Polar Kraft Boats Blog http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/blog-category Information and news about Polar Kraft Boats en-us Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:28:42 GMT How To Launch & Retrieve Your Fishing Boat http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/how-to-launch-retrieve-your-fishing-boat <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Launch__Retrieve_PREVIEW.png" alt="" width="567" height="232" /><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" /><br />With the exception of docking, the one part of trailer boating that strikes the most fear in the hearts of new boaters has got to the launch ramp. Sure, it can be stressful the first few times, but here&rsquo;s the good news: As long as you follow these easy tips, launching and retrieving your boat will become second-nature in no time.</p> <p>Before You Hit The Road&nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t even leave your driveway unless you check a few things first. Make sure your trailer tires are inflated to the correct pressure. If you pulled out the drain plug for the ride home, now would be a great time to put it back in. Check the charge on your battery&hellip;it seems like someone always leaves the radio on with the volume turned all the way down! Think about the sequence you&rsquo;ll want to detach the boat from the trailer, leaving (of course) the bow hook on until the boat is in the water.</p> <p>Practice In Peace</p> <p>The best way to reduce stress before your moment in the spotlight is to trailer over to the ramp one early morning or evening during the middle of the week. You&rsquo;ll have the place to yourself, and you can take your time backing down, correcting and dialing in your entry strategy. Take a few passes. If someone shows up, pull up and out of the way, and resume your practice run in peace. And if you have any questions about what you&rsquo;re doing, now would be the time to ask a fellow boater.</p> <p>Load Before Launching</p> <p>You might be surprised by how many folks wait until they are at the end of the ramp to load up their coolers, floats, pets, and whatever else they&rsquo;ve lugged to the lake on this beautiful Saturday. The better move is to go ahead and park (hey, that shady spot looks good) and take your time transferring your gear from the SUV to the boat. This might even give the kids time to inflate their tube, the dog to do his business and Mom time to feed the baby. That way everyone&rsquo;s good to go and focused on the task at hand.</p> <p>Play Nice</p> <p>Everyone&rsquo;s anxious to be out on the water enjoying their boat. It&rsquo;s probably hot outside. There may be people who haven&rsquo;t read this article and are struggling with, ummmm, &ldquo;efficiency of motion.&rdquo; Put a smile on your face. Give a nod or a wave to the other &ldquo;good guys&rdquo; and maybe even lend a hand to help move things along.</p> <p>Use Your Crew</p> <p>Think ahead about what ramp line feels more comfortable for you. Some folks like the left side, some folks like the right. Give everyone on your crew a job. Your buddy can be your guide on the ramp. Your kids can relay messages and let you know if you&rsquo;re getting too close to the curb. Everyone can help undo the straps. Mom can pull the tow vehicle up and park while you pull the boat over to the temporary dock for passenger loading.</p> <p>Best Launch Ramp Tip EVER&nbsp;</p> <p>Put your hands at the&nbsp;bottom&nbsp;of the steering wheel while backing the trailer up&hellip;then turn the wheel in the direction you want the&nbsp;trailer&nbsp;to go.</p> <p>Trailering your boat can be the perfect solution for you and your boating lifestyle. By taking a few minutes to master the &ldquo;unwritten rules,&rdquo; you can make launching and retrieving your boat&nbsp;almost&nbsp;as enjoyable as a day on the water. Almost.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/How_To_Launch__Retrieve.png" alt="" width="600" height="1090" /></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pets Ahoy Photo Contest! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/pets-ahoy-photo-contest <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Pets_Ahoy_Contest_Header_PK.png" alt="" width="600" height="213" /></p> <p>Spring has nearly sprung! And to celebrate the chance to get back out on the water, we just launched the Polar Kraft Pets Ahoy Photo Contest! Through April 30, just&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tabsite.com/wall_post.php?id=10494">click here</a>&nbsp;to upload your favorite pet pics &mdash; whether it's a current photo or one from a previous season &mdash; taken onboard or near your Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boat.</p> <p>One winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Polar Kraft Gear Store and a full summer of bragging rights! It&rsquo;s never been easier to participate because now all entries and voting will be done via Facebook. We invite you to enter as many photos as you wish and vote up to once each day for your favorites. There are also some great options for you to share your photos with your friends and encourage them to vote for you and the other best entries.</p> <p>Once the contest period is over, we&rsquo;ll give the Top 3 to our illustrious panel of judges who will determine the final winner based on five key criteria: 1) Creativity 2) Inspiring to other boaters&nbsp;3) How well photo depicts boat brand &nbsp;4) Quality of photo 5) Representation of contest theme.</p> <p>We want this to be a fun contest and to challenge everyone to take some great photos of your pets out on the water or share some special moments you may have captured in the past. Of course, there is no purchase or payment of any kind necessary to enter or win this contest. Just read up on all the Official Rules to make sure your entry is eligible for the prize.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s get this party started!</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT How To Boat At Night http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/how-to-boat-at-night <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/How_To_Boat_At_Night_TOP.png" alt="" width="600" height="325" /></p> <p>Believe it or not, this brutal winter will be over before you know it. And that means you'll be out on the water again, doing everything you can to get the most out of every day. One way to do that is to stretch your boating fun past sunset and into the evening. And while there are some things you need to consider before you take this step, you are missing out on half the fun if you only hit the water under blue skies. Here&rsquo;s what you need to know to be safe when the sun goes down.</p> <p>SLOW DOWN</p> <p>Cruising under the moonlight can make you feel like you&rsquo;ve got the place to yourself. More than likely, you don&rsquo;t. You&rsquo;ll need to be on the lookout for the running lights of other vessels, aids to navigation in the water, and 100 others things that inevitably pop up out of nowhere at night. Since your reaction time will be slower, and your eyes will be working overtime to distinguish all kinds of different shapes, ease up on the throttle. By the way, that creature you see in the water is more than likely not a mermaid: If you&rsquo;re cruising the Intracoastal Waterway down South&hellip;it&rsquo;s probably a manatee.</p> <p>SEE &amp; BE SEEN</p> <p>You may be tempted to shut off your running lights sometimes&hellip;especially if you&rsquo;re drifting (or at anchor). This is a big mistake if you&rsquo;re anywhere near the channel. Many times you will justify going incognito because there&rsquo;s a decent moon, and once your eyes adjust, you can see just fine. But it&rsquo;s critically important that you leave your lights on when you&rsquo;re out on the water. They are not for you, after all. They&rsquo;re for the other boaters to be able to spot you from a distance. The more reaction time, the better.</p> <p>NO SUDDEN MOVES</p> <p>Even with the required running lights, your eyes can still play tricks on you. Boats running in your line of sight can confuse your senses at times and convince you that you&rsquo;re seeing something you&rsquo;re not. For that reason, always try to maintain a fairly consistent track at night. Doing donuts, figure eights, and zigzagging across the water is asking for trouble. Plus, any passengers onboard may not be ready for abrupt maneuvers and could be tossed overboard. Since they will they be tougher to spot in dark water, you risk striking them with the boat or propeller.</p> <p>CRANK IT DOWN</p> <p>Music and boating go together like peanut butter and jelly during the day. But after hours, it&rsquo;s more like peanut butter and anchovies. In other words, it&rsquo;s really bad form to blast your tunes above background level. Sound carries extremely well over water, and even a moderate volume can be an annoyance to folks who have already packed it in for the night. Keep your tunes at a level where you can have a normal conversation. You can cut loose again the next day when you break out the watersports gear.</p> <p>TOP IT OFF</p> <p>It is a real bummer to run out of gas any time and any place. But when you&rsquo;re out on the water at night, it&rsquo;s an entirely new level of trouble. Being in a position where you can&rsquo;t avoid other objects and get yourself home is bad enough, but it is a long, difficult process for someone else to have to find your position in the dark, down some off-the-beaten-path canal. Make sure you top the tank off before the sun goes down, while the fuel stations are still open and easy to see.</p> <p>SWIM...DON&rsquo;T DIVE</p> <p>There is something really thrilling about sliding into the water at night. Note the word &ldquo;sliding.&rdquo; Diving into dark water at night is a really bad idea. Because no matter what that depth finder says, you never know what submerged tree, Pinto fender or ridiculously tall rock lurks beneath the surface. And since you&rsquo;re going into the water at night, don&rsquo;t take a chance that your head will be the first hard object that makes contact. Whatever you do, just go gentle into that good night (swim).</p> <p>KEEP YOUR WITS&nbsp;<br /><br />You already know that your reaction time will be diminished because of the darkness. You&rsquo;ll add to those effects exponentially with every cocktail. And if that wasn&rsquo;t bad enough, reduced inhibitions will increase the hey-watch-this instinct that can turn a fun cruise under the stars into an evening that is best avoided. Stay off the booze. It&rsquo;s your responsibility as captain.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/How_To_Boat_At_Night.png" alt="" width="600" height="1090" /></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global Group Recognizes Accident-Free Milestone http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-group-recognizes-accident-free-milestone <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Plant_3_Accident_Milestone.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> <p>Nautic Global Group along with plant three has reason to celebrate! Godfrey Pontoons Plant Manager Dan Finke announces that Plant Three has made it an entire year wihout having an accident.</p> <p>&ldquo;And these guys sure aren&rsquo;t making teddy bears over there,&rdquo; said Finke who has worked for NGG for two years.</p> <p>Plant Three makes metal railing for all Godfrey Pontoons and railing sets for the Hurricane FunDeck series.</p> <p>&ldquo;Plant Three has one of the best teams, and I believe earning this honor is a great accomplishment because they face some of the biggest challenges due to operating high-powered and potentially dangerous equipment,&rdquo; Finke said.</p> <p>Plant Three Supervisor Dave Napier credits the plant&rsquo;s accident-free record to the team atmosphere he creates for all 37 of his employees. &ldquo;Last February we moved into this building as a team and ever since our main focus is safety first every day.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>Group Leader Chad Pontius says, &ldquo;Every morning employees meet to make sure everyone has all the tools to properly and safely do their jobs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Steve Gingerich, also a group leader said he is proud of all of the employees because they have increased their production by 80% since February 2013. &ldquo;We went from producing 183 railings a day to now 275, and I am proud to say we have increased production without sacrificing safety.&rdquo;</p> <p>NGG Human Resource Director Steve Ott swas among several members of management who recently recognized Plant Three employees for their efforts. Finke is rewarding Plant Three employees by ordering each one of them a jacket with their name and the NGG logo.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Ott says the company record for consecutive accident-free days, (two years, five months and three weeks) is held by our Polar Kraft Plant in Syracuse, IN, which was recognized in 2011, under current Plant Manager Tim Weisser.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Fabrication equipment requires extreme concentration and precision, and the employees that make up Plant Three have set the standard for excellence. Please join us in recognizing all Plant Three employees for their accomplishment.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT How To Anchor Your Boat http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/how-to-anchor-your-boat <p style="text-align: left;">Whether you're a day boater, a dedicated angler or you love the sound of the waves on your hull while overnighting, you need to know how to properly anchor your boat. While there are lots of different special situations to consider, anchoring has a fairly simple set of basic techniques you can master in no time at all. This will mean your boat will stay put while you can focus on swimming kids, hungry bass or getting a good night's sleep even if it's windy or the tide/current is fighting against you. In addition to the tips below, consider using one of the inexpensive smartphone apps like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/anchor-alarm/id304892917?mt=8">Anchor Alarm</a>, which uses your phone or tablet GPS to set your position and alert you if you're drifting out of position.<img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/How_To_Anchor_Your_Boat.png" alt="" width="600" height="1090" />&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT United Way Recognizes Nautic Global Group Contributions http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/united-way-recognizes-nautic-global-group-contributions <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/NGG_United_Way.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" />Thanks to contributions from our incredible employees, the United Way of Elkhart County announced today that Nautic Global Group has earned the honor of being among the Top Ten companies in Elkhart County to contribute to their 2013 donation campaign.&nbsp;</p> <p>This morning, representatives from the United Way of Elkhart County stopped by the NGG corporate office to present a plaque to show their appreciation of the contributions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Steve Ott, Director of Human Resources for Nautic Global Group (pictured), accepted the plaque on behalf of all NGG employees who contribute to the ongoing United Way Campaign, in both Elkhart and Kosciusko Counties. &nbsp;</p> <p>Nautic Global Group contributed $7,500 dollars to the United Way Campaign in combination for both Elkhart and Kosciusko Counties, and employee contributions in both counties brought the grand total to $70,000.&nbsp;</p> <p>Contributions to the United Way will help provide assistance to local families in cases of catastrophic events in their lives. For example, families who have recently lost their homes and possessions will be provided with food, shelter and clothing to get back on their feet. Approximately 200 cancer patients will receive a cancer journal, care and counseling that might not otherwise be provided through convention medical outlets. And close to 3,000 local school children will receive additional assistance to help them succeed in the classroom.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT This Week's Boat Shows Featuring Polar Kraft! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/this-week-s-boat-shows-featuring-polar-kraft <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Kodiak_200_WT_COLLAGE.png" alt="" width="576" height="576" /></p> <p>Here's where you can find Polar Kraft Alumnium Fishing Boats at boat shows this week!</p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Show</th><th>Location</th><th>Dealers</th><th>Brands</th> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.phillyboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Great Philly Boat Show</a><br />Mar 7-9, 2014</td> <td>Greater Philly Expo Center at the Oaks<br />Philly, PA</td> <td><a href="http://www.dmarine.com">Dinbokowitz Marine</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.phillyboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Great Philly Boat Show</a><br />Mar 7-9, 2014</td> <td>Great Philly Expo Center at the Oaks<br />Philly, PA</td> <td><a href="http://www.duckysboats.com">Ducky's</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.gsevents.com/shows/display.cfm?showID=65" target="_blank">National Capital Boat SHow</a><br />Mar 7-9, 2014</td> <td>Dulles Expo Center<br />Chantilly VA</td> <td><a href="http://www.southeasternmarine.net">Southeastern Marine</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT NGG Hiring 40 Positions At Syracuse Facility http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/ngg-hiring-40-positions-at-syracuse-facility <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/PK_Construction_Pic.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nautic Global Group (NGG) is excited to announce we are continuing to&nbsp;</span>grow! The NGG Human Resource Department will hold open interviews with applicants on Wednesday, March 5. Interested parties must first fill out an online application by visiting <a href="http://nauticglobalgroup.com/content/careers.php">www.NauticGlobalGroup.com</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The open interviews will take place at our&nbsp;</span>Polar Kraft/Parti Kraft&nbsp;production facility located at the 300 East Chicago St. in Syracuse, Indiana, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>NGG &nbsp;has enjoyed several years of growth and is expanding our production capabilities at all three of our facilities to meet retail demand.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The company is looking to hire more than 40 people in Syracuse for the following positions:</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>Fiberglass specialists (rollers, mold repair, fiberglass repair, choppers, gel coat, grinders, etc.)</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>Assembly</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>MIG/TIG welders</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>Wire harness builders</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>Riveters</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>Laminators</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;This is a very exciting time for our company, and the team we&rsquo;re building is the most important part of the equation,&rdquo; said VP of Manufacturing Mike O&rsquo;Connell.&nbsp; &ldquo;The industry is growing, our company is growing, and we are seeking talented people who would like to join us.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>The pay range for these open positions varies from $10 per hour to $18.25 per hour and up, depending on experience. 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class="MsoNormal"><span>Kurt Kenning with Energizing Indiana and Bruce Griffey, an Energy Efficiency Representative with AEP, along with David Kline, an AEP local customer service engineer presented NGG with a rebate check for $103,000 today at Nautic Global Group&rsquo;s headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The rebate money is from the Energizing Indiana Commercial &amp; Industrial Rebate Program </span><span>that is designed to help Indiana&rsquo;s commercial and industrial facilities achieve long-term, cost-effective energy savings.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Nautic Global Group has qualified to receive in total $293,816 in Energizing Indiana rebates since the energy efficient transformation at the NGG facilities started in November of 2013. The company is expected to receive another rebate check, for changes that were made in the two NGG production facilities located in Syracuse, Indiana.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The rebate money was awarded to the boating manufacturer for changing close to 1,400 light fixtures and light bulbs in all three of the production facilities to make them more energy efficient. 700 light fixtures were replaced with new more efficient fixtures and bulbs in the Elkhart facility, and 700 more were replaced in Syracuse, Indiana.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Brian Oakes, a maintenance technician at all three NGG facilities said this major transformation was completed in two months. Oakes worked with Bill Erdman, Transportation Manager at Nautic Global Group, to execute the plan to fruition.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Erdman said, &ldquo;Nautic Global Group is getting more out of the Energizing Indiana program than what has been invested monetarily in replacing the lights and bulbs.&rdquo; &ldquo;Almost no money is coming out of our pocket to promote energy efficiency.&rdquo; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Kenning, a Commercial &amp; Industrial Trade Ally Coordinator with Energizing Indiana said he worked closely with NGG to validate and verify that each and every light bulb and light fixture was replaced with new efficient replacement models.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;These new bulbs are brighter and use half of the electricity that the old bulbs used, plus they do not give off as much heat. 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It&rsquo;s good for NGG and the people who are employed here, for the boating lifestyle, and for the environment."</span><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/NGG_Rebate_Check.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global Group Names New CEO http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-group-names-new-ceo <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>Nautic Global Group (NGG) &mdash; parent company of Hurricane Deck Boats, Rinker Express Cruisers and Captiva Sport Boats, Godfrey Pontoons, Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats, and Parti Kraft Pontoons &mdash; today announced that Bradley (Brad) D. Gates has been named as the company&rsquo;s new Chief Executive Officer.</span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Brad_Gates_Headshot.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" /></p> <p><span>Gates, who brings marketing, customer service and product strategy experience to NGG, succeeds the company&rsquo;s interim CEO James (Jim) R. Malone. Malone will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Gates will join the Board as well. The succession is effective March 3, 2014. </span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Following an extensive search process, we are excited to welcome Brad to Nautic Global Group,&rdquo; said Malone. &ldquo;Brad is a proven leader, with skills and experience that are a natural fit with our emphasis on quality and service. His team-oriented and high-energy style, combined with his strong professional background in marketing, customer service, aftermarket parts, and forward-looking product strategy for dealer-distributed manufacturers, will support our focus on execution while also positioning the company strategically as it enters its next phase of growth.&rdquo; </span></p> <p><span>Gates previously served as the President of EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) at Capital Safety Group, a privately owned company engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of fall protection safety equipment. In this role, Gates developed strategic plans to drive growth, customer service enhancements, and profitability, successfully turning around the company&rsquo;s EMEA business performance and results. Before joining Capital Safety Group in 2007, Gates progressed through business and marketing roles of increasing responsibility at Minnesota- based The Toro Company, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of professional turf maintenance equipment and services worldwide. Gates earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Management and a Master&rsquo;s Degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University. </span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;I am honored to have been selected as Nautic Global&rsquo;s new CEO,&rdquo; said Gates. &ldquo;I am excited by the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for the company and am committed to its success. I look forward to working closely with the talented senior leadership team and Nautic&nbsp;</span>Global Group&rsquo;s 900-plus employees to further our objectives of manufacturing great boats and selling them through a great dealer network.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>&ldquo;For more than 60 years NGG has established an impressive presence in the global boating industry,&rdquo; Gates continued. &ldquo;I am enthusiastic about joining the team, and I look forward to us continuing to enhance the dealer and customer experience as we grow.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global To Add 70 Manufacturing Jobs http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-to-add-70-manufacturing-jobs <p>If you or someone you know is looking for a great job in southwestern Michigan or northern Indiana (known as Michiana), Nautic Global Group is having open interviews at its Elkhart, Indiana, campus on Tuesday, February 25, from 12:30-3:30pm.&nbsp;</p> <p>The boat builder &mdash; Hurricane Deck Boats, Rinker Express Cruisers, Captiva &amp; MTX Sport Boats, Godfrey Pontoons (Sanpan, Aqua Patio &amp; Sweetwater), Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats and Parti Kraft Pontoons &mdash; is hiring 70 manufacturing positions including welders, upholsterers, sewers and fiberglass laminators. While experience is required for welding positions, on-the-job training will be provided for many of the other positions.</p> <p>Jobs are available at NGG's Elkhart and Syracuse, Indiana, facilities. Hourly wages range from $10 per hour to more than $18 per hour depending on experience. Full-time health care benefit packages are also available.</p> <p><span>"These are exciting times for Nautic Global Group, and as the demand for our products increase, we will continue to rely heavily on the strong workforce found throughout Michiana,"&nbsp;</span>said Doug Sexton, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nautic Global Group.</p> <p>For a complete list of open jobs, and <a href="http://nauticglobalgroup.com/content/careers.php">to apply online, please click here</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/NGG_Job_Collage.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Your New Polar Kraft Gear Is HERE! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/your-new-polar-kraft-gear-is-here <p>If you haven't checked out the all-new Polar Kraft Gear website, you are missing out on tons of new selections! There's even an easy new check-out system.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nauticglobalgear.com/category_s/1843.htm">Just click here to get in gear!&nbsp;</a></p> <div><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Gear_Screenshot.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></div> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Improve Your Docking Technique http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/improve-your-docking-technique <p>You can ask any group of new boaters what they like least about boating, and nine out of 10 will say docking. That&rsquo;s everyone from twin-screw cruiser pilots all the way down to the tiller-handled outboard jon boat fisherman. Your heart starts pounding, your palms start sweating, and you are desperately trying to remember all the &ldquo;advice&rdquo; you&rsquo;ve ever been given about how to do it properly.&nbsp;</p> <p>But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be that way. Nope. There are a few things to remember, sure, but the main thing is to take it slow (or as slow as the prevailing current and boat traffic allows) and keep your cool. Many good and experienced boaters take more than one shot to back their boat into a slip. You shouldn&rsquo;t feel too much pressure to get it perfect every time. Life&rsquo;s too short, and that sort of self-imposed anxiety flies in the face of everything that boating should be about. So there you go. Read these tips, and remember to take your time. You&rsquo;ll be fine.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/How_To_Dock_Your_Boat.png" alt="" width="600" height="1090" /></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Is Coming To A Boat Show Near You http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-is-coming-to-a-boat-show-near-you <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/186CC.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>Look for Polar Kraft boats this week at the Indianpolis Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show at the Indianapolis Fair Grounds with our friends from <a href="http://www.theboatplace.net/">The Boat Place</a>!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Boat Shows This Weekend! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/boat-shows-this-weekend <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Kodiak168SC.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> <p>Here's where you find Polar Kraft Boat this week...</p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Show</th><th>Location</th><th>Dealers</th><th>Brands</th> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://vaboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Mid Atlantic Sports and Boat Show</a><br />Feb 7-9, 2014</td> <td>VA Beach Convention Center<br />Virginia Beach, VA</td> <td><a href="http://www.lynnhavenmarine.com">Lynnhaven Marine</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.iowashows.com/" target="_blank">36th Annual Cedar Rapids Sportshow</a><br />Feb 7-9, 2014</td> <td>Hawkeye Downs Expo Center<br />Cedar Rapids, IA</td> <td><a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com">Midwest Boat Repair</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.columbiaboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Columbia Boat Show</a><br />Feb 7-9, 2014</td> <td>State Fairgrounds<br />Columbia, SC</td> <td><a href="http://www.ccmarine.com">Captain's Choice</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Using Your VHF Radio http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/using-your-vhf-radio <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF /> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>JA</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark /> <w:EnableOpenTypeKerning /> 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When they've run out of gas and are running late for a wedding, the first response for actors on the big screen seems to be to grab the radio microphone and start shouting MAYDAY! But while that may be fine for dramatic effect, it's the last thing you should do in real life.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Understand that if there&rsquo;s one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms of being valuable to you (and your guests) in an emergency, it&rsquo;s your VHF marine radio (either handheld or fixed-mount). When you&rsquo;re out of cell phone service coverage (or the battery&rsquo;s dead or you left it on your charger at home), your VHF radio can summon the help you need in the case of an accident. 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Here are some key points to remember when using your marine radio.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/How_To_Use_Your_VHF_Radio.png" alt="" width="600" height="1090" /></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Kodiak Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-kodiak-series <p>When you hit the water in search of an over-the-mantle catch, you need to be prepared for any fishing conditions &mdash; there's no running back to the dock when things get dicey. With abundant lockable storage for all your rods, aerated livewells in the forward deck and plenty of deck space for casting, the Kodiak series is equipped with everything you need to keep the fish biting.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HnXplIjgcqU" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Dakota Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-dakota-series <p>Polar Kraft's Dakota series and Jon Boats are designed to give you all the boat you need at a great price. These are agile, easy-to-handle, and a breeze to trailer. And no other boat in its class comes close to matching Dakota's performance, styling and comfort.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2qOnum7d8Ck" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Frontier Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-frontier-series <p>No matter what species you're after, the Frontier series can put you on the fish, with a longer and wider boat than any in its class, featuring an all-around-level deck design, lockable center rod storage and a huge 52-inch livewell.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-7BZ1Q0jHmA" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Classic Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-classic-series <p>Perfect for the budget-minded fisherman, the tough and durable Classic series is designed for ease of operation and a safe, stable ride. These rugged boats come in a variety of affordable packages, and they're always ready for action!</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/O2OCVG9EUkM" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Bass Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-bass-series <p>Easy to trailer, quick to plane, and a breeze to maneuver, the Polar Kraft Bass Series will get you to the hot spots ahead of the crowd, with an aerated livewell, plenty of under-seat storage and casting decks bow and stern.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mT_277kf6jQ" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rules Of The Road For Boating http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/rules-of-the-road-for-boating <p>No better time to review the "Rules of the Road" for boaters. Suitable for sharing...</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boatings_Rules_Of_the_Road.png" alt="Rinker Boats Rules of the Road" width="600" height="1090" /></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Outlander Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-outlander-series <p>When the weekend arrives, and it's time to run to your favorite fishing spot, the all-weather Outlander will get you there in reliable comfort and style. The boat's designed to increase stability, sharpen maneuverability and increase on-plane performance.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wUxuTUz14kk" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Heading To The Boat Show? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/heading-to-the-boat-show <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Aluminum_Happiness.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>Here's where you'll find Polar Kraft aluminum fishing boats this week!</p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Show</th><th>Location</th><th>Dealers</th><th>Brands</th> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://marinesource.com/boat_shows/pittsburgh-boat-show.html" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Boat Show</a><br />Jan 23-26, 2014</td> <td>Monroeville Convention Center<br />Monroeville, PA</td> <td><a href="http://www.wiegelbrothersmarine.com">Wiegel Bros.</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.easternsportshow.com/" target="_blank">Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show</a><br />Jan 23-26, 2014</td> <td>PA Farm Show Complex<br />Harrisburgh, PA</td> <td><a href="http://www.duckysboats.com">Ducky's</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://marinesource.com/boat_shows/pittsburgh-boat-show.html" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Boat Show</a><br />Jan 23-26, 2014</td> <td>Monroeville Convention Center<br />Monroeville, PA</td> <td><a href="http://www.fullperformancemarine.com">Full Performance</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.sanantonioboatshow.com/" target="_blank">San Antonio Boat Show</a><br />Jan 23-26, 2014</td> <td>Alamo Dome<br />San Antonio, TX</td> <td><a href="http://www.lakelbjmarineland.com">Lake LBJ</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.okcboats.com/" target="_blank">Oklahoma City Boat Show</a><br />Jan 23-26, 2014</td> <td>State Fairgrounds<br />Oklahoma City, OK</td> <td><a href="http://www.hhmarine.com">H &amp; H Marine</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.ncboatshows.com/" target="_blank">Central Carolina Boat &amp; Fishing Expo</a><br />Jan 24-26, 2014</td> <td>Greensboro Coliseum<br />Greensboro, NC</td> <td><a href="http://www.grandpasmarine.com">Grandpa's Marine</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.iowashows.com/#!iowa-boat-rv-and-vacation-show/c1s6v" target="_blank">26th Annual Iowa Boat/RV &amp; Vacation Show</a><br />Jan 24-26, 2014</td> <td>UNI Dome<br />Cedar Falls, IA</td> <td><a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com">Midwest Boat Repair</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.easttexasoutdoorexpo.com/" target="_blank">East Texas Boat RV &amp; Camping Expo</a><br />Jan 24-26, 2014</td> <td>Maude - Cobb County Activity Center/Fairgrounds<br />Longview, TX</td> <td><a href="http://www.shippsmarine.com">Shipp's Marine</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Sportsman 1760 SE http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-sportsman-1760-se <p>When you need a boat for all seasons, you need the Sportsman series from Polar Kraft. Built rugged, from all-welded marine-grade aluminum alloy, it's right at home in rough water or bumping around the rocks and stumps. This 1760 model is a tough-as-nails boat that's perfect for the most-challenging back water to get you where the action is.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3D5t01JGjOY" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Top 10 Reasons To Buy A Polar Kraft! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/top-10-reasons-to-buy-a-polar-kraft <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Top_10_Graphic.png" alt="" width="800" height="1614" /></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Nor'Easter Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-nor-easter-series <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PKNorEaster.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>Basic is beautiful with Polar Kraft's Nor'Easter series. Comfortable and equipped in a variety of floorplans, the Nor'Easter features a huge casting deck, lockable rod storage, and a deep, safe cockpit.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_Gx-YGZ2ymo" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Sportsman 1654 SE http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-sportsman-1654-se <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK1654SE.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>Built for diehard duck hunters and other hardcore outdoorsmen and anglers, the Polar Kraft Sportsman 1654 SE is a tough-as-nails boat that's perfect for protected water. Available in three different custom camouflage paint schemes, this modified V-Hull helps you navigate even the most-challenging back water to get you where the action is.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AyfON8dW3KQ" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Outfitter Series Video http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-outfitter-series-video <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PKoutfitter.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>You can build your boat just the way you want with Polar Kraft's Outfitter series. We supply the all-welded seamless hull and all the built-tough basics. You add all the hunting and fishing options you need to make it your own.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qL8dw4FCEhY" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Outlander 186 Center Console http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-outlander-186-center-console <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/186CC.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>Responding to a growing demand for aluminum center consoles, Polar Kraft has introduced the newest member of its Outlander series, the 186 CC. With a full 92-inch beam allowing plenty of room to move around the helm, the 186 is a full-featured fishing and hunting machine. With an elevated forward casting platform, dedicated lockable storage for tackle and rods, easy-step extruded gunwales, Accessa Trac channels for securing aftermarket accessories from Bert's Custom Tackle, standard Lowrance X-4 Fish Finder, and a custom trailer with LED lights and radials, the 186 is one of the most versatile aluminum boats on the water. Polar Kraft offers a wide range of color options including two Mossy Oak brand camouflage patterns.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0des19Xp_J8" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Kodiak Sport Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-kodiak-sport-series <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Kodiak_FS_Lifestyle.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="391" /></p> <p>Polar Kraft's sporty Fish and Ski series pulls double duty with ease. Ample performance, plenty of storage and a ski tow bar make the Kodiak Sport the perfect boat for any family adventure. And when it comes time for fishing, anglers will appreciate the incredible number of built-in standard features and tough construction that make these boats the smartest aluminum fishing boat value on the water.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/URq5cQyCrLM" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Boat Shows March On! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-boat-shows-march-on <p><img style="float: left;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Outlander_2010_CC_SM.png" alt="" width="216" height="117" /></p> <p>This week you'll find Polar Kraft at the following boat shows!