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Tips for Trailering Safety

Monday, July 1st, 2019


source: Boating Magazine

  • The first step in safe towing is to make sure the trailer tires are suitable for the size of the boat being towed. This is important to check on your vehicle too because towing an extra load puts a lot more stress and weight relying on your vehicle to safely pull and bring to a stop.
  • Checking the tire pressure is the next step in safe towing. Under-inflated tires can be subject to blowouts and tire failure when a load is placed on the trailer. In addition, it is always important to check the wheel bearings, trailer axels, and wheel hubs for wear and tear.
  • The third step in safe trailering is to make sure when the trailer is hitched to the vehicle that the trailer tongue is correctly locked on to the ball of the hitch. It is always important to hook the trailers safety chains up in a X formation to the vehicle pulling the trailer. Safety chains serve as a form of insurance if the trailer was to come off the ball of the hitch while driving.
  • The final step to safe trailering is to make sure the lights on the trailer, including brake lights and turning signals work correctly. It is important to always do a walk around before driving to make sure the lights work and the boat sits as level as can be with the vehicle. Incorrect weight distribution when towing can cause trailers to loose control and swing all over the road endangering yourself and other drivers.

DEC photo contest for Female Anglers

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is running a photo contest called “WomenHuntFishNY” for female anglers-of all ages in New York State. The contest begins June 17 and will be open until July 8. The “WomenHuntFishNY” contest categories includes but is not limited to freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, and Ice fishing. In addition, the contest also encourages photos of youth fishing, mothers and children, and action shots to be entered as well. The winner of the contest will be featured on DEC’s website, social media, marketing campaigns, and print products.

To be entered in the contest the photo must depict women fishing in New York State. Entrees for the contest should be emailed to Participants are strongly encouraged to include a description of their photograph describing the experience.

New Boating Safety Legislation makes it’s way to Gov. Cuomo’s desk

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Sources: Patch, WRGB Albany

Boating safety in New York State will likely see improvement with new legislation on its way to Governor Cuomo’s desk to receive his signature. Current boating safety legislation requires only people born after May, 1996 to have a boater’s safety course certificate otherwise known as a boater’s license. “Brianna’s Law” was proposed to reconstitute the boater’s safety legislation and has passed through both the State Assembly and State Senate. “Brianna’s Law” will require any individual operating a powered vessel to have the boater’s safety course approved by commissioner of parks, recreation and historic preservation. The final step in making this legislation a law is Governor Cuomo’s longed for signature.

The development of “Brianna’s Law” has been on-going for almost 14 years since the tragic death of 11-year-old Brianna Lieneck. Back in 2005, Brianna and her family were making their voyage back from Fire Island when another vessel struck their boat on the Great South Bay. The accident resulted in the tragic death of 11-year-old Brianna and her parents in critical condition. Brianna’s mother, Gina Lieneck, has been advocating for this law to be passed in honor of her daughter. “I made a promise to her that I will do all that it takes to get this law passed. It’s not just about the death of my daughter, but all the lives that have been lost on our waterways due to uneducated boaters.”

The death of 11-year-old Brianna Lieneck is not the only life taken too soon. A fatal boating accident on Lake George in 2016 resulted in the loss of 8-year-old Charlotte McCue. A similar situation where one boat struck another boat resulting in a tragic and awful ending. The unfair and untimely deaths of these two innocent children could have been prevented with the proper knowledge and training on boating safety. “Brianna’s Law” will improve this lack of knowledge and educate everyone operating a powered vessel on how to boat safely, handle emergency situations, and prevent anymore tragedies on New York’s beautiful waters.

The new legislation is expected to be signed by Governor Cuomo within the next few weeks. Once Gov. Cuomo signs the legislation to finalize the law it will be implemented and applied to all New York State waters. “Brianna’s Law” will apply to drivers of private vessels with motorized propellers. Boat renters will be required to take an instructional course prior to taking the boat on the water if they do not have a boater’s safety course. The law will be phased in throughout the next five years.

NYS allocates $190,000 to the Capital Region to combat invasive species

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Source: Post Star

NYS is allocating $2.8 million of the Environmental Protection Fund to help fight the war on aquatic invasive species. The Capital Region will see some of this funding thanks to the Environmental Protection Fund working together with the State Department of Environmental Conservation to grant $190,000 to local towns and organizations.

The Lake George Association obtained the majority of this funding to further strengthen the security and safety of Lake George through the boat launches located at the northern end of the lake. The LGA plans to use the $78,575 of invasive species grant money to staff lake stewards at both the Hague Town Boat Launch and Gull Bay Public Boat Launch.

The stewards employed by the LGA from this grant money will allow for full-time operation of inspections stations in Hague and Gull Bay. The stewards play an important role in invasive species management by identifying and removing invasive plants and animals that can be harmful and destructive to Lake George which makes this grant essential to the LGA.

In addition to the LGA, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute received a large portion of the state funded grant, with $78,134. RPI is developing new technology to assist in the identification of invasive species. Jeremy Farrell, a research scientist at Darrin Freshwater Institute, and his team have developed this tool by analyzing previously collected data from Lake George to help predict and combat invasive species. The data they analyze contains information in regards to where boats came from and what invasive species came with it and how to best clean the invasive species off it. This tool will improve the accuracy, speed, and effectiveness of the boat inspection stations.

Celebrity Mike Rowe Offers Trades Scholarship

Friday, June 7th, 2019

This is an amazing effort by celebrity, Mike Rowe.…/

Did you know that 95% of all boats sold in the U.S. are made right here in the U.S.A? Today, U.S. marine manufacturing supports over 650,000 jobs and 34,833 businesses. The boating industry is growing steadily yet it’s facing a shortage of new, qualified workers. According to a study by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, 31,000 jobs will be open and needed in the U.S. Marine Industry by the end of 2019. This presents a major opportunity for individuals looking to earn a nice living.

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:

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

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018


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.

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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


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


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