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August Boat Sales in Double Digit Gains

After a disappointing month for boat sales in July, numbers have turned up sharply in August, rising 12.5 percent to 10,292 in main powerboat segments and 11.8 percent to 17,411 industry wide. All of the industry’s high-volume segments rose by double digits in August, as the weather stayed warm throughout the month. “This is really positive for the selling season that we’re still seeing double-digit growth,” Statistical Surveys Director Ryan Kloppe said. The strong numbers in August pushed the sales gain for the year to 5.2 percent in the main segments and 4.9 percent industry-wide, closer to the 6 percent…

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New Law Requires Boaters to be Licensed Starting in 2018

When 2018 arrives California’s boaters will face one significant change: Anyone in the driver’s seat of a boat must carry a Vessel Operator Card. The card is similar to a driver’s license for vehicles, as boaters will be required to take an online course covering topics such as navigation and safety with an online exam at the end of the course. If the person passes he or she would be granted a Vessel Operator Card as they have completed the state’s basic education requirements to operate a boat. Technically the law requiring Vessel Operator Cards went into effect in 2015…

Boat Show Coming to Southern California in September

The debut in-water boat show has been scheduled for September 22nd-25th at the Cabrillo Way Marina in Los Angeles Harbor and will replace the Lido Boat Show that was the original Southern California Boat Show. Boat show producer and marine magazine publisher Duncan McIntosh acknowledged the new show as “a great opportunity to do something over the top and really good at L.A. Harbor and make the show a much bigger event”. The show opens up another market for bigger boats and will be the first time a boat show has been held in the L.A. Harbor. More than 200…

Boat Sales Bounce Back With Gains in Summer!

Nothing brings more fun in the summer than a summer boat, and according to sales, plenty of Americans agree. With industry sales revving up again in June, double-digit gains have been seen in main powerboat sales and sales industry-wide climbed 10.2 percent. This rebound continued an unusual year for boat sales as a 20 percent gain was experienced in March and then sales fell nearly flat in the months of April and May. “The summer really popped in June,” Statistical Surveys sales director Ryan Kloppe said, noting unsteady May weather in parts of the country that may have deterred potential…

See What’s Biting Offshore in Southern California!

What are being described as jumbo, “fish of a lifetime” sized Bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna and yellowtail are being caught offshore in Southern California. The bluefin tuna continue to shock with regard to the size of the fish showing and sometimes biting. Catches ranged from 40 to 240 and up pounds, with some reports of bluefin breaking the 300-pound class. The yellowfin tuna have also been quality-sized fish running from 15 to 100 pounds. There are a lot of bluefin and yellowfin tuna on the offshore fishing grounds but the fish have continued in a pattern of behavior where…

4th of July Fireworks – Where to Watch!

4th of July is almost here and with four locations there are plenty of options for where you can see the fireworks. Plan to get there early. Bring your lawn chairs and friends down to San Diego bay to watch the show. Click here for more transportation and parking information.   Boaters, please observe the 300-yard safety zones around the barges. Please keep a lookout for boats around you. Shelter Island (Free Shuttle Information) Harbor Island (Free Shuttle Information) North Embarcadero Seaport Village/South Embarcadero Coronado Ferry Landing FIREWORKS START AT 9 PM! 8:00 pm – Watch Live on TV Fox 5 (San Diego) or KTLA 5 (Los Angeles) 9:00 pm – Listen…

San Diego International Boat Show June 16th-19th

Celebrate Father’s Day and the beginning of summer with a weekend at the 2016 San Diego International Boat Show on Harbor Island. With over 200 boats of all categories on display, boaters of all types will have an all-access pass into the newest boats and marine accessories. The boat show’s in-water display will increase by 120 feet, allowing 50 more boats to be exhibited. Several boats will be making their West Coast debut over the weekend, including the elegant Jeanneau 54, the sporty Galeon 445 HTS, and the Carver C37 Coupe for those interested in cruising life with flair. Additionally,…

Boston Whaler Introduces New 23’ Center Console

Boston Whaler Outrage has recently released a new boat into its Outrage series, the 23’ 230 Outrage Center Console. BW Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service Jeff Vaughn stated “The customer’s experience was a primary concern in designing the new 230 Outrage, We listened closely to our boaters’ feedback on how, where and why they use their boats. These insights helped to shape the next generation of Outrage. They also fuel our commitment to providing Core Confidence through boats that are purposeful, intuitive and perform seamlessly.” The new model features 360 degrees of walk around, with wraparound forward…

L.A. County Reimburses Long Beach for Removing Marine Debris

Approximately 4,500 tons of marine debris has been removed from the marinas and beaches in the Long Beach area. Eighty-five percent of the debris flowing into Long Beach’s waters travels via the Los Angeles River. On April 19th, the Long Beach City Council unanimously adopted a one-year contract for $500,000 with Los Angeles County to help fund the removal of marine debris and trash that flows from the Los Angeles River into local marinas and beaches. The next phase of the joint agreement begins on July 1st and will continue through June 30th of 2016. City staff has told council…