Boating on Lake Powell: Water Levels at Ten Year High

In spite of the drought that has plagued many US states in 2011, water levels at Lake Powell are at a ten year high, and boaters are loving it!

In spite of historical droughts plaguing the American Southwest, record-setting snow and rain in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the spring of 2011 has water levels at Lake Powell at their highest level in ten years.

Lake Powell is an immense, deep blue lake framed by colorful red rock desert sandstone walls that crosses over the border between Utah and Arizona. It is named for Major John Wesley Powell, who charted the area between 1869 and 1872. It is considered a sanctuary for boaters of all kinds. However, according to Account Executive Lauren Pearce, visitors come to Lake Powell for many activities.

“The lake offers excellent fishing, and great open water for water skiing and wake boarding, back canyons to explore by motorboat or kayak and endless shoreline to beach a houseboat,” Pearce said.

With its deep, azure waters reflecting the clear Southwestern skies and surrounding rock formations in various sunset shades of red and orange, it seems as if Lake Powell was created by nature just for houseboats, but Lake …

A Houseboating Guide: Enjoy A Unique Family Vacation Under The Summer Sun

Houseboating offers a unique and entertaining summer vacation that people of all ages will never forget. No matter what type of houseboat rented or what lake cruised, houseboating offers a relaxing vacation on the water, under blue skies and warm sunlight.

What Houseboat Companies Provide

There are many houseboat companies which provide these unique experiences; and they provide not only linens, a full kitchen, and toilet paper, but also a step-by-step guide to motoring and beaching. Just like hotels, motels and hostels, houseboats range in quality from “rustic” to “luxurious” and can be an economical alternative for large groups.

Typically, the boats can accommodate a dozen or so people, and can provide cost-savings if split between multiple families, particularly when factoring in savings from home cooking and gasoline While most people enjoy a one-week holiday, a rental can range from a weekend to a fortnight.

Once the houseboat is “beached” – set up camp, and place a bucket of water at the steps to enter the living area. This will help keep a (relatively) clean houseboat, while keeping the vacuum in the closet.

Keep Costs of Houseboating Down

Because the houseboats use quite a bit of gas motoring around, an

Boating Safety Tips to Ensure Safety and Relaxation

Seven essential boating safety tips | TravelDailyNews International

Boating has become extremely popular in recent years and with the increase in popularity also comes the increase in boating accidents. Accidents that could have been avoided if people would take the time and prepare themselves with some safety tips.

Swim
Learn how to swim. What in the world are you doing on the water without the ability to swim. If you can’t swim and an accident should occur you won’t last more than 5 minutes, 10 minutes tops.

Don’t Drink Alcohol
In the waterways of NJ if you are caught driving a boat under the influence of alcohol you are looking at jail time. In many other parts of the country that is not the case. Regardless of the law you should never drink and drive. It impairs your reaction time, coordination and ability to operate a boat.

Life Jacket
Even though you can swim (see the first part), you should still wear a life jacket. If something should happen you will at least have the added extra protection of being able to float on top of the water so other passing boats can see you.

File a Float Plan
A float plan is a piece of paper that …

Omc Sea Drive Carburetor Kits

Parts such as OMC Sea Drive carburetor kits may be highly specialized, but they are not that difficult to find. If you have a large outboard equipped with a Sea Drive, you would want to insure that you use the correct parts to repair or replace damaged components. Using parts from OMC kits, such as OMC Sea Drive carburetor kits, can help insure that your motor is running at its full capacity and for the duration of its lifetime.

The carburetor in many outboard engines, even large ones such as Sea Drive (S/D) models works very similarly to an automobile carburetor. Incoming fuel is mixed with incoming air to the proper ratio, and then shot into the cylinders of the engine. Of course, for fuel injection systems, the carburetor works a little differently, since no air needs to be mixed with the fuel.

 

Replacing Parts with OMC Sea Drive Carburetor Kits

OMC Sea Drive carburetor kits contain everything that you might need to replace some or all the parts of a S/D carburetor. To access the carburetor, simply follow the instructions presented in your OMC Sea Drive shop manual. There should also be a detailed exploded view diagram of …

Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary: Condition Report Released for Coastal Refuge Facing Future Threats

Representing a remarkable expanse of undeveloped coastal shoreline, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is composed of many diverse wildlife habitats that vary from rocky inter-tidal zones to massive nearshore kelp forests. While the status report for the sanctuary rates its condition as being from fair to good, the area faces many outside threats.

About the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary was established in 1994 and is located along 217 kilometers of the Washington coast, running from Cape Flattery to the mouth of the Copalis River. It shares 90 kilometers of its shoreline with Olympic National Park and varies in width from 40 to 72 kilometers offshore. Some 29 marine mammal and 100 seabird species call the sanctuary home. People have lived in the area for at least 6,000 years and there are 180 shipwrecks documented along the rugged Olympic Coast.

The NOAA report looked at seventeen different areas of potential concern for the sanctuary. These included issues like water quality, integrity of wildlife habitat, impacts of oil pollution, living resources, and maritime archaeological resources. Potential ranking were from good to poor. None of the categories reviewed were rated as poor.