&nbsp;</p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Show</th><th>Location</th><th>Dealers</th><th>Brands</th> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.austinboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Austin Boat Show</a><br />Jan 16-19, 2014</td> <td>Austin Convention Center<br />Austin, TX</td> <td><a href="http://www.lakelbjmarineland.com">Lake LBJ Marineland</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.ncboatshows.com/" target="_blank">Richmond Fishing Expo</a><br />Jan 17-19, 2014</td> <td>Meadow Event Park<br />Doswell, VA</td> <td><a href="http://www.southeasternmarine.net">Southeastern Marine</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Classic 156 T http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-classic-156-t <p>Adding to its top-selling Classic Series, Polar Kraft has introduced the 156 T for fishing families who prefer a tiller-operated motor in a boat that's incredibly easy to handle and trailer. With the Classic Series receiving an all-new graphics and logo update for 2014, the 156 T is a sharp-looking fishing machine from the water. The boat features plenty of lockable rod storage, and aerated livewell, standard Lowrance X-4 Fish Finder, and a MinnKota 45 Edge bow-mounted trolling motor. The tough Torque Control Design double-riveted, reverse-chine hull features extruded aluminum keels and spray rails, closed-cell foam flotation, and a strong longitudinal stringer system.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9f8AaCGt664" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft At Boat Shows! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-at-boat-shows <p>Where in the world is Polar Kraft Boats this week? Glad you asked!&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2013-09-11_at_3.38.09_PM.png" alt="" width="533" height="378" /></p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Show</th><th>Location</th><th>Dealers</th><th>Brands</th> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.londonboatshow.com/" target="_blank">London International Boat Show</a><br />Jan 4-12, 2014</td> <td>ExCel<br />London, UK</td> <td><a href="http://www.pushtheboatout.com">Lindon Lewis Marine</a></td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.grandstrandboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Grand Strand Boat &amp; Sportsman Expo</a><br />Jan 11-13, 2014</td> <td>Myrtle Beach Conventional Center<br />Myrtle Beach, SC</td> <td>Cape Fear</td> <td>Polar Kraft</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Sportsman Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-sportsman-series <p>When you need a boat for all seasons, you need the Sportsman series from Polar Kraft. Built rugged, from all-welded marine-grade aluminum alloy, it's right at home in rough water or bumping around the rocks and stumps. Personalize it with your choice of options and you'll be certain to bring home your limit &mdash; whatever's in season.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JbsT1wJE7H4?list=UUo8AlqSIA1MF-Q0LFYXS3gQ" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Creating A Boat Show Game Plan http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/creating-a-boat-show-game-plan <p>If you&rsquo;re in the market for a new boat, the boat show can be a great place to work a deal. Of course, it can also be a dizzying and confusing experience if you&rsquo;re not prepared. The good news is that with a little research and some easy planning, you can head through the front door of the boat show with confidence.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Show_Game_Plan.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>1) Start early</strong>.</span> That&rsquo;s all part of the fun, isn&rsquo;t it? The anticipation. The build-up. The excitement. Make that a key part of your experience. The more time you spend thinking about how you&rsquo;ll use your boat, the more time you spend comparing features, and the more time you arm yourself with research, the more confident and focused you will be on the boat show floor.&nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>2) Ask around</strong>. </span>To say that boaters like to talk about their boat&nbsp; is the understatement of all time. If you got into boating through family or friends, start there. Ask about the amenities they use on their boat and the ones they could live without. You&rsquo;ll find all kinds of information about gas mileage, top speed and other &ldquo;specs.&rdquo; Once you get past all that, however, it comes down to how happy other folks seem with their purchase.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">3) Make a list.</span></strong> It can be something as simple as a sticky note or as detailed as a notebook. You&rsquo;ll soon discover that list is getting pretty long. Enclosed head, swim platform, space for a cooler, full galley, oversized sunpad, top-of the-line stereo, etc. Now, once you have your list together, start organizing into &ldquo;must-haves,&rdquo; &ldquo;would-be-nice,&rdquo; and &ldquo;don&rsquo;t really need.&rdquo; This will help you really wind up happy with your boat, rather than jumping at a &ldquo;good deal&rdquo; in the heat of the moment.&nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>4) Climb aboard</strong>.</span> You&rsquo;d be surprised at how many folks are too intimidated to really give a boat a thorough inspection at a boat show. You should feel welcome to spend some time acquainting yourself with the boat you&rsquo;re about to buy. Sit in all the seats, not just the helm. Is the backrest at a comfortable angle? Open the cabinet doors. Do they open and close securely. Does the boat feel solid?&nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>5) Remember there are no dumb questions</strong>. </span>Repeat, there are no dumb questions. If you&rsquo;ve gone through these first four steps and you&rsquo;re still confused about something, just ask! The dealership has an entire team of people at the show. A reputable dealer will want you to be just as confident about your purchase as you walk out the door as you were when you walked in.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Get Prepped For Your Local Boat Show! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/get-prepped-for-your-local-boat-show <p>All throughout the spring, summer and fall months, most of us are out on the water. If the weather&rsquo;s nice, we&rsquo;re boating. Every weekend, for sure, and maybe even a quite a few &ldquo;personal&rdquo; days when the opportunity arises. But when the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn from boating to boat shows.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Show_Montage.png" alt="" width="720" height="720" /><br /><br />Whether you&rsquo;re looking for your first boat or you&rsquo;re in the market to upgrade, winter boat shows help us keep the fire burning until our glorious spring launch finally rolls around. In addition to the fun atmosphere, gleaming gel coat and new gadgets you just can&rsquo;t live without, there&rsquo;s something else that should be drawing you right through the front door. The deals!<br /><br />Think about it. Since the boating season is over in most parts of the country, and boats have been serviced and stored during the fall, your local dealer will be wheeling and dealing with all kinds of special offers and manufacturers&rsquo; incentives. If you&rsquo;re looking for a boat, you owe it to yourself to attend a boat show.&nbsp;</p> <p>To help you navigate the aisles like a pro, here are the Top 3 things to think about as the boat show rolls through your community:<br /><br />1) Do your homework and narrow down your search before you get there. It adds to the experience if you walk in with a good idea about the type of boat that best fits your lifestyle. Do you need seating and storage for lots of family and friends? Are you more into performance and styling? Do your kids spend most of their time tubing, skiing or wakeboarding? Will you spend a lot of time on big water? Have you always dreamed of anchoring and overnighting in a serene cove? There will be lots of terrific distractions&hellip;be prepared!<br /><br />2) Get to know your dealer. Nearly as important as the type of boat you buy is the feeling you get from your dealer. They will be instrumental in helping you get a great deal. They will be delivering your boat. They will be there for routine service, storage and anything else you need after your purchase. Talk to the salesperson at the booth. Ask to speak to the owner of the dealership. Chances are, they are one of your neighbors. A good dealer knows that your relationship begins with the sale, not ends with the sale.<br /><br />3) Shop for value, not just price. This is a simple idea, but it&rsquo;s harder than it sounds. Cheaper does not mean value. There are price wars at just about every boat show between competing lines. Ask about quality construction. Ask about resale value. Ask about financing offers. The cream rises to the top, as they say. You will pat yourself on the back a year or two (or 10) down the line when you make quality a priority over price alone.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Choosing A Great Boat Dealer http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/choosing-a-great-boat-dealer <p>While there are some similarities between a car dealership and a boat dealership, you may be surprised at how much they don&rsquo;t have in common.</p> <p>Sure, they both have showrooms, shiny new vehicles and salespeople. But with few exceptions, a&nbsp;<br />car purchase comes down to function and price. And even if you wind up getting your automobile serviced at the dealership, it tends to be a fairly anonymous event. Buying a boat, however, could easily be characterized as starting a relationship. And because of that, it&rsquo;s worth putting a little time into finding the &ldquo;right one.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /><br />Here are some pointers for narrowing down your choices and settling down with a boat dealer who will be by your side for the long haul.<br /><br />&bull; Do you feel comfortable? If you&rsquo;re feeling pressured or stressed or tense in the showroom or at the boat show booth, you may want to keep looking. Anxious excitement is part of the boat-buying experience and should be enjoyed. Those other things, well, who needs them?&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; Do their customers rave about them? Good dealers would love for you to meet and talk to their customers. Nobody does a better job of selling a dealership than satisfied customers. Remember, this is a relationship that will last for years. Longtime customers are a sure sign that the dealership appreciates their patronage and support.<br /><br />&bull; Do they have a busy service department? This one may seem a little counter-intuitive because you want to be first in line. But think about it. Who has more experience solving common issues? Who has a well-staffed, well-trained crew? Who can offer great rates because they are doing volume business? More than likely it&rsquo;s the busy service bay.&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; Do they host events on the water or showroom? Many times a dealer will gather customers of a certain brand for an afternoon of socializing with other owners. Sometimes there&rsquo;s a parking lot cookout with face-painting for the kids. Other times, they turn their showroom into a movie theater in the middle of winter. There is just something wonderful about mingling with others that share your love for the water.&nbsp;<br /><br />The point is that your boat-owning experience can be and should be just as exciting, fun and rewarding as your boat-buying experience. Good boat dealers get that. More importantly, good boat dealers go out of their way to make sure that you get that!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Aluminum_Happiness.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Why Are Boaters So Superstitious? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/why-are-boaters-so-superstitious <p>Let&rsquo;s face it&hellip;boaters are a superstitious bunch. Well, we've got a storied history that goes all the way back to the days of the earliest ocean-going vessels, when everything from bad weather to scurvy were connected to various perceived transgressions by crewmembers and (more likely) unknowing passengers. String enough of those coincidences together, and the word spreads quickly that something as innocent as bringing a banana onboard can wreak havoc on a voyage that would otherwise be smooth sailing.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/No_Bananas.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you view boating superstitions as solemn, don&rsquo;t-ever-mess-them laws, or if you get a chuckle out of the seemingly outrageous notions that have sprung up over the years, they are part of nautical folklore. And, being notoriously nostalgic, those of us with a love for boating and the water tend to embrace even the nuttier superstitions&mdash;even if it&rsquo;s done with a sly wink of the eye.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let&rsquo;s take a closer look at some of the most-popular, boat-related myths that still rule the seas even today.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">BANANAS ON BOARD</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you head down to any of Florida&rsquo;s coastal fishing villages in search of a fishing charter, there&rsquo;s one thing you need to remember. Leave the bananas at home. That&rsquo;s real bananas, banana nut muffins and even Banana Boat sunscreen. You&rsquo;re even asking for trouble if you show up in Fruit of the Loom underwear. And even if, for some reason, you feel like ignoring the no-bananas rule that exists aboard nearly all fishing charters&mdash;let&rsquo;s say you smuggle aboard a banana smoothie&mdash;don&rsquo;t plan on coming home with many trophy fish. Of course, there&rsquo;s nothing but anecdotal evidence to prove this is true, but you&rsquo;ll hear those anecdotes walking every dock from Pensacola to Islamorada.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Looking past the obvious things like cartoon injuries caused by slipping on a discarded peel, the more likely source of the banana superstition is that ocean-going vessels would stop at tropical islands for provisions during their months-long excursions. In addition to fresh water and other necessities, they would frequently take on crates of bananas. Good source of potassium aside, these crates nearly always came with the added bonus of deadly spiders, snakes and other critters that don&rsquo;t mix well in the close-confines of a boat.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">RENAMING YOUR BOAT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As if you didn&rsquo;t have enough to think about when considering a name for your boat, you will probably get an earful from some wise mystic of the sea (the guy in the marina slip next to yours) about the hazards of changing the name of a boat that&rsquo;s been previously named. Fortunately, since it&rsquo;s a long shot that you and the prior owner BOTH dreamed of owning a boat called &ldquo;My Pretty Petunia,&rdquo; there are certain ceremonial steps you can take to avoid offending the sea gods. Not surprisingly, the ceremony revolves around high-quality domestic sparkling wine (only use the French stuff if you&rsquo;re anxious to help THEIR economy rebound). Get rid of all evidence of the boat&rsquo;s previous name. Just draw a line through the name on all logbooks and maintenance records. Make sure all traces of the name are gone from the transom. Notify your local boating law enforcement of the name change as required, and apply your new carefully chosen new name to the boat. Invite your family and friends, and distribute plastic glasses (bare feet and broken glass do not mix). Unless you&rsquo;re renaming a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, best to just pour a generous portion of bubbly over the bow instead of smashing the bottle Queen Elizabeth-style. When everyone&rsquo;s glasses are full, say something like: &ldquo;For thousands of years, we have gone to sea, and we have called our vessels by name. For all that have gone before us, we humbly raise a glass in their honor and ask for blessings in the name of YOUR BOAT NAME.&rdquo; If you&rsquo;re into flowery (and overly long) ceremonies, a quick Internet search will reveal plenty</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;This business about it being bad luck to rename a boat actually has a pretty reasonable explanation. Back in the day, when sailing vessels would travel to far-flung ports-of-call, boats and crews would carry a certain reputation. Good reputations meant easy, uncontested passage into friendly harbors. Changing a boat&rsquo;s name could easily raise suspicions simply because it wasn&rsquo;t recognized.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">OTHER COMMON BOATING-RELATED SUPERSTITIONS</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever known anyone who threw salt over their left shoulder? That&rsquo;s an old pirate trick to &ldquo;keep the devil at bay.&rdquo; The bay, of course, is literally where they wanted the devil to stay as they headed out to sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever &ldquo;knocked on wood&rdquo; to prevent bad luck? That came from sailors thumping the hulls of their wooden ships to check for rotten areas. This is also the origin of the phrases &ldquo;ship shape&rdquo; and &ldquo;touch wood.&rdquo; It all comes down to having a boat that will hold together during a voyage.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; As perhaps the easiest superstition to understand, the form of a naked woman on the bow was said to calm the seas and guide the vessel to safety. If you&rsquo;ve been out at sea for months on end with a ship full of hygienically challenged men, surely any naked woman aboard would seem like good luck.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Dramatic bodily embellishments such as tattoos, brands and piercings have long been thought to ward off evil spirits. The wilder the design, the better it allegedly worked.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; It&rsquo;s a no-no to whistle anywhere aboard a boat, for fear that you will summon bad weather. This is where the phrase &ldquo;whistling up a storm&rdquo; comes from.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Thinking About A New Boat? Consider Pre-Show Purchase http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/thinking-about-a-new-boat-consider-pre-show-purchase <p>We all know that the Winter Boat Show season is a great time to get a deal on a new boat, right? But it might surprise you to know that December might actually be the best time of the entire year to make a deal. Think about it...when are dealers receiving truckloads of inventory? Right before boat shows! High inventory levels, winter moving in fast, AND the holidays around the corner...that's a win-win. Thinking about a new boat? Think December!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Kodiak_200_WT_COLLAGE.png" alt="" width="576" height="576" /></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Find The Perfect Gift AND Sleep In On Black Friday http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/find-the-perfect-gift-and-sleep-in-on-black-friday <p>If you're one of the frantic holiday shoppers that rises at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving, here's an idea that will guarantee you find the perfect gift for everythone on your list AND be able to sleep like a baby on Black Friday. Just head to the all-new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nauticglobalgear.com/">Nautlc Global Group Gear Store</a>&nbsp;for a great selection of goodies from Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats. You'll find stylish new merchandise from t-shirts to hats and hoodies so folks in cooler climates can keep the fire burning through the fall and winter. Now the only reason you have to set the alarm the day after Thanksgiving is to enjoy the comfort of your warm bed and bask in a decision well-made for a few seconds before drifting back off to sleep. Now THAT'S a holiday weekend.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/NGG_Gear_Screen_Shot.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Quality Motivates Us At Polar Kraft http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/quality-motivates-us-at-polar-kraft <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Aluminum_Happiness.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" />In addition to aluminum, rivets, and upholstery, there's something else we measure every day at the Polar Kraft boat plant. It's morale. Because happy workers are motivated workers and motivated workers build the best boats in the industry. These are hard-working Americans that take pride in what they do. The busier, the better. Because they know where these boats are going. They know the boat they're working on is meant to be somewhere else. It's meant to be on the water. After all, is a boat really a boat unless it's on the water? And to take it a step further, can a fishing boat truly reach its full potential unless you and your family and friends are catching bigger fish and making bigger memories you will talk about for generations? Around here, we build every boat with that in mind. You could say that, for us, boat building is not so much a job as it is a calling. You see, our destiny is to create these amazing boats so you can create amazing memories. Why is morale so high around here? The way we see it, every boat that rolls out of the building is heading to its happy place. And since most of us are boaters, just like you, we understand what that means. For you AND the boat. Does aluminum equal happiness? Around here, you better believe it.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Classic 156 T ... 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With the Classic Series receiving an all-new graphics and logo update for 2014, the 156 T is a sharp-looking fishing machine from the water. The boat features plenty of lockable rod storage, and aerated livewell, standard Lowrance X-4 Fish Finder, and a MinnKota 45 Edge bow-mounted trolling motor. The tough Torque Control Design double-riveted, reverse-chine hull features extruded aluminum keels and spray rails, closed-cell foam flotation, and a strong longitudinal stringer system.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: left;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Classic_156_T_BLOG.png" alt="" width="432" height="288" /></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Honors Top Dealer For 2013 http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-honors-top-dealer-for-2013 <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Hamlins_1.png" alt="" width="432" height="288" />Nautic Global Group, parent company of Polar Kraft Boats, recently recognized Polar Kraft's top worldwide dealer for model year 2013,&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://hamlinsmarina.com/">Hamlin's Marine</a></strong>&nbsp;<span>with locations in</span><strong> </strong><span>Waterville and Hampden, Maine, was named the Top Polar&nbsp;</span>Kraft Dealer for 2013.</p> <p>Owner Dave Hamlin attributes the success of his dealerships to hard work, customer service, and keeping a fully stocked boat inventory. The tough Polar Kraft line is a great fit for fishing on Eastern Maine's rocky lakes, rivers and shoreline, and Hamlin's Marine is consistently ranked among the top Polar Kraft dealers in the world.</p> <p><span>For over 20 years Hamlin&rsquo;s Marine has delivered on a simple promise&hellip; &rdquo;If you purchase a boat from Hamlin&rsquo;s Marine, we&rsquo;ll always be there when you need us.&rdquo; &nbsp;Hamlin&rsquo;s Marine offers convenience and assurance with our locations in Waterville and Hampden, staff of 25 dedicated employees, and a fleet of service trucks.</span></p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;Congratulations to our incredible friends and partners!&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Wins Award For Customer Satisfaction http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-wins-award-for-customer-satisfaction <p>Polar Kraft was one of only three aluminum outboard boat manufacturers to to be recognized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) &nbsp;as part of the 2013 Marine Industry CSI Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2013-09-11_at_3.38.09_PM.png" alt="" width="533" height="378" /></p> <p>The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. Award recipients achieved and maintained an independently measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction over the past year, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine during the period between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.</p> <p>Participating manufacturers must survey all new boat buyers during this period. For this reporting period, the program surveyed more than 50,000 consumers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Customer satisfaction is critical to the success and growth of the recreational boating industry and its CSI award recipients that set the bar on delivering an exceptional customer experience,&rdquo; notes Robert Newsome, director of engineering standards for NMMA.&nbsp; &ldquo;We applaud and thank these manufacturers for their commitment to enhancing the boating lifestyle.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Partners For Australia Fishing Boat Giveaway http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-partners-for-australia-fishing-boat-giveaway <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Australia_Prize_Pic_2.png" alt="" width="576" height="327" /><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Australia_Prize_Pic_1.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="344" /><br /><br />Polar Kraft Boats, in partnership with <a href="http://bayviewmarine.searchboatsforsale.com/polar-kraft.html">Bayview Marine</a>, has joined Australian Bass Tournaments (ABT), <a href="http://www.fishnet.com.au/">Fishnet</a>, Mercury Marine Australia, and AFC Outdoors (a televised team fishing competition) to give away a <a href="http://www.polarkraftboats.com/boats/2013-POK-Bass-Series-TX-165">Polar Kraft Bass Series TX165 Pro</a> during a 2013 viewer promotion.</p> <p>The winner, Kris Larson, had this to say about winning the grand prize:&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I cannot thank all the sponsors enough for choosing me as the winner of the 2013 giveaway. I went into shock when David from <a href="fishnet.com.au">Fishnet</a> rang to tell me, and I don&rsquo;t think I made any sense when I had to ring him back because it still hadn&rsquo;t sunk in properly.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The grin is on my face every time we go fishing as I get asked where I got the boat from, and I let everyone know the distributor is <a href="http://bayviewmarine.searchboatsforsale.com/polar-kraft.html">Bayview Marine</a>.&nbsp;I think I could have sold it about 20 times, but no way am I ever selling as I&rsquo;m having so much fun with this fantastic boat, motor and trailer.</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> 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href="http://www.polarkraftboats.com/boats/2013-POK-Bass-Series-TX-165">Polar Kraft Bass TX165 Pro</a> &mdash; fitted with a Mercury EFI 60-hp 4-stoke outboard &mdash; on a Nautica trailer was something I&rsquo;ve dreamed about. Fishing from this fantastic boat is unreal. The stability is unbelievable!&nbsp;You can walk around without worrying about falling in while chasing that fish of a lifetime on the front deck, which has lockable rod storage and holds six rods plus another storage locker for general items.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The ride is very smooth in most conditions and any bumps are taken out with the very comfy seats.&nbsp;The back deck features a large livewell with removable divider, two storage bins that hold three tackle trays, two batteries, fishing pedestal seat, and a 45-lt fuel tank. The full roller trailer is a dream to tow. On the trip home after picking up this incredible prize it was like not having any thing behind you. I was checking my rearview mirrors all the way to make sure it was still there. &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I really cannot take the smile off my face when I&rsquo;m in my fantastic <a href="http://www.polarkraftboats.com/boats/2013-POK-Bass-Series-TX-165">Polar Kraft Bass TX 165 Pro</a>, &nbsp;especially when everyone is looking at you go past or when I&rsquo;m at the ramp, car pack, or at the garage getting fuel. At least one local is wanting to buy this boat after his fishing trip with me last week. There are others who are interested too in buying one similar as the set up is perfect for fishing these areas as it&rsquo;s like having one of the best tournament boats at a much more reasonable price.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Outlander 186 CC ... 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mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:JA;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Responding to a growing demand for aluminum center consoles, Polar Kraft has introduced the newest member of its Outlander series, the 186 CC. With a full 92-inch beam allowing plenty of room to move around the helm, the 186 is a full-featured fishing and hunting machine. With an elevated forward casting platform, dedicated lockable storage for tackle and rods, easy-step extruded gunwales, Accessa Trac channels for securing aftermarket accessories from Bert&rsquo;s Custom Tackle, standard Lowrance X-4 Fish Finder, and a custom trailer with LED lights and radials, the 186 is one of the most versatile aluminum boats on the water. Polar Kraft offers a wide range of color options including two Mossy Oak brand camouflage patterns.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2013-09-11_at_3.38.09_PM.png" alt="" width="533" height="378" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Road Trip! Tips For Taking Your Polar Kraft On Vacation http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/road-trip-tips-for-taking-your-polar-kraft-on-vacation <p>Since so many of you are planning to take your boat on vacation with you this summer, we thought it might help to go through a few ideas to help you make the most of your time on the water. Today, let&rsquo;s take a look at some ways you can tap into &ldquo;local knowledge&rdquo; when you decide to wet a line in a new area.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Outlander_Fishing.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sure, you know your home fishing hole like the back of your hand. You know what bait to use and when to use it. You know exactly where everyone dumps old Christmas trees in the lake to build up a perfect fish structure. You know where the hardcore, on-the-water-at-4 a.m. guys go &mdash; mainly because you&rsquo;re one of them. You know all that. What you may not know is where to find those honey-holes while you&rsquo;re on the road.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Use The &ldquo;Other&rdquo; Net</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you&rsquo;re hitting the Gulf Coast, Flaming Gorge or Lake Texoma, you&rsquo;ll do yourself a favor by doing a little legwork before you get there. Spend some time on the Internet, and you&rsquo;ll be amazed at what you find. Many times the Chamber of Commerce or the local fishing guide association will have posted some great information to influence anglers like you to spend some time (and money) in their community. You may not find too many specifics, but you&rsquo;ll likely track down what&rsquo;s biting when and get a good idea about the proper bait and gear you&rsquo;ll need. Also, check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.takemefishing.org">www.takemefishing.org</a>. You won&rsquo;t believe how much good information they have, plus you can download a free smartphone app that uses your location to find launch ramps, bait shops and just about anything else you&rsquo;d need for your trip.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Talk It Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Once you&rsquo;ve done your computer research, it&rsquo;s time to go old school and start &ldquo;talking&rdquo; to people. You know that bait shop you found? It&rsquo;s in their best interest to put you on some fish. You&rsquo;ll be back. And you&rsquo;ll buy fuel, snacks, ice, and, of course, more bait. And anything else you forgot. Just make sure you&rsquo;re listening to the guy behind the counter, and not the silver-tongued angler who&rsquo;s just hanging around the shop. He may have a vested interested in steering you the wrong way. Another great source for information is local guides. In fact, you can take some of the pressure off and get to the fish faster if you hire a guide for your first day. For a reasonable fee, they can get you to the secret fishing holes quickly, and you can spend more time hauling in your catch.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Be A Good Visitor</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re on vacation, chances are other anglers might have the same idea. As you spend time with the locals, show them the appropriate respect. You&rsquo;re a visitor. Be a good one. That means paying up for current fishing licenses for you and your family (as required) and knowing the keeper species and catch limits. Practicing a catch and release policy for any fish you don&rsquo;t plan on consuming during your trip is the responsible thing to do. And it provides a good lesson for the young anglers on your crew. And make sure that you pack out a little more than you packed in. Nothing can ruin a great fishing hole like out-of-towners who leave a body of water more polluted than they found it. Go beyond &ldquo;No Littering&rdquo; and pick up extra trash you see.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Check Out The Polar Kraft Outlander 2010 T! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/check-out-the-polar-kraft-outlander-2010-t <p>When you're after the rugged, spacious style of the Outlander series, but prefer to use a tiller control, the 20-foot Polar Kraft Outlander 2010 T has just what you need in a do-everything boat. Captain Steve walks us through this versatile big-species fishing boat.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZT56HzxMLHU"></iframe></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Models Needed For Polar Kraft Photo Shoot! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/models-needed-for-polar-kraft-photo-shoot <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2013-07-30_at_5.05.44_PM.png" alt="" width="432" height="192" /></p> <p>Attention Polar Kraft fans! The next Polar Kraft Photo Shoot will take place in two locations during the month of August. We're looking for models of all ages for both morning and evening sessions to feature swimwear and/or fishing attire aboard a variety of boat types. This is your chance to be featured in the next Polar Kraft catalog and fishing publications around the world!</p> <p>The first photo shoot is Aug. 18-20 on Lake St. Clair near Harrison Township, Michigan, north of Detroit.&nbsp;</p> <p>The second photo shoot is Aug. 21-30 on Lake Wawasee near Syracuse, Indiana, between South Bend &amp; Fort Wayne.&nbsp;</p> <p>For details on this twice-in-a-lifetime adventure, just shoot an email to Rachael (rrussell@nauticglobalgroup), and she will get more information from you. Hope to see you out on the water!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2013-07-30_at_5.12.21_PM.png" alt="" width="432" height="269" /></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT GPS Has Changed Navigation...Here's How It Works http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/gps-has-changed-navigation-here-s-how-it-works <p>By now, you&rsquo;ve no doubt come in contact with Global Positioning System (GPS) in one form or another. After all, if you&rsquo;ve got a smartphone, you&rsquo;ve probably already got an app for that. But what is GPS? And, more importantly, how has it changed the way we approach boating?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Outlander_Fishing.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="240" />From the days when ancient mariners practiced coastal &ldquo;landmark&rdquo; navigation, through the complicated process of &ldquo;dead reckoning&rdquo; using a compass, ship&rsquo;s speed and the hope you&rsquo;ll get close, it wasn&rsquo;t until we looked to the sky that our position was something more than a guess. While celestial navigation wasn&rsquo;t exactly foolproof (not much help during the day or on cloudy evenings), a clear night sky and a sextant were definitely a huge step forward.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The technology we know today as GPS began as land-based radio signaling (some are still used today) and position was calculated by determining how far the boat is away from a known source signal. Now, of course, we use primarily satellite-based, high-frequency signaling and new receivers that are easy-to-use and extremely accurate.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So now, no matter where you are in the world (assuming you can get a signal) your course and position data is right in front of you and usually right on the money. This makes it easy and convenient to calculate your proximity to land, other vessels and approaching weather. For recreational boaters, this has provided a new level of comfort and security when underway.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s amazing, really. There are satellites orbiting the Earth, constantly transmitting signals that contain position and time information. All your GPS has to do is grab a few of those signals and make an quick calculation to determine the differences between those signals (the same way old-school mariners &ldquo;triangulate&rdquo; their position using a known fixed point like a lighthouse) and you&rsquo;ve got yourself a spot on the map you can trust. And because the information is continuously updated, you can see an accurate heading, along with your speed and, sometimes most importantly, where you&rsquo;ve been.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Of course, all GPS systems work a little differently, and all have their own bells and whistles, but they all essentially work the same way and provide the same basic information. Generally, you&rsquo;ll have some sort of graphic display to see your location, and many, especially a GPS that&rsquo;s designed for boaters, will offer a charting feature to put your location in context with your surroundings. They come in different shapes and sizes from handheld to fixed-mount but, again, the basic functionality is the same.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One feature you want to make sure you master before hitting the water is the Waypoint function. This can be as basic as marking your point of departure (usually &ldquo;Home&rdquo;) and giving your self a virtual crumb trail back to port. Or you can program in a few stops you want to make during the day, which helps you determine when you&rsquo;ll arrive at, say, a dockside restaurant for lunch. Fisherman can also mark their favorite &ldquo;honey holes&rdquo; so they&rsquo;re easy to find the next time out.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">While GPS systems won&rsquo;t completely eliminate the need for more traditional charts (they&rsquo;re not much good if your electrical system fails), they have made it easier for boaters to get more adventurous and confident out on the water.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Naming Your Boat Is Serious Business...Seas The Day! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/naming-your-boat-is-serious-business-seas-the-day <p>When your new boat arrives, remember it comes with an enormous responsibility &mdash; you will need to choose a boat name!</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2013-07-24_at_8.50.46_AM.png" alt="" width="166" height="353" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Okay, maybe it&rsquo;s not SUCH a big burden, but lots of folks feel pressure to come up with the latest, greatest boat- or water-related turn of phrase to dazzle the rest of the marina with their cleverness. It&rsquo;s for those people, we&rsquo;ve come up with a few pointers to help you narrow down the choices.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As you can see by this list of last year&rsquo;s top boat names (compiled by our friends at Boat U.S.) the most popular ideas are puns of one kind or another. In fact, one could argue that the boat name is the last acceptable bastion of the cheesy pun. That&rsquo;s something us boaters take pride in, after all. And whether it&rsquo;s your personal style or not, you&rsquo;ve got to admit that a funny boat pun will put a smile on your face.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, in the spirit of the adventurous boaters who came before us, let&rsquo;s turn the wheel toward well-charted territory and see if we can navigate the confused seas before us. According to our extensive research (really just&nbsp;<a href="http://www.boatus.com/boatgraphics/names_top10.asp">one page</a>&nbsp;that has all the annual top 10 boat names since 1991), there are a handful of categories that can help you narrow down your search.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Partying</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One name, above all others, has dominated the last decade of boat names: Aquaholic. While booze and boat operation do NOT mix, apparently booze puns and boat names blend just fine. Some of the other classics along these lines include On The Rocks, Happy Hours (or the variation Happy Ours), Southern Comfort, Shaken Not Stirred, Beeracuda, and Comfortably Numb. Be aware that any of these could lead to more than your fair share of visits from local boating law enforcement!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Attitude</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Getting sassy on the high seas is a well-established method of boat naming. Just ask the folks aboard Mojo, Damifino, Life Is Good, Sea Ya, Miss Behavin&rsquo;, Nauti Buoy, Blew ByYou, Footloose, Liquid Asset, What&rsquo;s Up Dock, Bow Down, and Trim This.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Language</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Meaning something to the effect of &ldquo;let&rsquo;s go&rdquo; in Italian, the name Andiamo was pretty hot back in 2010. Also making the non-English greatest hits are Ohana, a Hawaiian term which emphasizes the importance of family ties; Carpe Diem (plus its Anglicized pun, Seas The Day); and another Italian phrase La Belle Vita, which can be used to mean &ldquo;the beautiful life&rdquo; or, more ironically, &ldquo;someone who only thinks about having fun.&rdquo; Of course, you have to give careful consideration to this last phrase because rumor has it that Hollywood bad girl Lindsay Lohan now has it tattooed somewhere on her person. Clearly, Ms. Lohan leans toward the latter definition.