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Boat of the Month | Galeon 375 GTO

Galeon 375 GTO launched in Sept 2022 with a digital presentation by Bob Burke, Brand Manager. Notable Features include the following: • Twin-600 HP Mercury Verado Engines • Beach Mode fold-out gunnels • Enclosed, cooled, and spacious helm • Electric SureShade and optional electric sunroof and side windows • Adjustable seating with forward and aft facing options • Yacht quality finishes to sleep 4 below deck • Full head with separate shower stall

Grunting Sea Creature

Is it a manatee or did Nessie’ the Loch Ness Monster take a vacay!? Joe Tiller & Wife April spot an unusual sight out boating one evening. Joe, who's a boat maker with Boston Whaler, says he has lived in the area 5 years and has never seen anything like it. He estimated the creature was 12 to 15 feet long — and it was “grunting.” Guesses have ranged from a manatee (struggling at low tide) to a black bear crossing the river. Others called it just plain “scary” and didn’t offer a guess. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists believe it looks like a manatee in very shallow water that is ‘pec walking.’ What's your best guess?

SS Berta Smashing Records

A man from Nebraska has broken a world record after paddling 38 miles down the Missouri River in a ‘boat’ crafted from a hollowed-out pumpkin. Congrats to Duane Hansen who squashed the Guinness World Record a day after his 60th birthday. The gourd, which he grew himself, weighed almost 850-pounds and was affectionately named ‘Berta’.

Mercury Racing Breaks Ground on Major Plant Expansion

Expansion will help meet global customer demand for the company’s high-performance marine propulsion systems. The two-phase construction project will add 40,000 square feet of manufacturing operations space to the southwest corner of the existing Fond du Lac, Wisconsin facility and expand the current Propeller Shop by 8,000 square feet on the north side of the building. In addition to the Mercury Racing line of products, the company’s manufacturing plant is home to the long block and gearcase assembly for Mercury Marine’s 600hp V12 Verado engine. Construction of the manufacturing operations space is expected to be finished by April 2023 with the Propeller Shop completed by October 2023.

The Life Jacket Challenge

Life jackets have little chance of saving lives unless they are worn at the time of the accident. Randy Vance from Boating Safety Magazine conducted a controlled and supervised experiment to see how long it would take to put a life jacket on while already in the water. Participants all noted, it would be harder if they were panicking.

The Sea Tow Foundation

Kristen Frohnhoefer, President of the Board for Sea Tow Foundation and President of Sea Tow Services International joins the broadcast. Tune in to hear more about educational tools and resources to eliminate and prevent boating accidents and details on their 1000th life jacket loaner station.

Life Jacket FAQ

Gail Kulp, Executive Director of the Sea Tow Foundation joins to answer some frequently asked questions about life jackets. Tune in to hear answers to these questions and additional life jacket tips.
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