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WELCOME TO THE 2013 BOAT SHOW WHAT YOU’LL SEE: A DEALER-BY-DEALER ROUNDUP HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW RIG IN TIP-TOP SHAPE 2013 BOAT SHOW MAP AND VENDOR GUIDE A PRIMER ON BOATING ETIQUETTE BOATING EDUCATION NEWS AND COURSE LISTING SWVBDA MEMBER PROFILES

GENERAL INFO When: Feb. 22-24 Where: Roanoke Civic Center Hours: Friday 1-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: Free on Friday for children and adults; Saturday and Sunday $7.50 for adults, free for children 12 and under Sponsor: Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association More Info: roanokeboatshow.com; and on facebook.com (search Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association)

DEALERS Conrad Brothers Marine • Hughes Marine Service • Magnum Boating, Inc. Smith Mountain Boat and Tackle • Smith Mountain Yacht Club Virgil Naff Lynchburg Kawasaki, Yamaha and SeaDoo • Webster Marine Center See Page 26 for contact information.

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February 2013 is nearly history. Spring is on the way, and the waters of Southwest Virginia will soon be beckoning. For recreational boaters and fishermen, that also means it’s time to check out the latest in boats, personal watercraft and accessories. To do so, boating enthusiasts need look no further than the Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers’ Association (SWBDA) annual show, which will take place Feb. 22-24 at the Roanoke Civic Center. With the stock market having recently reached a five-year high, news reports focused on strengthening housing prices and other positive economic indicators, the region’s top boat dealers are excited by the promise of buyer optimism. “We expect to enjoy some pent-up demand this year,” said Mike Ratcliff, owner of Conrad Brothers Marine. “The last few years, economic predictions have been gloomy, and buyer enthusiasm is never strongest under those conditions.” Dealers are going all out to provide area boat buyers a one-stopshopping experience that will make it fun and easy for them to choose their first — or next — boat, and to provide incentives that trigger buying activity. “Spring-like weather helps contribute to buyer enthusiasm as well,” noted show coordinator Darrel Ross. “But if we happen to have a cold snap on show weekend, folks can still shop the entire show in weather-protected comfort. All our dealers — and all the other 2013 SW VIRGINIA

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The Southwest Virginia Boat Show will take place Feb. 22-24 at the Roanoke Civic Center Complex. Hours are Friday 1-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.. The event is free on Friday for children and adults; Saturday and Sunday admission is $7.50 for adults, free for children 12 and under with an adult. For more information, log on to roanokeboatshow.com.

vendors offering products and services that meet the needs of boat and lake property owners — have access to indoor display space.” Based on the strong showings the past two years, SWBDA is once again offering free admission to the show on Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. “The free day has helped spread the traffic more uniformly over the entire show period, making it easier for dealers to give all of their visitors undivided attention,” said Virgil Naff, SWVBDA president and owner of Virgil Naff Lynchburg Kawaski, Yamaha and Sea-Doo. “It’s far better for us and for the show visitors.”


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Conrad’s lineup of Tracker pontoons, bass boats and runabouts, plus Tahoe runabouts and Regal family fun boats will be on display. Come and see a demo of the Regal 2100’s power folding wakeboard tower and check out the new Tracker Pro 170.

This year’s display will showcase five Xcursion pontoons, including the 23-foot Entertainer with full-height bar and stools. Show visitors can also get up close and personal with six Sea Ray models ranging from 19 to 28 feet, including the 25SLX with noise-deadening “Quiet Ride” lay-up technology to make conversation while cruising easy. Five NauticStar deck boats, led by Fishing Angler family fun and fishing crossover configuration, will also be displayed

Hughes Marine Service Representing Hurricane, San Pan, Aqua Patio and Sweetwater, Hughes takes pride in its huge selection of pontoons and tritoons. “They’ve become ever so popular for fishing, cruising, family fun and casual water sports,” said owner Mary Yeaman. Hughes will also display Centurion wake sports towboats and G3 fishing boats, some powered by Yamaha outboards with jetdrive lower units, ideal for pursuing musky and small mouth bass in the shallows of the James, New and Dan rivers. “We have lots of experience in setting up these jet-drive outboards for peak performance,” Yeaman added.

Magnum Boating, Inc. Show space has been increased to allow display of 25 boats from Chaparral, South Bay, JC Pontoon and MasterCraft, Magnum’s new line of high-quality wake sports towboats. Says owner Tim Wray: “Business goes where it’s invited and stays where it’s well treated. We’ve focused on service and relationships since 1986.”

