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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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Dealing with Seasickness

Motion sickness is something we hear about all the time in our industry, but people get motion sick all the time, when put in motion in a boat, car, airplane or even roller coaster. Medically, motion sickness is a result of your brain experiencing temporary balance and sensory confusion. The vestibular system of the inner ear sends messages to your brain about your body’s position, but constant change of your body’s position contradicts the information relayed by your eyes. Eventually, most people adjust to their unnatural environment, once the brain determines that the confused sensory signals are now the norm. However, dealing with nausea, cold sweats, drowsiness, and other symptoms can be a real pain, which is why we have provided a few tips for you to knock out your sea sickness. Continue reading »

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If Boaters Were Donors…

We recently came across this infographic about 2012 presidential campaign spending as well as the costs of other campaigns in history. Would you believe $2 billion was spent on both Obama and Romney? Few can even imagine what $2 billion could buy, and that got us thinking…

What if boaters were donors? What could $2 billion buy in boating-related supplies? Here are our rough estimates.

13.3 million fishing rods

Fishing Rod

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Blackbeard: Most Terrifying Pirate

Blackbeard

You can’t mention pirates without bringing up one perhaps the most notorious and feared pirate of all time – Blackbeard. Little is known about his early life, or if Edward Teach was even his real name, but we know that he was born in 1680, likely in Bristol, England.

Blackbeard started his journey on ships when he served on a British privateer. Throughout the Queen Anne’s War, or the second series of the French and Indian Wars, privateers protected England by attacking mostly French vessels and stealing their goods. The honest civilian life wasn’t enough for Blackbeard and he decided to take his superb looting skills elsewhere. Continue reading »

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How to Turn Your Pontoon Into a Pirate Ship

Whether your idol is the Dread Pirate Robers, Blackbeard, or Captain Jack Sparrow, you can’t call yourself a true pirate if you’re operating an ordinary vessel. Although there’s no such thing as a pirate pontoon (the name IS catchy), with a few transformations you’ll have a mimic pirate ship in no time.

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Best Pirate Movies

What happens when you mix Halloween and boats? Pirates. To celebrate the upcoming Halloween holiday, we’ve put together a list of some of the best pirate movies out there. Whether you’re into sword fights, peg legs, buried treasure, or parrots, they’re all here.

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6 Reasons You Need a Boat Cover

Our friends at SavvyBoater.com shared this great infographic with us about 6 reasons you need a boat cover.

Here’s their description:

Conscientious boat owners realize the importance of putting their watercraft to bed for winter. Failure to winterize your boat can result in a host of maintenance problems – and ultimately can shorten the life of your boat.

One of the best ways to protect your boat during the winter is to invest in a boat cover. When properly fitted, a boat cover can increase the longevity of your craft by up to 30 percent. To help boat owners understand the benefits of using a boat cover, we’ve put together the following infographic:

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What’s Happening This Month: A New Brochure from Manitou

That’s right, folks. Keep your eyes open for a new Manitou Pontoon Boats brochure that will be emerging very soon.

So, what’s so great about it?

“This year we concentrated on providing the customers with all the information they need on the boats while at the same time maintaining an artistically creative, visually appealing brochure that makes you want to head out on the water in a Manitou during a warm summer day,”  Greg VanWagenen, Manitou’s director of marketing and communications, said.

“High quality pictures, premium paper stock and expertly executed printing processes portray our boats as the high end premium brand that Manitou has become known for.”

In addition, he said they decided to go green with this brochure – it was printed with 100 percent wind power.

Here’s a preview of some of the great photos:

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