Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sex, Comedy, and Boats

Source: Grand Banks Yachts

“It’s just amazing to me that you can just take a boat, and over time figure out all this s--t. And the more things you can do, you can go anywhere!” --Louis C.K.

Did you know Louis C.K. is a boatie?  Me neither.

If you aren’t familiar with the web series ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ the title pretty much explains it all.  Typically, Jerry Seinfeld (the host) picks up a comedian friend and they take a ride in a collectable car to go get coffee and make some jokes along the way.  The episode after the jump features comedian Louis C.K. and his Grand Banks yacht and a great story about running aground.

Click past the jump for some comedians on a boat getting coffee.  The boating starts around the 8 minute mark; and Louis’ story starts at the 17:40 mark, don’t miss it.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Winterizing for the Polar Vortex

Source: SpareFoot
The average Floridian wouldn’t have the slightest idea on how to winterize a boat.  Most of us go a lifetime without ever using the word “winterize”.  But with the “Polar Vortex” in full effect it may not be a bad idea to at least brush up on the finer points of getting a boat ready for cold weather storage.

This years winter has been extremely harsh, and it’s still not over. Even in the south we have been experiencing some unusually low temperatures, which means extra precautions when it comes to boat storage.  If you haven’t taken your boat out of the water yet, it might be a bit late, but next year it may be a good idea to be prepared for these types of weather conditions.

Both winter weather and long periods of storage in general can put wear and tear on your boat. In the following infographic, SpareFoot has listed out the steps you can and should take to get your boat ready for storage.  Storing your boat correctly will also help ensure a smooth start to the next boating season.

SpareFoot is the worlds largest marketplace for self-storage, with more than 6,500 facilities across the country, including hundreds of boat storage facilities. Use SpareFoot to find and reserve the best deals on boat storage in your area.

Click past the jump for the full infographic from SpareFoot and BoatUS

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Videos: 1968 Lamborghini Powered Riva

Source: Maurice Volmeyer Fotografie
If you have ever struggled with a smaller boat being labeled a yacht, here is your classic example of a “yacht”.  Think of it kind of like the automotive equivalent of a supercar. Here you have that one-two punch of elegant, timeless beauty and masterful engineering.  A classic 1968 Riva Aquarama with twin 4.0-liter V-12 Lamborghini engines (no, those were not factory options).  I bet you had no idea Ferruccio Lamborghini was such a passionate boatie?

If looking over a classic Riva Aquarama (or even a new one for that matter) doesn’t stir something within your soul, then you need to check your pulse. And if the thought of twin Lamborghini V12's powering said classic Aquarama doesn’t make your heart race a little, then you are no boatie and you’re dead to me.  

Click past the jump for some more photos of what Frankenstein would have looked like if that mad scientist were an Italian tractor designer instead. There are also two videos after the jump.  The first is mostly dedicated to the visual aesthetic of the spicy Italian.  The second video is better suited to those of us more inclined to the audible pleasure of hearing two Lamborghini V12’s at wide open throttle, at the same time.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Boats at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Source: Show Management

The 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show officially open tomorrow.  That means lots of new boats will make their debut.  Here is a list of some of what can be expected to debut at this years FLIBS.  With more than 1,000 boats on display and three million square feet of exhibit space to cover I am sure  this list is just the tip of the iceberg. Click past the jump for the press release and then head on down to Ft. Lauderdale to see them for yourself.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Get a Cannon for your Boat, a Cooler Cannon!

Source: Cooler Cannon via Kickstarter

Have you ever wanted a cannon for your boat? Come on, be honest, you know the 8 year old kid in you would have traded any number of your younger siblings to have a boat with a real, working cannon.

Now you can appease that cutthroat inner child of yours and still feel like a grown-ass man. Get yourself a Cooler Cannon, it's a cooler that can shoot you a fresh can. When you’re anchored up at the island you won’t have to climb back into the boat to get yourself a beverage beer. You know you are already picturing that next icey cold beverage being shot over the gunnel and into your hand.  Head on over to the Cooler Cannon Kicksarter campaign and you can pick up an early production model for around $200.

Check out a video of the Cannon in action after the jump.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Official: Belzona Announces New 327 Walk Around

Source: Ocean5 Naval Architects
When we last met up with the team from Belzona Marine in Miami, they hinted at an upcoming walkaround model. Today, Belzona officially announced the arrival of that model before the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Belzona 327 Walk Around.  We also happened to stumble upon a rendering of the 327 WA on the Ocean5 Naval Architects website.

