National Safe Boating Week is Almost Here!

If you weren’t already aware, National Safe Boating Week is approaching quickly! Starting the 19th, those with a love of spending time on the water are encouraged to put on a properly-fitted life jacket and refresh their boating safety knowledge.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Eyeline-Imagery

We have a series of goodies coming up next week in preparation for National Safe Boating Week, so stay tuned! In the meantime, take a few minutes and check out the FLW Boating Safety Challenge:

http://www.boaterexam.com/challenge/

Entering is easy. Take the 10-question quiz until you pass with seven correct answers. Then, submit your information for a chance to win a trip for two to the FLW Forrest Wood Cup! Share your results on your social media pages for even more opportunities to win!

If you want to brush up on your boating knowledge, here’s our Boaters Safety Quiz:

http://www.manitouboats.com/blog/boating-safety-quiz-from-manitou-pontoon-boats-boatsafe-discover-boating/

The quiz can easily be shared or added to your website.

Image courtesy of National Safe Boating Council

We, as well as everyone involved in National Safe Boating Week, always encourage responsible and safe boating practices. We look forward to the next couple weeks and hope you do, too!

 

A Little Something For Our Pontoon Loving Friends With Blogs/Websites Of Their Own

Love that pontoon of yours?

We know many of you out there maintain a blog or website of your own and often times you like to share stories about your fishing or water sports adventures on your Manitou Pontoon. So if you fall into this category, we figured we’d give you a couple of cool badges you can share on your blog or website, or even on Facebook or Pinterest if you’re so inclined. Like what you see? Just copy and paste the code into your html editor to add it to your own site!

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The Evolution Of Manitou Pontoons

There have been many changes to our pontoons, and pontoons in general since we first began building pontoons more than 25 years ago. The graphic below lays out some of the more significant changes to various Manitou models over the years. Feel free to share this with your friends or share your thoughts in the comments below.

evolution of manitou pontoon boats

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8/24/11 Boat Shoot – 2012 Model Year

(More on this year’s photo shoot from Greg VanWagenen)

Day 3 started off with a grim weather report. The afternoon called for thunderstorms and hail. The rush was on in the morning to see how many boats we could finish before the day was rained out.

Bryan Hermann and his wife Denise came all the way from Iowa to see the new boats and take part in our video and brochure. They are two of our most loyal Manitou owners who just love their boat. They were able to drive 3 new boats and take a tour of the Manitou factory. We are very appreciative of their time and dedication to boating and Manitou.

As the day progressed the weather report got a little better each hour. Before we knew it 7 boats were completed and we had only two left to shoot before the photograph portion of our on water fun. Looking back on the weather forecast and worrying about our timeline makes me wonder how all the weather services could have been so wrong. Don’t get me wrong I am thankful for the sunny productive day but I could have done without the stress and worry the night before.

pontoon boat photo behind the scenes

The sun is rising on our last morning for photographs and I am happy to report that this year turned out to be one of our best shoots for pictures and for timing.

Dealer Meeting Preparation

I can’t tell you how many times I have met someone and started a conversation about work. They find out that I work for a company that builds pontoon boats, and 9 times out of 10, the first words out of their mouth are “that must be really fun” or “oh you get to ride around on boats all day”. While that is partially true, there are many stressful stretches at this job just like most others.  Continue reading “Dealer Meeting Preparation”