Smith Mountain Boat and Tackle The source at Smith Mountain lake for Sea Born 19-25foot center consoles and Sundance skiffs is Smith Mountain Boat and Tackle. The company also offers Sylvan pontoons and Tritoons with new manufacturer’s six-year, bow-to-stern warranties. 2013 SW VIRGINIA

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Virgil Naff Lynchburg Kawasaki, Yamaha and Sea-Doo All the new Sea-Doo and Kawasaki colors will be on display. “There’s very positive word-of-mouth about the computercontrolled IBR (Intelligent Braking and Reverse) feature on the Sea-Doo models, and customers want to know the details about how Sea- Doo technology affects the riding and ownership experience,” said Doug Roh, sales manager. “We also expect Sea-Doo to apply its four-year extended warranty program to orders written at the show.”

Webster Marine Center Look for the new Bryant 233 Wakeboard Edition with new tower and interior design and learn about the innovative Nautique Surf System, available on the G-23 Premier and as an add-on for recent Nautique models. Bennington’s new “Stern Radius” design, offering more seating and flowing good looks, will be displayed. It’s available on 22-, 24- and 25-foot models. Showroom space is also reserved for Hurricane’s 2200 DC with dual captain’s chairs, plus Sea-Doo personal watercraft in new 2013 colors, all featuring IBR for exceptional safety and handling.


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Tips for maintaining your new (or old!) rig An important aspect of being a boat owner is tending to the periodic maintenance that keeps your rig running and looking boat-show new. So whether you’re a persistent putter-er who considers upkeep a part of the joy of ownership or simply a pragmatist who appreciates that routine maintenance adds to both the safety and enjoyment of time spent on the water, following are some tips for keeping your boat in ship shape.

and Yacht Club at Smith Mountain Lake. “Marine engines operate in an environment of higher temperatures, higher RPMs and steadier strain than car engines. Using the type of oil specified by the manufacturer is important to long engine life.”

Checking an engine’s crankcase oil level every couple of weeks is another best practice that is cheap insurance against an inconvenient overheating or costly seize-up. Oil as “Life Blood” Keep a quart or two of engine oil and small funnel on board to top off the oil level should it drop below the full Ask any mechanic what keeps an engine running mark on the dipstick. long and strong and you’ll most certainly hear the If you have an oil-injected two-cycle outboard, a admonition to keep lubricating oil fresh and clean. For most recreational boaters, an oil change at the end of regular top-off of the lubrication reservoir with OEMeach season is sufficient. But those who run more than specified oil precludes hearing the angry “more oil 100 hours a year should consider adding a mid-summer needed” alarm. Check you engine manual for the respective alerts for low oil, high engine temperature and oil change to their maintenance routine. other engine performance issues. “Clean oil of the type specified by the engine Outboards and inboard/outboards (I/Os) have manufacturer is a key to low carbon build-up and long engine life,” another critical oil need: healthy gear oil for the lower said Dale Runyon, owner unit. Changing the gear oil can be a bit tricky, especially 2013 SW VIRGINIA and service manager on boats that aren’t trailer-kept where extra care must at Bayside Marina be taken not to drop a lower unit plug or drip oil into

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Make sure an approved and fully charged fire extinguisher is kept in a visible location. It’s also important to have a copy of the skipper’s Virginia Boater Education Course card along. Putting copies in a baggie on board each watercraft you own is a once-and-done solution to the potential need to verify you’ve met the state’s boating education requirement. For more information, see Page 20.

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the water. Once again, a 100-hour change interval is common. Runyon also recommended regular checks for fishing line on the prop shaft, which can quickly destroy the shaft seal and allow water to dilute the gear oil. Runyon’s final recommendations: “Scan dash gauges frequently for any indications of changes in temperature, oil pressure and battery charging levels. Change cooling water intake impellers every 2-3 seasons and avoid using fuel that contains ethanol. It’s bad news for marine engines.”

Safety Equipment Regular checks of safety gear and accessories are an important part of safe boating. Life jackets that have not been taken out of their plastic bags DO NOT COUNT as required flotation devices. Unwrap them and place one of proper size for each passenger out on deck for easy accessibility in case of an emergency. Better yet, require everyone on board to wear life jackets while underway. Likewise, a life ring or cushion that can be thrown must be on deck anytime you’re out on the water. Check horn operation each time you leave the dock and verify that running lights and a good strong flashlight or spotlight work properly before setting out on an evening cruise. On inboards and I/Os, the bilge blower must be operable; prudent skippers run it for several minutes before starting a cold engine and anytime fuel has been added. Use a “sniff check” at a blower exit vent to verify an absence 2013 SW VIRGINIA of gas fumes before starting the engine.

