Annual Top 10 Boat Names List from BoatUS

Annual Top 10 Boat Names List from BoatUS

A clever boat name from the photo files of BoatUS.

A clever boat name from the photo files of BoatUS.

I’m a little late on this one, but the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) recently released the national boating organization’s 24th Annual Top Ten Boat Names List. The BoatUS list of Top Ten Boat Names:

1. Serenity
2. Second Wind
3. Island Girl
4. Freedom
5. Pura-Vida
6. Andiamo
7. Island Time
8. Irish Wake
9. Happy Hours
10. Seas the Day

You can see the complete history of the BoatUS name survey  at this link.

We’d love to hear some of the better names you’ve seen out there.  Post them in the comments and we’ll do a roundup of them.

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Posted by Tom in Boat Systems, Industry News, Legal & Insurance, Maintenance & DIY, seamanship

VesselVanguard Plans, Tracks Your Boat Maintenance

VesselVanguard, the brainchild of CEO Donald Hyde, is a web-based service that organizes, tracks and alerts you to your boat’s maintenance requirements.  If your experience was like mine, the first time you bought a new boat, or a used one with lots of documentation, you found yourself with one or more huge, looseleaf binders and hundreds if not thousands of pages of manuals, specifications and warranties.  Maybe they were all there, but I never really knew.

With VesselVanguard, once you go through a basic set-up process, you can access your custom profile via any web-enabled device and see at a glance the maintenance status of all your equipment, both OEM and aftermarket-supplied.  You track your boat usage in the digital log.  Here’s the description of the set-up process from VesselVanguard:

“VesselVanguard alleviates the work and worry in owning a boat by providing you with a Dashboard view of the maintenance status of listed equipment and on-board systems. Based on days or hours-of-use, Task Alert emails are automatically sent to you, and parties you determine, in advance of required maintenance as recommended by the boat maker and equipment manufacturers. Never again leave the dock without knowing the exact status of your boat.”

The system will send you (or anyone else you want) an alert when a system or device is approaching a service interval.  You can see all of these at a glance when you log in.  There are many ways in which you can customize your experience, including by specifying that maintenance alerts go directly to your mechanic or yard.

VesselVanguard User Landing Page Screen Capture

This is what your screen might look like when you log onto your account at VesselVanguard — Click on to enlarge

The best thing about this service, IMO, is that they have done all the work for you in terms of collecting all the manuals and service recommendations for your boat — they have a huge database of painstakingly collected OEM references.  You don’t have to worry about tracking down this manual or that spec sheet; it’s done already in all likelihood.  If your boat has some customized gear that was added after it was purchased from the manufacturer, you just tell VesselVanguard about it; they’ll probably already have the manuals and recommendations for it anyway.  Check out this brief into video from the company:

How expensive is this service?  Well, it’s not free, but frankly, it’s probably less than a tank of gas for a typical mid-size cruising powerboat.   Again, here’s VesselVanguard with the price explanation:

“Initial Set-up* is $579.00 and recurring Annual Membership is $179.00. If you are an existing member of BoatUS or MarinaLife you are eligible for a member-benefit discount. *The Set-up fee may be offset with insurance premium discounts from participating insurers.”

Falvey and Brown and Brown are two insurance companies offering discounts for boaters using VesselVanguard.

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Posted by Tom in Boat Systems, Maintenance & DIY, Technology

Time to Pay Attention to Hurricane Season


NOAA NWS NHC Track Map and Forecast for Hurricane Bill as of 19 August 2009  -- Image: NOAA/NWS-NHC

NOAA NWS NHC Track Map and Forecast for Hurricane Bill as of 19 August 2009 -- Image: NOAA/NWS-NHC

We’ve been lucky so far.  The 2009 hurricane season on the east coast of the U.S. has started just a bit later than usual, although it’s gone from nothing to a Cat 4 Hurricane (Bill) in what seemed like no time at all.  So, if you haven’t already incorporated hurricane planning, get going.  The image above was taken from the NOAA National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center and represents the current location and forecast track of Hurricane Bill, which, at the time of the forecast, was already a Category 4 hurricane, with top sustained winds of 115 knots.  A fairly dramatic start to the season, I’d say.

BoatUS Hurricane Resource Center Website Screen Shot

BoatUS Hurricane Resource Center Website Screen Shot

There have always been lots of separate websites with useful information on weather, planing and preparation strategies, but now the Boat Owners Assocation of the U.S. (BoatUS) has put much of it together into one well-organized website.  You need to add this one to your favorites; perhaps even consider making it your temporary start page if you are cruising in hurricant waters.  This link takes you to the extremely comprehensive site from BoatUS.

According to BoatUS Director of Damage Avoidance Bob Adriance, “The time to think about storm preparations is now, before a hurricane watch is posted for your area.”  Adriance notes that typical storm preparations include hauling boats from marinas or removing them from boat lifts and securing them ashore with tie downs, reducing windage by removing things like biminis and sails, adding extras lines and chafe protection to boats in a slip, and other measures.

At the online BoatU.S. Hurricane Resource Center , boaters can find a downloadable 12-page Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes, a hurricane preparation worksheet, and current hurricane tracking charts with up-to-the minute storm tracking tools with landfall strike probabilities, wind band information and “spaghetti” models showing forecasters’ predicted storm paths,  “Our goal with the web site is to give everything you ever wanted to know about hurricane preparation, and it’s open for anyone to use,” adds Adriance.

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Posted by Tom in Destinations, Industry News, Passagemaking News, People, Technology