Sending a distress call is a call for help during an emergency situation by a mariner of a vessel. A distress call is considered a main priority by the US Coast Guard above all other transmissions. This means that when a mariner hears a distress call, he shall cease all transmissions that may interfere with the distress message and continue to listen to the call. Continue reading “How to Send a Distress Call”
Your pontoon boat is the premier location for your upcoming soiree. Whether you’re planning festivities for family and friends or a professional party for clients, your pontoon boat is equipped with the amenities and ideal atmosphere to entertain and delight. Pontoon boats’ spacious decks are perfect for guests to mingle, and their versatility allows for leisure and sports, making them fit for all types of get-togethers.
One of the perks of owning or having access to a boat is that you have front row seats for firework displays. Many people gather each year to be dazzled by firework shows on the open water. Because the 4th of July festivities are right around the bend, we thought we’d give you a refresher on how to safely and legally enjoy this holiday aboard your boat. Here are some general tips for boating safety during firework displays. Continue reading “Firework Boating Safety”
Imagine that you’re stranded on a deserted island, and you’re lucky enough to find enough materials to construct a boat with two pontoons to attempt to make it back home safely. In that situation, how can you determine the amount of weight that you will be able to carry with you on your boat, and how big do you need to build your pontoons to ensure the boat will not capsize? With a little bit of knowledge of physics and the forces exerted on your boat, you can figure all of that out in no time! First, let’s evaluate the forces in play on a floating boat. Continue reading “Buoyancy and the Pontoon Effect”
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 “The Pontoon Song”
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 “World’s Biggest Boats”
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:
2. Tag yourself anywhere in the photo, and consider yourself entered!
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 “The Little Boat that Could”
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.