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    Seattle Boat Show celebrates 75th anniversary

    Feb 4, 2022 through Feb 12, 2022.

    Seattle Boat Show Celebrates 75th Anniversary

    The Seattle Boat Show will be celebrating 75 years on Feb 4, 2022. The show will feature 255 exhibitors with more than 800 new and brokerage boats, as well as 13 marine dealers.

    The event will be held indoors at Lumen Field Event Center and on the water at Bell Harbor Marina. Boats on display will include a 1948 20′ custom Chris Craft, a 1955 Chris Craft Capri and a very rare 1958-59 Chris Craft Silver.

    A historical photo display of the past 75 years will document the show’s moves from the Washington National Guard Armory to the Seattle Center Coliseum to the Kingdome, followed by dropping anchor at Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center in 2000 – which is now known as the Lumen Field Event Center.

    The display will include a look back at boats and outfits through the years and classic promotions such as Boat Show Queen and Boat Show Family of the Year.

    There will also be a long putt challenge, starting on Feb 4, and running until Feb 11. Attendees can play mini golf at the Long Putt Challenge located inside the Boaters Lounge. All participants will receive a gift certificate to Flatstick Pub for a complimentary round. Winners who sink a putt will win a gift certificate of at least $50 and be entered into a raffle for the grand prize.

    On February 7, women can attend the show for free and enjoy numerous seminars designed specifically for women, by women boaters.

    It’s the perfect opportunity to meet, learn and get inspired by some of the most experienced and talented women boaters around. Visit Seattle Boat Show to print the complimentary pass. Women are free at both locations. Seminars are at Lumen Field Event Center.

    There’s a special day at Lumen Field Event Center just for furry first mates, on February 10. Their owners can make a custom dog tag at the on-site engraving machine and stop by the photo booth, have some fun with the props and enter to win the cover dog contest.

    The winning dog will be featured on the cover of a springtime issue of 48° North. Those arriving after 5pm for Yappy Hour can take home a dog life vest courtesy of Connelly Watersports (while supplies last). Dogs are welcome every day of the show at Bell Harbor. 

    Entertaining and educational, the seminars are always one of the most popular features at the show. New for the 2022 show is an online component.

    Attendees who can’t make all the in-person seminars on their list, or wish to revisit a favourite seminar, can watch the complete library of nine show days’ worth of boating and fishing seminars from the comfort of home for three months post-show.

    The $99 dollar seminar ticket package includes multi-day admission to the show (a $36 value) and a boatload of goodies, including a copy of the Waggoner Cruising Guide.

    Boat Show U classes will be offered as online webinars and are available to watch live (online only)during the show or on-demand until May 15,2022 with a seminar package ticket. This is an incredible value add to the ticket as Boat Show U courses were previously $55 each.

     

    Tickets

    Adult Admission: $18.00

    9 – Day Pass: $36.00

    2 For 1 Tuesday: $18.00

    Seminar Package: $99.00

     

    Seminar Package includes 9 days admission to the show, a Waggoner Cruising Guide, a BOAT U.S Basic Membership, and 3-month access to the online seminar library, to re-watch all fishing, boating, and sailing seminars as well as Boat Show University classes.

    Kids 17 and under get in free.

     

    A free shuttle runs continuously between both locations.

    For specific details about hours, exhibitors, seminars and attractions, visit www.SeattleBoatShow.com.

     

    The show will be following all State and local Covid-19 protocols.

     

    Contact:

    Lisa Samuelson

    Samuelson Communications

    Cell: 206-954-2574

    Email: lisa@samuelsoncom.com

     

Eastern US

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    [Duplicated] SOS in “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”

    By: Del Williams

    Surviving a storm at sea is just the start – taking emergency and preventive measures including use of a military-grade anti-corrosion lubricant and cleaner can get mariners cost-effectively sailing again sooner than ever

    SOS

    Robert Adams was single handedly piloting his 48-foot Sailing Vessel Guapa out of Cleveland, Ohio via the Erie Canal, heading home to Cape Coral, Florida on the night of September 5, 2021, when he sailed into a storm. The vessel began taking on water from an unknown cause in the middle of “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

    “Off of Cape Hatteras at sea I was doing night watch with a 30-knot wind and 15-foot-high waves. About 5:00 AM I woke up and heard a really loud, squealing sound. It was my motor half-way under water. I couldn’t find where the water was coming from,” says Adams. Although he did not know it at the time, a transducer had broken and had left a one-inch hole in the bottom of the SV Guapa, a 32-ton vessel now in danger of sinking.