Emerging Threats to

Boating Trips on Loch Ness, Scotland

With its deep, dark, and murky waters, Loch Ness is the largest freshwater lake in Scotland by volume due to its depth. With more than 20 miles of water surface area, it has become a popular tourist destination for a variety of reasons such as boating, fishing, and most importantly, spotting the legendary monster named “Nessie”. According to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, there have been more than 1,000 reliable sightings of the creature ranging from eyewitness accounts to photos and videos. With its deepest point reaching approximately 755 feet along with the low visibility due to the surrounding soil content, these details only add to the mystery. Boating trips have become big business for the relatively small towns surrounding Loch Ness, and they can provide easy transportation to beautiful vantage points as well as aid in a personal search for “Nessie”.

Villages on Loch Ness

There are only a handful of villages in the vicinity of Loch Ness, with many of them in rural areas. With more than 200,000 annual visitors, Drumnadrochit is considered the Loch Ness focal point with many boats leaving the northern shores of the lake. The equally beautiful southern area of Loch Ness can provide …

Combine Whale Watching with a Boating Vacation: Corporate Sailing Trip Opportunities for Naturalists

Any time spent at sea provides the opportunity to observe wild animals, from enormous whales down to the smallest plankton.

Watching Whales from Boats

Whales, and their smaller cousins the dolphins and porpoises, can pop up (literally) almost anywhere in the ocean. It can be very frustrating if a pair of binoculars are not ready to hand. The best solution is to keep them constantly around the neck.

Seals and sea-lions can often be spotted closer to shore, and often hauled up on the rocks.

Seabirds will be constant companions on any sea trip, sometimes in vast numbers. There are so many species that it is useful to carry a local field guide, or a notebook and pencil (still writes when wet!) to jot down descriptions for later identification.

Find Out Where to Watch Whales

  • Obviously anyone owning a moored boat will be restricted to trips in the location of the moorings. Local knowledge will be available about possible sightings at different times of the year.
  • Trailing a boat from home to the coast on holiday will open up many more opportunities, and a little research will uncover likely places.

 

  • Hiring a boat for a family holiday naturally gives

NTSB Chairman Comments on Boating Safety Demands: States Still Need to Make Important Regulatory Improvements

The Legal Requirements Of Boating - ppt downloadIn the USA, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is responsible for boating safety. Speaking to a gathering of the Western States Boating Administrators Association (WSBAA) on June 23, 2009, Mark V. Rosenker, Acting Chairman of the NTSB, made a number of points to WSBAA members present about the state of boating safety efforts by the Board to date.

The Chairman noted the good working relationship that exists between the NTSB and WSBAA. The WSBAA has historically supported the goals of the Board over the past 15 years. Among these goals are mandatory boating safety education, wearing of lifejackets by children, off-throttle problems with personal watercraft (PWC), alcohol safety programs, and safety education for renters of PWCs.

Rosenker emphasized that recreational boating safety is an important focus area for the NTSB and noted the Board highlighted the topic in its “Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements for 2009” list. Three current areas of focus for boating safety improvement include mandatory wearing of lifejackets by children in all 50 states, promotion of mandatory boating safety education courses, and that safety instruction be provided by liveries that rent out personal watercraft. The NTSB’s goals for improving recreational boating safety can be viewed at …

Boating ideas and tips

There’? no d?ubt ?bout ?t that boating ?s ? r?creational sport. It’s ? soothing, restful way to ditch th? tensions ?f lif? and co?st al?ng ? smo?th plate glass ?f water whi?e ?avoring t?e sig?ts and sounds of nature around y?u. Wh?n you are into boat?ng, t?ere are ? l?t ?f ?ports you can explore f?r recreational value.

Wate? ski?ng is ?ne ?f the m?st popular boating rec?eation sp?rts that boaters do. It’? fun to do and d?mands little in the ?ay ?f gear although t?e gear can be a little hig?-priced. A ni?e ?air of water skis ?an ?un upwa?ds of ? couple hundred dollars, and ? good slal?m s?i can b? ?ven mo?e co?tly. However, w?en ?ou se? ?ll ?ou rea?ly need i? skis and ? t?w rope, it’s no ?onder that water skiing i? a popular boating recreati?n sport.

Anot?er fun r?creational s?ort to d? while boating i? wake b?arding – al?o known a? boogie boarding. T?is call? f?r taking a bo?rd mu?h lik? a surfboard but sma?ler ?n size. A ?erson ?neels ?n th? ?oard w?ile keeping ?old ?f the tow r?pe and plan?s ac?oss t?e w?ter leaping w?ves.

Inner tub?ng ?s also another ?ecreational bo?ting …

Omc Sea Drive Power Packs

Though they are becoming more and more rare, parts for OMC S/D engines, such as OMC Sea Drive power packs, are still available through commercial outlets. There are still dealerships that specialize in OMC genuine parts, providing factory-direct quality for OMC outboard or sterndrive owners. OMC Sea Drive power packs are available, as are OMC carburetor kits, propellers, and shop manuals, among others.

The power pack on an outboard engine is a key component of the electrical system of an engine. It is a computer-controlled box that distributes power to each of the spark plugs in turn, firing them to ignite the fuel in a cylinder and initiate the power stroke. OMC Sea Drive power packs are located in the power head of an outboard, adjacent to the cylinders.

 

Testing for Damaged OMC Sea Drive Power Packs

Occasionally, an ignition system part may become damaged by corrosion, age, or some other factor. If your engine doesn’t seem to be receiving any spark from the spark plugs, the power pack could be at fault. The wiring and connections may also be dirty or damaged, or it is possible that the stator, ignition switch, or amplifier coil may be damaged somehow.…