Geese, Seagulls, Blackbirds or Kites take your choice and poison!  Birds and boats both fiberglass bowriders and aluminum pontoon boats do not get along at all.  Birds are cute…right….  Well those birds are destroying your boat tops, staining fiberglass and upholstery,  marking wakeboard towers and just generally being a large pain in the wallet. Plus can cause considerable stress.  There is a medical term for this…PTBD…Post Traumatic Bird Disorder!  Leaf staining particularly Maple Leaves as well as Pine pitch and Pine needles are a pain and stain (PTLD)!

During the first 2 weeks of December 2018, Boater’s Chat proceeded to take a detailed examination of the construction characteristics of most major recognized pontoon brands available in Ontario.  These pontoon brands will be displayed at the 2019 Toronto International Boat Show. For the purposes of the comparison to be fair to all parties we selected a 23’ mid-level 3 tube pontoon model as designated by the builder.  The largest selling model at this time in the Ontario marketplace is the 23’ 3 tube model which provides an excellent family boating platform for many recreational activities at the cottage.

Thinking about purchasing an aluminum or fiberglass constructed fishing boat for the family?  Welcome to Boater’s Chat and the continuing series on purchasing aluminum or fiberglass built fishing boats at The Toronto Boat Show or during the boating season!  In the first article we covered the Utility series with its strengths and weaknesses….now we move on to the side console, dual console and walk through windshield models….the meat of the fishing boat wish list!

Outboard powered fishing boats constructed in aluminum and fiberglass are white hot in the marketplace!  Fishing offers the family, or the dedicated angler fun, adventure and the challenge or the excitement of the hunt!  To find an activity that all members of the family value and enjoy can really make those family times and moments special.  Thinking about getting into fishing or perhaps now that you are hooked on fishing…want to up your game?  What species are you dreaming about getting hooked up with?

Looking for a pontoon boat that will make your heart pound with excitement?  Crest, South Bay, Starcraft, Princecraft, Bennington, Cypress Cay, Harris and Manitou Pontoons to name a few are all looking for their pontoon boat to be tied up at your dock.  All of these recognized brands offer three tube and two engine models…all promise performance and handling…but what are the features you should be considering?

There is new competition for those very expensive Wake Surf or Wake Skate boats at The 2017 Toronto Boat Show.  Are you looking for an option that is under 90K  but can completely fill more than high level family watersports needs?  In January this year Campion Boats will unveil their class leading 595 and 645 Wake Surf Family bowrider which joins Monterey Boats, Regal Boats  and the rumored boats underdevelopment from units Four Winns and Chaparral. 

Looking for a new bowrider in 2017?  Going to the Toronto Boat Show to try on some new shiny bowriders for family fun and adventure?  Lots of bowrider boat brands to consider like Campion Boats, Regal Boats, Chaparral Boats, Monterey Boats, SeaRay and Crownline to name a few of the most recognized brands.  All of these brands are well-known, respected in the industry and worthy of consideration.  How do I separate the brands and models that work best for my family?

Why is Huntsville Marine representing Crownline Boats once again?  I am a student of boat construction and always looking to provide to the market best value for the dollar.  Best value to the boat buyer is not constant by brand by year. Presently in the fiberglass segment  Huntsville Marine now represents Crownline, Monterey and Canadian built Campion Boats.  All three of these brands should be considered as Tier 1 in terms of construction processes.

Are you seeing pink blotchy or round pink colour discolouration on your expensive particularly white or off white vinyl upholstery?  The pink blotches  may also be found radiating near seams and stitching.  My name is Tom Welsh and I am the general manager/owner of Huntsville Marine since 1986.  I remember well in the late 80’s pink mold on particularly the seam areas of white vinyl boat tops…..never could get it off either.  Recently I have seen and heard of numerous cases of the pink blotches being found again and on some fairly pricey boats as well.  One large marina in Muskoka ( not Huntsville Marine) seemed to be having numerous cases of it!

Bowrider, pontoon boats and fishing boats are not inexpensive family purchases!  Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent for marine excitement.   How do I best protect that boating investment over the harsh winter months?   After a great summer of family fun and adventure….it is time to place the family boating treasure into winter hibernation….what should we do and what should be done?