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You’re Not Going to Want to Miss This Year’s San Diego International Boat Show!

  This year’s San Diego International Boat Show is back and taking place June 15th-18th at Spanish Landing Park. With 400 feet of added dock space and 150,000 square feet of space for exhibitions, the show will be bigger than ever. There will be a wide range of more than 200 boats on display and attendees can listen to various seminars, workshops and Powerboat 101 lessons throughout the weekend.   Additionally, Free Form Factory will have its first ever fully electric power watercraft on display. There will be paddleboards, kayaks and inflatables for use in the cove as well as…

Shelter Island Boat Ramp Upgrades To Begin Soon

  With the bidding process completed for the Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility Improvement Project, construction on the boat ramp has been stated to begin on Tuesday, May 23rd. Due to the fact that the Shelter Island boat launch is one of the busiest ramps in California, the $9.5 million improvement project will help to accommodate the around 500,000 annual launches. The project has received funding from the California Department of Boating and Waterways and the Wildlife Conservation Board.   “This project recognizes that the boat launch needs to be enlarged, made more safe and more navigable and maneuverable making…

California Boaters Can Now Take Free Online Boating Safety Course

  According to a new law, California boaters ages 20 or younger are required to have a boater safety card showing successful completion of a boater safety course in order to be permitted to operate a motorized vehicle in water. Each following year on January 1st, more age groups will be added to the requirement so by 2025 all boaters will need to have a boater safety card.   The most efficient and cost-friendly way to meet this requirement is through the BoatUS Foundation’s free online Boating Safety Course, which has been approved by the DBW. “We’ve loaded the course…

New Shoreboat Service in Avalon Now Available to Boaters

  Boaters with their boats in Avalon Harbor can now catch a ride aboard a new shoreboat service with Catalina Coastal Tours and Fishing, the water taxi service. According to one captain on the island, the Harbor Patrol was the only one providing rides on harbor patrol boats to people needing to get to and from their moored boat.   “A Request For Proposals (RFP) was issued and the city awarded the RFP to Catalina Coastal Tours and Fishing,” Harbormaster Brian Bray confirmed. The city of Avalon called for an RFP in December of 2016 from companies willing and able to offer shoreboat…

50+ Docks to be Upgraded at Marina Village Marina

  The California Coastal Commission has approved a request to replace 52 damaged cement floating docks with polystyrene foam and concrete docks in Marina Village Marina. This marina houses around 600 boats.   “Twenty-two main walks and 30 finger floats would be removed and replaced in-kind with floats consisting of expanded polystyrene foam encased by a concrete shell. There will be no increase in the number or size of dock floats and the existing configuration will remain unchanged,” commission staff stated in its report to commissioners. “The purpose of the project is to replace old and damaged floats to ensure…

New Brigantine Restaurant to Expand Dock-and-Dine Opportunities

  Just recently, The Port of San Diego’s Board of Port Commissioners granted approval for The Brigantine restaurant’s proposal for a new establishment where Anthony’s Fish Grotto is currently located on the San Diego waterfront. Anthony’s, which was established in 1946, will be replaced by a Portside Pier Restaurant project which will house four new dining establishments. These will be The Brigantine on the Bay, Miguel’s Cocina, Ketch Grill & Taps, and a coffee and gelato shop, and will accommodate 1,000 diners. The budget for the redevelopment is estimated at $13 million and once completed will occupy over 45,200 square…

National Marine Manufacturers Association Expects Strong Boat Sales to Continue

With an estimated 250,000 boats to be sold in 2016, sales would grow between 6 and 7 percent this year with the continued rise in consumer confidence. The NMMA also expects dollar sales of recreational boats to rise between 10 and 11 percent from $8.4 billion. Additionally, they predict that the new Trump administration will largely help the U.S.-based marine industry to thrive and continue to grow. NNMA President Thom Dammrich stated “I think the new administration is going to be very good for boating. I think it’s going to be an administration that will be very friendly to recreation.”…

Growth Reported in Powerboat Sales

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has reported that new powerboat registrations are up 6.4 percent since last year. In addition to powerboat sales, the personal watercraft segment is up 7.1 percent, pontoon segment is up 9.7 percent, and saltwater fishing boat segment is up 7.8 percent, placing all three segments as high-volume growth leaders. 27 foot boats and larger experienced an increase of 11.4 percent. You want to get in on this continually growing industry and now is the perfect time! Please contact Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. for all of your boating needs. We offer yacht sales, service, insurance, financing, transport…

New Boats Debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016

The marine industry proved it’s continued developments in technology and boat design with the introduction of dozens of new boats, ranging from motor yachts, center consoles, and jet boats, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. With its new 280CC-X, World Cat introduces its next generation of power catamarans, which combines improved aesthetics and advanced features with its proven performance to lure monohull consumers to the brand and design. “We don’t want to just compete against other catamaran companies,” said World Cat president Andrew Brown. “This boat is making a statement. We no longer want to be a niche. We…

Tips For Cold Weather Boating

The weather may have cooled off, but that doesn’t mean boaters should stay off the water! Here are some tips for cold weather boating, and staying stay and warm on the water. It may seem self-explanatory, but the phrase “dress for the water, not the weather” most definitely applies. Fabrics such as wool retain heat, even when wet. Also look into an insulated float coat, which will both keep you warm and serve as a life jacket if you end up in the water. Also on that note, water safety officials advise you to tread water to stay warm if…