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It’s always more enjoyable to be aboard a well-kept, clutter-free boat where the gear you’re likely to need for a given outing is easily located. Getting a free water safety equipment inspection from the local Power Squadron or U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the start of each season shows authorities you care about safe boating. It’s also good practice for locating the required safety gear should you be stopped during one of your outings. Docking lines and fenders should be tangle-free and at the ready. A boat hook can come in handy in dicey docking or rafting-up situations. A map or chart of the waters you’ll be boating, along with a small flashlight, should both be within easy reach of the helm. Sticker your map with an emergency phone number such as Sea Tow (540-719-5555), your favorite mechanic, a reliable and capable neighbor or SML Marine Fire & Rescue Dispatch (540-586-7827). Violations of safe boating practices or boating laws can be reported to VDGIF Lake Watch at 800-237-5712.


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“Try to avoid looking like someone who’s brand new to boating,” is the advice of Sgt. Bryan Young, a DGIF conservation officer who spends approximately 100 days each season patrolling Smith Mountain Lake. “It’s great to be seen in a new-looking, well-kept boat, but new boat operators should try to avoid novice boating mistakes,” Young said. “Even experienced boaters sometimes forget and exhibit behavior that discredits their skills and, worse yet, compromises their safety and the safety of others.” With the 2013 season on the horizon for new and experienced boaters alike, a review of key elements of good boating behavior is timely:

Safe boating is good boating Seasoned skippers know that staying focused on boating safely results in courteous boating behavior as well. A few tips: • Stay well away from other boats, docks and swimmers while underway. • Stay to the right side of channels, creeks and coves. • Give a wide berth to boats that are being overtaken. • Adjust speed to traffic, visibility and water conditions.

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By default, the captain is in charge of everything that happens aboard his/her vessel, and that begins with everyone’s safety. It is proper and prudent to make sure everyone knows where to find a properly fitting life jacket, to offer a life jacket to all who might be more comfortable wearing one, and to require them to be worn by all passengers 2013 SW VIRGINIA 12 and younger. Boating etiquette includes letting guests know what is expected of them

while they are aboard, including what help the skipper wants with casting off, tying up, buying gas and cleaning up afterwards.

Greeting other boaters Boaters typically greet other boaters they encounter with a wave and a smile. If underway, the greeting is not only courteous but also a confirmation that you are aware of one another’s presence and intentions. Greeting other boaters contributes to both enjoyment and safety.

Captain, mind that wake! Boats create wakes while underway — especially when running bow-high. Skippers are accountable for any havoc their wake creates. Avoid plowing through coves, making a big wake that damages docks and endangers swimmers. Stay well clear of fishing boats that are anchored, drifting or trolling. Those towing tubers, wake boarders and surfers need to be especially mindful of the effect their wakes are having on nearby boats, people and shorelines.

Fuel safely Improper fueling procedures endanger your vessel and crew as well as others in the vicinity of the gas dock. Spilled fuel is both a fire and environmental hazard, so be attentive and don’t overfill. Inboards and inboard/outboards need to be vented by opening the engine hatch and running the bilge blower for a few minutes before restarting the engine.

Keep the noise down Stereo systems turned up so loud as to invade the peace of other boaters and shoreline residents is a common complaint, so be aware of your music’s potential for noise pollution. Laughter and splashing is happy noise and pleasing; family disagreements over who gets the last chicken wing are best kept within your own space. Remember: sound travels very efficiently over water.


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In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to establish a boating safety education compliance requirement. The requirement has been phased in over the past few years and will continue through 2016 when all operators of PWCs (personal watercraft also known as jet-skis, SeaDoos and wave runners) and operators of motorboats with a 10-horsepower or greater motor, will be required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board when operating a PWC or motorboat. As of July 2012, all PWC operators, regardless of age, and motorboat operators 30 years of age or younger were required to complete the course. Following are the upcoming deadlines: • Motorboat operators 40 years of age or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2013; • Motorboat operators 45 years of age or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2014; • Motorboat operators 50 years of age or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2015; • All motorboat operators, regardless of age, shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2016. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at dgif.virginia.gov/boating or call 888-516-0844.

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Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a wallet card to keep on board their watercraft. The course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard. Instructors are certified by VDGIF. Most major insurance companies endorse the course and allow insurance premium discounts to graduates. Pre-registration is required. Participants may sign up online at the VGDIF web site (www.dgif.virginia.gov/boating) or by calling 888-516-0844. Additional classes will be scheduled throughout the summer.

