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Honda Marine outboard engines have been known for their sleek
silver cowlings for years. The company is testing this visually eye-popping design of a concept engine at boat shows. Honda says
the feedback has been positive. No word yet on whether it’s
coming to a showroom near you.
New launch ramp
enhances access for
Badger State boaters this fall are able to access a 6.5-mile stretch (and nearly 500 acres)
of Wisconsin’s Menominee River from
their home state side, thanks to the new
Kingsford Flowage launch ramp.
“Previously, the only access to the
flowage on the Wisconsin side involved
driving down a one-lane dirt road to
an unimproved landing on Pine River,
which was still 1 mile upstream from the
flowage,” says Patrick Smith, Florence
County forestry and parks administrator.
“Given the great northern pike fishery, solid bass populations, and developing musky fishery, we know this launch
will be welcomed by anglers,” says
Mary Rose Teves, director of the state
DNR Bureau of Community Financial
Assistance, adding the new landing also will help
DNR staff better
monitor fish populations and the
included construction of a new access road, boat launch,
and parking lot, as well as handicapped-accessible parking, restroom, and boarding dock. The new boat access boasts
environmentally protective features
including stormwater collection and
vegetative and infiltration buffers.
The project was funded through a
$157,331 state grant matched with funds
from the federal Sport Fish Restoration
Program ( dnr.wi.gov). — DAN ARMITAGE
The new Kingsford
ramp in Florence
County, Wisconsin, opens up 500
acres along the
Big changes at big boat shows
The two biggest boat shows in the nation – in Fort Lauderdale and Miami – will have regular attendees double checking their
show programs with significant changes.
The Fort Lauderdale International
Boat Show (FLIBS) is starting a day
earlier than usual, on Wednesday
(instead of Thursday), Nov. 1, and running through Sunday.
“We decided to change the days of the
show after listening to strong industry
feedback supporting an earlier event,”
said Charles McCurdy, chief executive
of Informa’s Global Exhibitions division,
which purchased the show from Show
Management in March.
FLIBS takes place at seven locations
connected by a network of water and
land transportation. The central hub is
the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach
Hotel & Yachting Center. More than
1,000 boats will
displayed in water
and on land.
the Strictly Sail
Miami venue will
join the Miami
Show at Miami
February 15–19, 2018. The sail location
was previously held at Miamarina at
Bayside, connected to the central venue
by a fleet of water taxis.
Nearly 100 sailboats will be on hand
in Miami Marine Stadium’s deep-water
basin. More than 700 boats will be on
display, both in and out of water. Show
organizers cited feedback from exhibitors
and attendees for the change.
Visit BoatUS.com/Tickets to purchase
discounted tickets for both shows. — R.A.
The Miami International Boat Show
will consolidate its
Strictly Sail venue
into the central site
at Miami Marine
Stadium Park &
Basin in February.