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The Pontoon Song

Whether or not you’re a big time country fan, it’s hard to think of a song other than Pontoon by Little Big Town that more accurately describes a perfect summer – spending a lazy day out on the water on a pontoon boat without a care in the world. If you’re also a fan of Pontoon by Little Big Town, we’ve put together a few resources for anyone interested in learning how to play the song, sing it, or just listen to it. Continue reading »

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World’s Biggest Boats

Have you ever stared in nautical amazement at a 160ft yacht trolling past your speedboat? Is the largest boat you’ve ever seen the glacier-struck, sinking ship in the film Titanic? Were you impressed when you crammed over 30 people on your pontoon (however illegal it was)? While these boats may seem remarkably gigantic, they are certainly not the biggest there is. Imagine a sailboat more than 20 stories tall, a vessel more than 1,000 feet long or a yacht with 11 guest cabins, three launch pads, two indoor swimming pools, a ballroom and more. Now we’re talking huge. Those are just a few incredible features of the world’s largest boats. Read on for a complete list of the world’s most massive vessels in all their gigantor glory. Continue reading »

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Tag for Swag Giveaway: Win Free Manitou Gear!

Our Facebook fan base has grown quite a bit over the past year, and we couldn’t be more thankful to have such a loyal and engaging audience.  Likewise, we’ve amassed quite a few Manitou goodies over the past few months, and it’s time to do a little spring cleaning. Since we’re close to 5,000 likes, we’d like to celebrate reaching that milestone by giving some of this gear away.

Here’s how to enter, and it takes less than 5 minutes:

1. “Like” our Facebook page if you haven’t already.

2. Look for the contest post on our Facebook page – it will contain this photo:

Manitou Gear Bag

2. Tag yourself anywhere in the photo, and consider yourself entered!

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The Little Boat that Could

In a series of shocking events, a Towboat churning down the Tombigbee River collided into the Old Rooster Bridge near Demopolis, Alabama on April 28 of 1979. Surprisingly, the boat somehow managed to pass under the bridge with the help of the particularly strong currents during that time of the year and come up on the other side. Even more surprisingly, there was someone with a camera at the right place and at the right time to capture the event. Continue reading »

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SES Floorplan Studio Photoshoot: A Sneak Peek

Today we shot our new SES floorplans at a studio in Auburn Hills, MI. The new floorplans were launched in late December, making it difficult to get outdoor pictures in Michigan. By using the studio, we avoided the weather and were able to shoot each floorplan by plugging components in and out of the boat as we shot them.

SES floorplan

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Boating Pet Safety Accessories

Boating is an activity that the entire gang can enjoy so why not include the family pet on your next boating excursion? Even better, bring your furry friend along on your next fishing trip-that is if they promise not to scare the fish away. Grab boating pet accessories for your pooch to participate safely:

Doggy Boat Ladder

Most dogs don’t mind a dip, but getting them back on the boat can be a challenge and is often dangerous for your dog and you. Cue Doggy Boat Ladder from http://pawsaboard.com/. The Doggy Boat Ladder attaches to the back of boats making it simpler for your pup to get back on board safely. Continue reading »

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New 2013 Manitou Dealers

We’re excited to announce new dealers for the 2013 year. Below is the list of who we have signed so far, including our first ever dealers in Quebec and Manitoba.

The Nautic Group 625 Hwy. 146 Kemah TX 77565 U.S.A. 281-334-2628 www.nauticgroup.com
Country Corner Marine 1199 River Hwy. Moorseville NC 28117 U.S.A. 704-664-1134 www.countrycornermarine.com
Rockingham Marina 635 Rockingham Rd. Johnson City TN 37615 U.S.A. 423-408-3215 www.rockinghammarina.com
Koopers Cars and Marine 10538 E M-89 Richland MI 49083 U.S.A. 269-629-4979 www.kooperscarsmarine.com
Tailwalker Marine 2903 Highmarket St. Georgetown SC 29440 U.S.A. 843-527-2495 www.tailwalkermarine.com
Breezy Boat City 2816 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Gulf Breeze FL 32563 U.S.A. 850-934-6010 www.breezyboatcity.com
Kentuckiana Yacht Sales 5888 Hwy. 641 N. Gilbertsville KY 42044 U.S.A. 270-703-1461 www.kentuckianayacht.com/
Enns Brothers 925 Lagimodiere Blvd. Winnipeg MB R2J 3K4 CANADA 204-475-3667 www.ennsbros.com
Elitech Sport Evasion 1200 De La Gabelle St. Etienne Des Gres QU GOX 2PO CANADA 819-691-1773 www.elitechsportevasion.com

 

 

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Friends of Manitou: Gavin Smith Photography

Detroit LionsAs far back as Gavin Smith can remember, he used to sneak in his dad’s closet to borrow his professional camera. Putting his own film inside, he’d shoot a series of pictures and then carefully replace his dad’s roll of film. Eventually, he learned to use the camera better than his dad.

In high school, Gavin took art and photography classes. In college, he focused on video production and worked in that area for 12 to 15 years while still doing photography on the side.

Then, when digital cameras were introduced, he purchased all new equipment and started shooting more part-time weekend jobs, and people loved his photos.

“Within a year of digital being  around I stopped doing video and started doing photography full time,” he said.

Ultimately, he calls it a hobby gone awry.

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Salmon Resources

salmon jumpingWe find salmon to be one of the most interesting species of fish in the world. Salmon will travel up to 2,400 miles from the ocean without eating to the exact tributary where they were born. Along the way, they face waterfalls, beaver dams, bears, eagles and humans. Of the 10 percent that achieve the opportunity to spawn, their glory is rather short, as they all die soon afterwards. Talk about determination! Here are a few more fun facts about salmon that you may not have known about:

  • It was a Native American legend that salmon would return to the exact location where they were born to spawn. It took years for technology to catch up to prove that the legend was exactly true.
  • Salmon are one of the few species on earth that are “anadromous”, meaning they live their lives both in freshwater and saltwater.
  • Although still quite unknown, some species of salmon are believed to travel as far as to Japan before returning to the same river where they were born.
  • Salmon rely on their strong sense of smell to help guide them to the tributary where they were born. They also use ocean currents, tides, and the gravitational pull of the moon while in the ocean.
  • Some species of salmon, like the Sockeye, drastically change color when returning to freshwater to spawn.

 

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2013 Boat Show Debuts

Believe it or not, 2013 is almost here and with the new year comes a new season of boat shows. Starting January 4, we’ll be attending shows all over America – in fact, we’ve got 49 events lined up. All our stops, hours, and show information can be found on our events page.

What’s New

25 SES Entertainer
Our newest wave of SES pontoon designs is a little different than those of our traditional boats. The most recent floorplan offers a bar group, refrigerator, built in grill, and corean counter tops, which altogether resemble a bar or kitchen.

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