    Cape Hatteras in North Carolina is in an area known for centuries as “the Graveyard of the Atlantic.” More than 6,000 ships have met their doom in the waters along the North Carolina coast, according to the recent book, Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks: Dramatic Rescues and Fantastic Wrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic by James D. Charlet. In this perilous region the combination of mixing currents, treacherous coastline and shifting underwater sandbars can spell disaster for even the most seasoned sailor.

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    Accidents and mishaps on the water are unpredictable for recreational boaters including yachtsmen and women from the Chesapeake Bay to the Caribbean and around the Gulf. When the risk factors add up the combination can be life threatening: at sea in a treacherous area, in stormy weather, and alone in the dark, etc. How mariners survive, repair their vessels, and live to sail another day becomes a legendary sea tale.

    Even then any soaking or submersion of vital equipment and electronics in seawater can be extraordinarily expensive without taking some preventative as well as emergency measures.

    When Adams radioed out an SOS, his distress call reached the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Fort Macon, North Carolina.

    “It shook me up when the Coast Guard radioed me back and started asking questions like ‘what colour is your PFD’ [personal flotation device] and ‘what colour is your dingy or raft?’ It was like they were preparing to find me floating at sea off my vessel,” he says.

    By the time the Coast Guard reached Adams, the water was about four feet deep inside the SV Guapa.

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    When TowBoatUS reached his vessel, operators were able to pump the water out and then tow it to a marina for an emergency overhaul. At the marina, power washing with freshwater was implemented to try to minimize the serious problems associated with saltwater spoilage and corrosion.

    “The interior of my vessel was essentially a complete loss. I lost all of my electronics, my battery, etc. I was able to save my diesel engine motor by treating many of its components with an anti-corrosion lubricant called StrikeHold Marine, which prevented corrosion,” says Adams.

    StrikeHold® Marine, a high-performance anti-corrosion lubricant/penetrant developed for U.S. military use in the most extreme conditions, is now available to stop and prevent saltwater rust and corrosion on all metal, recreational boat parts.

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    “I also treated the motor’s interior with it and was able to keep its bearings from seizing up while I went home for a week. When I got back to my vessel, I was able to start and run the motor, which I believe was due to treating it,” says Adams.

    To prevent failure and ensure reliable power and operation when boaters need it most, StrikeHold Marine’s 40K watt dielectric/non-conductive strength will also improve electrical performance by cleaning/protecting contacts, connections, and internal parts from corrosion. It is best applied as a preventive measure before exposure to seawater. After disconnecting terminals, it can be applied to batteries and all electrical connections, such as lights, circuit panels, and marine electronics. Due to its strong dielectric properties, it can restore optimum electrical connection as well.

    “If the Guapa’s gear and electrical equipment had been treated with the anti-corrosion lubricant before this event, much more would have been saved. A lot was damaged when the vessel filled with water,” says Adams.

    After SV Guapa’s overhaul, Adams completed his trip to Florida in mid-November 2021.  He knows how lucky he is to have survived his brush with disaster, with his vessel nearly foundering and sinking in ”The Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

    Today Adams takes every precaution possible to prevent problems and ensure that the SV Guapa is in good working order before sailing off into the unknown.

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    This includes using the anti-corrosion lubricant preventively to maintain good working order. The anti-corrosion lubricant and cleaner’s long-lasting, clear protective coating is non-greasy, and contains no wax, silicon, Teflon or graphite to gum up mechanisms. The lubricant and cleaner can also be used to “work loose” stuck, corroded fasteners on equipment that needs servicing, as well as remove rust, dirt, and grime from metal parts. In addition to ongoing maintenance the product can also be sprayed on engine components and marine equipment prior to long term storage, to prevent corrosion.