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Relaxation/Therapy<br /></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One of the best things about boating, of course, is the ability to get away from it and just unplug from &ldquo;real&rdquo; life (or Reel Life or Reel Time). And along those lines, there is a legacy of boat names that attempt to capture that feeling. Out on the water, you see lots of names like Solitude, Escape, AWOL, Freedom, Island Time, Diversion, No Worries, Mental Floss, Lazy Daze, Summer Wind, Amazing Grace, Liberty, Wanderlust, Dream Weaver, and Therapy (or the like-minded pun Hydrotherapy). Of course, if things have gone too far, you can always choose a classic like Luna Sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Pop Culture</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Lots of good material to be found here. Movies, TV shows, music&hellip;you name it. Literally. Just think about these classic pop-culture references such as Licensed to Chill (with grateful nods to both James Bond and The Beastie Boys), Captain Hook, Hakuna Matata, Black Pearl, and Serenity Now (with a humble nod to Frank Costanza).</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Mythology</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Top names here include Pegasus (a flying horse sired by king of the sea Poseidon), Boreas (Greek god of the North Wind), Notus (South Wind), Eurus (East Wind), and Zephyr (West Wind). Another popular choice is Odyssey. Hey, thanks Homer!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Money</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">These days, it seems like there are fewer and fewer money references on the back of the boat, but in certain circumstances, it may be the right move. For instance, if you&rsquo;re buying your boat on the winnings from your recent Mega-Millions quick pick, Whole Lotto Fun, would have to make your short list. And if your not-so-lucky poker buddies lost enough to you for a decent down payment, it may be tough to resist Dough Buoy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Water</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s hard to resist the urge to sing the praises of the open water when naming your boat. So it's okay if you&rsquo;re leaning toward Splish Splash, Fantasea, Seaduction, Sea Breeze, Tide Runner, and Sea Spirit. And, have mercy, you just know there is one boater/American Idol fan out there somewhere who&rsquo;s at the helm of Ryan Sea Quest. Clear skies, friend. Clear skies.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Family</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just to get serious for a minute. Is there anything more important than your family? Of course not. You can&rsquo;t ever go wrong with a tribute to your lovely wife or your wonderful kids. You will be spending the best quality time with your family aboard your boat, after all. Why not celebrate your time on the water by naming your boat after the most important people in your life?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There you go. You&rsquo;ve got a good start on your boat-naming quest. Remember, this should be FUN. When it becomes work, you&rsquo;ve gone too far.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT New To Watersports? Here's What You Need To Know http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/new-to-watersports-here-s-what-you-need-to-know <p>As much as we all enjoy a leisurely sunset cruise, part of the fun of boating is the opportunity to not only get out on the water, but also to get wet once in a while. And if you&rsquo;ve got younger passengers, your boat will likely be decked out with a hefty collection of different equipment&hellip;some familiar and some not so familiar.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, let&rsquo;s take a closer look at some of the most popular watersports today. Please remember to ALWAYS wear a life jacket when participating in any of these activities.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Nick_Shoe_Tube.jpg" alt="" width="288" height="430" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Tubing</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Nothing puts a smile on the face of a kid like the freedom found clinging tightly to an inflatable tube as it skitters across the water. Although they come in a huge variety of styles, the basic idea is pretty simple. A bladder made of flexible PVC is inflated with air, and the tube is attached to a nylon towrope, which is then attached to a boat. The rider (or riders) then sits or kneels inside the tube or holds on to handles attached to the surface of the tube. One of the appealing things about tubing is that the boat driver has plenty of control over the experience the riders will have. Slower speeds and a straight track will be great for even the most timid children, while higher speeds and sharper turns add more thrill to the ride. For the best (and safest) ride, always make sure the tube is properly inflated.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wakeboarding</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wakeboarding involves riding a fiberglass board over the surface of the water with your feet tightly anchored to the surface with a binding. You hold the handle of a ski rope (usually attached to a wake tower &ldquo;pull point&rdquo; that&rsquo;s about 7 feet from the water&rsquo;s surface) and criss-cross the wake wave at around 18-24 miles per hour. Enthusiasts can launch themselves into the air or perform a number of exciting tricks. Beginners who try these maneuvers will quickly learn what the term &ldquo;face plant&rdquo; means.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wakeskating</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wakeskating is an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from wood or fiberglass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, which gives the sport its own unique challenges. Instead, the top surface of the board is covered with grip tape, (similar to a skateboard) or a soft, high-traction, foam covering that is kinder to riders in the inevitable wipeouts. Riders usually wear grip shoes while riding behind the boat at 16&ndash;20 miles per hour. However, this depends on water conditions, the weight of the rider and their proficiency in the sport.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Maddie_Tube.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="242" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Kneeboarding</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s gone by a number of different names over its 40-year history (Knee Ski, Glide Slide and Hydroslide were pioneering styles), but no matter what you call it, kneeboarding is a blast. As the name suggests, you kneel down on a surf-style board, while holding on to a towrope handle and the boat pulls you along at about 15-20 miles per hour. Starts are pretty easy, and once you reach plane, you can pull a strap securely across your knees to hold you on the board. As with tubing, the driver has a great deal of control over the rider&rsquo;s experience, adjusting speeds as needed as directed by a &ldquo;spotter&rdquo; on the boat who keeps their eye on the rider at all times. More advanced riders can perform tricks such as the Side Slide, Back Roll and Surface 360.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Nick_Waterski.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="289" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Waterskiing</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Waterskiing is the oldest and most familiar mainstream watersport. A skier slips his feet into rubber bindings, and is pulled up and out of the water while holding the handle of a towrope attached to a boat. With the skis under water pointing toward the boat, the skier signals the driver to accelerate, while a &ldquo;spotter&rdquo; monitors the progress and lets the driver know when to speed up, slow down or come around to pick up a downed skier. More advanced skiers sometimes &ldquo;drop&rdquo; one ski and ride with both feet on a single (or slalom) ski. Invented in 1922 by Ralph Samuelson on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota, the sport has evolved from two boards and a clothesline to modern fiberglass skis to suit any skill level.</p> <p><strong>Safety First</strong></p> <p>Watersports are a great way to enjoy your boat, but safety should always come first. Remember to check the towrope at the boat connection point (ski-tow eye, wakeboard tower, or ski pylon) and the tube itself. Replace the rope at the first sign of fraying because it could breakk under strain. Also, take up rope slack slowly to prevent knots and to avoid jerking the rider. Know the abilities of your riders, and start slowly...working up to a manageable speed. Check tubes for age and weight capacities, and always know local speed limits and regulations for tow sports. Never abruptly change your course when other boats are present, and always slow down when your riders are crossing the wake.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT How To Be A Good Marina Neighbor (Suitable For Sharing) http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/how-to-be-a-good-marina-neighbor-suitable-for-sharing <p>Being a good marina neighbor basically comes down to doing for them what you would have them do for you. That&rsquo;s right&hellip;it&rsquo;s the Golden Rule. Be gracious, be helpful, be generous, and be considerate. But&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">you</span>&nbsp;knew that already. It&rsquo;s the others who might need a helping hand, right? Here are some pointers to help guide you in building a great relationship with the folks in your surrounding marina slips and in the process set a good example for everyone else.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Marina_At_Night_2.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">SLOW DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s easy to rush at the end of the day. You&rsquo;re tired, it&rsquo;s getting dark and cocktail hour is rapidly approaching. <br />But when you&rsquo;re pulling into the marina, take care to slow down. No wake speed is top speed. Creeping along is better. You have more time to react, you won&rsquo;t create a disturbing wake, and you will give others a chance to help guide you in.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">STERN IN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;Yes, it takes a little more time to back into your slip, but not only is it much easier to get on and off your boat aft, <br />but you provide a clearer walking path along the docks. This is especially important for boats with large bows or pulpits.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">DECLUTTER</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Coil your dock lines, organize your shore power cords, stow watersports gear and life jackets, and put away your cleaning supplies. It&rsquo;s getting dark, remember? It&rsquo;s hard to see those hazards, and tripping on a hose on a splintery wooden dock while wearing flip-flops is not a fun way to end a fun day on the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SHUT IT DOWN&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Going up to the marina restaurant for a catfish dinner? Shut down your gear. That means turning off your lights, your marine radio, CD player, television and everything else that can annoy your neighbors while you&rsquo;re gone. A shrieking radio or television can quickly put the damper on a relaxing evening. Plus, you'd hate to come back to a dead battery.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">GO WITH THE FLOW&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You had a big day. You&rsquo;re probably worn out and tired. Others probably are too. Some marinas seem to have a bigger nightlife than a daylife, but many wind down after hours. Don&rsquo;t be too rowdy if everyone&rsquo;s turning in early. On the other hand, don&rsquo;t be too whiny if there&rsquo;s a party a couple of boats over.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">BE EFFICIENT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Need gas? Get it and move along. Need to pack or unpack the boat? Use the designated areas. Don&rsquo;t dawdle around fuel docks or launch ramps. Boaters are generally patient people, but this can be a big source of irritation, especially among the &ldquo;regulars.&rdquo; Do some advance planning and think about your strategy for dealing with fuel and launching/retrieving efficiently.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">KNOW THE RULES</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most marinas have established policies to help ensure a peaceful community. Some rules are common to all marinas and some are &ldquo;house&rdquo; rules that deal with special situations that have come up before in that location. Many times you can get the &ldquo;lay of the land&rdquo; by having a quick, friendly conversation with the marina manager or your neighboring boaters. One of the most important things to remember is to respect the marina&rsquo;s &ldquo;quiet hours.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Photo Contest Winner Announced! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/photo-contest-winner-announced <p>Congrats to Justin Toth from Kitchener, Ontario, on winning the most recent Polar Kraft Boats Photo Contest with his photo "Bass In The Pads"! Stay tuned for information on the next contest coming up in September!</p> <p><img style="float: left;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/1371527466_P6231029.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="400" /></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Guide To Viewing Fireworks From Your Boat http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/guide-to-viewing-fireworks-from-your-boat <p>About the only way to make a Fourth of July fireworks display even more spectacular is to watch it from your boat. Not only do you get to enjoy the relatively cooler temperatures as the evening sets in, you essentially get double the show because of the reflections off the surface of the water. If this is your first time to venture out on the water at night, let&rsquo;s just say it will be tough to spend an Independence Day on terra firma ever again.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Fireworks_From_The_Water.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="373" />Sure, it takes a little planning to get ready for an on-the-water fireworks display, but the extra effort is worth it to ensure that your crew will have a fun, safe and memorable night. The two biggest challenges? Well, it will be dark, of course, and more than likely, you won&rsquo;t be the only one out there with this great idea. As long as you keep those two things in mind and follow these tips, things should go smoothly.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SAFETY CHECK</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Well before you get underway, take time to check that all running and anchor lights are working properly. And make sure you have all of your safety equipment including a whistle (or other approved noise-making advice) and a life jacket for everyone on board. Sometimes you&rsquo;ll have more passengers than usual for a special trip like this, so a life-jacket count is important. Remember that boating law enforcement authorities will be out in force.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">PROTECT YOUR EARS &amp; PETS</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Make sure you have ear protection for children or hearing-sensitive adults. The sound of exploding fireworks is greatly amplified across open water. And while they may love being part of the action on most boat trips,&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">please leave your pets at home</span>. The disorienting lights and loud sounds can cause anxiety in even the calmest animal. And there are already enough distractions for the captain and crew.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">GET THERE EARLY</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Find a good spot well before the show starts. Whether you&rsquo;re beaching, rafting with other boats, or dropping anchor in open water, you will not regret getting there a little early and staking your claim (well outside the restricted area around the launching platform) while there&rsquo;s still some daylight. This will help ensure that you&rsquo;ve chosen a spot well out of the main channel where all the latecomers will be rushing in to find any remaining anchorages.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">JUST SAY NO&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For the safety of your passengers and other boaters, keep libations off limits for the captain and vital crew. You will have plenty of things to keep track of before, during and after the show. Keep your wits about you and don&rsquo;t &ldquo;be that guy.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">LIGHTS OUT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Don&rsquo;t add to the show. That means turning off all non-required lights onboard and never launch your own fireworks from the boat. No spotlights, no flashlights, no sparklers. It just detracts from the viewing experience for your boat and everyone around you. And keep your radio off or turned down. There will be plenty of ambient noise and sounds to keep you occupied.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">TAKE IT EASY</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Finally, after the show, don&rsquo;t be in a hurry to leave. Most accidents happen when there&rsquo;s a mad dash back to the dock. Often it's the ones in a hurry have not heeded the advice to stay away from the holiday &ldquo;spirits.&rdquo; You&rsquo;ve already taken the time to get set up and properly anchored. Enjoy the mass exodus and a sky full of stars while the crowds file out of the area.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Enjoying a fireworks show from the water is one of the great delights for any boating family. It&rsquo;s an experience you won&rsquo;t forget. And with a few precautions and a little planning, you can make it a memorable experience you can enjoy safely.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Master The Raft-Up With These Simple Tips http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/master-the-raft-up-with-these-simple-tips <p>At one time or another, you&rsquo;ve probably seen a group of boats banded together in a floating, fun-loving, makeshift community.&nbsp; And when you see everyone swimming, grilling, laughing, dancing and generally having a great time, you might just ask yourself: How can I join the party?</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Hurricane_Raft_Up.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="269" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Raft-ups are great way to enjoy spending time with friends, family and, occasionally, complete strangers. As with any worthwhile endeavor, however, there are both time-honored traditions and unwritten rules one must abide in the quest of boating fun. And once you master a few easy techniques, you&rsquo;ll be a raft-up master in no time.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Gear Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You&rsquo;ve probably already got the necessary gear on board. If you don&rsquo;t, a quick stop at any marine retailer can help you fill in the gaps. Before you pull up to a raft-up, make sure you have at least two fenders, four bow lines, two spring lines, a good anchor appropriate for your body of water (sand, mud, rocks, etc.), and anchor line equal to about 10 times the length of your boat. One optional piece of equipment is a boat hook, which really helps with close-quarter pulling and pushing to keep your hands safely inside the boat.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Step Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Well, it never seems to work out this way, but in an ideal world, you want the biggest boat to set a good, strong anchor, then have all the other, presumably smaller, boats start tying up from either side outward. About every third boat then will set anchor and ease into the raft-up. If you&rsquo;ve got a raft-up veteran directing the show, things will move quickly and efficiently. If not, don&rsquo;t worry&hellip;figuring out each individual raft-up layout is half the fun.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Heads Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Assuming you&rsquo;ve been invited, pull up within hailing distance and get your host or other appointed dignitary on the VHF radio or cell phone. If technology fails you, which it has been known to do, look for the wildly waving arms of a friendly guide telling you what side you&rsquo;ll be hooking up to.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Set Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Spring into action by getting your fenders out on both sides of your boat, securing your bow and stern lines to the cleats, and getting your spring lines out and available. Make sure everyone on your boat has a job. You need your lines manned, but don&rsquo;t toss them to the other boat until you&rsquo;re almost in place. Those well-meaning souls can tug you out of position in a hurry. Trim up your engine and trim tabs to make it easier to glide into place.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Pull Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You want momentum, but not speed. Bump the throttle as needed to keep your forward motion, but careful not to create a wake and slosh the raft-up. You should be approaching the line astern, and if things are going as planned, everyone&rsquo;s bow should be into the wind. Be on the lookout for any swimmers, your first priority is safety for everyone inside and outside your boat. If you&rsquo;ve got kids or other guests that aren&rsquo;t helping with the raft-up approach, they need to be seated and quiet. Pull up easy and stop at idle next to the boat you&rsquo;ll tie off with, but don&rsquo;t turn off your engine until you&rsquo;re securely attached.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Lines Out</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Toss bow and stern lines to the adjacent boat and adjust forward and aft so your stern lines up with the other boat. This makes it easier to step from one boat to the other. Use spring lines between boats to make sure you don&rsquo;t shift forward and aft. Now you can shut down the engine and allow passengers to move. Make sure children are wearing life jackets at all times.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Party On</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now for the social aspect of rafting. You should have brought enough food, beverages and appetizers for your boat and extras to share with the other members of the raft-up. Be considerate about your music volume, splashing, language and anything else that may rankle your new neighbors. Be willing and able to lend a hand as new boats arrive or leave.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Take Off</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just like with jumper cables, your departure should operate in reverse order of your arrival. Help the folks on the end if needed and be patient for your turn. If you&rsquo;re one of the first boats out, take off slowly with no wake so you don&rsquo;t disturb the other rafters. If you (or another boat) need to leave from a spot in the middle of the line, tie two long bow lines to boats on either side of you, and a long stern line to one of the boats. Take off your spring lines, then the bow lines, then the stern lines and back up and out. Toss the stern line from one remaining boat to the other, pull them together, and secure lines between them.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Summer Kickoff Photo Contest http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-summer-kickoff-photo-contest <p class="MsoNormal">Summer is finally here! And to celebrate the chance to get back out on the water, we just launched the Polar Kraft Summer Kickoff Photo Contest! Through July 7, just <a href="http://www.tabsite.com/wall_post.php?id=10494">click here</a> to upload your favorite pics taken onboard or near your Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boat. This is your chance to show us where the big fish are being caught!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft.png" alt="" width="360" height="269" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One winner will receive a $50 gift card and a full summer of bragging rights! It&rsquo;s never been easier to participate because now all entries and voting will be done via Facebook. We invite you to enter up to 10 photos and vote up to once each day for your favorites. There are also some great options for you to share your photos with your friends and encourage them to vote for you and the other best entries.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Once the contest period is over, we&rsquo;ll give the Top 3 to our illustrious panel of judges who will determine the final winner based on four key criteria: 1) Creativity 2) Inspiring to other boaters 3) How well photo depicts boat brand 4) Quality of photo.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We want this to be a fun contest and to challenge everyone to take some great photos of their friends and family out on the water. Of course, there is no purchase or payment of any kind necessary to enter or win this contest. 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No matter how prepared you are, no matter how alert you are, no matter what your chart plotter/sonar/depth gauge says, one of these days, you&rsquo;re going to come to an abrupt stop against your will. And if it hasn&rsquo;t happened yet, you just wait. But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be the end of your boating day. And if you follow these steps, you can limit the damage done and the time it takes to free your vessel from its embarrassing perch.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Run_Aground.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="269" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>EVALUATE</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We&rsquo;re power boaters, and the first thing we&rsquo;re going to want to do is power up and through the problem. Wrong. That is a recipe for making things worse and digging yourself in even deeper.&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">The first course of action is to have everyone on board put on a life jacket if they haven&rsquo;t already</span>. Then, evaluate your situation. And to do that safely, go ahead and put the boat in idle. Obviously if your prop is striking something, you want to shut the motor off. But idle may be enough to see what&rsquo;s going on and still give you the ability to maneuver quickly if there&rsquo;s a ripping current, outgoing tide or heavy boat traffic.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>EXAMINE</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Rocky shoal, marshy muck or sandbar? This is going to determine your next move. If you throw the boat into reverse and try to blast your way off this darned impediment backwards, you run the risk of filling your water intake with all sorts of engine-fouling badness. Plus, that metal propeller is no match for submerged boulders. If you&rsquo;re in a tidal basin or on a managed lake with water-level fluctuations, or a river that you&rsquo;ve run safely all summer, remember it may now be littered with unseen obstacles. Make sure you take a minute to make sure you know what you&rsquo;re dealing with.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>HARD OR EASY?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Are you aground hard or easy? That is, deep into the mess or just barely into the mess? This has a lot to do with your speed at impact and what it is you&rsquo;re on. Time to do a visual inspection of the hull. Lean over the sides or, if it&rsquo;s safe to do so, hop in wearing a life jacket and paddle over. If you&rsquo;ve got a damaged or punctured hull, the safest thing to do is anchor and call for assistance. The last thing you want is to work your boat free, only to find that you&rsquo;re taking on water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>FIND DEEP WATER</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Best-case scenario is that you&rsquo;re on easy and the current, tide or another boat&rsquo;s wake may help set you free. Anchors should be set upwind. Use a tube or life jacket to help swim it into position if it&rsquo;s safe to do so. Make sure you know where the deeper water is, so you can move in that direction.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>REDUCE DRAFT<br /><br /></strong>If you&rsquo;re on hard, though, it may be necessary to get busy. In that case, reduce draft as much as possible by offloading weight. Start with any water you may be holding. That&rsquo;s the really heavy stuff. Or reposition your passengers as needed. Other items that may make sense to offload, such as full propane tanks, can be loaded onto a tube or dingy and tethered alongside. If the tide is running out, consider that you may need to support or cushion the hull as the boat loses float.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>NEVER DO THIS</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a last resort, before getting professional help from a tow service or local boating law enforcement, you may be tempted to try getting help from another recreational boater.&nbsp;<strong>Don&rsquo;t do it</strong>. Most pleasure crafts don&rsquo;t have deck hardware strong enough for such feats. And even if the cleats hold, the lines you have aboard will likely break under the stress, creating a dangerous situation for everyone aboard both boats.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Tips For Boating After The Sun Goes Down http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/tips-for-boating-after-the-sun-goes-down <p class="MsoNormal">Even with endlessly long summer days, sooner or later you may want to stretch your boating fun past sunset and into the evening. And while there are some things you need to consider before you take this step, you are missing out on half the fun if you only hit the water under blue skies. Here&rsquo;s what you need to know to be safe when the sun goes down.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_shot_2012-05-30_at_3.56.15_PM.png" alt="" width="360" height="244" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">SLOW DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Cruising under the moonlight can make you feel like you&rsquo;ve got the place to yourself. More than likely, you don&rsquo;t. You&rsquo;ll need to be on the lookout for the running lights of other vessels, aids to navigation in the water, and 100 others things that inevitably pop up out of nowhere at night. Since your reaction time will be slower, and your eyes will be working overtime to distinguish all kinds of different shapes, ease up on the throttle. By the way, that creature you see in the water is more than likely not a mermaid: If you&rsquo;re cruising the Intracoastal Waterway down South&hellip;it&rsquo;s probably a manatee.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SEE &amp; BE SEEN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You may be tempted to shut off your running lights sometimes&hellip;especially if you&rsquo;re drifting (or at anchor). This is a big mistake if you&rsquo;re anywhere near the channel. Many times you will justify going incognito because there&rsquo;s a decent moon, and once your eyes adjust, you can see just fine. But it&rsquo;s critically important that you leave your lights on when you&rsquo;re out on the water. They are not for you, after all. They&rsquo;re for the other boaters to be able to spot you from a distance. The more reaction time, the better.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">NO SUDDEN MOVES</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even with the required running lights, your eyes can still play tricks on you. Boats running in your line of sight can confuse your senses at times and convince you that you&rsquo;re seeing something you&rsquo;re not. For that reason, always try to maintain a fairly consistent track at night. Doing donuts, figure eights, and zigzagging across the water is asking for trouble. Plus, any passengers onboard may not be ready for abrupt maneuvers and could be tossed overboard. Since they will they be tougher to spot in dark water, you risk striking them with the boat or propeller.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">CRANK IT DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Music and boating go together like peanut butter and jelly during the day. But after hours, it&rsquo;s more like peanut butter and anchovies. In other words, it&rsquo;s really bad form to blast your tunes above background level. Sound carries extremely well over water, and even a moderate volume can be an annoyance to folks who have already packed it in for the night. Keep your tunes at a level where you can have a normal conversation. You can cut loose again the next day when you break out the watersports gear.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">TOP IT OFF</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It is a real bummer to run out of gas any time and any place. But when you&rsquo;re out on the water at night, it&rsquo;s an entirely new level of trouble. Being in a position where you can&rsquo;t avoid other objects and get yourself home is bad enough, but it is a long, difficult process for someone else to have to find your position in the dark, down some off-the-beaten-path canal. Make sure you top the tank off before the sun goes down, while the fuel stations are still open and easy to see.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SWIM...DON&rsquo;T DIVE</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There is something really thrilling about sliding into the water at night. Note the word &ldquo;sliding.&rdquo; Diving into dark water at night is a really bad idea. Because no matter what that depth finder says, you never know what submerged tree, Pinto fender or ridiculously tall rock lurks beneath the surface. And since you&rsquo;re going into the water at night, don&rsquo;t take a chance that your head will be the first hard object that makes contact. Whatever you do, just go gentle into that good night (swim).</p> <p class="MsoNormal">KEEP YOUR WITS&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You already know that your reaction time will be diminished because of the darkness. You&rsquo;ll add to those effects exponentially with every cocktail. And if that wasn&rsquo;t bad enough, reduced inhibitions will increase the hey-watch-this instinct that can turn a fun cruise under the stars into an evening that is best avoided. Stay off the booze. It&rsquo;s your responsibility as captain.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT All-New Polar Kraft Owner's Club Forum http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/all-new-polar-kraft-owner-s-club-forum <p class="MsoNormal">Attention&nbsp;Polar Kraft&nbsp;Boat Owners!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We invite you to join other owners and the&nbsp;Polar Kraft&nbsp;Customer Support Team to help get your questions answered promptly so you can spend more time on the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_OC_Screen_Shot.png" alt="" width="423" height="351" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The new&nbsp;Polar Kraft&nbsp;Owner&rsquo;s Club Forum (<a href="http://www.polarkraftboats.com/owners-club-forum">click here to join</a>) makes it simple to get answers to your questions, but also to help other owners by using your boating experience. And, you can get dependable advice from our network of experts, all in one easy-to-use website.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you already have previously registered with our former&nbsp;Polar Kraft&nbsp;Owner&rsquo;s Club Forum, the account should transition automatically the next time you log in. If you&rsquo;re new to the forums, we&rsquo;ve made registration as simple as possible, with only an email, username and password required to get you going.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you have any questions or comments, simply leave a comment in the Polar Kraft Boats Forum category.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We look forward to sharing some incredible new features with you as we continue to upgrade and improve your Polar Kraft Owner's Club&nbsp;Forum&nbsp;experience!&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">See you on the water!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Capt. Steve</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The ABCs Of Using Your VHF Marine Radio http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/the-abcs-of-using-your-vhf-marine-radio <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">Leave it to those Hollywood movies to teach all us boaters a bad habit or two. When they've run out of gas and are running late for a wedding, the first response for actors on the big screen seems to be to grab the radio microphone and start shouting MAYDAY! But while that may be fine for dramatic effect, it's the last thing you should do in real life. More on that in a minute.</span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/-1.jpg" alt="" width="361" height="274" /></p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">For now just understand that if there&rsquo;s one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms of being valuable for you (and your guests) in an emergency, it&rsquo;s your VHF marine radio (either handheld or fixed-mount). &nbsp;When you&rsquo;re out of cell phone service coverage (or the battery&rsquo;s dead or you left it on your charger at home), your VHF radio can summon the help you need in the case of an accident. Certain frequencies, such as channels 9 and 16, are monitored by the Coast Guard (or other boating law enforcement agency) and, when used properly, a marine radio can be an effective way to communicate with other vessels, along with harbormasters and marinas, for various reasons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>And it&rsquo;s important to know and respect the appropriate etiquette for using a VHF radio to make sure your messages are clearly understood and a proper response can be put into effect. Here are some key points to remember when using your marine radio.</p> <p><strong>Know Where It Is</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;Although recreational power boats under 65 feet in length are not required to have a marine radio on board, it&rsquo;s really a good idea to have one whenever you go out. Fixed-mount radios are just that, fixed to the helm like your CD player. Handhelds can be stowed out of the way, but always know where it is. Emergencies can happen quickly, whether it&rsquo;s aboard your boat or on another vessel.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Monitor Channel 16</strong></p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">When your radio is on but not transmitting, keep it on Channel 16. You are required to come to the aid of other vessels and Channel 16 is used for hailing other boaters. You can switch to another agreed-upon channel after contact is made. This channel is also used for weather alerts and reports of hazards to navigation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Radio Checks</strong></p> <p>Rather than use "blind" radio checks, the current preferred methods for determining if your radio is working properly are to call another boat directly (by name) or contact a known shore station (marina, fueling station, etc.). Another idea is to tune to a weather frequency. Chances are&nbsp;that if you can hear the weather broadcast, your radio is working, and the antenna is likely sound.</p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);"><strong>Keep It Clean</strong>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t use bad language or broadcast anything besides clear, easy-to-understand requests or instructions. For that reason, make sure you supervise use by children and anyone not familiar with the rules.</p> <p><strong>Speak, Release, Wait</strong></p> <p>VHF radios work like walkie-talkies, not telephones. For that reason, only one person can talk at a time. You press the button, send your message (boat name, radio channel, location, and &ldquo;over&rdquo;), release the button and wait for a response. Remember that others may be trying to use the channel as well, so make sure you listen first and make sure they are finished before starting your transmission.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hooked On Phonetics</strong></p> <p>Because of the technology and the less-than-perfect conditions in which VHF radios are often used, remember that it&rsquo;s often hard to understand numbers and certain letters. When stating numbers, say each number individually. If you&rsquo;re at channel marker 316, say &ldquo;three-one-six&rdquo; instead of &ldquo;three-sixteen.&rdquo; Also, there&rsquo;s a reason the phonetic alphabet has been around a long time. It works. Study up! Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu</p> <p><strong>Mayday Is The Last Resort</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t ever say &ldquo;mayday&rdquo; unless you have a real emergency that threatens someone&rsquo;s life or puts property in immediate danger. Other boaters and the Coast Guard will converge on a mayday distress call, and you will not be popular if a child or crew member is goofing around with the radio. Mayday is a 911 call on the water. Make sure everyone on board knows the rules. If you do have a legitimate mayday call, say it three times, followed by your location and your situation.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Quick View: Polar Kraft Kodiak 200 WT http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/quick-view-polar-kraft-kodiak-200-wt <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Kodiak_200_WT_COLLAGE.png" alt="" width="576" height="576" /></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Putting Kids At Ease On The Water http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/putting-kids-at-ease-on-the-water <p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">As the skipper of your boat, you&rsquo;re responsible for the safety of everyone on board. And, if you&rsquo;ve got children on deck, it&rsquo;s easy to come across as intimidating when you&rsquo;re really just trying to make sure they&rsquo;re not in harm's way. If that&rsquo;s the case, consider using these tips to encourage their love of the water and make sure they want to be out on the boat as much as you do.