Pretty much a year after their initial debut, Belzona Marine is set to bring their second model to market.  The 327 Walk Around is an all new model complete with a seven foot birth, and don’t forget those easy open sliding doors.  You can get your first glimpse of the new 327 WA in Ft. Lauderdale October 31st - November 4th, 2013 Booth Numbers: 2017 & 2018.

Click through the jump for the official press release form Belzona!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Video: Don’t Touch the Boat, Bro!

Source: Vimeo
It’s more a commercial for swim shorts than it is about boats; but we’ve all met someone like this. You know the type, a real quarter-pounder-with-douche that has more money than taste.  Just don’t touch his boat or his cronie will go “viper” on you. Check out the video after the jump.

If you dig the shorts, you can pick up a pair at Lacrosse Playground.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Video: Ghost River, Ontario

Source: Vimeo
Man, I can’t believe the summer is already half over.  I hope all you boaties have been getting out and making the most of this year’s boating season.  If your life has been anything like mine lately you have an itch to get out on the water that you just can’t seem to scratch.  Hopefully the video after the jump can offer a little motivation for you to plan an aquatic adventure while there is still some summer left.  In a desperate attempt to get some much needed family time, Boatieblog is packing up the canoe and heading to the mountains of North Carolina for the next week.  We’ll do our best to capture some good stories to share with you.

Check out the video of the Ghost River Camp near Sioux Lookout, Ontario after the jump; and don’t forget to leave us a comment of your favorite boating escape so far this summer.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Stuff Boaties Like: Shipwreck Furniture

Source: Shipwreck Furniture
The histories of their reclaimed lumber read more like some tragic police report than a storied existence.  The derelict vessel carcasses, forgotten and neglected; hauled from the depths, cut to pieces, and left to bake and decay beneath an unforgiving sun.  As tragic as their endings may have been, there is no denying that they still have character.

Shipwreck Furniture specializes in taking lumber from old wooden hulls that have been neglected, sunk, and scrapped and turns it into functional pieces of art.  Located in South Africa, these unique furniture makers painstakingly remove countless shank nails to ready the timbers for new life.  The results are stunning, rustic pieces that not only have a story, but would look great in any boaties house, house boat, boat house, or yacht.  I’ve got my eye on a few pieces.  Check out their portfolio of furniture in the gallery here.  And read about the history of the wrecks here.  I’ve pick out my favorite pieces and put them in a gallery after the jump.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This Boat is Real: Father’s Day 2013

"On the Pontoon..."

Forget breakfast in bed, this dad got breakfast on a boat for Father’s Day.  It’s no secret to my family what thoughts occupy my time when I’m not preoccupied with their needs. Yet despite the fact that I incessantly ramble on about boats, my loving family decided to take me out boating for Father’s Day.

We got the kids up early, loaded up the minivan and headed north to Deland, Florida. We met up with more family at Tropical Resort and Marina to rent a 24ft pontoon boat for Father’s Day.  The marina had a Sweetwater SW 2486 all gassed up and ready to launch.  After a short briefing, we were on our way by 8:45am.  By 9am this Dad had a plate of breakfast in front of him and a lake breeze on his face, all the makings of the perfect Father’s Day.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Video: Miss Daytona, The Boat

Source: Autoweek
There was a time in the history of boating when racing a boat meant you had to have a hairy chest and a waxed handlebar mustache.  Your only safety gear was a tied on life jacket and the only way your engine’s emissions were reduced was by the amount of exhaust you inhaled while skip across the water.  

The Miss Daytona was a boat of that era.  The stepped hull, transom rudder boat had a supercharged motor designed by Harry Miller (that gives it a proven race engine pedigree).  Check out a video of car collector Bruce Meyer taking Miss Daytona for a test cruse.  About 6 minutes into the video the boat gets up to speed and the engine really comes to life, I probably watched that part five times over, what a machine.  

Go ahead and give your imaginary waxed mustache a quick twist and click past the jump to climb aboard the ever classy Miss Daytona.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Video: The Edge

Now here is a video of a couple of boaties who know how to have a good time.  Watching these two launch wave after wave on their nimble inflatables, you get the sense the boats are trying to escape the grasp of the ocean and just go full airborne.  The Ceasar Inflatables are rugged and race proven and look like the perfect craft to test the boundary between water and air.

If this video doesn’t make you want to hit the water and throttle up you need to have your pulse checked.  Click past the jump to get your adrenaline going.

Special thanks to Luke S and Uncle Dave for some sick air and the great video to share it with us.  Maybe next time you’ll have a couple friends brave enough to experience that flying feeling.