Monthly Archives: January 2014

Recreational Boating in the United States: An Infographic

Here are some facts and figures about recreational boating in the United States. Did you think the Midwest would be the top area for recreational boaters? These numbers are from the 2011 National Recreational Boating Survey done be the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division. For more numbers, check out their survey.

Recreational Boating in the U.S. Infographic

Note: Click the image for the full-size version.

Top 5 Weekend Getaway Places via Aircraft

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Much of the country is in the midst of one of the coldest winters we’ve seen in a long time, but don’t let that stop you from hopping on your plane and finding some fun. The question is: where to go? We put together a list of destinations that may tempt you to take a flight this weekend.

1. Grand Canyon – You may have visited the Grand Canyon before, but have you seen it from the air? It will be hard to see as much as you can of one of the seven wonders of the world since it ranges 277 miles long, but you can certainly try.┬áThere is no landing fee at Grand Canyon National Airport, so that is an added bonus.

2. Lake Placid/Kiwassa Lake, Adirondacks, N.Y. – If you’re looking for a more zen-like location, there’s no other place like Lake Placid. The area hosts many resorts and is also great if you have a seaplane, allowing you to land directly on any of the 23 miles of Adirondacks waterways.

3. Jackson Hole, WY – If you’re not too concerned about the cold, try Jackson Hole at this time of the year. Hiking the scenic Tetons are a wonderful way to get away from the city, plus the city boasts chuck wagons to get your fill of steak and comfort food.

4. Nashville, TN – There’s New York and L.A., but there’s also Nashville in terms of the music industry. Walk into an establishment on any given evening, and you will be sure to find some of the best musicians jamming.

5. Kansas City, MO – Some people consider Kansas City a flyover area, but it is home to some of the best and most authentic barbeque in the United States. Check out Arthur Bryant’s and Jack Stack Barbeque; they will have you licking your fingers clean.

As a pilot, you have access to a fun weekend with some of the most amazing places. So grab your camera and suitcase, and gas up that plane.

Winter Activities for Boaters

Winter Activites for Boaters

Does putting away your boat for the winter season give you the blues? Unless you’re a snow and cold lover, you probably dream about getting your boat back out all winter long. Luckily, there are some things boaters can do in the wintertime to enjoy boats, even when yours is in storage. Here are our tips for feeding your love of boating throughout the off-season.

Attend Boat Shows

Even though going to a boat show isn’t quite as glorious as going out on the water, it can still satisfy your boat junkie cravings. Go to a boat show and drool over the shiny new boats and futuristic new technology while hanging out and chatting with other boat lovers. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of boat shows:
http://www.boatshows.com/calendar.aspx

Get a Magazine Subscription

If you don’t already subscribe to a boating magazine or two, winter is a good time to do so. You can pine over the pretty pictures of new boats, learn about emerging technology, brush up on boating news, read intriguing boating stories and more. Here are some of the most popular ones:
http://www.boatingmag.com/
http://www.yachtingmagazine.com/
http://www.sailingworld.com/

Browse Boats for Sale

A boater can dream, right? Winter is actually a fairly good time to shop for a new boat if you’re in the market for one, as you can take your time shopping and getting boat insurance it before boating season starts. Of course, even if you aren’t in the market for a new boat, it’s still fun to look, right? Head to a local showroom or shop online:
http://www.boattrader.com/browse

Go on a Boating Vacation

This one requires a bit of cash, but if you were already planning on a vacation, you might as well go somewhere where you can go boating! There are many, many possibilities for boating vacations in warmer climates. Try searching for them online in the place you’d most like to go. Here’s an example of a site that suggests boating vacations:
http://www.moorings.com/

Watch Boat Videos

There are thousands of boating videos on YouTube, waiting to be enjoyed. Sit down with your computer and get lost in them:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=boating&sm=3
Or, if you’re the more adventurous type, try watching GoPro videos. No, they’re not all about boating, but they’re awesome:
http://www.youtube.com/user/GoProCamera

Catch Up on Boating News

There’s always news about the boating industry being published online. Find a site and subscribe or visit often. Here’s an example we found:
http://www.tradeonlytoday.com/

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