Welcome to Manitou’s web pages on Maritime History. Below you will find ways that will help guide you in methods of conducting maritime history research. Also included are links to great books, magazines, and other print resources – as well as maritime history sites. Continue reading “Maritime History Resource”
For most of us, we’ve put away our swim trunks and sun screen and have our winter gear ready for a cold winter. Like winterizing your home, you should have a check list for taking care of your pontoon boat for the winter to make sure that your investment is well protected and so you won’t run into any issues once the weather starts getting warmer. We’ve put together a list of items you should take of before putting your pontoon away. Continue reading “A Guide For Winterizing your Pontoon Boat”
What makes an event thrilling, world-famous and fun for the whole family? Boats! Some of the most popular festivals and entertaining events across the globe revolve entirely around boats. We’ve taken a look at such events and determined the best-of-the-best. Check out our top five world-famous boating events. Continue reading “World’s Coolest Boating Events”
Many people either own or are aware of the extended warranties associated with cars, but not everyone is aware that they’re also available for boats. While to some degree auto warranties have a shaky rap (though this should be seen on a case by case basis), it’s worth seeing if an extended warranty for a boat is a sound investment.
Very similar to used car warranties
To a degree, extended warranties for boats and cars are quite similar. First, the general principles are the same. When something breaks, if it’s covered by your specific policy it will be covered to the extent of the terms of your contract. In some cases this will come with a deductible, but again, this is dependent upon your specific contract. Continue reading “Differences between an extended car warranty and extended boat warranties”
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.
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”
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”
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.
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.
Videos of the best tricks of all time
The wakeboarding industry has seen some incredible tricks since its start in the 1990s. Whether these tricks have been around for years or have been newly invented, they are thrilling to watch and even more exhilarating to execute. We’ve checked out videos and pictures of tricks, old and new, and put together a list of the 10 craziest wakeboarding tricks.
The Tantrum is a wakeboarding classic and is generally the first invert trick a rider will learn. A Tantrum is simply a heelside back flip, similar to one done on a trampoline. The trick was invented by Eric Perez and has been a wakeboarding staple ever since.
The Elephant is a natural rotation in the air, much like the scarecrow, but rather than landing switch, the board is pulled back forward before landing. Invented by Steve Shiflett, this is one of the newer, easily-learned inverts.
8. Whirly 540
In essence, the Whirly 540 is a Tantrum with a backside 540 as the handle is rotated above the head. Invented by Shaun Murray, this trick is an invert with a smooth spin and gnarly flip.
Made popular by Scott Byerly, the 720 is a spin where a rider performs a 720 degree rotation in the air.
6. Hoochie Glide
The Hoochie Glide is a wakeboarding somersault carried out while crossing the wake as a rider grabs the edge of the board.
The 900 in wakeboarding is a spin in which a rider completes a 900 degree rotation in the air. Darin Shapiro was the first boarder to land this spin.
1080s are spins in which riders complete a 1080 degree rotation in the air. Parks Bonifay was the first rider to successfully land this trick.
3. Double Half Cab Backroll
The Double Half Cab Backroll is one of the most challenging wakeboarding tricks. Invented by Parks Bonifay and first landed on flat water by Ethan Agius, this trick is described as a Half Cab Roll into a Toeside Backroll.
The Speedball was also invented by legend Darin Shapiro and is classified as a heelside double front flip.
Here it is, the number-one, craziest wakeboarding trick: the 1260. First landed by Danny Harf, this three-and-a-half-time-around spin is the most insane and challenging wakeboarding trick we’ve set our eyes on.
This post was contributed by Mike Hall.
Free images from Manitou Pontoon Boats
From time to time we’re aware that bloggers or other online journalists may be looking to supplement their writing with an appropriate image to fit their work. Often times it can be difficult to find a professional image, however. With that in mind, we decided we would share some images of the professional images of our pontoon boats with exactly this audience. In return, we simply ask that you provide a link back to the Manitou website and that the photos not have the composition altered or remixed (resizing or cropping is acceptable).
To add the image to your site, copy and paste the html code beneath each image into your html editor. Continue reading “Pictures of Pontoon Boats”