    While the lure of the sea has beckoned sailors for hundreds of years, today’s recreational boaters are more prepared to prevent disasters and serious, costly corrosion with more advanced options, along with preparation and forethought.

     

    For more information, visit www.strikehold.com/pages/marine.

    You can also call 678-883-3578, email info@strikeholdmarine, or write to StrikeHold Marine at 3434 Howell St. NW, Suite B, Duluth, GA  30096.

    StrikeHold is available at MSC Industrial Supply and Fastenal.

Western Canada

  • Canadian Coast Guard Begins 2022 Arctic Season
    Canadian Coast Guard begins 2022 Arctic Season

    The Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG)

    The Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) annual Arctic operational season is underway. In total, seven CCG icebreakers are scheduled to deploy from June into November to support northern communities and operational and program commitments.

    June 19 – CCGS Terry Fox departed St. John’s, NL, for icebreaking and aids to navigation in the Iqaluit area navigational corridor.

    June 25 – CCGS Pierre Radisson departed Quebec City, QC, for icebreaking, aids to navigation, maintenance, and refueling Killiniq station, and Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) science mission.

    June 29 – CCGS Des Groseilliers departs Québec City, QC, for icebreaking, refueling the remote Eureka station, and Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) surveys.

    July 6 – CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier departs Victoria, BC, for icebreaking, aids to navigation, CHS surveys, and science programming.

    July 14 – CCGS Henry Larsen departs St. John’s, NL, for icebreaking, CHS surveys, and Operation Pacer Goose, the annual resupply of US Air Force Base in Thule, Greenland.

    August 18 – CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent departs St. John’s, NL, for icebreaking, CHS surveys and Joint Ocean Ice Study international science mission in the Beaufort Sea.

    September 9 – CCGS Amundsen departs Quebec City, QC, for icebreaking and science missions led by Amundsen Science

    Canadian Coast Guard begins 2022 Arctic Season

    CCG ships and their dedicated crews are ready to assist the shipping industry during the annual Arctic resupply missions. Safe and efficient navigation in Arctic waters is maintained throughout the shipping season by providing daily updates on ice conditions and operations, as well as ice escorts, when needed, to industry and partners.

    Throughout the season, a number of federal government and academic researchers, plus hydrographers, will join CCG ships to carry out new or ongoing scientific projects and hydrographic surveys. CCG will also carry out joint training operations with national and international Arctic partners.

    As schedules and opportunities permit, crews will engage in training and equipment familiarization with Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliaries, such as search and rescue and/or environmental response activities. Such opportunities allow crews and communities to build relationships and exchange maritime knowledge with each other.

    The CCG continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many restrictions have been lifted, the CCG will keep additional protection measures in place and is prepared to adapt its operations when and if necessary.

    The Government of Canada is committed to maritime safety, providing essential services to mariners, and ensuring the health and safety of all Canadians. The Canadian Coast Guard’s annual Arctic icebreaking season allows the safe and efficient movement of vessels and goods in northern waters, which is key to community resupply. CCG’s presence in Canada’s North also provides key services, such as search and rescue, support for scientific research, marine communications and traffic services, aids to navigation, and marine environmental response.

Eastern Canada

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    [Duplicated] How healthy wetlands support biodiversity

    Thriving biodiversity starts with clean water and healthy wetlands

    Contributed by Ducks Unlimited Canada

    The phrase “water is life” is simple and true. All living things, from microscopic bacteria to massive blue whales, need water to survive.

    Today, as the world faces historic biodiversity losses with more than one million species at risk of extinction, the phrase is also a reminder of where we must focus our attention and conservation resources.

    Across Canada, lakes and rivers supply drinking water to millions of people, provide habitat for thousands of species and serve as the backdrop to many of our favourite outdoor activities. Enjoying our country’s beautiful natural landscapes and all they have to offer is a part of our identity. What’s more Canadian than skating on a frozen pond or paddling a canoe across a calm lake? But access to a clean, abundant water supply is something many of us take for granted.