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Kids_At_Dock.png" alt="" width="360" height="258" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">While most kids are naturally drawn to the water, sometimes it&rsquo;s a tough leap for them to go from the shore to the ship. The best way to ease those concerns? Just like with anything else they may be apprehensive about, the key is to get them involved in every part of the day&mdash;from the planning to hands-on crew responsibilities. Let them help you and learn from you, and you will likely have a crewmember for life.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Whether it&rsquo;s your own children (and their friends), grandkids, nieces and nephews, or neighbors, remember that any tasks you assign will need to be appropriate to their age. Expecting too much too fast will tend to have the opposite result. And be prepared to add new responsibilities when they&rsquo;ve honed their skills. Being able to contribute as a member of the crew will build confidence and teamwork while making them more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Pre-Launch Checklist</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Get the kids involved in creating a pre-launch checklist. If they have a hand in putting it together, they will be especially vigilant about checking for the appropriate number of life jackets, checking the battery charge, and always verifying a properly secured drain plug. This perfect for anything you tend to overlook every trip.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Everything In Its Place</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Teach children the right way to tend the fenders and dock lines and how to stow them the proper way. Make sure they see you communicating with the dock hands at a marina or gas pump station so they understand how the system works. Once they master the hand signals and nuanced gestures, they will get in the proper position to help before you have to say a word.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Talk The Talk</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Make sure the kids are familiar with the basic boating terminology. You wouldn&rsquo;t take them to a foreign country without coaching them on basic communication skills, would you? Take the time to clarify fore and aft, port and starboard, lee and windward, etc. It will help them feel like they&rsquo;re one of the &ldquo;insiders,&rdquo; especially if they can help educate others on the next trip.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Teachable Moments</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Always look for an opportunity to reinforce the &ldquo;why.&rdquo; Children are learners. And, you may have noticed they don&rsquo;t respond well to &ldquo;because I said so.&rdquo; Why not explain how the safety equipment works? Or show them how the trim affects the ride of the boat. They thrive on &ldquo;behind the scenes&rdquo; knowledge.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Mind Their Manners</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Show older kids how to operate the VHF radio to communicate with other vessels, the dock master or the local boating law enforcement. It&rsquo;s important they know the proper etiquette, plus they will love the chance to communicate with others via an &ldquo;official&rdquo; microphone.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Keep A Record</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Kids will love their own &ldquo;log book,&rdquo; to keep an unofficial record of their adventures on the water. Encourage them to record destinations, time of departure, passengers, and to draw pictures to remember their trips. Later, they can add photos from the day to remind them of the highlights.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">As the captain of your boat, it&rsquo;s only natural for you to want to handle all (or nearly all) the duties yourself. But remember that children thrive when given a task to complete that helps make the outing a success. As long as you clearly explain what needs to happen, and resist the urge to constantly &ldquo;advise&rdquo; the kids, you&rsquo;ll have a dedicated crew for life.</span></span></p> </p> Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Understanding Boating Superstitions (Knock On Wood) http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/understanding-boating-superstitions-knock-on-wood <p> <p>Let&rsquo;s face it&hellip;boaters are a superstitious bunch. You&rsquo;ve got to believe that storied history goes all the way back to the days of the earliest ocean-going vessels, when everything from bad weather to scurvy were connected to various perceived transgressions by crewmembers and (more likely) unknowing passengers. String enough of those coincidences together, and the word spreads quickly that something as innocent as bringing a banana onboard can wreak havoc on a voyage that would otherwise be smooth sailing.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/No_Bananas.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you view boating superstitions as solemn, don&rsquo;t-ever-mess-them laws, or if you get a chuckle out of the seemingly outrageous notions that have sprung up over the years, they are part of nautical folklore. And, being notoriously nostalgic, those of us with a love for boating and the water tend to embrace even the nuttier superstitions&mdash;even if it&rsquo;s done with a sly wink of the eye.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let&rsquo;s take a closer look at some of the most-popular, boat-related myths that still rule the seas even today.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">BANANAS ON BOARD</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you head down to any of Florida&rsquo;s coastal fishing villages in search of a fishing charter, there&rsquo;s one thing you need to remember. Leave the bananas at home. That&rsquo;s real bananas, banana nut muffins and even Banana Boat sunscreen. You&rsquo;re even asking for trouble if you show up in Fruit of the Loom underwear. And even if, for some reason, you feel like ignoring the no-bananas rule that exists aboard nearly all fishing charters&mdash;let&rsquo;s say you smuggle aboard a banana smoothie&mdash;don&rsquo;t plan on coming home with many trophy fish. Of course, there&rsquo;s nothing but anecdotal evidence to prove this is true, but you&rsquo;ll hear those anecdotes walking every dock from Pensacola to Islamorada.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Looking past the obvious things like cartoon injuries caused by slipping on a discarded peel, the more likely source of the banana superstition is that ocean-going vessels would stop at tropical islands for provisions during their months-long excursions. In addition to fresh water and other necessities, they would frequently take on crates of bananas. Good source of potassium aside, these crates nearly always came with the added bonus of deadly spiders, snakes and other critters that don&rsquo;t mix well in the close-confines of a boat.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">RENAMING YOUR BOAT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As if you didn&rsquo;t have enough to think about when considering a name for your boat, you will probably get an earful from some wise mystic of the sea (the guy in the marina slip next to yours) about the hazards of changing the name of a boat that&rsquo;s been previously named. Fortunately, since it&rsquo;s a long shot that you and the prior owner BOTH dreamed of owning a boat called &ldquo;My Pretty Petunia,&rdquo; there are certain ceremonial steps you can take to avoid offending the sea gods. Not surprisingly, the ceremony revolves around high-quality domestic sparkling wine (only use the French stuff if you&rsquo;re anxious to help THEIR economy rebound). Get rid of all evidence of the boat&rsquo;s previous name. Just draw a line through the name on all logbooks and maintenance records. Make sure all traces of the name are gone from the transom. Notify your local boating law enforcement of the name change as required, and apply your new carefully chosen new name to the boat. Invite your family and friends, and distribute plastic glasses (bare feet and broken glass do not mix). Unless you&rsquo;re renaming a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, best to just pour a generous portion of bubbly over the bow instead of smashing the bottle Queen Elizabeth-style. When everyone&rsquo;s glasses are full, say something like: &ldquo;For thousands of years, we have gone to sea, and we have called our vessels by name. For all that have gone before us, we humbly raise a glass in their honor and ask for blessings in the name of YOUR BOAT NAME.&rdquo; If you&rsquo;re into flowery (and overly long) ceremonies, a quick Internet search will reveal plenty</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;This business about it being bad luck to rename a boat actually has a pretty reasonable explanation. Back in the day, when sailing vessels would travel to far-flung ports-of-call, boats and crews would carry a certain reputation. Good reputations meant easy, uncontested passage into friendly harbors. Changing a boat&rsquo;s name could easily raise suspicions simply because it wasn&rsquo;t recognized.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">OTHER COMMON BOATING-RELATED SUPERSTITIONS</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever known anyone who threw salt over their left shoulder? That&rsquo;s an old pirate trick to &ldquo;keep the devil at bay.&rdquo; The bay, of course, is literally where they wanted the devil to stay as they headed out to sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever &ldquo;knocked on wood&rdquo; to prevent bad luck? That came from sailors thumping the hulls of their wooden ships to check for rotten areas. This is also the origin of the phrases &ldquo;ship shape&rdquo; and &ldquo;touch wood.&rdquo; It all comes down to having a boat that will hold together during a voyage.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; As perhaps the easiest superstition to understand, the form of a naked woman on the bow was said to calm the seas and guide the vessel to safety. If you&rsquo;ve been out at sea for months on end with a ship full of hygienically challenged men, surely any naked woman aboard would seem like good luck.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Dramatic bodily embellishments such as tattoos, brands and piercings have long been thought to ward off evil spirits. The wilder the design, the better it allegedly worked.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; It&rsquo;s a no-no to whistle anywhere aboard a boat, for fear that you will summon bad weather. This is where the phrase &ldquo;whistling up a storm&rdquo; comes from.</p> </p> Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT 2013 Polar Kraft Construction Pt 1 — Cutting & Forming http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/2013-polar-kraft-construction-pt-1-cutting-forming <p>Take a close-up look behind the scenes at the Polar Kraft plant in Syracuse, Indiana! In this episode, huge rolls of heavy-duty aluminum and cut and formed before heading to the assembly process.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sv2imw9j39o" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Outlander_Fishing.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="240" /></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT 2013 Polar Kraft Construction Pt 2 — Initial Assembly Stages http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/2013-polar-kraft-construction-pt-2-initial-assembly-stages <p>Take a close-up look behind the scenes at the Polar Kraft plant in Syracuse, Indiana! In this episode, we see the early stages of assembly as stringers and hulls come together with the help of a LOT of aircraft-grade rivets.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xU11lCjWOms" height="315" width="560"></iframe><br /><a href="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_189_WT_lifestyle.png"><br /><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_189_WT_lifestyle.png" alt="" width="144" height="68" /></a></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT 2013 Polar Kraft Construction Pt 3 — Final Assembly to Shipping http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/2013-polar-kraft-construction-pt-3-final-assembly-to-shipping <p>Take a close-up look behind the scenes at the Polar Kraft plant in Syracuse, Indiana! In this episode, we see the riveted hulls and stringers move through foaming, primer and paint, deck assembly, electrical, final assembly and shipping.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0fH0pMNLvvs" height="315" width="560"></iframe>http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Outlander_2010_CC_SM.png<img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Outlander_2010_CC_SM.png" alt="" width="216" height="117" /></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Unwritten Rules of Boating Etiquette http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/the-unwritten-rules-of-boating-etiquette <p> <p>Even if you&rsquo;re new to boating, you probably already know the basics about the &ldquo;Rules of the Road.&rdquo; Those are the general things you need to know when operating your boat, especially when there are other boats in the area such as how to know who has the right of way and when it&rsquo;s okay to pass another vessel. But there is another category of customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others. We&rsquo;ll just call it basic boating etiquette.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Baby_Waving_On_Boat.png" alt="" width="360" height="237" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just as there are social norms you&rsquo;re expected to know on land, you&rsquo;ve got to know certain basic rules of boating etiquette if you&rsquo;re going to be spending any time at all on the water. While you are definitely the master of your own nautical domain aboard your boat, remember that a little consideration for your fellow boater can go a long way toward avoiding any misunderstandings or conflicts.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As stated above, there are basic rules of the road that show you how to operate your boat, and you shouldn&rsquo;t leave the dock until you&rsquo;ve spent some time getting to know what you&rsquo;re doing. It&rsquo;s the same method you would follow with a car (on an actual road) except you don&rsquo;t have brakes. The following pointers are really more to fill in the gray areas of boat operation that you&rsquo;ll come across at one time or another.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Watch Your Wake</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You are responsible for your own wake and any damage done by it. You&rsquo;re cruising across a channel and you avoid striking a cruiser by swinging into a shallow anchorage while traveling at a pretty good speed. That&rsquo;s great, but look at how much wake you&rsquo;ve churned up for the other boaters on the hook. If you&rsquo;ve caused boats to bang into each other or knocked someone&rsquo;s grill off their deck or otherwise harmed their property, you&rsquo;re the one on the hook for the damages. Big wakes in crowded spaces is bad news.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Go Easy</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Slow down if another boat is trying to overtake you. This is boating, not&nbsp;<em>The Fast &amp; The Furious</em><span style="font-style: normal;">. Tight channels, marina entrances, etc. should be single file. But if there&rsquo;s room to pass and another vessel is coming alongside you, ease off the throttle and avoid a drag race. The faster your speed, the faster they&rsquo;ll have to go to get around you. For safety and the serenity of everyone around you, just slow down and let them go around.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Anchor In Order</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The first one in blazes the trail. If you&rsquo;re entering an anchorage, mimic the other boats in how you tie off, how you anchor, how much line to use and how much distance you allow between the other boats.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Respect Your Neighbors</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you have a loud boat (kids, music, barking dogs, smoky grills), make sure you leave plenty of space. Sound carries much farther on the water, and you can be heard clearly from a good distance away. Downwind is your friend. You never know who&rsquo;s got an early getaway and is turning in early. Just like on terra firma, respecting your neighbors is the first step toward everyone &ldquo;getting along.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Be Efficient</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re launching or retrieving your boat at a ramp, do it efficiently. Load your boat in the parking lot. Pull your boat over to a temporary dock to bring passengers aboard. Don&rsquo;t drain, don&rsquo;t clean, and don&rsquo;t waste time. Everyone wants to be either on the water or off the water, just like you. Think in advance about how you can cut down your ramp time. Delegate responsibilities and practice them before you get to the ramp.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Fuel And Go</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As long as we&rsquo;re on this subject, the same rules go for fuel docks. Get your fuel, pay your bill and move out of the way. If you need to buy groceries or a lake chart or bait, relocate your boat to the temporary docks. Again, fueling is a necessary part of your boating experience, but be considerate of other boaters who would also rather be out on the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Lend A Hand</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is one of the unwritten laws that can say more about you as a boater than almost anything else. You should be willing to assist other vessels as they arrive and depart. While this courtesy shouldn&rsquo;t necessarily extend to the entire marina, you should be alert to help out you folks in the adjoining slips. They toss you a line and you hold it or help guide them in. Then you hand them back the line and they tie off. It just takes a minute, and you&rsquo;ve shown everyone what a standup boater you are.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Keep It Clean</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Marinas have enough hazards as it is without having to step over draining coolers, half-deflated tubes and sloppy dock lines. Buckets, shoes, carts and other items need to be stowed properly. And if you&rsquo;ve used a piece of equipment intended for common use, put it back where you found it.</p> </p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Bass Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-bass-series <p>Easy to trailer, quick to plane, and a breeze to maneuver, the Polar Kraft Bass Series will get you to the hot spots ahead of the crowd, with an aerated livewell, plenty of under-seat storage and casting decks bow and stern.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IaKLJ1nzaGU" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT The ABCs of Launch & Retrieve http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/the-abcs-of-launch-retrieve <p> <p>With the exception of docking, the one part of trailer boating that strikes the most fear in the hearts of new boaters has got to the launch ramp. Sure, it can be stressful the first few times, but here&rsquo;s the good news: As long as you follow these easy tips, launching and retrieving your boat will become second-nature in no time.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Launch_Ramp2.png" alt="" width="288" height="373" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Before You Hit The Road</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Don&rsquo;t even leave your driveway unless you check a few things first. Make sure your trailer tires are inflated to the correct pressure. If you pulled out the drain plug for the ride home, now would be a great time to put it back in. Check the charge on your battery&hellip;it seems like someone always leaves the radio on with the volume turned all the way down! Think about the sequence you&rsquo;ll want to detach the boat from the trailer, leaving (of course) the bow hook on until the boat is in the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Practice In Peace</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The best way to reduce stress before your moment in the spotlight is to trailer over to the ramp one early morning or evening during the middle of the week. You&rsquo;ll have the place to yourself, and you can take your time backing down, correcting and dialing in your entry strategy. Take a few passes. If someone shows up, pull up and out of the way, and resume your practice run in peace. And if you have any questions about what you&rsquo;re doing, now would be the time to ask a fellow boater.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Load Before Launching</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You might be surprised by how many folks wait until they are at the end of the ramp to load up their coolers, floats, pets, and whatever else they&rsquo;ve lugged to the lake on this beautiful Saturday. The better move is to go ahead and park (hey, that shady spot looks good) and take your time transferring your gear from the SUV to the boat. This might even give the kids time to inflate their tube, the dog to do his business and Mom time to feed the baby. That way everyone&rsquo;s good to go and focused on the task at hand.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Play Nice</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Everyone&rsquo;s anxious to be out on the water enjoying their boat. It&rsquo;s probably hot outside. There may be people who haven&rsquo;t read this article and are struggling with, ummmm, &ldquo;efficiency of motion.&rdquo; Put a smile on your face. Give a nod or a wave to the other &ldquo;good guys&rdquo; and maybe even lend a hand to help move things along.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Use Your Crew</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Think ahead about what ramp line feels more comfortable for you. Some folks like the left side, some folks like the right. Give everyone on your crew a job. Your buddy can be your guide on the ramp. Your kids can relay messages and let you know if you&rsquo;re getting too close to the curb. Everyone can help undo the straps. Mom can pull the tow vehicle up and park while you pull the boat over to the temporary dock for passenger loading.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Best Launch Ramp Tip EVER</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Put your hands at the&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">bottom</span>&nbsp;of the steering wheel while backing the trailer up&hellip;then turn the wheel in the direction you want the&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">trailer</span>&nbsp;to go.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Trailering your boat can be the perfect solution for you and your boating lifestyle. By taking a few minutes to master the &ldquo;unwritten rules,&rdquo; you can make launching and retrieving your boat&nbsp;<em>almost</em><span style="font-style: normal;">&nbsp;as enjoyable as a day on the water. Almost.&nbsp;</span></p> </p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Classic Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-classic-series <p><span>Perfect for the budget-minded fisherman, the tough and durable Classic series is designed for ease of operation and a safe, stable ride. These rugged boats come in a variety of affordable packages, and they're always ready for action!</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GAolGTSgiNA" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Dakota Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-dakota-series <p><span>Polar Kraft's Dakota series and Jon Boats are designed to give you all the boat you need at a great price. These are agile, easy-to-handle, and a breeze to trailer. And no other boat in its class comes close to matching Dakota's performance, styling and comfort.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DUOWZkXHp_g" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Kodiak Sport Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-kodiak-sport-series <p><span>Polar Kraft's sporty Fish and Ski series pulls double duty with ease. Ample performance, plenty of storage and a ski tow bar make the Kodiak Sport the perfect boat for any family adventure.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vafJXHJkRIE" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Kodiak Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-kodiak-series <p><span>When you hit the water in search of an over-the-mantle catch, you need to be prepared for any fishing conditions &mdash; there's no running back to the dock when things get dicey. With abundant lockable storage for all your rods, aerated livewells in the forward deck and plenty of deck space for casting, the Kodiak series is equipped with everything you need to keep the fish biting.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OAZy61PyKCs" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Nor'Easter Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-nor-easter-series <p><span>Basic is beautiful with Polar Kraft's Nor'Easter series. Comfortable and equipped in a variety of floorplans, the Nor'Easter features a huge casting deck, lockable rod storage, and a deep, safe cockpit.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hjOYpEk6H6Y" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Outlander Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-outlander-series <p><span>When the weekend arrives, and it's time to run to your favorite fishing spot, the all-weather Outlander will get you there in reliable comfort and style. The boat's designed to increase stability, sharpen maneuverability and increase on-plane performance.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Du5YAdYhNFY" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Outfitter Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-outfitter-series <p><span>You can build your boat just the way you want with Polar Kraft's Outfitter series. We supply the all-welded seamless hull and all the built-tough basics. You add all the hunting and fishing options you need to make it your own.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VRRbBsUbshY" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Sportsman Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-sportsman-series <p><span>When you need a boat for all seasons, you need the Sportsman series from Polar Kraft. Built rugged, from all-welded marine-grade aluminum alloy, it's right at home in rough water or bumping around the rocks and stumps. Personalize it with your choice of options and you'll be certain to bring home your limit &mdash; whatever's in season.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eplh5WvNsF4" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Frontier Series http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-frontier-series <p><span>No matter what species you're after, the Frontier series can put you on the fish, with a longer and wider boat than any in its class, featuring an all-around-level deck design, lockable center rod storage and a huge 52-inch livewell.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BojS04rYc4U" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Docking Anxiety? These Tips Will Ease Your Trip To The Slip http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/docking-anxiety-these-tips-will-ease-your-trip-to-the-slip <p>You can ask any group of new boaters what they like least about boating, and nine out of 10 will say docking. That&rsquo;s everyone from twin-screw cruiser pilots all the way down to the tiller-handled outboard jon boat fisherman. Your heart starts pounding, your palms start sweating, and you are desperately trying to remember all the &ldquo;advice&rdquo; you&rsquo;ve ever been given about how to do it properly.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/%7Enauticgl/content/blogartwork/Empty_Dock.jpg" alt="" width="288" height="216" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be that way. Nope. There are a few things to remember, sure, but the main thing is to take it slow (or as slow as the prevailing current and boat traffic allows) and keep your cool. Many good and experienced boaters take more than one shot to back their boat into a slip. You shouldn&rsquo;t feel too much pressure to get it perfect every time. Life&rsquo;s too short, and that sort of self-imposed anxiety flies in the face of everything that boating should be about. So there you go. Read these tips, and remember to take your time. You&rsquo;ll be fine.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Practice</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. It sounds a little obvious, but the folks that are really good at docking a boat have done it hundreds of times. Pick a time when nobody&rsquo;s around (except a trusted dockhand) and take a run at it. Shoot too far? Cut the wheel sooner. Come in too fast? Uh&hellip;slow down. You&rsquo;ll get it quicker than you think. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Use what you&rsquo;ve got</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. Windy day? Let it push you where you want to be. Strong, ripping current? You won&rsquo;t be the only one with docking problems. Plenty of room? Ahhhh&hellip;.take a big, easy angle and work your way in slowly. Always cut a good tight corner on the side of the boat closest to the dock and turn the wheel with authority. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Don&rsquo;t lose your momentum</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. Most docking efforts go awry when you try to pull back too early. If you drop your momentum, you wind up over-compensating and making things worse. Pick a target speed that&rsquo;s a little slower than you think it should be and stick to it. You can always pull out and start over, but don&rsquo;t panic and drop the throttle before you get the position you need.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Understand your prop</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. You may not know it, but your propeller is your friend. But like any friend, you&rsquo;ve got to spend some time getting to know it&hellip;understanding how it ticks, so to speak. First &mdash; and this is where your practice comes in &mdash; you should know that your prop-driven boat will tend to &ldquo;walk.&rdquo; That means it will want to thrust toward one side more than the other. And it&rsquo;s not uncommon for that to happen more in reverse than forward gear. If you&rsquo;ve ever been backing up and felt like you were moving sideways instead of backwards, you know the drill. As long as you respect that phenomenon (it&rsquo;s different for nearly all boats) then you can compensate and be that much closer to a stress-free trip to the slip.</span></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Basic Boating Behavior For Beginners http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/basic-boating-behavior-for-beginners <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Okay new boaters&hellip;why do you think they call it the &ldquo;Rules of the Road&rdquo; if you&rsquo;re on the water? Well, despite the confusing name, it&rsquo;s all about relating your boat-operating experience to something you&rsquo;re likely already familiar with&hellip;driving a car. But, although they may have some things in common, it&rsquo;s important that you take some time to understand the differences.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Outlander_2010_CC_SM.png" alt="" width="216" height="117" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You see, these rules are all about avoiding the single biggest critical incident that can happen on the water&hellip;a collision with another boat. Just as you instinctively know that the first person to arrive at a four-way stop in a car will be the first one to proceed, there are boating equivalents that need to be followed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The biggest difference, of course, is that automobiles have one key safety feature that&rsquo;s missing from boats. On a boat, you don&rsquo;t have brakes. When one vessel is bigger or under power (as opposed to under sail), or is on a course that will intersect with another vessel, you have to know who goes where and who does what to keep everyone on both boats safe. Nobody wants to have an accident so just as we all learned in driver&rsquo;s education, it pays to practice a little defensive boating.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are some of the basic rules you should know if you&rsquo;ll be piloting a boat. Remember, the more traffic and the tighter the channel, the more alert you should be at the helm. As important as these rules are, however, let common sense be your guide. If the captain of the other boat is not paying attention or is otherwise impaired, do what you have to do to avoid a collision. In other words, use these rules as a guide right up until your real-life scenario dictates otherwise.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">1.<span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</span><strong>Know the order.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">There&rsquo;s a pecking order for boats regarding their right-of-way and yielding obligations. Generally speaking, you can go by the rule of thumb that the bigger the engine and the more maneuverability a boat has, the more it has to give way to smaller, less maneuverable vessels. That being said, here is the basic order:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">a)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Boats being passed by another vessel.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">b)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Boats being towed by another vessel or otherwise restricted.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">c)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Sail boats or any other non-powered vessel.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">d)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Power boats that are not restricted in their ability to maneuver.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">e)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Sea planes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>2. Meeting situations.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">When coming up (head to head) with another boat, you should generally pass port to port. That&rsquo;s your left to the other vessel&rsquo;s left. This typically gives you more visibility and maneuverability to avoid a collision. The boat with the right of way (see above) is required to maintain its course and its speed until the boats pass each other.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>3. Overtaking situations.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">When one boat is passing another, there are requirements for both vessels. Remember that the boat being passed always has the right of way (see above). The boat that is being passed also must hold it course and speed if possible until the overtaking vessel has safely passed.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>4. Crossing situations.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">For the most part, a boat approaching from your right has the right-of-way. However, vessels restricted in maneuverability have the right-of-way over sailing vessels, and sailing vessels have the right-of-way over power vessels that are not restricted in maneuverability.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>5. Signaling your intentions.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">Even with these widely accepted and well-followed basic rules of the road, there are still sometimes when a little boat-to-boat communication will come in handy. Using the horn or whistle on your boat, here are the most common ways to signal another boat.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">a)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One whistle blast: Pass port to port.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">b)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two whistle blasts: Pass starboard to starboard.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">c)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Three whistle blasts: My engines are in reverse.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">d)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Five or more rapid whistle blasts: Danger!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sure, there are some things you need to understand to be safe out on the water. That&rsquo;s true of just about any new activity you dive into. But with a little common sense and practice, all this will become instinctive and second nature, just like when you get behind the wheel of a car.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Another Satisfied Polar Kraft Customer! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/another-satisfied-polar-kraft-customer <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Always nice to hear from our loyal Polar Kraft owners...especially the guys who use their boat the way they are intended! Here's a note from Illinois angler, Paul Center. "Neither fish is a trophy but I&rsquo;ve never had two nicer fish on two casts. "Thanks for building a boat that lets me get after the fish I like to chase around."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/IMG_4181.JPG" alt="" width="720" height="481" /></p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Could Your Boat Pass A Vessel Safety Check? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/could-your-boat-pass-a-vessel-safety-check <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You&rsquo;re out enjoying a great day on the water when all of the sudden you get approached by the local boating law enforcement. Whether it&rsquo;s a DNR agent, a sheriff marine patrol or the U.S. Coast Guard, they will know exactly what to look for to see if you pass a basic vessel safety check. Do you know, without a doubt, that you&rsquo;ve got everything covered? If not, the time to make sure is now, before you ever leave your driveway or marina.<img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/VSC-030-1.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="386" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are some of the basic items that are sure to be checked. But remember that your local laws may vary, so when you make sure these are taken care of, it&rsquo;s a good idea to check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uscgboating.org/">www.uscgboating.org</a>&nbsp;and click on the &ldquo;Regulations&rdquo; tab.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Registration</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are your boat's registration numbers permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the boat? They must be plain, vertical, block characters, not less than three inches high, and in a color that contrasts with the background. A space or hyphen must separate the letters from the numbers. Follow your state&rsquo;s policies regarding placement of tax sticker.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have your state registration papers on board and easily accessible?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>Life Jackets</strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for every passenger on board, and are they in good condition and of an appropriate size? Children must have life jackets that are designed for their age and weight and they must be worn any time you&rsquo;re underway. Do you know the life jacket age requirements for children in your state? Are your adult life jackets "readily accessible." Do you know that life jackets can&rsquo;t be stored in unopened plastic packaging? If your boat is more than 16 feet, do you have at least one Type 1V (throwable) personal flotation device? Is it &ldquo;immediately available?&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>Signaling Devices</strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; If your boat is over 16 feet and used on coastal waters or the Great Lakes, do you have EITHER a minimum of three day and three night pyrotechnic signaling devices, one day non-pyrotechnic device (such as a flag) and one night non-pyrotechnic device (such as an auto SOS light) OR an acceptable combination of those devices? If your boat is less than 16 feet on coastal waters or the Great Lakes, do you have night visual distress signals when operating from sunset to sunrise?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are you carrying a sound-producing device, such as a whistle, horn or siren, capable of a four-second blast audible for at least a half mile? If your boat is longer than 39.4 feet, do you also have a bell?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>Fire Extinguishers</strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have permanently mounted, properly serviced and accessible fire extinguishers if you have any of the following: Inboard engine; Closed compartments that store portable fuel tanks; Double-bottom hulls not completely sealed or not completely filled with flotation materials; Closed living space; Closed storage compartments that contain flammable materials; or permanently installed fuel tanks?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>Navigation Lights</strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are you able to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and in conditions of reduced visibility? Boats 16 feet or more in length must have properly installed, working navigation lights and an all-around anchor light capable of being lit independently from the red/green/white "running" lights.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Classic 160 SC http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-classic-160-sc <p>The legendary Polar Kraft Classic 160 SC has all the tough construction you expect in a smaller package that's easy to handle by yourself but has plenty of room and features for bringing along your buddies. It's a perfect river or small lake boat that's easy to launch and retrieve, even on the roughest gravel ramp. Low maintenance and best-in-class standard features will add to your enjoyment of this single-console fishing boat that's designed to give you years of performance.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z3caEkPbJcQ" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Sportsman 1754 SE http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-sportsman-1754-se <p>Built for diehard duck hunters and other hardcore outdoorsmen and anglers, the Polar Kraft Sportsman 1754 SE is a tough-as-nails boat that's perfect for protected water. Available in three different custom camouflage paint schemes, this modified V-Hull helps you navigate even the most-challenging back water to get you where the action is.