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  Fall is a great time to be on the water. It also means playing it safe in different ways.

(Photo courtesy of BoatUS)

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Fall Boating Safety Tips...
All over the country, fall is in full swing and recreational boaters and anglers are trying to squeeze in their last good day on the water. But when they do, boaters need to follow a safety playbook appropriate for this time of year. That's because boaters often let their guard down when safety becomes an even greater challenge. What makes fall boating safety so different? The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water explains: more >>


Looking for a Place to Launch Your Boat?

Need a boat ramp? The NC Wildlife Commission operates more than 200 free, public ramps across North Carolina. Find them by address, body of water or amenity with our interactive boating access area locator map.

  Rusty Wallace Leads Again
State-of-the-Art Dock

All-time NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace obviously knows a boatload about racing. He also knows who to call when he needs a world-class dock for his new Lake Norman home – Mark Lancaster. Years ago, Rusty, hearing of Mark’s reputation for superior quality and customer satisfaction, decided to give him a try. Four docks later, he “wouldn't consider using anybody else. He does it better than anybody.” more >>


Boat Safely

Operator errors account for 70% of boating accidents, many fatal, according to the US Coast Guard. Recent calamities on lakes Norman and Wylie were the result of operator errors, one involving an experienced boater who apparently overlooked safety precautions, the other someone new to boating operating with little or no boating knowledge. Keep your passengers and crew – and yourself – safe: take a course. more >>



Boat Lift Alternatives

By far, most boaters choose to trailer their boats, rather than keep them in a slip … for a number of reasons. Obviously, wet or dry slip storage is expensive, yet provides easy access to the water while avoiding the stress and strain of boat access areas as well as all that backward maneuvering which can be a challenge. For those privileged to live on the water, the personal boat slip can become a requirement of that lifestyle.

Assuming a decision in favor of wet slips, whether out the back door or in your favorite marina, then comes the decisions regarding boat lifts: yes or no. Obviously, they’re not free so you start by considering pros and cons. So why a lift? more >>


Lake Norman Watercraft Challenge

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From the editor Mike Aldridge
Piedmont Lake Pilot cover

About the cover:

Rinker is part of the Nautic Global Group, which also manufactures Godfrey Pontoons, Hurricane Deck Boats and Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats. That’s the Rinker 246 Bowrider on our cover this issue. You can tell from the photo that riding in style is all part of the Rinker design. A well-made boat at a time when that kind of value is crutial to an informed boat purchase, the 246 has been called “Best of the Best.” See your next 246 and other Rinker models at Couick’s Marine in Waxhaw NC or visit  www.couicksmarine.com.

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