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    Canada’s troubled waters

    Canada is home to approximately 20 percent of the world’s freshwater resources. But the dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are impacting our lakes and rivers. Run-off, pollutants, invasive species and toxic blue-green algae are becoming larger threats. This past summer, in provinces across the country, many beaches were temporarily closed due to poor water quality.

    How can we be more responsible with this crucial resource and its ecosystems? As a country, we need to work together and commit to a clear plan of action to support biodiversity and protect our freshwater ecosystems by conserving and restoring our coastal and inland wetlands. Fortunately, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) can help.

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    Wetlands: a nature-based solution

    We know there is an effective solution for chronically sick waterbodies that can be implemented at individual and community scales: wetlands. Wetlands are the link between land and water and are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. They include marshes, swamps, bogs, ponds, estuaries and fens, which serve as important components of watersheds. These powerful, and often underappreciated, ecosystems help slow runoff from the surrounding landscape, keeping excess phosphorus, nitrogen, and other harmful nutrients from entering lakes and streams. Wetland vegetation traps sediment and pollutants, and wetland microorganisms break down the contaminants. This allows clean water to flow downstream where native flora and fauna can flourish.

    Wetlands themselves are rich in biodiversity. It’s estimated that up to 40 per cent of the world’s species live and breed in wetlands. Some wetland species like dragonflies are highly sensitive to changes in the environment, and their welfare has become an important indicator of the overall health of the ecosystems where they live and breed.

    As populations of these indicator species decline due to habitat loss and water quality degradation, we need to take notice. What befalls one befalls another, which increases the risk of “extinction cascades” where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions.

    Science shows wetland conservation and restoration improves water quality

    For more than 80 years, DUC has been leading the way in wetland conservation and research that’s helping address issues related to Canada’s water quality and quantity. Today, safeguarding a clean, reliable water supply is of paramount importance, as water continues to be contaminated by runoff from urban centres, agriculture and other industrial activities.

    “Our science tells us that wetlands act as nature’s water filter,” says Mark Gloutney, DUC’s national director of science, education and business planning.

    Gloutney points to a two-year study on newly restored wetlands in the Lake Erie watershed. DUC researchers monitored water inflows and outflows to measure how efficiently unwanted nutrients, such as phosphorus, were captured. Excess phosphorus is a key contributor to blue-green algae growth that can be toxic, killing fish and harming other wildlife.

    DUC research has proven the effectiveness of restored wetlands in filtering out these nutrients before they reach our waterways, with results from this study showing us that these small wetlands were effective at filtering water under a variety of conditions—protecting downstream rivers and lakes in all seasons.

    “By identifying and quantifying the functions and values of wetlands relative to the supply and quality of fresh water in North America, we can showcase the economic and ecological benefits of protecting and restoring these ecosystems,” says Gloutney. “This is particularly important in agricultural landscapes where wetland conservation and restoration can offer natural solutions that can support food production while also protecting nature.”

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    Taking action for wetlands, clean water and biodiversity

    Without clean water, communities face declining health and opportunity. As we lead up to the COP15 conference in Montreal, discussions will focus on protecting nature and halting biodiversity loss around the world, with the importance of clean water as one of several priorities. Although much progress has been made, more work is needed. Some key actions we believe need to be taken to bolster watershed resilience include:

    1.  Protecting wetlands through the establishment of effective policies in all provinces and territories that recognize wetlands as nature-based solutions and valuable natural capital.

    2.  Continuing to partner with agriculture to develop sustainable solutions that work within the context of modern agricultural practices.

    3.  The successful creation of the federal government’s new Canada Water Agency aimed at keeping Canada’s water safe, clean, and well-managed.

    Clean, accessible water is fundamental to human health, the environment and a sustainable economy. Restoring the lost functions of wetlands in watersheds are a natural solution to sustaining biodiversity and supporting clean drinking water for all Canadians.

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    Make a donation to Ducks Unlimited Canada to support our work conserving wetlands, sustaining biodiversity and supporting clean drinking water for all Canadians.