize torque output for stronger hole-shot performance. Adaptive Speed Control with a custom Mercury Racing calibration automatically holds engine rpm regardless of load or condition changes – such as rough water, tight turns, tow sports and lower speeds on plane – to maintain boat momentum with less-frequent throttle control adjustment.

The 450R is compatible with Mercury Racing Zero Effort Digital controls or any Mercury Marine digital control system, which can throttle up to six outboards with a single lever in some applications. Digital throttle and shift technology enhances the high-performance boating experience by providing smooth shifting and instant response while eliminating cable rigging and maintenance. Optional Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO) is available for boats rigged with two to six outboards and provides intuitive, fingertip 360-degree boat control for docking and maneuvering in tight quarters, plus the convenience of Skyhook sea-holding features and integrated auto piloting.

An available Mercury VesselView offers systems information and engine data. VesselView can simultaneously monitor the RPM, speed, fuel flow and efficiency, temperature, trim and more on up to six outboards on an intuitive seven or nine-inch touchscreen display. VesselView also enables Advanced Sound Control, a dual muffler system that can be toggled between an ultra-quiet mode and a deep sport tone with a stirring growl on start-up.

Color Options

The Mercury Racing 450R is available in Cold Fusion white and the legendary Mercury Phantom Black. Cold Fusion White models are finished with Devil Red Eye cowl accent panels with a white Advanced MidSection (AMS) and gearcase. Black models are finished with Graphite Grey cowl accent panels and matching Graphite Grey AMS and gearcase. Devil Red Eye, Graphite Grey and Carbon Fiber accent panel kits are available to custom-match a 450R outboard to a boat color scheme.

Production of the all-new 450R is underway and customer shipments have begun.

Source: Boating Industry

Rock the Dock Music Festival 2019

Monday, July 1st, 2019

This year’s third annual Rock the Dock Music Festival will take place on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at the Lake George Steamboat Company in Lake George. The festival takes place on the steel pier and is open for all ages. Rock the Dock will feature live music with Lake Georges own Formula 5 as well as many local craft, food and beer vendors. Other performances include appearances by Magic Beans, West End Blend, Eastbound Jesus, Swimmer, Mike Powell, and JT Maple and Band. You can enjoy the music and food either on the pier or sit on the steamboats strategically docked around the pier. 25% of all ticket proceeds will go to The FUND for Lake George, so come enjoy live music, good food, and tasty beer all while helping to keep the lake clean and pristine!