Join the 20th Annual Summer Sailstice: June 20, 2020

Jun 8, 2020 11:52:00 AM

Founded in February 2001 by John Arndt, the Summer Sailstice is a global, annual celebration of sailing held on the weekend nearest the summer solstice. The event is free to all participants and has grown from 200 boats signed up in 2001 to almost 5,000 boats today. Since many sailors join in the fun on many different boats, the actual number of Summer Sailstice sailors participating is estimated at almost 19,000 annually.

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Jeanneau Virtual Boat Show

Boat Shows from Your Living Room

Jun 1, 2020 11:37:00 AM

We have a love/hate relationship with boat shows. We love spending the day talking about boats and seeing new products firsthand. Oftentimes we get to travel to a new city and take a mini-vacation. It also gives us a chance to connect with our clients directly and hear what people are looking for in a boat. There's nothing like seeing an entire family share their love for boating, especially seeings young kids get excited about the water. Sometimes at the end of the day, we even get an extra discount on accessories that other booths are selling. We could always use another Helly Hansen pullover...

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Catalina Island

How to Visit Catalina During Quarantine

May 25, 2020 3:20:00 PM

The unofficial start to summer has us dreaming about cruising to our favorite island getaway, Catalina. Just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles makes Catalina a quick half day sail or an even quicker ferry ride. Catalina reopened their moorings to boaters starting May 14, and even though Catalina's essential businesses are open, the island is still mostly closed to visitors.

Boaters will be able to come ashore for essential activities including:
  • Food and necessary shopping at the Two Harbors General Store (face coverings are required)
  • To-go food/drink pick up from the West End Galley (items must be consumed aboard your boat per County regulations)
  • Restroom and coin-op shower facilities
  • Trash facilities

Avalon hopes to celebrate Labor Day provided restrictions have are lifted. In the mean time Catalina wildlife has welcomed the absence of visitors like many other parks around the U.S., especially after such a healthy rain season.

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National Safe Boating Week 2020

May 18, 2020 10:26:00 PM

Created in 1958, National Safe Boating Week kicks off every year right before Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. Meant to remind American boaters to be conscientious during the holiday weekend and the summer boating season, this year's National Safe Boating weeks falls on May 16-22 and is even more important with the additional threat of COVID-19.

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Make Your Yacht Eco-Friendly

May 11, 2020 11:26:00 AM

What's more eco-friendly than traveling with the power of the wind? Most boaters are already eco-conscious, but here are some tips and techniques you might not have thought of to reduce you and your yacht's carbon footprint.

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Sea Bags

Products We Love: Sea Bags

Apr 27, 2020 4:15:00 PM

Sea Bags is a Maine-based company that transforms old sails into nautical inspired totes and accessories. Each Sea Bag is meticulously designed, sewn and finished by skilled Maine craftspeople: world-class sewers, artists, graduates of top-notch design schools. They carefully select and cut sails, taking into account unique stitching details, grommet holes and, occasionally, treasures like tell-tales. They even hand-splice the rope handles!

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