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/auFnbjUvliA" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Bass TX175 FF http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-bass-tx175-ff <p>Need an great all-purpose bass boat that's versatile enough to go after a variety of species? The easy-to-trailer Polar Kraft Bass TX175 FF, with a modified V-hull and three pedestal seats, will let you get on the water right after work so you don't miss any action.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9OZ9F9wfI6E" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Bass TX175 Pro http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-bass-tx175-pro <p>When you've got a passion for bass fishing, but want to enjoy all the advantages of aluminum, you need the larger fuel capacity, dual center rod storage compartments and easy-to-operate convenience of the Polar Kraft Bass TX175 Pro.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4kM1bIe8jnI" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Bass TX165 http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-bass-tx165 <p>Thinking about taking the plunge on a bass boat, but leaning toward a tough, practical aluminum option? The Polar Kraft Bass TX165 is designed for you to spend more time on the water, not more time working to pay for it.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pv0Us2qrvAc" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Outfitter 1654 http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-outfitter-1654 <p>If your idea of adventure means getting out to the backwoods to fish and hunt, the Polar Kraft Outfitter 1654 is the perfect boat for you. With a choice of three different camo patterns, wide-open decks and tough-as-nails construction, the Outfitter 1654 is right at home fishing protected open water or winding your way back to your duck blind.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-mi90aaezL8" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Outlander 186 SC http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-outlander-186-sc <p>With a single console to maximize fish-fighting deck space and maneuverability, the Polar Kraft Outlander 186 SC is designed to get you on the big fish and to make sure you get them in the boat. Featuring an expansive forward deck, port and starboard lockable rod storage lockers, and elevated side casting platforms, the Outlander 186 SC has everything you need at an incredible price that won't break the bank.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iq9Te_g6mts" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Outlander 2010 WT http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-outlander-2010-wt <p>With a true Deep-V hull that's ready for a wide variety of water conditions, the Polar Kraft Outlander 2010 WT is built to play hard. This big and wide fishing machine is one of the toughest boats on the water. With hardcore angler touches like lockable rod storage, huge 52-inch livewell and an optional full vinyl deck, this walk-through windshield model will help keep you comfortable when the weather gets extreme.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BjVRTy5A5Wk" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Nor'Easter 179 DC http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-nor-easter-179-dc <p>The Nor'Easter series is made for the challenging rocky shorelines of New England and big lakes in the Midwest. The new Polar Kraft Nor'Easter 179 DC is a Dual-Console configuration with a livewell in the stern, padded Deep-V hull and aft casting platform.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e9G53F2_pqU" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Nor'Easter 179 WT http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-nor-easter-179-wt <p>With an expansive forward casting deck, full wrap-around walk-through windshield and more lockable storage than any other boat in it's class, the Polar Kraft Nor'Easter 179 WT is a big and tough aluminum fishing boat that can take whatever mother nature dishes out.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TM6VrGpD_HQ" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Nor'Easter 163 WT http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-nor-easter-163-wt <p>The sturdy and safe Deep-V footprint of the Polar Kraft Nor'Easter 163 WT is ready for action, whether it's the rocky shores of Maine or the big-water Great Lakes. With four elevated casting platforms, plenty of lockable storage and an oversized walk-through windshield will get you to the big fish in comfort and style...at a price that won't break the bank.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dX8GJAVAkwo" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Frontier 189 WT http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-frontier-189-wt <p>With it's all-around level deck design, the Polar Kraft Frontier 189 WT make it easy to fight fish from anywhere on the boat. And the walk-through windshield can help you extend your boating day by keeping you more comfortable on cold mornings.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/P75Ig_ahtfA" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Frontier 179 SC http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-frontier-179-sc <p>Take an up-close look at the Polar Kraft Frontier 179 SC, a single-console design with plenty of great fish-fighting features.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CTNBPt4JOAg" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Frontier 179 WT http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-frontier-179-wt <p>The legendary aluminum boat Polar Kraft has rolled out the incredible new Frontier series, featuring a true Deep-V hull and loads of standard features, all at a price that makes sense for your family budget. The Polar Kraft Frontier 179 WT has an oversized walk-through windshield to help you stretch your boating season, an easily accessible forward casting deck, and plenty of lockable rod storage. When you add that up, along with Polar Kraft's tough-as-nails, riveted construction, you get a boat that's ready for action!</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0_if1iJ4OFY" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Kodiak Sport 180 Fish & Ski http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-kodiak-sport-180-fish-ski <p>Built on the same tough fishing platform as other Kodiaks, the Polar Kraft Kodiak 180 Sport is a great option for the serious angler who also enjoys spending time on the water with his family with comfortable seating options and a ski-tow bar.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/X0muvurv0tM" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Kodiak Sport 170 Fish & Ski http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-kodiak-sport-170-fish-ski <p>Sometimes it's difficult for a serious angler to find a happy medium that satisfies the need for a tough-as-nails fishing machine and boat that is just as comfortable pulling the kids on a tube. But that's exactly what Polar Kraft was going for with the all-new Polar Kraft Kodiak Sport 170 FS. A true deep-V hull and solid rivet construction provides the soft ride and smooth handling of a higher-end fiberglass boat, but the durability and low-maintenance that comes from top-grade aluminum. Fishing features, of course, are the center of attention, with bow-mounted Minn Kota trolling motor and footswitch, baitwell &amp; livewell, forward pedestal seat, and locking port rod/ski storage. Insert optional bow cushions to quickly convert the fishing package into comfortable lounge for everyone in the family. On cooler mornings, you can simply shut the walk-through windshield to provide protection from the wind. Cockpit seats that flip down securely into the rear casting deck, are also built for comfort and to stow easily when it's time to fish. An oversized livewell, additional locking rod lockers, and a splashwell to quickly evacuate water that comes in over the transom, are also built for the hardcore angler. But when you pull into the driveway, the only things the kids will notice are the optional stainless steel ski tow bar and convenient boarding ladder and swim deck. Well, that and the eye-catching paint job with matching trailer. Families who love camping will also appreciate the optional full enclosure with canopy top and side and aft curtains. This boat is where comfortable family runabout and hardcore fishing machine meet with incredible results.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/P3jABSOmAYk" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Kodiak 180 WT http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-kodiak-180-wt <p>With a tough-as-nails Deep-V hull that's ready for big water, the Polar Kraft Kodiak 180 WT has all the fishing features you're looking for...all at an incredible value. From the elevated forward casting deck to the lockable in-floor rod storage, walk-through windshield and huge 52-inch livewell, the Kodiak 180 WT will get you to the big fish safely and dependably. And with Polar Kraft, you always have your choice of outboard power.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/l_KJRuHF01c" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Kodiak 180 DC http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-kodiak-180-dc <p>When you need a dual-console set-up, the Polar Kraft Frontier 180 DC, has everything you need to get out on the water quickly and easily.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jjS_sF1OLOE" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Kodiak 168 SC http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-kodiak-168-sc <p>With easy-step gunnels and extra fish-fighting room down the port side, the Polar Kraft Frontier 168 SC, is a single-console design that's handles easily whether you're heading out alone or with a crew.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lkbulM2EQiM" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Kodiak 165 SC http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-kodiak-165-sc <p>With big-water, Deep-V performance, the Kodiak series epitomizes Polar Kraft's reputation for tough-as-nails "overbuilt" construction. The Kodiak 165 SC takes all the best features of its bigger siblings and brings them together in an easy-to-handle, single console fishing machine you can take out alone or with a buddy. You will have total control with fore and aft elevated casting decks, but the extra-deep cockpit will have you running in safety and comfort. Standard features such as lockable rod storage, trolling motor and livewell/baitwell means you'll have everything you need &mdash; and because it's a Polar Kraft, you'll get a great value.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XNvcjB50uO4" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Boat Show Season Rolls On! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/boat-show-season-rolls-on <p>You can find Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats this week at the <a href="http://www.traversecityboatshow.com/">Traverse City Boat Show</a> with our friends from <a href="http://www.longlakemarina.net/">Long Lake Marina</a>. Stop by and say hello if you're heading to the boat show!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Outlander_Fishing.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="240" /></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Get Your Boat Ready For Spring Launch! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/get-your-boat-ready-for-spring-launch <p>You&rsquo;ve spent all winter dreaming about getting your boat back in the water. But are you really ready? Some of the things you may take for granted once the season is under way have a way of getting misplaced, out-of-date or run down during those months of inactivity. So what&rsquo;s the best way to make sure you&rsquo;ve got everything properly squared away for a fun and &ldquo;uneventful&rdquo; first launch? Just follow this handy pre-launch checklist!</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Outlander_Fishing.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong><strong>Keep it legal.</strong></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;In the weeks leading up to launch, make sure your boat registration is up to date (including hull identification decals), along with current fishing licenses for all your mates, and any required parking permits for your launch ramp. If you&rsquo;re angling for a new wet slip at your marina, get started early to lock in a good deal and the best location.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong><strong>Take inventory.</strong></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Take the boat cover off and give your boat a good airing-out. This will give you access to all the things you forgot you stored aboard in the off-season. Make sure you have life jackets (PFDs) for your crew. Remember those kids probably grew over the past months, so check to make sure they don&rsquo;t need a bigger size jacket. Also, check the jackets carefully for wear. A proper-fitting PFD in good condition is the best way to keep everyone safe out on the water.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong><strong>Examine carefully.</strong></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;If you gave the boat a proper winter lay up, either at your local dealer or as a do-it-yourself project, your first cold start should be fairly easy. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s something you should take lightly, and the longer it&rsquo;s been sitting, the more important it is to do it right. Since you probably removed your battery during the off-season, make sure it&rsquo;s properly charged and connected. Check your fluid levels, make sure your belts are in good condition and tight, and check your throttle linkages.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong><strong>Get fired up.</strong></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Next, cover your cold-water intakes with &ldquo;muffs&rdquo; or &ldquo;flushers&rdquo; and connect to your garden hose (outboard or sterndrive&hellip;don&rsquo;t skip this step or you&rsquo;ll ruin your impeller!). Also, remember to lower your outdrive to the lowest position possible before turning the key. If it&rsquo;s tilted up (like you would normally have it on your trailer), you risk engine damage because the oil can&rsquo;t circulate properly. After starting, let the motor warm up for several minutes while you check for leaks, and give the entire boat a careful walk-around, looking for anything usual. Turn the engine off and wait several minutes before repeating the previous steps.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong><strong>Get ready to roll.</strong></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Before you hook up to your tow vehicle, check the condition and air pressure on your trailer tires. If it hasn&rsquo;t been moved in months, make sure they haven&rsquo;t developed &ldquo;flat spots,&rdquo; which can affect the way it handles on the road. Check your bow and stern straps (and bow cable) for wear. Unscrew your drain plug and screw it back in to make sure it&rsquo;s properly seated.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong><strong>Take a brake.</strong></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;After hooking up, have someone step on the brake pedal while you make sure the trailer brake lights are working. While still in your driveway, make sure your brakes feel (and sound) secure.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong><strong>Pre-launch prep.</strong></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;After arriving at the launch ramp parking area, pull off to the side and disconnect your brake lights (hot light bulbs and plastic do not play well with cold water). Remove and store your boat cover and stern straps. Recheck your drain plug and turn your blower on.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong><strong>Down the ramp.</strong></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Back your trailer down the ramp until your outdrive contacts water. Lower your drive and fire up your engine. Unhook your bow strap and safety cable, then back the boat off the trailer and tie up at the courtesy dock for passenger loading, or to pull up and park your tow vehicle if you&rsquo;re by yourself.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you&rsquo;re a veteran boater or this will be your first exciting season, following these steps (every time you launch) will help ensure you get the most out of your time on the water. Oh, and you might want to check that drain plug again!</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Getting Spring Fever Yet? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/getting-spring-fever-yet <p>Look for Polar Kraft Boats at these events this week!&nbsp;<a href="http://springboatingexpo.com/">Novi (Michigan) Spring Boating Expo</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.hideawayyachtsales.com/sales.html">Hideaway Yacht Center</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iowashows.com/Shows/index.cfm?Show_ID=4">Eastern Iowa Sportshow</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com/">Midwest Boat Repair</a>).</p> <p><img style="float: left;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Frontier_2_SMALL.png" alt="" width="216" height="161" /></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Catching Big Pike In England Aboard A Polar Kraft! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/catching-big-pike-in-england-aboard-a-polar-kraft <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XpWkMeiRPy8" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Boat Shows Far & Wide This Week! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/boat-shows-far-wide-this-week <p>Here's where Polar Kraft Boats will be this week:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.americasbestshows.com/?f=boat">Augusta (Maine) Boat Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.hamlinsmarina.com">Hamlin's Marina</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.phillyboatshow.com">Great Philly Boat Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.dmarine.net">Dinbokowitz Marine</a>&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.duckysboats.com">Ducky's Boats</a>).</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Outlander_V_186_SC_Running.png" alt="" width="216" height="91" /></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Boat Show Season Marches On! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/boat-show-season-marches-on <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Kodiak_Sport_170_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="262" /></p> <p>Here's where you'll find Hurricane Boats this week:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buffaloboating.com/events">Buffalo Boat Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.limelakemarinerv.com">Lime Lake Marine</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theportlandboatshow.com">Portland Boat Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.hamlinsmarina.com">Hamlin's Marina</a>);&nbsp;<a href="rapidsmall.com">Wisconsin Rapids Mall Boat Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.edgewatermarine.com">Edgewater Marine</a>).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Is Coming To Town! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-is-coming-to-town <p>Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats will criss-cross the country this week, appearing at these boat shows:&nbsp;<a href="indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com">Indianapolis Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.theboatplace.net">The Boat Place</a>);&nbsp;<a href="detroitboatshow.net">Detroit Boat Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.hideawayyachtsales.com/sales.html">Hideaway Yacht Center</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newenglandboatshow.com">New England Boat Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.rockinghamboat.com">Rockingham Boats</a>); <a href="omahaboatsportsandtravelshow.com">Omaha Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a> (<a href="http://www.beaverlakemarina.com">Beaver Lake Marine</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ottawaboatandsportshow.ca">Ottawa Boat Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.lenscove.com">Len's Cove Marina</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncboatshows.com/show.php/eventId/5">Central Carolina Boat &amp; Fishing Expo</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.grandpasmarine.com">Grandpa's Marine</a>).</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Kodiak_FS_Lifestyle.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="391" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Big Week For Boat Shows! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/big-week-for-boat-shows <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Kodiak_Sport_170_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="262" /><br />Checking the schedule, this is another big week for boat shows...c'mon down if you're looking for some fun! Here are the shows we know about...&nbsp;<a href="http://www.showspan.com/GRB/Home.aspx">Grand Rapids, MI</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.hallssportcenter.com">Hall's Sports Center</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://cnyboatshow.com/html/A_bs_home.html">Syracuse, NY</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.fremacmarine.com">Fremac Marine</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com/">Indianapolis, IN</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.theboatplace.net">The Boat Place</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsevents.com/boat-shows.cfm">Richmond, VA</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.southeasternmarine.net">Southeastern Marine</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://detroitboatshow.net/">Detroit, MI</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.hideawayyachtsales.com">Hideaway Yacht Center</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newenglandboatshow.com/">Boston, MA</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.rockinghamboat.com">Rockingham Boat Repair &amp; Sales</a>).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Heading To A Boat Show? Remember These 3 Key Tips http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/heading-to-a-boat-show-remember-these-3-key-tips <p>All throughout the spring, summer and fall months, most of us are out on the water. If the weather&rsquo;s nice, we&rsquo;re boating. Every weekend, for sure, and maybe even a quite a few &ldquo;personal&rdquo; days when the opportunity arises. But when the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn from boating to boat shows.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Boat_Show_Customers_SM.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="267" />Whether you&rsquo;re looking for your first boat or you&rsquo;re in the market to upgrade, winter boat shows help us keep the fire burning until our glorious spring launch finally rolls around. In addition to the fun atmosphere, gleaming gel coat and new gadgets you just can&rsquo;t live without, there&rsquo;s something else that should be drawing you right through the front door. The deals!<br /><br />Think about it. Since the boating season is over in most parts of the country, and boats have been serviced and stored during the fall, your local dealer will be wheeling and dealing with all kinds of special offers and manufacturers&rsquo; incentives. If you&rsquo;re looking for a boat, you owe it to yourself to attend a boat show.&nbsp;<br /><br />To help you navigate the aisles like a pro, here are the Top 3 things to think about as the boat show rolls through your community:<br /><br />1) Do your homework and narrow down your search before you get there. It adds to the experience if you walk in with a good idea about the type of boat that best fits your lifestyle. Do you need seating and storage for lots of family and friends? Are you more into performance and styling? Do your kids spend most of their time tubing, skiing or wakeboarding? Will you spend a lot of time on big water? Have you always dreamed of anchoring and overnighting in a serene cove? There will be lots of terrific distractions&hellip;be prepared!<br /><br />2) Get to know your dealer. Nearly as important as the type of boat you buy is the feeling you get from your dealer. They will be instrumental in helping you get a great deal. They will be delivering your boat. They will be there for routine service, storage and anything else you need after your purchase. Talk to the salesperson at the booth. Ask to speak to the owner of the dealership. Chances are, they are one of your neighbors. A good dealer knows that your relationship begins with the sale, not ends with the sale.<br /><br />3) Shop for value, not just price. This is a simple idea, but it&rsquo;s harder than it sounds. Cheaper does not mean value. There are price wars at just about every boat show between competing lines. Ask about quality construction. Ask about resale value. Ask about financing offers. The cream rises to the top, as they say. You will pat yourself on the back a year or two (or 10) down the line when you make quality a priority over price alone.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Finding The Right Dealer Is Key To A Great Boating Experience http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/finding-the-right-dealer-is-key-to-a-great-boating-experience <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While there are some similarities between a car dealership and a boat dealership, you may be surprised at how much they don&rsquo;t have in common.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Show_Customer_wDealer.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="296" /></p> <p>Sure, they both have showrooms, shiny new vehicles and salespeople. But with few exceptions, a car purchase comes down to function and price. And even if you wind up getting your automobile serviced at the dealership, it tends to be a fairly anonymous event. Buying a boat, however, could easily be characterized as starting a relationship. And because of that, it&rsquo;s worth putting a little time into finding the &ldquo;right one.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /><br />Here are some pointers for narrowing down your choices and settling down with a boat dealer who will be by your side for the long haul.<br /><br />&bull; Do you feel comfortable? If you&rsquo;re feeling pressured or stressed or tense in the showroom or at the boat show booth, you may want to keep looking. Anxious excitement is part of the boat-buying experience and should be enjoyed. Those other things, well, who needs them?&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; Do their customers rave about them? Good dealers would love for you to meet and talk to their customers. Nobody does a better job of selling a dealership than satisfied customers. Remember, this is a relationship that will last for years. Longtime customers are a sure sign that the dealership appreciates their patronage and support.<br /><br />&bull; Do they have a busy service department? This one may seem a little counter-intuitive because you want to be first in line. But think about it. Who has more experience solving common issues? Who has a well-staffed, well-trained crew? Who can offer great rates because they are doing volume business? More than likely it&rsquo;s the busy service bay.&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; Do they host events on the water or showroom? Many times a dealer will gather customers of a certain brand for an afternoon of socializing with other owners. Sometimes there&rsquo;s a parking lot cookout with face-painting for the kids. Other times, they turn their showroom into a movie theater in the middle of winter. There is just something wonderful about mingling with others that share your love for the water.&nbsp;<br /><br />The point is that your boat-owning experience can be and should be just as exciting, fun and rewarding as your boat-buying experience. Good boat dealers get that. More importantly, good boat dealers go out of their way to make sure that you get that!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT No Rain, No Ice, No Snow At The Boat Show! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/no-rain-no-ice-no-snow-at-the-boat-show <p>And the lucky winners this week are...<a href="milwaukeeboatshow.com">Milwaukee</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.oxbomarine.com">OxBo Marine</a>),<a href="http://www.seattleboatshow.com/">Seattle</a>(<a href="http://www.pugetmarina.com">Puget Marina</a>),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.louisvilleboatshow.com/">Louisville</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.arnoldsboats.com">Arnold's Boats &amp; Motors</a>),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sanantonioboatshow.com">San Antonio (</a><a href="http://www.lakelbjmarineland.com">Lake LBJ Marineland</a><a href="http://www.sanantonioboatshow.com">),</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.okcboats.com">Oklahoma City</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.hhmarine.com">H &amp; H Marine</a>),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fargoboatshow.com">Fargo</a>&nbsp;(<a href="fundealer.com">McLaughlin's Boat &amp; RV</a>),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thecharlestonboatshow.com">Charleston</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.gunnellsmarine.com">Gunnells Marine</a>,<a href="http://www.lakekeoweemarina.com">Lake Keowee Marina</a>),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pittsburghboatshow.com/">Pittsburgh</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.wiegelbrothersmarine.com">Wiegel Bros.</a>), <a href="http://www.gsevents.com/shows/display.cfm?showID=62">Richmond</a> (<a href="http://www.southeasternmarine.net">Southeastern Marine</a>), &amp;&nbsp;<a href="http://longviewchamber.com/outdoor_expo">Longview TX</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.shippsmarine.com">Shipp's Marine</a>)!&nbsp;</p> <div><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_189_WT_lifestyle.png" alt="" width="144" height="68" /></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Check Out This Week's Boat Shows! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/check-out-this-week-s-boat-shows <p>Boat shows this week featuring Polar Kraft Boats include...London (<a href="http://www.pushtheboatout.com">Lindon Lewis Marine</a>), Toronto (<a href="http://www.wawautosa.ca">Wawatausa Trading Post</a>, <a href="http://www.campbellslanding.com">Campbell's Landing Marine</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.fenelonmarina.com">Fenelon Falls Marina</a>), Austin (<a href="http://www.lakelbjmarineland.com">Lake LBJ Marineland</a>), Cleveland (<a href="http://www.portagelakesmarine.com">Portage Lakes Marine</a>), Milwaukee <strong>(</strong><a href="http://www.oxbomarine.com">Oxbo Marine</a><a href="http://www.summersetmarine.com"></a>) &amp; Cedar Falls IA (<a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com">Midwest Boat Sales &amp; Repair</a>).</p> <p>Now get out there and have some fun!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Kodiak_Sport_170_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="262" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Huge Week For Boat Shows! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/huge-week-for-boat-shows <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you live in Toronto (<a href="http://www.wawautosa.ca">Wawatausa Trading Post</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.campbellslanding.com">Campbell's Landing Marina</a>&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fenelonmarina.com">Fenelon Falls Marina</a>), London (<a href="http://www.pushtheboatout.com">Lindon Lewis Marine</a>), Atlanta (<a href="http://www.baymarineboats.com/">Bay Marine</a>), Columbus (<a href="http://www.paulsmarine.com">Paul's Marine</a>), Raleigh NC (<a href="http://www.grandpasmarine.com">Grandpa's Marine</a>)&nbsp;or Denver (<a href="http://www.islandlakemarine.com">Island Lake Marine</a>)...you're in luck.</p> <p>There's a boat show this weekend! Come check out what's new with Polar Kraft...you know you love that new fishing boat smell!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Winter Boat Show Season Begins! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/winter-boat-show-season-begins <p>Happy New Year...and welcome to another season of Winter Boat Shows! If you're in <a href="http://www.ohiorvandboatshow.com/Home.html">Columbus, Ohio</a>, this weekend, please stop by and say hello to our friends at <a href="http://www.paulsmarine.com">Paul's Marine</a>!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Kodiak_Sport_170_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="262" /></p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global Group Dealers Earn Top Industry Awards http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-group-dealers-earn-top-industry-awards <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:TargetScreenSize>544x376</o:TargetScreenSize> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> 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Year <a href="http://www.legendarymarine.com">Legendary Marine</a> &mdash; with multiple locations on Florida&rsquo;s Gulf Coast carrying Hurricane Deck Boats, Rinker Sport Boats and Express Cruisers, and Godfrey Pontoons.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2012-12-13_at_10.11.44_AM.png" alt="" width="521" height="339" /></p> <p class="Body1">&ldquo;As we continue to expand our dealer network, we&rsquo;ve been fortunate to partner with some of the strongest marine retailers in the world,&rdquo; said Doug Sexton, Nautic Global Group&rsquo;s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. &ldquo;These awards are a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of these business owners and their teams.&rdquo;</p> <p class="Body1">The 14 Nautic Global Group dealers represented on this year&rsquo;s Top 100 list include: <a href="http://www.atwoodlakeboats.com">Atwood Lake Boats</a>, <a href="http://www.bmcboats.com">BMC Boats</a>, <a href="http://www.coloradoboatcenter.com/">Colorado Boat Center</a>, <a href="http://www.daveymarine.com">Davey Marine Center</a>, <a href="deepcreekmarina.com">Deep Creek Marina</a>, <a href="http://www.gordonbay.com">Gordon Bay Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.thegreatoutdoorsmarine.com">The Great Outdoors Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.legendarymarine.com">Legendary Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.lynnhavenmarine.com">Lynnhaven Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.maplecitymarine.com">Maple City Marine</a>, <a href="omahamarinecenter.com">Omaha Marine Center</a>, <a href="http://www.russellmarine.net">Russell Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.skiandsports.net">Ski &amp; Sports</a>, and <a href="http://www.woodardmarine.com">Woodward Marine</a>.</p> <p class="Body1">Other Nautic Global Group retailers receiving key awards at the 2012 Marine Dealers Conference &amp; Expo event include:</p> <p class="Body1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;</span></span><span>The Great Outdoors Marine: 5-Star Dealer Certification (Best Practices)</span></p> <p class="Body1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;</span></span><span>BMC Boats: Best in Class (Marketing)<br /><br /></span>&ldquo;One thing all these dealers have in common is their superior customer service,&rdquo; said Sexton. &ldquo;And it&rsquo;s a commitment to their local boating communities that translates into success. These companies demonstrate how positive experiences at the dealership can help grow boating while growing sales.&rdquo;</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Best Time To Buy? December...BEFORE Boat Shows http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/best-time-to-buy-december-before-boat-shows <p>We all know that the Winter Boat Show season is a great time to get a deal on a new boat, right? But it might surprise you to know that December might actually be the best time of the entire year to make a deal. Think about it...when are dealers receiving truckloads of inventory? Right before boat shows! High inventory levels, winter moving in fast, AND the holidays around the corner...that's a win-win. Just check out these boats leaving the factory and heading to a dealer near you. Thinking about a new boat? Think December!<img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Pontoon_Shrink_Wrap.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="771" /></p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rows_of_Boats_Sunrise.JPG" alt="" width="576" height="430" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global Group Creates New High-Level Customer Service Role http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-group-creates-new-high-level-customer-service-role <p>In response to increasing boat sales and a rapidly expanding worldwide dealer network, Nautic Global Group has named Natalie Thomas to the newly created position of Director of Customer Service.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Natalie_Thomas_SM.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="263" />Thomas, who has extensive customer service process experience with Harmon Automotive, NIBCO and Delta Faucet Company, will design, implement and oversee customer service initiatives across many areas including parts, sales coordination, warranty and process improvement.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We are seeing a tremendous increase in business, and that presents all kinds of new challenges," said Jim Orbik, Chief Operating Officer for Nautic Global Group. "In an effort to stay ahead of these challenges and continue to deliver the high level of service expected by our dealer partners, we have created this new position. Natalie will bring a fresh new vision and an incredible amount of energy to this important role."&nbsp;</p> <p>While individual departments have previously been responsible for integrating customer service programs, Thomas will now oversee all initiatives to ensure consistency and proper accountability. She will be located in the company's Elkhart, Indiana, corporate offices, and will report directly to Orbik.&nbsp;</p> <p>"It's refreshing to see a company as committed to delivering superior customer service as Nautic Global Group," Thomas said. "I'm excited and honored to be here, and I am ready to hit the ground running to help raise the bar for both our dealers and consumers."&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT New Brand Manager for Polar Kraft & Parti Kraft http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/new-brand-manager-for-polar-kraft-parti-kraft <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Nautic Global Group has named boating industry veteran Conrad West as the new Brand Manager of its Parti Kraft pontoon and Polar Kraft aluminum fishing boat lines.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Conrad_West_SM.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="234" />&nbsp;</span>Conrad, who has worked with Sea Ray, Monterey and Chris-Craft, most recently held a number of different roles at Forest River, helping that company launch and grow its Berkshire pontoon business.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">"There are some great opportunities with the Polar Kraft and Parti Kraft brands, and Conrad is the perfect choice to help take them to the next level," said Doug Sexton, Nautic Global Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "He will be focused on growing our dedicated dealer network in specific markets, and guiding the development of exciting new designs."</span></p> <p class="p2">Built in Nautic Global Group&rsquo;s Syracuse, Indiana, Aluminum Boat facility which has been building boats since 1954, the two brands are known for their quality and rugged construction. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">"There is a real excitement surrounding this new initiative, and I am thrilled to be a part of it," said West. "It's not often you get the chance to reshape the future of two classic American boat brands. While maintaining the extremely high existing quality, the new direction means we can be even more responsive to our dealers and boat-buying consumers, and develop products that are perfect for their particular markets."</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft Photo Contest Winner! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-photo-contest-winner <p style="text-align: center;"><span><span>Congratulations to Jeff Schmitt for his winning entry in the latest Polar Kraft Owner's Club Photo Contest! He wins a $50 Visa Gift Card for his shot "Fishing In Our Polar Kraft." Have you got a great picture you'd like to share? Just click&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.polarkraftownersclub.com/Home.aspx">here</a><span>&nbsp;to enter!</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Schmitt_Jeff_P1030504.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="324" /></p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Introducing the Polar Kraft Kodiak Sport 170 Fish & Ski! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/introducing-the-polar-kraft-kodiak-sport-170-fish-ski <p>Sometimes it&rsquo;s difficult for a serious angler to find a happy medium that satisfies the need for a tough-as-nails fishing machine and boat that is just as comfortable pulling the kids on a tube. But that&rsquo;s exactly what Polar Kraft was going for with the all-new Polar Kraft Kodiak Sport 170 FS.</p> <p class="FreeForm"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Kodiak_Sport_170_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="262" /></p> <p class="FreeForm"><span>A true deep-V hull and solid rivet construction provides the soft ride and smooth handling of a higher-end fiberglass boat, but the durability and low-maintenance that comes from top-grade aluminum. Fishing features, of course, are the center of attention, with bow-mounted Minn Kota trolling motor and footswitch, baitwell &amp; livewell, forward pedestal seat, and locking port rod/ski storage. Insert optional bow cushions to quickly convert the fishing package into comfortable lounge for everyone in the family. </span></p> <p class="FreeForm"><span>On cooler mornings, you can simply shut the walk-through windshield to provide protection from the wind. Cockpit seats that flip down securely into the rear casting deck, are also built for comfort and to stow easily when it&rsquo;s time to fish. An oversized livewell, additional locking rod lockers, and a splashwell to quickly evacuate water that comes in over the transom, are also built for the hardcore angler. But when you pull into the driveway, the only things the kids will notice are the optional stainless steel ski tow bar and convenient boarding ladder and swim deck. Well, that and the eye-catching paint job with matching trailer. </span></p> <p class="FreeForm"><span>Families who love camping will also appreciate the optional full enclosure with canopy top and side and aft curtains. This boat is where comfortable family runabout and hardcore fishing machine meet with incredible results.