The nation’s widespread drought shows no signs of relenting, causing more than one boat dealer to wish in desperation for a hurricane. “In Phoenix itself it’s hurt us because you just don’t go out on a boat when it’s 110 degrees,” said Mark Friedrich of West Marine in Phoenix. “[On a recent day] it was…more
Droughts can do significant harm to the industry, dropping water levels so low in lakes, rivers and streams that boaters can't use them and dealers, boatyards and marinas lose significant business.
Some boat dealers in states affected by drought and high temperatures say they’re seeing an increase in boats with ethanol damage. “We’re seeing more boats affected by ethanol because the boats are sitting longer,” Jeff Seims, at Blue Springs Marine near Kansas City, Mo., told Soundings Trade Only. “They might use them once every month…more
Boat ramps at a Colorado reservoir are closing for the rest of the year as the water level drops because of drought conditions. Ramps across the country have closed as drought conditions worsen, according to news reports. The boat ramps at Williams Fork reservoir no longer reach the surface of the water, according to the…more
A championship boat race in north-central Illinois was held this weekend, thanks to a volunteer who helped pump millions of gallons of water into drought-stricken Lake DePue. Rich Magnuson led a volunteer effort to build a makeshift dam with sandbags and then fill the lake with water pumped from a nearby river, according to an…more
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is urging boaters to use extra caution at public boat launches because water levels are low as a result of drought conditions. Low water levels increase the risk to boaters launching or removing boats and could lead to boat damage if operators don’t use proper caution, the department said…more
Forecasters say flooding this season in the upper Midwest and northern Plains could rival the Great Flood of 1993, when the upper Midwest endured persistent, record-breaking floods from April through August, affecting nine states and causing more than $25 billion in damage. Many rivers in that section of the country remain above flood stage, and…more
Falling water levels in Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan in central Texas are creating more water hazards, prompting authorities to close another public launch ramp and caution boaters about emerging hazards. Lake Travis is 24 feet below its normal depth in June, so boaters and swimmers might encounter rocks and large drops they’re not used…more