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Shurhold Bucket Grate Simple and Great Idea

Monday, December 05, 2016

Everyone has a favorite item to clean their boat with, be it a wash mitt, sponge or brush. All of these tools pick up dirt and debris that eventually collect in the bottom of a wash bucket. Shurhold Industries' new Bucket Grate sits in the bottom of a standard five-gallon pail and allows contaminates to settle, keeping the wash mixture and tools cleaner.  Read Full Story

NEW Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 is Biggest and Brightest Ice Fishing Combo Yet

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 SONAR/GPS brings ice anglers the biggest and brightest screen yet, proven technologies, and GPS
RACINE, Wis., November 1, 2016 – Based on a centuries-old formula, the Farmers Almanac forecasts exceptionally cold temperatures throughout the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Middle Atlantic, and Northeast this winter. Many weather experts agree: the end of El Niño’s warming trend may evolve into a much colder phase called La Niña.
This news has ice anglers fired up, many already prepping gear for the approaching hardwater season.
One piece of must-have gear for the 2016-2017 ice season is the new ICE HELIX 7 SONAR/GPS from Humminbird®. It’s an easy-to-use fish-finding machine that delivers proven technologies in one unit along with the biggest and brightest screen of any ice fishing combo unit to date.  
The high-speed LCD eliminates guesswork with a digital read-out showing your exact depth, as well as a latency-free digital flasher and customizable graph view with up to 8-times zoom. Precision GPS helps you find and return to productive spots, while optional Humminbird LakeMaster charts provide more detail than any other map on ice.
Featuring an enormous 7-inch diagonal screen, the ICE HELIX 7 sets a new standard for brightness. At 1500 nits – the standard unit for measuring brightness - mapping data and sonar returns jump off the HD LED backlit display, a benefit in snow-blinding and low-light conditions. Sonar returns are crisp and clean, whether viewing marks in digital flasher mode, sonar, or contour lines on a LakeMaster map. Bottom-hugging fish are easy to identify and target, a big deal when Mother Nature gets fowl and and fish become fickle.
Digital Flasher and Sonar Graph Mode

For anglers who prefer a flasher view, the ICE HELIX 7’s Digital Flasher mode is wickedly fast, showing jig and fish returns in real-time, and without the latency found in some digital flasher products. The algorithms found in “Jigging Mode” allow even better jig and fish returns, along with further customization via a Sensitivity control. Anglers can choose from three digital flasher/graph color palettes, depending on where they’re fishing.
While the digital flasher offers a traditional view of what’s below, anglers are spending more time fishing in sonar graph mode, which offers several key advantages, as Minnesota ice fishing guide Brian “Bro” Brosdahl points out.
“I’m a flasher guy, but I’m using the sonar graph mode more often. Instead of just seeing lines and bottom in digital flasher mode, you see the reality of what’s below – the size of fish schools and their movement, insect life emerging out of the bottom, etc. In digital flasher mode, a fish moving into the cone is identified by the signal strength color and width changing; in the sonar graph mode, you actually see the fish appear from off screen and into the cone. Plus, you can watch your jigging in real time and study how fish respond. This allows me instant modification of my jigging cadence to catch more fish.”

Whether used in the larger, re-designed portable case or via RAM mount on your ATV, UTV, snow-machine – or in the truck cab like Brosdahl – the Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 sets a new standard for functionality, giving you more features and real-world performance to meet and exceed the harsh conditions of hardwater fishing.
Call the ICE HELIX 7 a multi-dimensional fishfinder – not only great for the ice, but removed from its carrying case, perfect for a bass boat bow unit or as the primary unit on smaller watercraft, like today’s fishing kayaks.
“What I like about the ICE HELIX 7 is the versatility of it. I can put it in the truck, on the snowmobile, ATV, and you can ‘bird’s eye’ view your way to spots via pre-determined trails. And in the bag it also goes anywhere you need it to go. Add the portable transducer accessory and you can carry into rental boats, your buddy’s boat, take it to Canada, what-have-you. Plus, it has the ability to read map data collected from any other HELIX model through AutoChart Live. Just take your Zero Line card from your other HELIX unit, pop it into the ICE HELIX 7, and it’s game on,” says Brosdahl.
Indeed, the new Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 SONAR GPS merges modern mapping with refined digital sonar to stand as the most advanced, biggest and brightest ice fishing combo-unit ice fishing has ever seen.
  • DualBeam PLUS Sonar w/SwitchFire – 200kHz / 20-degrees; 83kHz / 60-degrees 
  • Depth range: 1500 feet 
  • Power: 4000 W (Peak-to-Peak); 500 W (RMS) 
  • High-Speed LCD Flasher 
  • Internal Precision GPS 
  • 2500 Waypoints; 45 routes; 50/20,000 Tracks and Points 
  • Built-in Humminbird UniMap
  • Micro SD Card Slot/Upgradeable Software 
  • Humminbird LakeMasterLakeMaster PLUS, and  Zero Lines SD card compatibility
  • Navionics® +, Navionics® Gold, HotMaps™ and HotMaps™ Premium compatibility 
  • Includes XI 9 20 Ice Transducer and Float (8 ft. cable length) 
  • Includes Ice Shuttle & Bag 
  • Includes 12 VDC 9AH AGM battery and charger 
  • Optional RAM Mounting: RAM-202-24-202U or RAM-202-24-B-202U; handlebar kit: RAM-231ZU, RAM-408-75-1U or RAM-408-112-15U
  • Note: Vehicle RAM mounting requires optional Humminbird AD ICE ONE 12V Cigarette Plug Power Cable (pt. # 760021-1) 
  • Optional XPT 9 20 T Portable Suction-Cup Transducer Kit (pt. # 710161-1) converts ICE HELIX 7 for portable, open-water use 
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Thieves Want YOUR Boat

Monday, October 31, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Is your boat shorter than 26 feet? Does it have an outboard motor and rest on a trailer? If you said yes, beware,   you’re a big target for theft. A newly released study that looked at five years of BoatUS Marine Insurance claims files shows that 75 percent of all boats stolen matched this description. With the long winter lay-up period nearing, BoatUS has five tips to make your boat harder to steal.  Read Full Story

Scout Boats Photo Shoot

Sunday, October 30, 2016
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Free winterizing guide for your boat from BoatUS

Thursday, October 27, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va.— Water mistakenly left in a boat’s engine block to freeze over the winter is sure to become an expensive repair bill come springtime. As the ice expands, it can crack the block and ruin the motor, damage fiberglass, split hoses, or destroy a boat’s refrigeration system. To prevent a mishap while putting the boat away this fall, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), a boating advocacy, services and safety group offers the free 15-page “Boater's Guide to Winterizing.”  Read Full Story

Twin Disc reveals new tech at FLIBS next month

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Twin Disc, leader in innovative marine propulsion technology, debuts three new products at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 3–7. The company will be exhibiting the equipment both in its booth, Engine Tent 1205, 1224, and on its Maritimo C60 demo boat. Media and the public are invited to schedule a sea trial.  Read Full Story

Weekend Heroics Mean Big Bucks for LOC Derby Winners

Thursday, September 08, 2016

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Two MUST HAVE forms when selling a boat

Friday, September 02, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, VA  – Behind most successful used-boat transactions, there’s a Purchase Agreement and Bill of Sale that clearly spell out how the boat was bought or sold. The BoatUS Consumer Protection Department now offers both of these documents at no cost online Read Full Story

Register for a unique STURGEON tournament

Thursday, July 14, 2016
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Under Armor CoolSwitch material battles high heat

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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