&nbsp;</span></p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global Group Introduces Eight All-New Boats http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-group-introduces-eight-all-new-boats <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Nautic Global Group introduced new models for each of its primary boat lines at its annual international dealer conference. The new boats were developed based on ongoing requests from consumers for models with specific features.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/NauticLogo_SMALL.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="159" /></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">"It's important that we continue to set the bar higher and keep working to develop innovative products to inspire our dealers and our boat-buying consumers," said Doug Sexton, Nautic Global Group Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "By adding new offerings to each one of our boat lines, we are demonstrating a commitment to maintain our leadership role in the industry.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Nautic Global Group manufactures Rinker Express Cruisers and Captiva Sport Boats, Hurricane Deck Boats, Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats and Parti Kraft Pontoons, as well as Godfrey Pontoon Boats including Sanpan, Aqua Patio and Sweetwater. </span></p> <p class="p1">New models announced at the conference were the Rinker Captiva 186 Fish &amp; Ski, Rinker Captiva 220 MTX Extreme, Rinker Captiva 236 BR, Hurricane SunDeck 2220 DC (available as outboard or I/O), Hurricane SunDeck Sport 203 OB, Aqua Patio 250 Express, Aqua Patio 240 OB Elite, and Polar Kraft Kodiak Sport 170 Fish &amp; Ski. The company also made significant improvements to the entire Sweetwater Pontoon Boat series.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&ldquo;These new boats fit perfectly with our existing brand lineup, and they truly represent our forward-thinking design,&rdquo; Sexton said. &ldquo;Nothing is off the table as far as we&rsquo;re concerned when it comes to developing exciting new products. Whether it&rsquo;s creating a full-featured fishing boat using our wildly popular Rinker Captiva 186 or completely re-imagining the future of pontoons with the incredible Aqua Patio 250 Express, our goal is to lead through innovation.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT True American Hero http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/true-american-hero <p>What an incredible honor to be joined by American hero and football legend, Rocky Bleier for our annual dealer conference! Mr. Bleier won a college football national championship in 1966 while attending the University of Notre Dame and went on to join the Pittsburgh Steelers before being drafted into the U.S. Army and being sent to Vietnam following his rookie season. After being seriously wounded in the leg while on a mission, doctors gave him no chance of ever being able to play again in the National Football League. However, hard work and determination enabled him to beat the odds, and he went on to make the team and eventually win four Super Bowls with the Steelers. His message of overcoming adversity through perseverance and dedication was absolutely exhilarating!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rocky2.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="445" /></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Polar Kraft + North Dakota = Big Walleye http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/polar-kraft-+-north-dakota-big-walleye <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/fish_2012B.JPG" alt="" width="540" height="405" /><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/fish_2012C.JPG" alt="" width="540" height="405" /><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/fish_2012D.JPG" alt="" width="360" height="480" /></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Discount On Polar Kraft Gear! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/discount-on-polar-kraft-gear <p>Lots of new merchandise to choose from at www.polarkraftgear.com!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_15_Off_copy.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="392" /></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Rockets Red Glare! A Guide To Enjoying Fireworks On The Water http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/rockets-red-glare-a-guide-to-enjoying-fireworks-on-the-water <p>About the only way to make a Fourth of July fireworks display even more spectacular is to watch it from your boat. Not only do you get to enjoy the relatively cooler temperatures as the evening sets in, you essentially get double the show because of the reflections off the surface of the water. If this is your first time to venture out on the water at night, let&rsquo;s just say it will be tough to spend an Independence Day on terra firma ever again.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Fireworks_From_The_Water.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="373" /></span>Sure, it takes a little planning to get ready for an on-the-water fireworks display, but the extra effort is worth it to ensure that your crew will have a fun, safe and memorable night. The two biggest challenges? Well, it will be dark, of course, and more than likely, you won&rsquo;t be the only one out there with this great idea. As long as you keep those two things in mind and follow these tips, things should go smoothly.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SAFETY CHECK</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Well before you get underway, take time to check that all running and anchor lights are working properly. And make sure you have all of your safety equipment including a whistle (or other approved noise-making advice) and a life jacket for everyone on board. Sometimes you&rsquo;ll have more passengers than usual for a special trip like this, so a life-jacket count is important. Remember that water-enforcement authorities will be out in force.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>EAR PROTECTION</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Make sure you have ear protection for children or hearing-sensitive adults. The sound of exploding fireworks is greatly amplified across open water. And while they may love being part of the action on most boat trips, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">please leave your pets at home</span>. The disorienting lights and loud sounds can cause anxiety in even the calmest animal. And there are already enough distractions for the captain and crew.<br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">GET THERE EARLY</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Find a good spot well before the show starts. Whether you&rsquo;re beaching, rafting with other boats, or dropping anchor in open water, you will not regret getting there a little early and staking your claim (well outside the restricted area around the launching platform) while there&rsquo;s still some daylight. This will help ensure that you&rsquo;ve chosen a spot well out of the main channel where all the latecomers will be rushing in to find any remaining anchorages.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>JUST SAY NO</span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the safety of your passengers and other boaters, keep libations off limits for the captain and vital crew. You will have plenty of things to keep track of before, during and after the show. Keep your wits about you and don&rsquo;t &ldquo;be that guy.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>LIGHTS OUT</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Don&rsquo;t add to the show. That means turning off all non-required lights onboard and never launch your own fireworks from the boat. No spotlights, no flashlights, no sparklers. It just detracts from the viewing experience for your boat and everyone around you. And keep your radio off or turned down. There will be plenty of ambient noise and sounds to keep you occupied.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>TAKE IT EASY</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Finally, after the show, don&rsquo;t be in a hurry to leave. Most accidents happen when there&rsquo;s a mad dash back to the dock. Often the ones in a hurry have not heeded the advice to stay away from the holiday &ldquo;spirits.&rdquo; You&rsquo;ve already taken the time to get set up and properly anchored. Enjoy the mass exodus and a sky full of stars while the crowds file out of the area. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Enjoying a fireworks show from the water is one of the great delights for any boating family. It&rsquo;s an experience you won&rsquo;t forget. And with a few precautions and a little planning, you can make it a memorable experience you can enjoy safely.</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT 7 Golden Rules For Being A Good Marina Neighbor http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/7-golden-rules-for-being-a-good-marina-neighbor <p>Being a good marina neighbor basically comes down to doing for them what you would have them do for you. That&rsquo;s right&hellip;it&rsquo;s the Golden Rule. Be gracious, be helpful, be generous, and be considerate. But <span style="text-decoration: underline;">you</span> knew that already. It&rsquo;s the others who might need a helping hand, right? Here are some pointers to help guide you in building a great relationship with the folks in your surrounding marina slips and in the process set a good example for everyone else.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Marina_At_Night_2.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">SLOW DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s easy to rush at the end of the day. You&rsquo;re tired, it&rsquo;s getting dark and cocktail hour is rapidly approaching. But when you&rsquo;re pulling into the marina, take care to slow down. No wake speed is top speed. Creeping along is better. You have more time to react, you won&rsquo;t create a disturbing wake, and you will give others a chance to help guide you in.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">STERN IN</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-->&nbsp;Yes, it takes a little more time to back into your slip, but not only is it much easier to get on and off your boat aft, but you provide a clearer walking path along the docks. This is especially important for boats with large bows or pulpits.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">DECLUTTER</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Coil your dock lines, organize your shore power cords, stow watersports gear and life jackets, and put away your cleaning supplies. It&rsquo;s getting dark, remember? It&rsquo;s hard to see those hazards, and tripping on a hose on a splintery wooden dock while wearing flip-flops is not a fun way to end a fun day on the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SHUT IT DOWN&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Going up to the marina restaurant for a catfish dinner? Shut down your gear. That means turning off your lights, your marine radio, CD player, television and everything else that can annoy your neighbors while you&rsquo;re gone. A shrieking radio or television can quickly put the damper on a relaxing evening.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">GO WITH THE FLOW&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You had a big day. You&rsquo;re probably worn out and tired. Others probably are too. Some marinas seem to have a bigger nightlife than a daylife, but many wind down after hours. Don&rsquo;t be too rowdy if everyone&rsquo;s turning in early. Don&rsquo;t be too whiny if there&rsquo;s a party a couple of boats over.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">BE EFFICIENT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Need gas? Get it and move along. Need to pack or unpack the boat? Use the designated areas. Don&rsquo;t dawdle around fuel docks or launch ramps. Boaters are generally patient people, but this can be a big source of irritation, especially among the &ldquo;regulars.&rdquo; Do some advance planning and think about your strategy for dealing with fuel and launching/retrieving efficiently.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">KNOW THE RULES</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most marinas have established policies to help ensure a peaceful community. Some rules are common to all marinas and some are &ldquo;house&rdquo; rules that deal with special situations that have come up before in that location. Many times you can get the &ldquo;lay of the land&rdquo; by having a quick, friendly conversation with the marina manager or your neighboring boaters. One of the most important things to remember is to respect the marina&rsquo;s &ldquo;quiet hours.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Stuck In The Muck? Here’s What To Do When You Run Aground http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/stuck-in-the-muck-here-s-what-to-do-when-you-run-aground <p>It&rsquo;s not if&hellip;it&rsquo;s when. No matter how prepared you are, no matter how alert you are, no matter what your chart plotter/sonar/depth gauge says, one of these days, you&rsquo;re going to come to an abrupt stop against your will. And if it hasn&rsquo;t happened yet, you just wait. But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be the end of your boating day. And if you follow these steps, you can limit the damage done and the time it takes to free your vessel from its embarrassing perch.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Run_Aground.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="269" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>EVALUATE</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We&rsquo;re power boaters, and the first thing we&rsquo;re going to want to do is power up and through the problem. Wrong. That is a recipe for making things worse and digging yourself in even deeper. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The first course of action is to have everyone on board put on a life jacket if they haven&rsquo;t already</span>. Then, evaluate your situation. And to do that safely, go ahead and put the boat in idle. Obviously if your prop is striking something, you want to shut the motor off. But idle may be enough to see what&rsquo;s going on and still give you the ability to maneuver quickly if there&rsquo;s a ripping current, outgoing tide or heavy boat traffic.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>EXAMINE</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Rocky shoal, marshy muck or sandbar? This is going to determine your next move. If you throw the boat into reverse and try to blast your way off this darned impediment backwards, you run the risk of filling your water intake with all sorts of engine-fouling badness. Plus, that metal propeller is no match for submerged boulders. If you&rsquo;re in a tidal basin or on a managed lake with water-level fluctuations, or a river that you&rsquo;ve run safely all summer, remember it may now be littered with unseen obstacles. Make sure you take a minute to make sure you know what you&rsquo;re dealing with.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>HARD OR EASY?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Are you aground hard or easy? That is, deep into the mess or just barely into the mess? This has a lot to do with your speed at impact and what it is you&rsquo;re on. Time to do a visual inspection of the hull. Lean over the sides or, if it&rsquo;s safe to do so, hop in wearing a life jacket and paddle over. If you&rsquo;ve got a damaged or punctured hull, the safest thing to do is anchor and call for assistance. The last thing you want is to work your boat free, only to find that you&rsquo;re taking on water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>FIND DEEP WATER</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Best-case scenario is that you&rsquo;re on easy and the current, tide or another boat&rsquo;s wake may help set you free. Anchors should be set upwind. Use a tube or life jacket to help swim it into position if it&rsquo;s safe to do so. Make sure you know where the deeper water is, so you can move in that direction.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>REDUCE DRAFT<br /><br /></strong>If you&rsquo;re on hard, though, it may be necessary to get busy. In that case, reduce draft as much as possible by offloading weight. Start with any water you may be holding. That&rsquo;s the really heavy stuff. Or reposition your passengers as needed. Other items that may make sense to offload, such as full propane tanks, can be loaded onto a tube or dingy and tethered alongside. If the tide is running out, consider that you may need to support or cushion the hull as the boat loses float.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>NEVER DO THIS</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a last resort, before getting professional help from a tow service or local boating law enforcement, you may be tempted to try getting help from another recreational boater. <strong>Don&rsquo;t do it</strong>. Most pleasure crafts don&rsquo;t have deck hardware strong enough for such feats. And even if the cleats hold, the lines you have aboard will likely break under the stress, creating a dangerous situation for everyone aboard both boats.&nbsp;</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Out After Dark? A Guide To Boating At Night http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/out-after-dark-a-guide-to-boating-at-night <p class="MsoNormal">Even with endlessly long summer days, sooner or later you may want to stretch your boating fun past sunset and into the evening. And while there are some things you need to consider before you take this step, you are missing out on half the fun if you only hit the water under blue skies. Here&rsquo;s what you need to know to be safe when the sun goes down.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_shot_2012-05-30_at_3.56.15_PM.png" alt="" width="360" height="244" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">SLOW DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Cruising under the moonlight can make you feel like you&rsquo;ve got the place to yourself. More than likely, you don&rsquo;t. You&rsquo;ll need to be on the lookout for the running lights of other vessels, aids to navigation in the water, and 100 others things that inevitably pop up out of nowhere at night. Since your reaction time will be slower, and your eyes will be working overtime to distinguish all kinds of different shapes, ease up on the throttle. By the way, that creature you see in the water is more than likely not a mermaid: If you&rsquo;re cruising the Intracoastal Waterway down South&hellip;it&rsquo;s probably a manatee.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SEE &amp; BE SEEN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You may be tempted to shut off your running lights sometimes&hellip;especially if you&rsquo;re drifting (or at anchor). This is a big mistake if you&rsquo;re anywhere near the channel. Many times you will justify going incognito because there&rsquo;s a decent moon, and once your eyes adjust, you can see just fine. But it&rsquo;s critically important that you leave your lights on when you&rsquo;re out on the water. They are not for you, after all. They&rsquo;re for the other boaters to be able to spot you from a distance. The more reaction time, the better.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">NO SUDDEN MOVES</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even with the required running lights, your eyes can still play tricks on you. Boats running in your line of sight can confuse your senses at times and convince you that you&rsquo;re seeing something you&rsquo;re not. For that reason, always try to maintain a fairly consistent track at night. Doing donuts, figure eights, and zigzagging across the water is asking for trouble. Plus, any passengers onboard may not be ready for abrupt maneuvers and could be tossed overboard. Since they will they be tougher to spot in dark water, you risk striking them with the boat or propeller.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">CRANK IT DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Music and boating go together like peanut butter and jelly during the day. But after hours, it&rsquo;s more like peanut butter and anchovies. In other words, it&rsquo;s really bad form to blast your tunes above background level. Sound carries extremely well over water, and even a moderate volume can be an annoyance to folks who have already packed it in for the night. Keep your tunes at a level where you can have a normal conversation. You can cut loose again the next day when you break out the watersports gear.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">TOP IT OFF</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It is a real bummer to run out of gas any time and any place. But when you&rsquo;re out on the water at night, it&rsquo;s an entirely new level of trouble. Being in a position where you can&rsquo;t avoid other objects and get yourself home is bad enough, but it is a long, difficult process for someone else to have to find your position in the dark, down some off-the-beaten-path canal. Make sure you top the tank off before the sun goes down, while the fuel stations are still open and easy to see.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SWIM...DON&rsquo;T DIVE</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There is something really thrilling about sliding into the water at night. Note the word &ldquo;sliding.&rdquo; Diving into dark water at night is a really bad idea. Because no matter what that depth finder says, you never know what submerged tree, Pinto fender or ridiculously tall rock lurks beneath the surface. And since you&rsquo;re going into the water at night, don&rsquo;t take a chance that your head will be the first hard object that makes contact. Whatever you do, just go gentle into that good night (swim).</p> <p class="MsoNormal">KEEP YOUR WITS<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You already know that your reaction time will be diminished because of the darkness. You&rsquo;ll add to those effects exponentially with every cocktail. And if that wasn&rsquo;t bad enough, reduced inhibitions will increase the hey-watch-this instinct that can turn a fun cruise under the stars into an evening that is best avoided. Stay off the booze. It&rsquo;s your responsibility as captain.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Victor Hotel Foxtrot! Know How & When To Use Your Marine Radio http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/victor-hotel-foxtrot-know-how-when-to-use-your-marine-radio <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">Leave it to those Hollywood movies to teach all us boaters a bad habit or two. When they've run out of gas and are running late for a wedding, the first response for actors on the big screen seems to be to grab the radio microphone and start shouting MAYDAY! But while that may be fine for dramatic effect, it's the last thing you should do in real life. More on that in a minute.</span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/-1.jpg" alt="" width="361" height="274" /></p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">For now just understand that if there&rsquo;s one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms of being valuable for you (and your guests) in an emergency, it&rsquo;s your VHF marine radio (either handheld or fixed-mount). &nbsp;When you&rsquo;re out of cell phone service coverage (or the battery&rsquo;s dead or you left it on your charger at home), your VHF radio can summon the help you need in the case of an accident. Certain frequencies, such as channels 9 and 16, are monitored by the Coast Guard (or other boating law enforcement agency) and, when used properly, a marine radio can be an effective way to communicate with other vessels, along with harbormasters and marinas, for various reasons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>And it&rsquo;s important to know and respect the appropriate etiquette for using a VHF radio to make sure your messages are clearly understood and a proper response can be put into effect. Here are some key points to remember when using your marine radio.</p> <p><strong>Know Where It Is</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;Although recreational power boats under 65 feet in length are not required to have a marine radio on board, it&rsquo;s really a good idea to have one whenever you go out. Fixed-mount radios are just that, fixed to the helm like your CD player. Handhelds can be stowed out of the way, but always know where it is. Emergencies can happen quickly, whether it&rsquo;s aboard your boat or on another vessel.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Monitor Channel 16</strong></p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">When your radio is on but not transmitting, keep it on Channel 16. You are required to come to the aid of other vessels and Channel 16 is used for hailing other boaters. You can switch to another agreed-upon channel after contact is made. This channel is also used for weather alerts and reports of hazards to navigation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Radio Checks</strong></p> <p>Rather than use "blind" radio checks, the current preferred methods for determining if your radio is working properly are to call another boat directly (by name) or contact a known shore station (marina, fueling station, etc.). Another idea is to tune to a weather frequency. Chances are<span>&nbsp;that if you can hear the weather broadcast, your radio is working, and the antenna is likely sound.</span></p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);"><strong>Keep It Clean</strong>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t use bad language or broadcast anything besides clear, easy-to-understand requests or instructions. For that reason, make sure you supervise use by children and anyone not familiar with the rules.</p> <p><strong>Speak, Release, Wait</strong></p> <p>VHF radios work like walkie-talkies, not telephones. For that reason, only one person can talk at a time. You press the button, send your message (boat name, radio channel, location, and &ldquo;over&rdquo;), release the button and wait for a response. Remember that others may be trying to use the channel as well, so make sure you listen first and make sure they are finished before starting your transmission.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hooked On Phonetics</strong></p> <p>Because of the technology and the less-than-perfect conditions in which VHF radios are often used, remember that it&rsquo;s often hard to understand numbers and certain letters. When stating numbers, say each number individually. If you&rsquo;re at channel marker 316, say &ldquo;three-one-six&rdquo; instead of &ldquo;three-sixteen.&rdquo; Also, there&rsquo;s a reason the phonetic alphabet has been around a long time. It works. Study up! Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu</p> <p><strong>Mayday Is The Last Resort</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t ever say &ldquo;mayday&rdquo; unless you have a real emergency that threatens someone&rsquo;s life or puts property in immediate danger. Other boaters and the Coast Guard will converge on a mayday distress call, and you will not be popular if a child or crew member is goofing around with the radio. Mayday is a 911 call on the water. Make sure everyone on board knows the rules. If you do have a legitimate mayday call, say it three times, followed by your location and your situation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Can’t We All Just Get Along? Basic Boating Etiquette http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/can-t-we-all-just-get-along-basic-boating-etiquette <p>Even if you&rsquo;re new to boating, you probably already know the basics about the &ldquo;Rules of the Road.&rdquo; Those are the general things you need to know when operating your boat, especially when there are other boats in the area such as how to know who has the right of way and when it&rsquo;s okay to pass another vessel. But there is another category of customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others. We&rsquo;ll just call it basic boating etiquette.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Baby_Waving_On_Boat.png" alt="" width="360" height="237" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just as there are social norms you&rsquo;re expected to know on land, you&rsquo;ve got to know certain basic rules of boating etiquette if you&rsquo;re going to be spending any time at all on the water. While you are definitely the master of your own nautical domain aboard your boat, remember that a little consideration for your fellow boater can go a long way toward avoiding any misunderstandings or conflicts.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As stated above, there are basic rules of the road that show you how to operate your boat, and you shouldn&rsquo;t leave the dock until you&rsquo;ve spent some time getting to know what you&rsquo;re doing. It&rsquo;s the same method you would follow with a car (on an actual road) except you don&rsquo;t have brakes. The following pointers are really more to fill in the gray areas of boat operation that you&rsquo;ll come across at one time or another.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Watch Your Wake</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You are responsible for your own wake and any damage done by it. You&rsquo;re cruising across a channel and you avoid striking a cruiser by swinging into a shallow anchorage while traveling at a pretty good speed. That&rsquo;s great, but look at how much wake you&rsquo;ve churned up for the other boaters on the hook. If you&rsquo;ve caused boats to bang into each other or knocked someone&rsquo;s grill off their deck or otherwise harmed their property, you&rsquo;re the one on the hook for the damages. Big wakes in crowded spaces is bad news.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Go Easy </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Slow down if another boat is trying to overtake you. This is boating, not <em>The Fast &amp; The Furious</em><span style="font-style: normal;">. Tight channels, marina entrances, etc. should be single file. But if there&rsquo;s room to pass and another vessel is coming alongside you, ease off the throttle and avoid a drag race. The faster your speed, the faster they&rsquo;ll have to go to get around you. For safety and the serenity of everyone around you, just slow down and let them go around. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Anchor In Order</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The first one in blazes the trail. If you&rsquo;re entering an anchorage, mimic the other boats in how you tie off, how you anchor, how much line to use and how much distance you allow between the other boats.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Respect Your Neighbors </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you have a loud boat (kids, music, barking dogs, smoky grills), make sure you leave plenty of space. Sound carries much farther on the water, and you can be heard clearly from a good distance away. Downwind is your friend. You never know who&rsquo;s got an early getaway and is turning in early. Just like on terra firma, respecting your neighbors is the first step toward everyone &ldquo;getting along.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Be Efficient</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re launching or retrieving your boat at a ramp, do it efficiently. Load your boat in the parking lot. Pull your boat over to a temporary dock to bring passengers aboard. Don&rsquo;t drain, don&rsquo;t clean, and don&rsquo;t waste time. Everyone wants to be either on the water or off the water, just like you. Think in advance about how you can cut down your ramp time. Delegate responsibilities and practice them before you get to the ramp.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Fuel And Go</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As long as we&rsquo;re on this subject, the same rules go for fuel docks. Get your fuel, pay your bill and move out of the way. If you need to buy groceries or a lake chart or bait, relocate your boat to the temporary docks. Again, fueling is a necessary part of your boating experience, but be considerate of other boaters who would also rather be out on the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Lend A Hand</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is one of the unwritten laws that can say more about you as a boater than almost anything else. You should be willing to assist other vessels as they arrive and depart. While this courtesy shouldn&rsquo;t necessarily extend to the entire marina, you should be alert to help out you folks in the adjoining slips. They toss you a line and you hold it or help guide them in. Then you hand them back the line and they tie off. It just takes a minute, and you&rsquo;ve shown everyone what a standup boater you are.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Keep It Clean</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Marinas have enough hazards as it is without having to step over draining coolers, half-deflated tubes and sloppy dock lines. Buckets, shoes, carts and other items need to be stowed properly. And if you&rsquo;ve used a piece of equipment intended for common use, put it back where you found it.</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Hitting The Road? Here’s How To Find Fish Away From Home http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/hitting-the-road-here-s-how-to-find-fish-away-from-home <p>Since so many of you are planning to take your boat on vacation with you this summer, we thought it might help to go through a few ideas to help you make the most of your time on the water. Today, let&rsquo;s take a look at some ways you can tap into &ldquo;local knowledge&rdquo; when you decide to wet a line in a new area.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Outlander_Fishing.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sure, you know your home fishing hole like the back of your hand. You know what bait to use and when to use it. You know exactly where everyone dumps old Christmas trees in the lake to build up a perfect fish structure. You know where the hardcore, on-the-water-at-4 a.m. guys go &mdash; mainly because you&rsquo;re one of them. You know all that. What you may not know is where to find those honey-holes while you&rsquo;re on the road.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Use The &ldquo;Other&rdquo; Net</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you&rsquo;re hitting the Gulf Coast, Flaming Gorge or Lake Texoma, you&rsquo;ll do yourself a favor by doing a little legwork before you get there. Spend some time on the Internet, and you&rsquo;ll be amazed at what you find. Many times the Chamber of Commerce or the local fishing guide association will have posted some great information to influence anglers like you to spend some time (and money) in their community. You may not find too many specifics, but you&rsquo;ll likely track down what&rsquo;s biting when and get a good idea about the proper bait and gear you&rsquo;ll need. Also, check out <a href="http://www.takemefishing.org">www.takemefishing.org</a>. You won&rsquo;t believe how much good information they have, plus you can download a free smartphone app that uses your location to find launch ramps, bait shops and just about anything else you&rsquo;d need for your trip.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Talk It Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Once you&rsquo;ve done your computer research, it&rsquo;s time to go old school and start &ldquo;talking&rdquo; to people. You know that bait shop you found? It&rsquo;s in their best interest to put you on some fish. You&rsquo;ll be back. And you&rsquo;ll buy fuel, snacks, ice, and, of course, more bait. And anything else you forgot. Just make sure you&rsquo;re listening to the guy behind the counter, and not the silver-tongued angler who&rsquo;s just hanging around the shop. He may have a vested interested in steering you the wrong way. Another great source for information is local guides. In fact, you can take some of the pressure off and get to the fish faster if you hire a guide for your first day. For a reasonable fee, they can get you to the secret fishing holes quickly, and you can spend more time hauling in your catch.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Be A Good Visitor</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re on vacation, chances are other anglers might have the same idea. As you spend time with the locals, show them the appropriate respect. You&rsquo;re a visitor. Be a good one. That means paying up for current fishing licenses for you and your family (as required) and knowing the keeper species and catch limits. Practicing a catch and release policy for any fish you don&rsquo;t plan on consuming during your trip is the responsible thing to do. And it provides a good lesson for the young anglers on your crew. And make sure that you pack out a little more than you packed in. Nothing can ruin a great fishing hole like out-of-towners who leave a body of water more polluted than they found it. Go beyond &ldquo;No Littering&rdquo; and pick up extra trash you see.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT GPS Has Changed How We Navigate…Here’s How It Works http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/gps-has-changed-how-we-navigate-here-s-how-it-works <p style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;">By now, you&rsquo;ve no doubt come in contact with Global Positioning System (GPS) in one form or another. After all, if you&rsquo;ve got a smartphone, you&rsquo;ve probably already got an app for that. But what is GPS? And, more importantly, how has it changed the way we approach boating?</p> <p style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Outlander_2010_CC_SM.png" alt="" width="216" height="117" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;">From the days when ancient mariners practiced coastal &ldquo;landmark&rdquo; navigation, through the complicated process of &ldquo;dead reckoning&rdquo; using a compass, ship&rsquo;s speed and the hope you&rsquo;ll get close, it wasn&rsquo;t until we looked to the sky that our position was something more than a guess. While celestial navigation wasn&rsquo;t exactly foolproof (not much help during the day or on cloudy evenings), a clear night sky and a sextant were definitely a huge step forward.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;">The technology we know today as GPS began as land-based radio signaling (some are still used today) and position was calculated by determining how far the boat is away from a known source signal. Now, of course, we use primarily satellite-based, high-frequency signaling and new receivers that are easy-to-use and extremely accurate.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;">So now, no matter where you are in the world (assuming you can get a signal) your course and position data is right in front of you and usually right on the money. This makes it easy and convenient to calculate your proximity to land, other vessels and approaching weather. For recreational boaters, this has provided a new level of comfort and security when underway.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;">It&rsquo;s amazing, really. There are satellites orbiting the Earth, constantly transmitting signals that contain position and time information. All your GPS has to do is grab a few of those signals and make an quick calculation to determine the differences between those signals (the same way old-school mariners &ldquo;triangulate&rdquo; their position using a known fixed point like a lighthouse) and you&rsquo;ve got yourself a spot on the map you can trust. And because the information is continuously updated, you can see an accurate heading, along with your speed and, sometimes most importantly, where you&rsquo;ve been.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;">Of course, all GPS systems work a little differently, and all have their own bells and whistles, but they all essentially work the same way and provide the same basic information. Generally, you&rsquo;ll have some sort of graphic display to see your location, and many, especially a GPS that&rsquo;s designed for boaters, will offer a charting feature to put your location in context with your surroundings. They come in different shapes and sizes from handheld to fixed-mount but, again, the basic functionality is the same.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;">One feature you want to make sure you master before hitting the water is the Waypoint function. This can be as basic as marking your point of departure (usually &ldquo;Home&rdquo;) and giving your self a virtual crumb trail back to port. Or you can program in a few stops you want to make during the day, which helps you determine when you&rsquo;ll arrive at, say, a dockside restaurant for lunch. Fisherman can also mark their favorite &ldquo;honey holes&rdquo; so they&rsquo;re easy to find the next time out.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;">While GPS systems won&rsquo;t completely eliminate the need for more traditional charts (they&rsquo;re not much good if your electrical system fails), they have made it easier for boaters to get more adventurous and confident out on the water.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Freedom, Fellowship And Free Stuff? Join The Club! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/freedom-fellowship-and-free-stuff-join-the-club <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>As a Polar Kraft owner, you are invited to join a great community that will not only help you share your experiences with other owners, but will give you exclusive access to special contests, incredible discounts and even the chance to earn free Polar Kraft gear, cash rebates and fuel cards. Yes, fuel cards.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Owners_Club.png" alt="" width="224" height="212" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>When you sign up for your complimentary membership in the Polar Kraft Owner&rsquo;s Club here, you are immediately linked to a terrific network of fellow owners who also enjoy living their life to the fullest aboard a Polar Kraft. Whether you&rsquo;re looking for answers to common questions or you want to share boat-handling tips you&rsquo;ve learned along with way, the Owner&rsquo;s Club Forum will soon become your favorite stop on the web.