Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel is coming to the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show! So are your favorite businesses from Marblehead and Kelleys Island. And a whole sailing center.  The Cleveland tradition for more than 60 years is expecting 450 boats, from kayaks to 45-foot motor yachts.  See all the fun on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Progressive Cleveland Boat Show 2019…

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So you want to buy a boat.  If you’re new to boating, the quest for just the right boat could be intimidating. That’s why RocktheLake compiled tips from boat dealers in Northeast Ohio.  Read up before you head to the Cleveland Boat Show, on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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The Cleveland Boat Show has a new name — the Cleveland Boat Show.  For years, the annual January boat show at the I-X Center hosted by the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association was officially known as the Mid-America Boat Show. But no one really called it that.  So new association President Michelle Burke announced Tuesday…

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The Lake Erie Marine Trades Association — which puts on five boat shows in Ohio — has named Michelle Burke as its new president.  Burke, the founder of lifestyle brand Lyman Life, will also serve as executive director of the Boating Associations of Ohio, voicing boaters’ views on issues such as harmful algal blooms and…

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Cuyahoga County has more boat registrations than any other county in Ohio. But it ranks second to last for boats per 1,000 residents. Only Franklin County, landlocked in the middle of the state, fares worse. No. 1 for boat ownership, based on population? No surprise here. It’s Ottawa County, home to the summertime playground of…

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Just bought a boat? Or just traded up? Want some help learning to dock it, or reverse, or figure out the fancy gadgets? The North Coast Sail & Power Squadron is offering a free two-hour class in boat basics, on your own boat. The Jump Start Program is new this year. The goal for the…

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We’ve got three weeks until the unofficial start of summer Memorial Day weekend. And thanks to a miserably chilly March and April, marinas on Ohio’s lakeshore are about three weeks behind. “It’s so late,” said Tom Gavel, owner of Tag Marine Services at Whiskey Island Marina. “For the last month it’s like you’ve been shaking…

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Boatyards, backyards, marinas and yacht clubs will soon spring to life to prepare for the 2018 boating season. Fishing charter boats are putting in the water as soon as Easter weekend. Recreational boaters have dates to launch any time between mid-April and late May. But first owners have to cut the shrink wrap off their…

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The outline looks like it’s smiling at you from the back of a T-shirt. Just like the classic wooden boat that inspired it. “Everyone smiles and waves when they see a Lyman,” said Michelle Burke, CEO of Lyman Life. Built in Cleveland and then Sandusky, Lymans are loved for their “clinker-built” wood frames that glides…

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Meet Lee Karns, commodore of the Cleveland Sailing Association, which encompasses six Lake Erie yacht clubs with active sail racing scenes: Cleveland Yachting Club, Edgewater, Lakeside, Forest City, Chagrin Lagoons, Mentor Harbor and Grand River. The clubs formed the association in 1996 to recruit more participants for races, coordinate events and score boats against each…

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