ROANOKE Feb. 23 Roanoke Civic Center Special Events Center during the Southwest Virginia Boat Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11-12 Brambleton Center, 3738 Brambleton Ave., 6-9 p.m. both nights. Limited to 40 participants. April 23-24 Brambleton Center, 3738 Brambleton Ave., 6-9 p.m. both nights. Limited to 40 participants. May 13-14 Brambleton Center, 3738 Brambleton Ave., 6-9 p.m. both nights. Limited to 40 participants.

UPCOMING CLASSES

June 17-18 VFW Post 1264, 4930 Grandview Ave. NW, 6-9 p.m. both nights. Limited to 65 participants.

Following is a list of upcoming Boat Virginia courses offered for free by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Subjects include choosing the right boat, boat hulls, motors, legal requirements, navigation rules, cruising, docking, anchoring, knots, accidents, alcohol safety, fire on board, weather, trailering, navigation, 2013 SW VIRGINIA water sports and personal watercraft.

July 22-23 Brambleton Center, 3738 Brambleton Ave., 6-9 p.m. both nights. Limited to 40 participants. Aug. 26-27 Brambleton Center, 3738 Brambleton Ave., 6-9 p.m. both nights. Limited to 40 participants. For more information 540-774-2619.

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All classes take place on a Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include a break for lunch. Bring a packed lunch, pencil and highlighter. For more information, contact Mendy Harman at 540-529-8653.

March 16 Moneta Fire Department, 12737 North Old Moneta Road, Moneta

March 16 Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke St., Christiansburg

April 6 Cool Branch Rescue Building, 3060 Smith Mountain Rd., Penhook

April 6 Floyd Rescue Squad, 452 Floyd Hwy., Floyd April 27 Old Wytheville Community Center, 250 S. 4th St., Wytheville

April 27 Westlake Baptist Church, 2075 Scruggs Rd., Moneta June 1 Smith Mountain Lake Church of the Bretheren, 6675 Burnt Chimney Rd., Wirtz June 22 Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta July 27 Goodview Baptist Church, 1057 Grace Court, Goodview Aug. 17 Hardy Fire Department, 1230 Bandy Mill Rd., Hardy

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www.crystalshoresmarinaresort.com

540-297-1888

1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta, VA 24121


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888.750.7225 www.hughesmarineservice.com 3815 Hwy. 29 North Danville, VA

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Great Financing Options!


Custom Built Docks, Boat Houses, Boat Slips, Pwc Lifts, Pile Driving, AEP Permits Obtained, Renovations & More. LICENSED AND INSURED

W.E. SHORELINE CONSTRUCTION DESIGN - BUILD SINCE 1979

540-493-9283 *Applies to new boats & PWCs, APR=Annual Percentage Rate

www.weshorelineconstruction.com


(434) 528-0462 • www.virgilnaff.com MAIN LOCATION 1101 Kemper St., Lynchburg, VA

(SEADOO only) SEASONAL LOCATION Virginia Dare Marina (540) 297-2879

® TM and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. ATVs in the category G are recommended for use only by those aged 16 and older. ATVs in the category S are recommended for use only by an experienced operator aged 16 and older.


SWVBDA Seven members of the Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association will be on hand at the show. Conrad Brothers Marine

Smith Mountain Boat and Tackle

3688 Conrad Landing Road, Pulaski (540) 980-1575 13660 B.T. Washington Hwy, Moneta (540) 721-5017 conradbrothers.com Brands: Nitro, Sun Tracker, Tracker, Tahoe, Centurion, Regal, Mako Owners: Conrad family (second generation)

167 Morgans Fork Rd., Penhook (540) 576-2755 • smboatandtackle.com Brands: Sylvan, Honda and Yamaha outboards Owner: Scott Reynolds

Magnum Boating, Inc. 2031 Morewood Rd., Hardy (540) 719-2427 • (540) 537-5515 • magnumboating.com Brands: Chaparral, MasterCraft Boats, JC Pontoons, South Bay Pontoons Owner: Tim Wray

1101 Kemper St., Lynchburg • (434) 528-0462 Virginia Dare Marina, Smith Mountain Lake (May through Labor Day) • (540) 297-2879 virgilnaff.com Brands: Kawasaki, Yamaha and Sea-Doo Owner: Virgil Naff

Webster Marine Center 1185 Mills Road, Moneta (540) 297-5228 • (800) 325-9110 webstermarine.com Brands: Bennington Pontoons, Bryant Boats, Nautiques, Hurricane, Sea-Doo personal watercraft, Yamaha and Mercury outboards, Mercruiser sterndrives Owners: Jim and Iris Mills 7%34 6)2' 4(

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1617 Crystal Shores Dr., Moneta (540) 297-4484 • smithmountainyachtclub.com Brands: Xcursion, NauticStar and Sea Ray; Honda, Mercury and Yamaha engines

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