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Another fun reason to join is the quarterly Special Moment Photo Contest, which encourages friendly competition among your fellow owners while everyone attempts to capture the best image of their family and friends aboard their Polar Kraft. Entries are pouring in for the next contest, so don&rsquo;t miss your chance to claim the top prize of a $50 Visa gift card!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you&rsquo;re thinking about moving into a new boat, you owe it to yourself to join the Polar Kraft Owner&rsquo;s Club to take advantage of a generous trade-in allowance that&rsquo;s only available to club members. Cash rebates of up to $1,500 are yours for the taking...what have you got to lose? Two key things to remember: You must be a club member BEFORE your new boat purchase; and your new boat must be warranty registered through your local dealer.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chances are, you&rsquo;re spending at least part of your boating season out on the water with friends. And when non-boaters (or former boaters) get a taste of the lifestyle that you and your family enjoy so much, it&rsquo;s not uncommon for them to want to join the party. As a member of the Polar Kraft Owner&rsquo;s Club, you will be eligible for the Refer-A-Friend program, which provides incentives to you for steering them toward a new Polar Kraft purchase. Simply, if your friend buys a new Polar Kraft within six months of your referral, you will receive special gifts such as fuel cards and gift cards to purchase Polar Kraft Merchandise, valued at up to $900, depending on the model purchased!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>In addition to these awesome benefits, you will also be the first to receive valuable information on local getaways, raft-ups, parties and cruises, as well as any pending warranty issues that will help you maximize your time on the water. Regular updates via the Polar Kraft Owner&rsquo;s Club e-newsletter will help you keep up with all the latest news. And discounts from club sponsors will help you save money every day on everything from boat insurance to boat care products.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>So whether you have enjoyed several Polar Krafts over the years or you&rsquo;re new to our family, our mission is to help you take your ownership experience to a whole new level. If you&rsquo;re not already a member, please take a minute to join the Polar Kraft Owner&rsquo;s Club today!</span></p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Wake Up! An Up-Close Look At Boat Watersports http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/wake-up-an-up-close-look-at-boat-watersports <p>As much as we all enjoy a leisurely sunset cruise, part of the fun of boating is the opportunity to not only get out on the water, but also to get wet once in a while. And if you&rsquo;ve got younger passengers, your boat will likely be decked out with a hefty collection of different equipment&hellip;some familiar and some not so familiar.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, let&rsquo;s take a closer look at some of the most popular watersports today. Please remember to ALWAYS wear a life jacket when participating in any of these activities.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Nick_Shoe_Tube.jpg" alt="" width="288" height="430" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Tubing</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Nothing puts a smile on the face of a kid like the freedom found clinging tightly to an inflatable tube as it skitters across the water. Although they come in a huge variety of styles, the basic idea is pretty simple. A bladder made of flexible PVC is inflated with air, and the tube is attached to a nylon towrope, which is then attached to a boat. The rider (or riders) then sits or kneels inside the tube or holds on to handles attached to the surface of the tube. One of the appealing things about tubing is that the boat driver has plenty of control over the experience the riders will have. Slower speeds and a straight track will be great for even the most timid children, while higher speeds and sharper turns add more thrill to the ride. For the best (and safest) ride, always make sure the tube is properly inflated.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wakeboarding</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wakeboarding involves riding a fiberglass board over the surface of the water with your feet tightly anchored to the surface with a binding. You hold the handle of a ski rope (usually attached to a wake tower &ldquo;pull point&rdquo; that&rsquo;s about 7 feet from the water&rsquo;s surface) and criss-cross the wake wave at around 18-24 miles per hour. Enthusiasts can launch themselves into the air or perform a number of exciting tricks. Beginners who try these maneuvers will quickly learn what the term &ldquo;face plant&rdquo; means.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wakeskating</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wakeskating is an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from wood or fiberglass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, which gives the sport its own unique challenges. Instead, the top surface of the board is covered with grip tape, (similar to a skateboard) or a soft, high-traction, foam covering that is kinder to riders in the inevitable wipeouts. Riders usually wear grip shoes while riding behind the boat at 16&ndash;20 miles per hour. However, this depends on water conditions, the weight of the rider and their proficiency in the sport.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Maddie_Tube.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="242" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Kneeboarding</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s gone by a number of different names over its 40-year history (Knee Ski, Glide Slide and Hydroslide were pioneering styles), but no matter what you call it, kneeboarding is a blast. As the name suggests, you kneel down on a surf-style board, while holding on to a towrope handle and the boat pulls you along at about 15-20 miles per hour. Starts are pretty easy, and once you reach plane, you can pull a strap securely across your knees to hold you on the board. As with tubing, the driver has a great deal of control over the rider&rsquo;s experience, adjusting speeds as needed as directed by a &ldquo;spotter&rdquo; on the boat who keeps their eye on the rider at all times. More advanced riders can perform tricks such as the Side Slide, Back Roll and Surface 360.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Nick_Waterski.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="289" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Waterskiing</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Waterskiing is the oldest and most familiar mainstream watersport. A skier slips his feet into rubber bindings, and is pulled up and out of the water while holding the handle of a towrope attached to a boat. With the skis under water pointing toward the boat, the skier signals the driver to accelerate, while a &ldquo;spotter&rdquo; monitors the progress and lets the driver know when to speed up, slow down or come around to pick up a downed skier. More advanced skiers sometimes &ldquo;drop&rdquo; one ski and ride with both feet on a single (or slalom) ski. Invented in 1922 by Ralph Samuelson on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota, the sport has evolved from two boards and a clothesline to modern fiberglass skis to suit any skill level.</p> <p><strong>Safety First</strong></p> <p>Watersports are a great way to enjoy your boat, but safety should always come first. Remember to check the towrope at the boat connection point (ski-tow eye, wakeboard tower, or ski pylon) and the tube itself. Replace the rope at the first sign of fraying because it could breakk under strain. Also, take up rope slack slowly to prevent knots and to avoid jerking the rider. Know the abilities of your riders, and start slowly...working up to a manageable speed. Check tubes for age and weight capacities, and always know local speed limits and regulations for tow sports. Never abruptly change your course when other boats are present, and always slow down when your riders are crossing the wake.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Making Kids Comfortable On The Water http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/making-kids-comfortable-on-the-water <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">As the skipper of your boat, you&rsquo;re responsible for the safety of everyone on board. And, if you&rsquo;ve got children on deck, it&rsquo;s easy to come across as intimidating when you&rsquo;re really just trying to make sure they&rsquo;re not in harm's way. If that&rsquo;s the case, consider using these tips to encourage their love of the water and make sure they want to be out on the boat as much as you do.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Kids_At_Dock.png" alt="" width="360" height="258" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">While most kids are naturally drawn to the water, sometimes it&rsquo;s a tough leap for them to go from the shore to the ship. The best way to ease those concerns? Just like with anything else they may be apprehensive about, the key is to get them involved in every part of the day&mdash;from the planning to hands-on crew responsibilities. Let them help you and learn from you, and you will likely have a crewmember for life.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Whether it&rsquo;s your own children (and their friends), grandkids, nieces and nephews, or neighbors, remember that any tasks you assign will need to be appropriate to their age. Expecting too much too fast will tend to have the opposite result. And be prepared to add new responsibilities when they&rsquo;ve honed their skills. Being able to contribute as a member of the crew will build confidence and teamwork while making them more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Pre-Launch Checklist</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Get the kids involved in creating a pre-launch checklist. If they have a hand in putting it together, they will be especially vigilant about checking for the appropriate number of life jackets, checking the battery charge, and always verifying a properly secured drain plug. This perfect for anything you tend to overlook every trip. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Everything In Its Place</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Teach children the right way to tend the fenders and dock lines and how to stow them the proper way. Make sure they see you communicating with the dock hands at a marina or gas pump station so they understand how the system works. Once they master the hand signals and nuanced gestures, they will get in the proper position to help before you have to say a word.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Talk The Talk </strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Make sure the kids are familiar with the basic boating terminology. You wouldn&rsquo;t take them to a foreign country without coaching them on basic communication skills, would you? Take the time to clarify fore and aft, port and starboard, lee and windward, etc. It will help them feel like they&rsquo;re one of the &ldquo;insiders,&rdquo; especially if they can help educate others on the next trip.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Teachable Moments</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Always look for an opportunity to reinforce the &ldquo;why.&rdquo; Children are learners. And, you may have noticed they don&rsquo;t respond well to &ldquo;because I said so.&rdquo; Why not explain how the safety equipment works? Or show them how the trim affects the ride of the boat. They thrive on &ldquo;behind the scenes&rdquo; knowledge. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Mind Their Manners</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Show older kids how to operate the VHF radio to communicate with other vessels, the dock master or the local boating law enforcement. It&rsquo;s important they know the proper etiquette, plus they will love the chance to communicate with others via an &ldquo;official&rdquo; microphone. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Keep A Record</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Kids will love their own &ldquo;log book,&rdquo; to keep an unofficial record of their adventures on the water. Encourage them to record destinations, time of departure, passengers, and to draw pictures to remember their trips. Later, they can add photos from the day to remind them of the highlights. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">As the captain of your boat, it&rsquo;s only natural for you to want to handle all (or nearly all) the duties yourself. But remember that children thrive when given a task to complete that helps make the outing a success. As long as you clearly explain what needs to happen, and resist the urge to constantly &ldquo;advise&rdquo; the kids, you&rsquo;ll have a dedicated crew for life.</span></span></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Understanding Boating Superstitions (Knock On Wood) http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/understanding-boating-superstitions-knock-on-wood <p>Let&rsquo;s face it&hellip;boaters are a superstitious bunch. You&rsquo;ve got to believe that storied history goes all the way back to the days of the earliest ocean-going vessels, when everything from bad weather to scurvy were connected to various perceived transgressions by crewmembers and (more likely) unknowing passengers. String enough of those coincidences together, and the word spreads quickly that something as innocent as bringing a banana onboard can wreak havoc on a voyage that would otherwise be smooth sailing.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/No_Bananas.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you view boating superstitions as solemn, don&rsquo;t-ever-mess-them laws, or if you get a chuckle out of the seemingly outrageous notions that have sprung up over the years, they are part of nautical folklore. And, being notoriously nostalgic, those of us with a love for boating and the water tend to embrace even the nuttier superstitions&mdash;even if it&rsquo;s done with a sly wink of the eye.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let&rsquo;s take a closer look at some of the most-popular, boat-related myths that still rule the seas even today.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">BANANAS ON BOARD</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you head down to any of Florida&rsquo;s coastal fishing villages in search of a fishing charter, there&rsquo;s one thing you need to remember. Leave the bananas at home. That&rsquo;s real bananas, banana nut muffins and even Banana Boat sunscreen. You&rsquo;re even asking for trouble if you show up in Fruit of the Loom underwear. And even if, for some reason, you feel like ignoring the no-bananas rule that exists aboard nearly all fishing charters&mdash;let&rsquo;s say you smuggle aboard a banana smoothie&mdash;don&rsquo;t plan on coming home with many trophy fish. Of course, there&rsquo;s nothing but anecdotal evidence to prove this is true, but you&rsquo;ll hear those anecdotes walking every dock from Pensacola to Islamorada.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> Looking past the obvious things like cartoon injuries caused by slipping on a discarded peel, the more likely source of the banana superstition is that ocean-going vessels would stop at tropical islands for provisions during their months-long excursions. In addition to fresh water and other necessities, they would frequently take on crates of bananas. Good source of potassium aside, these crates nearly always came with the added bonus of deadly spiders, snakes and other critters that don&rsquo;t mix well in the close-confines of a boat. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">RENAMING YOUR BOAT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As if you didn&rsquo;t have enough to think about when considering a name for your boat, you will probably get an earful from some wise mystic of the sea (the guy in the marina slip next to yours) about the hazards of changing the name of a boat that&rsquo;s been previously named. Fortunately, since it&rsquo;s a long shot that you and the prior owner BOTH dreamed of owning a boat called &ldquo;My Pretty Petunia,&rdquo; there are certain ceremonial steps you can take to avoid offending the sea gods. Not surprisingly, the ceremony revolves around high-quality domestic sparkling wine (only use the French stuff if you&rsquo;re anxious to help THEIR economy rebound). Get rid of all evidence of the boat&rsquo;s previous name. Just draw a line through the name on all logbooks and maintenance records. Make sure all traces of the name are gone from the transom. Notify your local boating law enforcement of the name change as required, and apply your new carefully chosen new name to the boat. Invite your family and friends, and distribute plastic glasses (bare feet and broken glass do not mix). Unless you&rsquo;re renaming a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, best to just pour a generous portion of bubbly over the bow instead of smashing the bottle Queen Elizabeth-style. When everyone&rsquo;s glasses are full, say something like: &ldquo;For thousands of years, we have gone to sea, and we have called our vessels by name. For all that have gone before us, we humbly raise a glass in their honor and ask for blessings in the name of YOUR BOAT NAME.&rdquo; If you&rsquo;re into flowery (and overly long) ceremonies, a quick Internet search will reveal plenty</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> This business about it being bad luck to rename a boat actually has a pretty reasonable explanation. Back in the day, when sailing vessels would travel to far-flung ports-of-call, boats and crews would carry a certain reputation. Good reputations meant easy, uncontested passage into friendly harbors. Changing a boat&rsquo;s name could easily raise suspicions simply because it wasn&rsquo;t recognized. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">OTHER COMMON BOATING-RELATED SUPERSTITIONS</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever known anyone who threw salt over their left shoulder? That&rsquo;s an old pirate trick to &ldquo;keep the devil at bay.&rdquo; The bay, of course, is literally where they wanted the devil to stay as they headed out to sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever &ldquo;knocked on wood&rdquo; to prevent bad luck? That came from sailors thumping the hulls of their wooden ships to check for rotten areas. This is also the origin of the phrases &ldquo;ship shape&rdquo; and &ldquo;touch wood.&rdquo; It all comes down to having a boat that will hold together during a voyage.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; As perhaps the easiest superstition to understand, the form of a naked woman on the bow was said to calm the seas and guide the vessel to safety. If you&rsquo;ve been out at sea for months on end with a ship full of hygienically challenged men, surely any naked woman aboard would seem like good luck.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Dramatic bodily embellishments such as tattoos, brands and piercings have long been thought to ward off evil spirits. The wilder the design, the better it allegedly worked.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; It&rsquo;s a no-no to whistle anywhere aboard a boat, for fear that you will summon bad weather. This is where the phrase &ldquo;whistling up a storm&rdquo; comes from.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Going The Distance? Prepare A Float Plan http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/going-the-distance-prepare-a-float-plan <p>A float plan is kind of like jumper cables. You won&rsquo;t need it at all until you <em>really</em><span style="font-style: normal;"> need it. Then, you will look like the smartest boater on the water. Until then, however, you should get into the habit of using a float plan, if not every time you&rsquo;re on your boat, at least every time you plan on venturing beyond your well-populated comfort zone.</span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Float_Plan_Paper.jpg" alt="" width="147" height="136" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, what is a float plan? Simply put, it&rsquo;s a way to let someone know where you&rsquo;re going and when you&rsquo;re likely to return and/or check in. Float plans can cover a few hours, a few days or even months for extended voyages, such as The Big Loop. The idea is that, in the case of an emergency, someone will know where to come look for you or, if needed, help the authorities narrow down the search area.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The best way for a float plan to help (again, when you <em>really</em><span style="font-style: normal;"> need it) is to be short, to the point, and in writing. That way, there&rsquo;s less room for misunderstanding if your plan is needed. Here are some tips for creating an effective float plan.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Put It In Writing </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Telling someone over the phone leaves too much to chance. Your plan should be in writing (either on paper, email or even a text). Give (or send) the plan to a family member or friend. It will help if they live in the area you&rsquo;ll be boating. If you don&rsquo;t have family or friends close by, you can leave your written plan or with a marina neighbor or dockmaster.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>There&rsquo;s An App For That</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re under a certain age (or readily embrace outdated forms of communication like &ldquo;paper&rdquo;), there are a few great float plan apps that are convenient and easy to use. The benefit is that you can store your boat/contact information and just change the trip data as needed. Plus, if your phone has a GPS function, you may be able to automatically &ldquo;check in&rdquo; when you reach certain coordinates. Every time you shove off, the app will email your plan to one or more friends and family members. Just type in &ldquo;float plan&rdquo; from your smart phone, and check out the different options.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Weather_Buoy_Fishing.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="211" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Be Specific</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The plan should include a description of the general area where you&rsquo;ll be boating, any stops you plan on making, when you&rsquo;ll be returning and a list of anyone who is going with you. Make sure you include your boat&rsquo;s brand, model, year, boat name (if you have one), hull identification numbers, and anything else that could help someone spot you on the water. Dark hull? Wake tower? Flag or burgee? Racing graphics?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Launch Details</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re trailering, include the name and location of your boat launch ramp, along with your tow vehicle make, model, and tag number. If you&rsquo;re leaving from a marina, include the marina&rsquo;s contact information.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Map It Out</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re making a fishing run out to a weather buoy, you can get the exact coordinates from the National Data Buoy Center website (<a href="http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/">www.ndbc.noaa.gov</a>) and include those in your plan. It is not uncommon for boaters to use a sea mark like a buoy when making a run. The idea is to make it easy to find you if you run into any problems.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Remember To Check In</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is the easiest way to make sure you get help if you need it. If you are consistently late checking in as your plan describes, you run the risk of delaying help when you have a legitimate emergency. A quick call that you&rsquo;ve make it to your destination or check-in spot will let everyone know that you&rsquo;re okay and help send up a red flag the one time you don&rsquo;t call. If you&rsquo;re running late and the authorities have been alerted, make sure someone calls to let them know you&rsquo;re okay. This helps them close the case and prioritize the other calls they&rsquo;re working on.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Easy Tips For Launch Ramp Success http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/easy-tips-for-launch-ramp-success <p>With the exception of docking, the one part of trailer boating that strikes the most fear in the hearts of new boaters has got to the launch ramp. Sure, it can be stressful the first few times, but here&rsquo;s the good news: As long as you follow these easy tips, launching and retrieving your boat will become second-nature in no time.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Launch_Ramp2.png" alt="" width="288" height="373" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Before You Hit The Road</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Don&rsquo;t even leave your driveway unless you check a few things first. Make sure your trailer tires are inflated to the correct pressure. If you pulled out the drain plug for the ride home, now would be a great time to put it back in. Check the charge on your battery&hellip;it seems like someone always leaves the radio on with the volume turned all the way down! Think about the sequence you&rsquo;ll want to detach the boat from the trailer, leaving (of course) the bow hook on until the boat is in the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Practice In Peace </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The best way to reduce stress before your moment in the spotlight is to trailer over to the ramp one early morning or evening during the middle of the week. You&rsquo;ll have the place to yourself, and you can take your time backing down, correcting and dialing in your entry strategy. Take a few passes. If someone shows up, pull up and out of the way, and resume your practice run in peace. And if you have any questions about what you&rsquo;re doing, now would be the time to ask a fellow boater.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Load Before Launching</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You might be surprised by how many folks wait until they are at the end of the ramp to load up their coolers, floats, pets, and whatever else they&rsquo;ve lugged to the lake on this beautiful Saturday. The better move is to go ahead and park (hey, that shady spot looks good) and take your time transferring your gear from the SUV to the boat. This might even give the kids time to inflate their tube, the dog to do his business and Mom time to feed the baby. That way everyone&rsquo;s good to go and focused on the task at hand.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Play Nice</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Everyone&rsquo;s anxious to be out on the water enjoying their boat. It&rsquo;s probably hot outside. There may be people who haven&rsquo;t read this article and are struggling with, ummmm, &ldquo;efficiency of motion.&rdquo; Put a smile on your face. Give a nod or a wave to the other &ldquo;good guys&rdquo; and maybe even lend a hand to help move things along.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Use Your Crew</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Think ahead about what ramp line feels more comfortable for you. Some folks like the left side, some folks like the right. Give everyone on your crew a job. Your buddy can be your guide on the ramp. Your kids can relay messages and let you know if you&rsquo;re getting too close to the curb. Everyone can help undo the straps. Mom can pull the tow vehicle up and park while you pull the boat over to the temporary dock for passenger loading.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Best Launch Ramp Tip EVER</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Put your hands at the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">bottom</span> of the steering wheel while backing the trailer up&hellip;then turn the wheel in the direction you want the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">trailer</span> to go.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Trailering your boat can be the perfect solution for you and your boating lifestyle. By taking a few minutes to master the &ldquo;unwritten rules,&rdquo; you can make launching and retrieving your boat <em>almost</em><span style="font-style: normal;"> as enjoyable as a day on the water. Almost.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Aluminum=Happiness http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/aluminum-happiness <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Morale_Chart.jpg" alt="" width="216" height="323" />In addition to aluminum, rivets, and upholstery, there's something else we measure every day at the Polar Kraft boat plant. It's morale. Because happy workers are motivated workers and motivated workers build the best boats in the industry. Look closely at this chart. You can see that right now, during our busiest time of year, morale is right at 100%. You'd think that having a full pipeline of orders that need to be shipped out might affect morale in less-than-positive way. But it doesn't. These are hard-working Americans that take pride in what they do. The busier, the better. Because they know where these boats are going. They know the boat they're working on is meant to be somewhere else. It's meant to be on the water. After all, is a boat really a boat unless it's on the water? And to take it a step further, can a fishing boat truly reach its full potential unless you and your family and friends are catching bigger fish and making bigger memories you will talk about for generations? Around here, we build every boat with that in mind. You could say that, for us, boat building is not so much a job as it is a calling. You see, our destiny is to create these amazing boats so you can create amazing memories. Why is morale so high around here? The way we see it, every boat that rolls out of the building is heading to its happy place. And since most of us are boaters, just like you, we understand what that means. For you AND the boat. Does aluminum equal happiness? Around here, you better believe it.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Before You Hit The Water...Do You Know The Rules? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/before-you-hit-the-water-do-you-know-the-rules <p>Okay new boaters&hellip;why do you think they call it the &ldquo;Rules of the Road&rdquo; if you&rsquo;re on the water? Well, despite the confusing name, it&rsquo;s all about relating your boat-operating experience to something you&rsquo;re likely already familiar with&hellip;driving a car. But, although they may have some things in common, it&rsquo;s important that you take some time to understand the differences.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_NorEaster_V179_DC_Running.png" alt="" width="216" height="91" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You see, these rules are all about avoiding the single biggest critical incident that can happen on the water&hellip;a collision with another boat. Just as you instinctively know that the first person to arrive at a four-way stop in a car will be the first one to proceed, there are boating equivalents that need to be followed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The biggest difference, of course, is that automobiles have one key safety feature that&rsquo;s missing from boats. On a boat, you don&rsquo;t have brakes. When one vessel is bigger or under power (as opposed to under sail), or is on a course that will intersect with another vessel, you have to know who goes where and who does what to keep everyone on both boats safe. Nobody wants to have an accident so just as we all learned in driver&rsquo;s education, it pays to practice a little defensive boating.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are some of the basic rules you should know if you&rsquo;ll be piloting a boat. Remember, the more traffic and the tighter the channel, the more alert you should be at the helm. As important as these rules are, however, let common sense be your guide. If the captain of the other boat is not paying attention or is otherwise impaired, do what you have to do to avoid a collision. In other words, use these rules as a guide right up until your real-life scenario dictates otherwise.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>1.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> </span><strong>Know the order. </strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">There&rsquo;s a pecking order for boats regarding their right-of-way and yielding obligations. Generally speaking, you can go by the rule of thumb that the bigger the engine and the more maneuverability a boat has, the more it has to give way to smaller, less maneuverable vessels. That being said, here is the basic order:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">a)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Boats being passed by another vessel.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">b)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Boats being towed by another vessel or otherwise restricted.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">c)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Sail boats or any other non-powered vessel.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">d)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Power boats that are not restricted in their ability to maneuver.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">e)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Sea planes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>2. Meeting situations. </strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">When coming up (head to head) with another boat, you should generally pass port to port. That&rsquo;s your left to the other vessel&rsquo;s left. This typically gives you more visibility and maneuverability to avoid a collision. The boat with the right of way (see above) is required to maintain its course and its speed until the boats pass each other.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>3. Overtaking situations. </strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">When one boat is passing another, there are requirements for both vessels. Remember that the boat being passed always has the right of way (see above). The boat that is being passed also must hold it course and speed if possible until the overtaking vessel has safely passed. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>4. Crossing situations. </strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">For the most part, a boat approaching from your right has the right-of-way. However, vessels restricted in maneuverability have the right-of-way over sailing vessels, and sailing vessels have the right-of-way over power vessels that are not restricted in maneuverability.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>5. Signaling your intentions. </strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">Even with these widely accepted and well-followed basic rules of the road, there are still sometimes when a little boat-to-boat communication will come in handy. Using the horn or whistle on your boat, here are the most common ways to signal another boat. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">a)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>One whistle blast: Pass port to port.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">b)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Two whistle blasts: Pass starboard to starboard.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">c)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Three whistle blasts: My engines are in reverse.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">d)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Five or more rapid whistle blasts: Danger!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sure, there are some things you need to understand to be safe out on the water. That&rsquo;s true of just about any new activity you dive into. But with a little common sense and practice, all this will become instinctive and second nature, just like when you get behind the wheel of a car.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Need To See A Shrink? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/need-to-see-a-shrink <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Shrinkwrap.png" alt="" width="432" height="322" /></p> <p>Here's what happens to new boats before they're loaded on the truck for delivery. Yep, it IS pretty cool. Of course, this takes place in the quality control center after SEVEN different inspectors sign off on the boat. That's every single boat that leaves the plant. The shrink wrap, of course, keeps the gel coat from getting scratched and keeps the boat clean for the duration of the trip, and during the time before you fall in love with it and strike a great deal with your local dealer. Think about the best things you've ever gotten in your life. They probably came wrapped. And if it's wrapped, you know it's special. It's probably something that will change your life. It's your new boat.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Who's Got The Fever This Weekend? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/who-s-got-the-fever-this-weekend <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Frontier_1.png" alt="" width="288" height="172" /></p> <p>If you've got boating fever in upstate New York this weekend, you're in luck! The <a href="http://www.greatupstateboatshow.com/">2012 Gr</a><a href="http://www.greatupstateboatshow.com/">eat Upstate Boat Show</a> is being held at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, and our friends from <a href="http://www.saratogaboatworks.com">Saratoga Boat Works</a> are ready to a show you a good time. There will be activities for the whole family, and you can register to win prize&nbsp; throughout the weekend. Click <a href="http://www.greatupstateboatshow.com/gubs_2012_coupon.html">here</a> for a coupon for discounted tickets.</p> <p>And if you're anywhere near Alabama's Gulf Coast, the incredible folks from <a href="http://www.legendarymarine.com/">Legendary Marine</a> will have plenty of tough-as-nails Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats at the HUGE<a href="http://rvexpo.net/site/shows/gulf-coast-boat-super-show/"> Gulf Coast Yacht &amp; Boat Super Show</a>. The show is being held at The Wharf in Orange Beach...you can't miss it. Please stop by and say hello! They've even got free dock space for you if you're coming by boat.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Love Boating But Hate Docking? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/love-boating-but-hate-docking <p>You can ask any group of new boaters what they like least about boating, and nine out of 10 will say docking. That&rsquo;s everyone from twin-screw cruiser pilots all the way down to the tiller-handled outboard jon boat fisherman. Your heart starts pounding, your palms start sweating, and you are desperately trying to remember all the &ldquo;advice&rdquo; you&rsquo;ve ever been given about how to do it properly.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Empty_Dock.jpg" alt="" width="288" height="216" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be that way. Nope. There are a few things to remember, sure, but the main thing is to take it slow (or as slow as the prevailing current and boat traffic allows) and keep your cool. Many good and experienced boaters take more than one shot to back their boat into a slip. You shouldn&rsquo;t feel too much pressure to get it perfect every time. Life&rsquo;s too short, and that sort of self-imposed anxiety flies in the face of everything that boating should be about. So there you go. Read these tips, and remember to take your time. You&rsquo;ll be fine.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Practice</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. It sounds a little obvious, but the folks that are really good at docking a boat have done it hundreds of times. Pick a time when nobody&rsquo;s around (except a trusted dockhand) and take a run at it. Shoot too far? Cut the wheel sooner. Come in too fast? Uh&hellip;slow down. You&rsquo;ll get it quicker than you think. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Use what you&rsquo;ve got</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. Windy day? Let it push you where you want to be. Strong, ripping current? You won&rsquo;t be the only one with docking problems. Plenty of room? Ahhhh&hellip;.take a big, easy angle and work your way in slowly. Always cut a good tight corner on the side of the boat closest to the dock and turn the wheel with authority. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Don&rsquo;t lose your momentum</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. Most docking efforts go awry when you try to pull back too early. If you drop your momentum, you wind up over-compensating and making things worse. Pick a target speed that&rsquo;s a little slower than you think it should be and stick to it. You can always pull out and start over, but don&rsquo;t panic and drop the throttle before you get the position you need.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Understand your prop</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. You may not know it, but your propeller is your friend. But like any friend, you&rsquo;ve got to spend some until getting to know it&hellip;understanding how it ticks, so to speak. First, and this is where your practice comes in, you should know that your prop-driven boat will tend to &ldquo;walk.&rdquo; That means it will want to thrust toward one side more than the other. And it&rsquo;s not uncommon for that to happen more in reverse than forward gear. If you&rsquo;ve ever been backing up and felt like you were moving sideways instead of backwards, you know the drill. As long as you respect that phenomenon (it&rsquo;s different for nearly all boats) then you can compensate and be that much closer to a stress-free trip to the slip.</span></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Bass Series TX165 http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-bass-series-tx165 <p><span>Thinking about taking the plunge on a bass boat, but leaning toward a tough, practical aluminum option? The Polar Kraft Bass Series TX165 is designed for you to spend more time on the water, not more time working to pay for it. Captain Steve gives us a close-up look at this tough-as-nails fishing boat.</span></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pv0Us2qrvAc" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Kodiak 180 Sport http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-kodiak-180-sport <p>Built on the same tough fishing platform as other Kodiaks, the Polar Kraft Kodiak 180 Sport is a great option for the serious angler who also enjoys spending time on the water with his family with comfortable seating options and a ski-tow bar. Captain Steve walks us through this aluminum fishing boat to give us a closer look.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/X0muvurv0tM" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Is Your Boat Ready For A Safety Check? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/is-your-boat-ready-for-a-safety-check <p class="MsoNormal">You&rsquo;re out enjoying a great day on the water when all of the sudden you get approached by the local boating law enforcement. Whether it&rsquo;s a DNR agent, a sheriff marine patrol or the U.S. Coast Guard, they will know exactly what to look for to see if you pass a basic vessel safety check. Do you know, without a doubt, that you&rsquo;ve got everything covered? If not, the time to make sure is now, before you ever leave your driveway or marina.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Inspection.png" alt="" width="432" height="280" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are some of the basic items that are sure to be checked. But remember that your local laws may vary, so when you make sure these are taken care of, it&rsquo;s a good idea to check out <a href="http://www.uscgboating.org/">www.uscgboating.org</a> and click on the &ldquo;Regulations&rdquo; tab.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Registration</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are your boat's registration numbers permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the boat? They must be plain, vertical, block characters, not less than three inches high, and in a color that contrasts with the background. A space or hyphen must separate the letters from the numbers. Follow your state&rsquo;s policies regarding placement of tax sticker.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have your state registration papers on board and easily accessible?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Life Jackets</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for every passenger on board, and are they in good condition and of an appropriate size? Children must have life jackets that are designed for their age and weight and they must be worn any time you&rsquo;re underway. Do you know the life jacket age requirements for children in your state? Are your adult life jackets "readily accessible." Do you know that life jackets can&rsquo;t be stored in unopened plastic packaging? If your boat is more than 16 feet, do you have at least one Type 1V (throwable) personal flotation device? Is it &ldquo;immediately available?&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Signaling Devices</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; If your boat is over 16 feet and used on coastal waters or the Great Lakes, do you have EITHER a minimum of three day and three night pyrotechnic signaling devices, one day non-pyrotechnic device (such as a flag) and one night non-pyrotechnic device (such as an auto SOS light) OR an acceptable combination of those devices? If your boat is less than 16 feet on coastal waters or the Great Lakes, do you have night visual distress signals when operating from sunset to sunrise?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are you carrying a sound-producing device, such as a whistle, horn or siren, capable of a four-second blast audible for at least a half mile? If your boat is longer than 39.4 feet, do you also have a bell?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Fire Extinguishers</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have permanently mounted, properly serviced and accessible fire extinguishers if you have any of the following: Inboard engine; Closed compartments that store portable fuel tanks; Double-bottom hulls not completely sealed or not completely filled with flotation materials; Closed living space; Closed storage compartments that contain flammable materials; or permanently installed fuel tanks?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Navigation Lights</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are you able to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and in conditions of reduced visibility? Boats 16 feet or more in length must have properly installed, working navigation lights and an all-around anchor light capable of being lit independently from the red/green/white "running" lights.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Is Your Boat Ready For The Water? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/is-your-boat-ready-for-the-water <p>You&rsquo;ve spent all winter dreaming about getting your boat back in the water. But are you really ready? Some of the things you may take for granted once the season is under way have a way of getting misplaced, out-of-date or run down during those months of inactivity. So what&rsquo;s the best way to make sure you&rsquo;ve got everything properly squared away for a fun and &ldquo;uneventful&rdquo; first launch? Just follow this handy pre-launch checklist!</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Lifestyle_with_Mom__Kid.png" alt="" width="288" height="224" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Keep it legal.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> In the weeks leading up to launch, make sure your boat registration is up to date (including hull identification decals), along with current fishing licenses for all your mates, and any required parking permits for your launch ramp. If you&rsquo;re angling for a new wet slip at your marina, get started early to lock in a good deal and the best location.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Take inventory.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> Take the boat cover off and give your boat a good airing-out. This will give you access to all the things you forgot you stored aboard in the off-season. Make sure you have life jackets (PFDs) for your crew. Remember those kids probably grew over the past months, so check to make sure they don&rsquo;t need a bigger size jacket. Also, check the jackets carefully for wear. A proper-fitting PFD in good condition is the best way to keep everyone safe out on the water.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Examine carefully.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> If you gave the boat a proper winter lay up, either at your local dealer or as a do-it-yourself project, your first cold start should be fairly easy. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s something you should take lightly, and the longer it&rsquo;s been sitting, the more important it is to do it right. Since you probably removed your battery during the off-season, make sure it&rsquo;s properly charged and connected. Check your fluid levels, make sure your belts are in good condition and tight, and check your throttle linkages. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Get fired up.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> Next, cover your cold-water intakes with &ldquo;muffs&rdquo; or &ldquo;flushers&rdquo; and connect to your garden hose (outboard or sterndrive&hellip;don&rsquo;t skip this step or you&rsquo;ll ruin your impeller!). Also, remember to lower your outdrive to the lowest position possible before turning the key. If it&rsquo;s tilted up (like you would normally have it on your trailer), you risk engine damage because the oil can&rsquo;t circulate properly. After starting, let the motor warm up for several minutes while you check for leaks, and give the entire boat a careful walk-around, looking for anything usual. Turn the engine off and wait several minutes before repeating the previous steps.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Get ready to roll.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> Before you hook up to your tow vehicle, check the condition and air pressure on your trailer tires. If it hasn&rsquo;t been moved in months, make sure they haven&rsquo;t developed &ldquo;flat spots,&rdquo; which can affect the way it handles on the road. Check your bow and stern straps (and bow cable) for wear. Unscrew your drain plug and screw it back in to make sure it&rsquo;s properly seated. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Take a brake.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> After hooking up, have someone step on the brake pedal while you make sure the trailer brake lights are working. While still in your driveway, make sure your brakes feel (and sound) secure.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Pre-launch prep.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> After arriving at the launch ramp parking area, pull off to the side and disconnect your brake lights (hot light bulbs and plastic do not play well with cold water). Remove and store your boat cover and stern straps. Recheck your drain plug and turn your blower on.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Down the ramp.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> Back your trailer down the ramp until your outdrive contacts water. Lower your drive and fire up your engine. Unhook your bow strap and safety cable, then back the boat off the trailer and tie up at the courtesy dock for passenger loading, or to pull up and park your tow vehicle if you&rsquo;re by yourself. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you&rsquo;re a veteran boater or this will be your first exciting season, following these steps (every time you launch) will help ensure you get the most out of your time on the water. Oh, and you might want to check that drain plug again!</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Boat Show Fever Continues! http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/boat-show-fever-continues <p>It's not too late to catch a boat show this season...go have some fun and get a great deal. The time is right to get your boat delivered in time to enjoy a looooooong summer on the water.</p> <p>This week, you can find YOUR Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boat at:</p> <p><a href="http://www.fishingworld.com/vDealers/TN/AndersonMarine/">Boat &amp; RV Show</a>, Hendersonville, Tennessee &mdash; March 16-18 &mdash; <a href="http://www.fishingworld.com/vDealers/TN/AndersonMarine/">Anderson Marine</a></p> <p><a href="../%7Enauticgl/capefearwildlifeexpo.com/">Cape Fear Wildlife Expo</a>, Wilmington, North Carolina &mdash; March 16-18 &mdash; Captain's Venture &amp; <a href="http://www.chatleeboats.com/">Chatlee Boats</a></p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_shot_2012-03-15_at_10.43.24_AM.png" alt="" width="576" height="219" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.theboatshowatdowdiamond.com/"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT And the winner is... http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/and-the-winner-is <p>Congratulations to Jeremy Weese for winning the most recent Polar Kraft Owner's Photo Contest! Jeremy won a $50 Visa Gift Card just for taking a great shot of his boat in action. To enter the next round, just upload your best pic <a href="http://www.polarkraftownersclub.com/Contest/Photo/PhotoSubmit.aspx">here</a>...<br /><br /><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Weese_Jeremy__fishphoto.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="768" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Polar Kraft This Week? 3.2.12 http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-polar-kraft-this-week-3-2-12 <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Frontier_2_SMALL.png" alt="" width="216" height="161" /></p> <p><a href="http://rapidsmall.com/">Rapids Mall Boat Show</a> &mdash; March 1-4 &mdash; <a href="http://www.edgewatermarine.com/">Edgewater Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.lsmboats.com/">Lake Sara Boat Show</a> &mdash; March 1-4 &mdash; <a href="http://www.lsmboats.com/">Lake Sara Marina</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://midcanadaboatshow.com/">Mid Canada Boat Show</a> &mdash; March 3-6 &mdash; <a href="http://www.alliancemarineandsport.com/">Alliance Marine</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.lukestownservicemb.ca/">Luke&rsquo;s Town Service</a></p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Frontier 189 WT http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-frontier-189-wt <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Frontier_1.png" alt="" width="288" height="172" />With its all-around level deck design, the Polar Kraft Frontier 189 WT makes it easy to fight fish from anywhere on the boat. And the walk-through windshield can help you extend your boating day by keeping you more comfortable on cold mornings. Join Captain Steve as he walks us through this all-new, tough &amp; rugged Polar Kraft aluminum fishing machine!</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/P75Ig_ahtfA" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Who Will Win The Polar Kraft Boats Photo Contest? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/who-will-win-the-polar-kraft-boats-photo-contest <p>Will you help us pick the winners for the March 2012 Polar Kraft Boats Photo Contest? To vote click <a href="http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.283897238346944.64564.124310754305594&amp;type=1">here</a> and &ldquo;LIKE&rdquo; or comment on any photo in the March 2012 Contest Entries Album on the Polar Kraft Facebook Page. Voting ends March 5th. The photo will be featured in the exclusive Polar Kraft Insider Newsletter. Good luck to all the finalists and thanks to you for being a judge this quarter!</p> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Polar Kraft This Week? 2.24.12 http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-polar-kraft-this-week-2-24-12 <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com/">Indianapolis Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 17-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.theboatplace.net/">The Boat Place</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Frontier_2_SMALL.png" alt="" width="216" height="161" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.buffaloboating.com/">Buffalo Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 22-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.brobeilmarine.com/">Brobeil Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.ottawaboatandsportshow.ca/">Ottawa Boat &amp; Sportsman Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 23-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.lenscove.com/">Len&rsquo;s Cove Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.omahaboatshow.com/">Omaha Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 23-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.beaverlakemarina.com/">Beaver Lake Marina</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://showspan.com/OUT/Home.aspx">Outdoorama</a> &mdash; Feb. 23-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.freeway-sports.com/">Freeway Sports Center</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.boatcottagefishingshow.com/">London Boat, Fishing &amp; Leisure Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 24-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.maplecitymarine.com/">Maple City Marine</a><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Outlander 2010 T http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-outlander-2010-t <div id="watch-description-text"> <p id="eow-description">When you're after the rugged, spacious style of the Outlander series, but prefer to use a tiller control, the 20-foot Polar Kraft Outlander 2010 T has just what you need in a do-everything boat. Captain Steve walks us through this versatile big-species fishing boat.</p> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZT56HzxMLHU" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Time To Gear Up Polar Kraft Style? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/time-to-gear-up-polar-kraft-style <p>Did you know there&rsquo;s an online store that&rsquo;s dedicated to making sure you&rsquo;re decked out in the latest Polar Kraft apparel and accessories? <img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Camo_Visor.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />It&rsquo;s fast and easy, and we&rsquo;re adding new items to the spring collection every day for men, women and children. You&rsquo;ll find everything from t-shirts and hats to jackets and koozies. There are even great boat gift ideas like Polar Kraft decals and dock lines. <img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Koozie.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />And if you&rsquo;re looking for a great deal, check out the clearance page where last-season&rsquo;s awesome visor or polo shirt can be yours at a huge discount! To see what all the fuss is about, zip on over to <a href="http://www.polarkraftgear.com/">www.polarkraftgear.com</a> and check out the great selection.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft Nor'Easter 179 DC http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-nor-easter-179-dc <p>Captain Steve walks us through the Polar Kraft Nor'Easter 179 DC, which is made for the challenging rocky shorelines of New England and big lakes in the Midwest. The new Polar Kraft Nor'Easter 179 DC is a Dual-Console configuration with a livewell in the stern, padded Deep-V hull and elevated aft casting platform.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e9G53F2_pqU" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Polar Kraft This Week? 2.16.12 http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-polar-kraft-this-week-2-16-12 <p><a href="http://www.shamrockprod.com/ShowDetails.aspx?id=2">Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel &amp; RV Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 15-19 &mdash; <a href="http://www.resortmarine.com/">Resort Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Duluth Boat Sports Travel and RV Show is a very strong consumer-based Sport Show with good representation of tackle, resorts, marine and RV.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Polar_Kraft_Outlander_V_186_SC_Running.png" alt="" width="216" height="91" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.cnyboatshow.com/html/bs_home.html">Central New York Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 15-19 &mdash; <a href="http://www.fremacmarine.com/">Fremac Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The CNY Boat Show and Sale will showcase more than 500 all-new models of power and sail boats, including cruisers, sport boats, pontoon boats, and personal watercraft, along with a few luxury motor yachts on display.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.showspan.com/GRB/Home.aspx">Grand Rapids Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 15-19 &mdash; <a href="http://www.hallssportcenter.com/">Hall&rsquo;s Sport Center</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A West Michigan tradition!<span>&nbsp; </span>In our 67th year, the Grand Rapids Boat Show is launching into an era where we will be showing our broadest array of powerboats ever...especially for the Great Lakes!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.gsevents.com/shows/display.cfm?showID=74&amp;showtypeid=1&amp;src=279&amp;sfid=77">Kansas Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 16-19 &mdash; <a href="http://www.midkansasmarine.com/">Mid Kansas Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">For years, The Kansas Sports, Boat &amp; Travel Show has been one of the most popular shows in the Heartland. Whether you enjoy the water, the adventure of riding an ATV, hunting, fishing, camping, or the freedom of traveling in an RV, you&rsquo;ll love this year&rsquo;s show!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.fishingboatingoutdoor.com/springss.html">Central Wisconsin Sports Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 17-19 &mdash; <a href="http://amherstmarine.com/">Amherst Marine</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.plowmansmarine.com/">Plowman&rsquo;s Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com/">Indianapolis Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 17-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.theboatplace.net/">The Boat Place</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Find your adventure at the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show with over 650,000 square-feet of pure, outdoor goodness in six super-sized buildings.<span>&nbsp; </span>Acres of boats, RV&rsquo;s, fishing tackle and hunting gear!</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Polar Kraft This Week? 2.9.12 http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-polar-kraft-this-week-2-9-12 <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.shamrockprod.com/ShowDetails.aspx?id=1">La Crosse Boat, Sports, Travel &amp; RV Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 9-12 &ndash; <a href="http://www.holmenmarine.com/">Holmen Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This marks our 35th year of continual operation in the La Crosse Auditorium in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin. We are continuing to draw consumers from Southwestern Wisconsin, Southern Minnesota and Northeastern Iowa and have continued to show growth from exhibitors and consumers!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Outlander_2010_CC_SM.png" alt="" width="216" height="117" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://expoidaho.com/ns/calendar/ViewEvent.asp?EventId=63">Treasure Valley Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 9-12 &ndash; <a href="http://allanmarsh.com/">Allan Marsh RV &amp; Boat Center</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Attention western Idaho&hellip;your boat show is coming to Expo Idaho in Ada County this week! Allan Marsh RV &amp; Boat Center has YOUR Polar Kraft&hellip;please stop by and say hello.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.lexingtoncenter.com/events/2012/20120209_sportBoatAndRecreation.php">Kentucky Sport, Boat &amp; Recreation Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 9-12 &ndash; <a href="http://www.boattrader.com/dealers/C-&amp;-P-Marine-Inc./2893810">C &amp; P Marine</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.arnoldsboats.com/">Arnolds Boats &amp; Motors</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">All the top boat dealers in the area&hellip;PLUS the chance to ride a free zip line across Rupp Arena? Count us in!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.boatshowfairgrounds.com/">Columbia Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 9-12 &ndash; <a href="http://www.ccmarine.com/">Captains Choice Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As in years past, wall-to-wall boats and marine accessories will pack the state fairgrounds. Hundreds of boats, from a wide variety of manufacturers will be on site. The show will feature deck boats, runabouts, sport boats, fishing boats, cruisers, personal watercraft, jet boats, and high-performance boats&mdash;everything from 12 to 30 feet will be ready to board and buy!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.vaboatshow.com/">Mid Atlantic Sports &amp; Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 10-12 &ndash; <a href="http://www.centervillemarina.com/">Centerville Waterway</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.lynnhavenmarine.com/">Lynnhaven Marina</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you want to see the latest and greatest 2012 models or want a great deal on an unused 2011, you don't want to miss the boat show with all the big dealers and all the boats under one roof. Don't miss it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.iowashows.com/Shows/index.cfm?Show_ID=3">Cedar Rapids Sportshow</a> &mdash; Feb. 10-12 &mdash; <a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com/">Midwest Boat Sales</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">See a huge display of 2012 boats including pontoons, sportboats, fishing boats, family runabouts, ski boats, and performance boats.</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Polar Kraft TX175 Pro http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-polar-kraft-tx175-pro <p>Captain Steve walks through the Polar Kraft TX175 Pro from bow to stern, giving us a closer look at this rugged aluminum fishing boat that's built for action. When you've got a passion for bass fishing, but want to enjoy all the advantages of aluminum, you'll appreciate the large fuel tank, dual center rod storage compartments and easy-to-operate convenience of the Polar Kraft Bass TX175 Pro.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4kM1bIe8jnI" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Polar Kraft This Week? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-polar-kraft-this-week <p><a href="http://www.rochesterboatshow.com/">Rochester Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 2-5 &ndash; <a href="http://www.ballantynerv.com/">Ballantyne RV &amp; Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_NorEaster_V179_DC_Running.png" alt="" width="216" height="91" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most people don&rsquo;t realize just how affordable owning a boat really is. For instance, the average boat payment ranges between $8 and $10 dollars per $1,000. That means a $20,000 boat loan would normally cost less than $200 per month! No matter how you try&hellip;you'll likely never take your family vacation for a week in Orlando for as little as $2,400 &mdash; much less bring along your friends and relatives.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Go see our friends at Ballantyne RV &amp; Marine this weekend for a GREAT deal on a new Polar Kraft!</p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Versatile Frontier Series Joins Polar Kraft Family http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/versatile-frontier-series-joins-polar-kraft-family <p>Nautic Global Group introduces the all-new Frontier Series to its Polar Kraft family of aluminum fishing boats. Loaded with upgraded standard features, the Frontier series is aimed at &ldquo;weekend warriors,&rdquo; who want all the benefits of a beefy, well-built fishing boat, but are looking for a value just as solid.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Frontier_1.png" alt="" width="288" height="172" /></p> <p>Built on the legendary Polar Kraft Deep-V padded hull, the Frontier Series features an all-around-level deck design that's perfect for fighting larger species of fish such as muskie, because you can move throughout the boat knowing you'll have a clear path. The six Frontiers are available in 17- &amp; 18-foot models with familiar deck layouts including walk-through windshield, dual-console and single-console designs. And if you're after big fish, you'll really appreciate the standard 52-inch livewell that's perfect for storing your catch or reviving it for release.</p> <p>Frontiers also come standard with a huge lockable center rod storage area that has plenty of room for all the gear you may need, particularly if you're after several different species. With its location right in the forward deck, the rod storage is also very easy to access. Because they are built to run efficiently using smaller-horsepower outboards, they not only provide a higher, drier ride, but the lighter engine set up means better fuel economy, easier trailering, and effortless launch and retrieval at the boat ramp.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/PK_Frontier_2_SMALL.png" alt="" width="216" height="161" /></p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never heard anyone say their boat has too much room for casting and fighting fish,&rdquo; said Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Doug Sexton. &ldquo;These boats are not only beamy, but they really have a large footprint with a big, stable platform. You know, there&rsquo;s more to a boat than just a name. The Frontier series is wider and longer than other boats in this category, plus it&rsquo;s got a great warranty. These are just exceptionally well-built boats.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Polar Kraft This Week? http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-polar-kraft-this-week <p class="MsoNormal"><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Times New Roman"; panose-1:0 2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-parent:""; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --></p> <p><a href="http://www.louisvilleboatshow.com/">Louisville Boat RV &amp; Sportshow</a> &ndash; Jan. 25-29 &ndash; <a href="http://www.arnoldsboats.com/">Arnold&rsquo;s Boats &amp; Motors</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.fentressmarineinc.com/hurricane_deck_boats">Fentress Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Celebrating its 54th year as the mid-South&rsquo;s premier outdoors show, this annual 5-day event turns the Kentucky Exposition Center into a one-stop marketplace for outdoor enthusiasts! Whether you love boating, fishing, hunting, camping or RVing, there&rsquo;s no better place to shop, compare and save!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/PK.png" alt="" width="681" height="370" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.sanantonioboatshow.com/">San Antonio Boat &amp; RV Show</a> &ndash; Jan. 26-29 &ndash; <a href="http://www.lakelbjmarineland.com/">Lake LBJ Marineland</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We are gearing up for another year filled with something for everyone. From travel trailers and fifth wheels, truck campers to bay boats, center console fishing boats, and world-class wakeboard boats, the 2012 show is a must-see.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.okcboats.com/">Oklahoma City Boat Show</a> &ndash; Jan. 26-29 &ndash; <a href="http://www.hhmarine.com/">H&amp;H Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The longest-running boat show in Oklahoma history returns to Oklahoma State Fair Park for the 57<sup>th</sup> year with hundreds of boats and watercraft, special show pricing and factory representatives.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.texaslakecountryexpo.com/">East Texas Outdoor Expo</a> &ndash; Jan. 27-29 &ndash; <a href="http://www.shippsmarine.com/">Shipps Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The East Texas Outdoor Expo provides the perfect venue for families from across Texas to have a one-stop shopping experience for their outdoor recreational needs. Nearly 10,000 attendees are expected over the weekend.</p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Babe Winkelman Remains On Polar Kraft Team http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/babe-winkelman-remains-on-polar-kraft-team <p>After watching his personal boat being built from start to finish at the Polar Kraft plant in Syracuse, Indiana, fishing superstar Babe Winkelman had an even greater appreciation for the brand&rsquo;s quality and craftsmanship.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/NEW_Babe_Cold_Fishing_BLOG_SIZE.jpg" alt="" width="488" height="326" /></p> <p class="Body"><span>&ldquo;You know, the only good trip is one you return from safely,&rdquo; said Winkelman. &ldquo;And with my Polar Kraft Kodiak 200 and my Evinrude E-TEC 225, I know I&rsquo;m in good hands, even in big, rough water. When you&rsquo;ve been in the plant and seen how they exceed standards even on things most people will never see, it really convinces you of the quality. And when you&rsquo;re out on a big lake with 25-mile-per-hour winds, you will feel it. It&rsquo;s a soft, dry, safe ride you&rsquo;ll really appreciate.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="Body"><span>Now going into its fourth year, the relationship between Winkelman and Polar Kraft is stronger than ever. And it means that Winkelman will once again feature a Polar Kraft Kodiak 200 on his top-rated television show, <em>Good Fishing</em></span><span>.</span></p> <p class="Body"><span>&ldquo;We are thrilled to be able to continue the great relationship between Polar Kraft and a true outdoorsman like Babe Winkelman,&rdquo; said Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Doug Sexton. &ldquo;Babe&rsquo;s nationwide popularity as one of the founding fathers of outdoor programming on television helps us tell the Polar Kraft story in markets across the country. He believes in the quality of Polar Kraft, and just like our boats, he&rsquo;s always ready for action.&rdquo;</span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="Body"><span>With a focus on teaching viewers how to fish, rather than simply demonstrating his own skills, Winkelman has attracted several generations of fans over the course of his 30-year television career with his easy on-screen presence. His family-oriented show, which airs almost daily on the Versus Network, frequently incorporates his wife, Kris, and his daughters and grandson.</span></p> <p class="Body"><span>&ldquo;If I didn&rsquo;t believe that Polar Kraft the best aluminum fishing boat on the water, I would not be recommending it or be associated with it,&rdquo; said Winkelman. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never promoted anything I didn&rsquo;t fully believe in, and I don&rsquo;t think you can get a better boat for the money, period. In today&rsquo;s economy, you don&rsquo;t want to make a mistake on a major expenditure. You can rest easy that Polar Kraft is a tough, well-built boat that&rsquo;s also a great value.&rdquo; </span></p> <p class="Body"><span><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-->&nbsp;</span>Nautic Global Group sees the value in extending the sponsorship agreement not only in terms of building credibility among outdoorsmen who watch Winkelman&rsquo;s fishing and hunting programs, but with its dealer network.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;We deliver on our promise to our customers that, while we may not be the biggest name in aluminum fishing boats, we build tough boats that are packed with features and designed to be used out there in the real world,&rdquo; said Sexton.</span></p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Shop With Confidence With These 5 (Not So) Secret Boat Show Tips http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/shop-with-confidence-with-these-5-not-so-secret-boat-show-tips <p>If you&rsquo;re in the market for a new boat, the boat show can be a great place to work a deal. Of course, it can also be a dizzying and confusing experience if you&rsquo;re not prepared. The good news is that with a little research and some easy planning, you can head through the front door with confidence.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Shop_with_Confidence.jpg" alt="" width="306" height="204" /></p> <p><br />1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Start early. That&rsquo;s all part of the fun, isn&rsquo;t it? The anticipation. The build-up. The excitement. Make that a key part of your experience. The more time you spend thinking about how you&rsquo;ll use your boat, the more time you spend comparing features, and the more time you arm yourself with research, the more confident and focused you will be on the boat show floor. <br /><br />2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ask around. To say that boaters like to talk about their boat&nbsp; is the understatement of all time. If you got into boating, like most people, through family or friends, start there. Ask about the amenities they use on their boat and the ones they could live without. You&rsquo;ll find all kinds of information about gas mileage, top speed and other &ldquo;specs.&rdquo; Once you get past all that, however, it comes down to how happy other folks seem with their purchase. <br /><br />3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Make a list. It can be something as simple as a sticky note or as detailed as a notebook. You&rsquo;ll soon discover that list is getting pretty long. Enclosed head, swim platform, space for a cooler, full galley, oversized sunpad, top-of the-line stereo, etc. Now, once you have your list together, start organizing into &ldquo;must-haves,&rdquo; &ldquo;would-be-nice,&rdquo; and &ldquo;don&rsquo;t really need.&rdquo; This will help you really wind up happy with your boat, rather than jumping at a &ldquo;good deal&rdquo; in the heat of the moment. <br /><br />4)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Go ahead and climb aboard. You&rsquo;d be surprised at how many folks are too intimidated to really give a boat a thorough inspection at a boat show. You should feel welcome to spend some time acquainting yourself with the boat you&rsquo;re about to buy. Sit in all the seats, not just the helm. Is the backrest at a comfortable angle? Open the cabinet doors. Do they open and close securely. Does the boat feel solid? <br /><br />5)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Remember there are no dumb questions. Repeat, there are no dumb questions. If you&rsquo;ve gone through these first four steps and you&rsquo;re still confused about something, just ask! The dealership has an entire team of people at the show. A reputable dealer will want you to be just as confident about your purchase as you walk out the door as you were when you walked in.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT How To Find The Right Boat Dealer For You http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/how-to-find-the-right-boat-dealer-for-you <p>While there are some similarities between a car dealership and a boat dealership, you may be surprised at how much they don&rsquo;t have in common.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Boat_Show_Customers_SM.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="267" />Sure, they both have showrooms, shiny new vehicles and salespeople. But with few exceptions, a car purchase comes down to function and price. And even if you wind up getting your automobile serviced at the dealership, it tends to be a fairly anonymous event. Buying a boat, however, could easily be characterized as starting a relationship. And because of that, it&rsquo;s worth putting a little time into finding the &ldquo;right one.&rdquo; <br /><br />Here are some pointers for narrowing down your choices and settling down with a boat dealer who will be by your side for the long haul.<br /><br />&bull; Do you feel comfortable? If you&rsquo;re feeling pressured or stressed or tense in the showroom or at the boat show booth, you may want to keep looking. Anxious excitement is part of the boat-buying experience and should be enjoyed. Those other things, well, who needs them? <br /><br />&bull; Do their customers rave about them? Good dealers would love for you to meet and talk to their customers. Nobody does a better job of selling a dealership than satisfied customers. Remember, this is a relationship that will last for years. Longtime customers are a sure sign that the dealership appreciates their patronage and support.<br /><br />&bull; Do they have a busy service department? This one may seem a little counter-intuitive because you want to be first in line. But think about it. Who has more experience solving common issues? Who has a well-staffed, well-trained crew? Who can offer great rates because they are doing volume business? More than likely it&rsquo;s the busy service bay. <br /><br />&bull; Do they host events on the water or showroom? Many times a dealer will gather customers of a certain brand for an afternoon of socializing with other owners. Sometimes there&rsquo;s a parking lot cookout with face-painting for the kids. Other times, they turn their showroom into a movie theater in the middle of winter. There is just something wonderful about mingling with others that share your love for the water. <br /><br />The point is that your boat-owning experience can be and should be just as exciting, fun and rewarding as your boat-buying experience. Good boat dealers get that. More importantly, good boat dealers go out of their way to make sure that you get that!</p> Sun, 20 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Top 3 Things To Remember At The Boat Show http://www.polarkraftboats.com/blog/post/top-3-things-to-remember-at-the-boat-show <p>All throughout the spring, summer and fall months, most of us are out on the water. If the weather&rsquo;s nice, we&rsquo;re boating. Every weekend, for sure, and maybe even a quite a few &ldquo;personal&rdquo; days when the opportunity arises. But when the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn from boating to boat shows. <br /><br />Whether you&rsquo;re looking for your first boat or you&rsquo;re in the market to upgrade, winter boat shows help us keep the fire burning until our glorious spring launch finally rolls around. In addition to the fun atmosphere, gleaming gel coat and new gadgets you just can&rsquo;t live without, there&rsquo;s something else that should be drawing you right through the front door. The deals!<br /><br />Think about it. Since the boating season is over in most parts of the country, and boats have been serviced and stored during the fall, your local dealer will be wheeling and dealing with all kinds of special offers and manufacturers&rsquo; incentives. If you&rsquo;re looking for a boat, you owe it to yourself to attend a boat show. <br /><br />To help you navigate the aisles like a pro, here are the Top 3 things to think about as the boat show rolls through your community:<br /><br />1) Do your homework and narrow down your search before you get there. It adds to the experience if you walk in with a good idea about the type of boat that best fits your lifestyle. Do you need seating and storage for lots of family and friends? Are you more into performance and styling? Do your kids spend most of their time tubing, skiing or wakeboarding? Will you spend a lot of time on big water? Have you always dreamed of anchoring and overnighting in a serene cove? There will be lots of terrific distractions&hellip;be prepared!<br /><br />2) Get to know your dealer. Nearly as important as the type of boat you buy is the feeling you get from your dealer. They will be instrumental in helping you get a great deal. They will be delivering your boat. They will be there for routine service, storage and anything else you need after your purchase. Talk to the salesperson at the booth. Ask to speak to the owner of the dealership. Chances are, they are one of your neighbors. A good dealer knows that your relationship begins with the sale, not ends with the sale.<br /><br />3) Shop for value, not just price. This is a simple idea, but it&rsquo;s harder than it sounds. Cheaper does not mean value. There are price wars at just about every boat show between competing lines. Ask about quality construction. Ask about resale value. Ask about financing offers. The cream rises to the top, as they say. You will pat yourself on the back a year or two (or 10) down the line when you make quality a priority over price alone.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:00:00 GMT