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Join in on the Mercury Films Festival Fun!

While the Mercury Films Festival is already in full swing, there’s still plenty of time to get in on the fun.  With major prizes to be awarded, submit your video by September 30, 2011, and you could win the big one – your choice of a Mercury Outboard Engine with an approximate retail value of $21,000!

Showcase Your Talents!

If you’re a budding film producer or just want win that Mercury outboard engine, it’s easy to submit your Mercury Films Festival entry.  All you need to do is register on MercFilms.com and upload your video.  It’s that simple!

Increase Your Chances of Winning

Once you’ve submitted your video into the Mercury Films Festival, tell your friends, family and colleagues so they can cast their vote for their favorite video… which is of course YOURS!!  If your entry receives the most votes overall, you could be cruising the waters this fall with a brand new Mercury outboard engine.

Vote for YOUR Favorite Entries

If you’d rather not create your own video that’s okay – there’s still another way to win an awesome prize!  You can simply visit MercFilms.com and vote on your favorite video for your chance to win a 4-day/3-night fishing excursion for two to the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.  With flights, accommodation and guided fishing expedition, this awesome prize is valued at $3,350!

There’s a ton of terrific videos to view online at MercFilms.com.  New and exciting Mercury Marine inspired video entries are added daily and come in a range of topics like fishing, kids & family, watersports, racing, cruising and more, so keep checking in and casting your votes to win!

Contest Rules & Regulations

The Mercury Films Festival is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.  Voters may submit one entry per person, per day, per email address, however, voters are allowed to vote on multiple entries each day.  If you’re an Employee or Partner of Mercury Marine, you’re still eligible to enter under the Professional Entry category.  The grand prize is a 2012 Bassmaster Classic VIP trip for two; second prize is a one-day FLW fishing trip; while third place will receive 3 tickets to Cabela’s Walleye World Championship to be held October 13-15, 2011, in Prairie de Chien, WI.

Sources:
MercFilms.com

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New Developments in Dolphin Sonar

Flickr credit: by RC_Fotos

As one of the amazing creatures of the sea, it’s commonly known that dolphins use echolocation when hunting and as a general device for orientation; this dolphin sonar is similar to having a built in GPS system.  Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and the National Marine Mammal Institute in San Diego recently discovered that dolphins actually use double sonar techniques when practicing echolocation.

What is Echolocation?

Dolphins emit a high frequency ultrasound wave, up to 150,000 Hz, that bounces off objects in the water and returns a series of echoes.  It is these echoes created by the ultrasound waves which help dolphins identify the specific type of object. Dolphins also produce commonly recognizable clicks and whistles, but until now, it was thought that only one ultrasound wave was active during these emissions.

Listen to:   clicks and whistles

According to Josefin Starkhammar of Lund University, these two ultrasound waves produce different frequencies that can be emitted in different directions and produce incredibly precise object location. During her dolphin research published in the May 2011 edition of the scientific journal, Biology Letters, Starkhammar used an underwater device consisting of almost 50 hydrophones (underwater microphones) to capture her data.

Fast Facts about Dolphins

Marine Mammal Group – Cetaceans
Oceanic Dolphins – 32 species
River Dolphins – 5 species
Size – ranging from 4 feet and 90lbs (Maui dolphin) to over 20 feet and 10 tons (Killer Whale)
Speed – bottlenose dolphins swim 3 to 7 mph and over 20 mph at top speed
Life Span – 20 to 25 years

How to Help the Dolphins

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and National Resources (ICUN) Red List 2011, of 37 total dolphin species – 3 are listed as vulnerable, 2 are near threatened, 2 are endangered, and 1 species is critically endangered.  For those wanting to help save the dolphins, there are a number of dolphin dedicated organizations:

Save Japan Dolphins            Saving Dolphins           

        

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

Blue Voice                          Dolphin Awareness

 

American Cetacean Society

Get Some Face Time with a Dolphin!

There are also volunteer opportunities with groups like the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, FL; world wide locations available with Global Vision International and the Wild Dolphin Foundation on O’ahu, HI.

While viewing dolphins in the wild may be more preferable to seeing them perform in a theme park, the experience can help to create awareness of the overall plight of our Flipper friends.  Many theme parks now offer the chance to get up close and personal with dolphins including the dolphin Immersion program at Marineland in St. Augustine, FL, or Dolphin Interaction at SeaWorld in San Diego, CA.

Celebrating Dolphins in 2011

Many states across the U.S. have officially deemed a designated month as Dolphin Awareness Month.  During this time, dolphins are celebrated at public events, through educational school programs and money is raised through fundraising.  Dolphin Awareness Days also take place around the country – check with your local state government office for more information.

Sources:
Lund University
Scholastic.com
ICUN Red List of Threatened Species

Flicrk.com Photo Credit: Dolphin [P6262297-156-1] by RC_Fotos

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WNF’s 2011 Top USA Fishing Town

With a country abundant in both natural beauty and scenic waterways, it’s no wonder recreational boating and fishing are two of America’s top pastimes.  But where are the best places to fish in the USA?  The World Fishing Network (WFN) recently found out.

Over 300 towns across the U.S. were involved in the ’Ultimate Fishing Town U.S.A.’ contest that were narrowed down to twenty finalists hoping to become the best fishing destination in the country.

The Finalists

Annnapolis, MD Destin, FL Homer, AK
Bainbridge, GA Kissimmee, FL Seward, AK
Richmond Hill, GA Florence, AL Roscoe, NY
Baudette, MN Gladstone, MI Waddington, NY
Boulder Junction, WI Gold Beach, OR Winthrop Harbor, IL
Bradford, PA Grand Isle, LA Zapata, TX
Denver, CO Hartsel, CO  

Maybe you’re already familiar with some of these magnificent fishing holes, or maybe it’s the first you’re hearing about them; but one thing’s for certain:  these destinations are seriously hooked on fishing, and offer the best of the best in all things.

The Winner!

Over one million avid anglers cast their votes to choose Roscoe, NY, as the 2011 World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town.  The town was awarded a $25,000 prize to be utilized for a fishing associated event or cause along with 10 WaveSpin Reels.  Roscoe will be showcased in a special feature to be broadcast on the WFN network.

Fishing is Food for the Soul

Are you stressed?  Fishing in the natural outdoors can help with that. Do you want to spend more quality time with your kids?  Fishing can help create magical memories for years to come, and even play a part in sustaining a healthier lifestyle.

Are you looking for a fun social activity?  Fishing is definitely tops when it comes to quality time with friends, family and associates.  Are you looking for a new hobby that won’t break the bank?  Buy a local fishing license and explore your local rivers and streams… you’ll be amazed at the unexpected surprises that will make you wonder why you didn’t start sooner; or why you don’t do it more often!

It’s a Fact:  More People Enjoy Living Near the Water

According to National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) statistics, 90% of Americans live with an hour navigable lakes, waterways, and oceans.  NMMA also reports that almost one million people purchased a powerboat in 2009 with a total of 17 million boats afloat on the nations waters.  Of course, you don’t need a boat to enjoy fishing, but it can definitely add to the fun.

Ready to join in the fun, but don’t have a boat?

Check out what’s newly available in your area - search boattrader.com here.

When you’ve found the boat that’s right for you, be sure to sign up as a Free MarineFuel.com Basic Member to access the best searching tools and marina / fuel dock  database available on the internet today!  We are here to save you time and money on fuel purchases and marina destination planning.  We look forward to serving you!

Sources:
World Fishing Network
National Marine Manufacturers Association

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Celebrating World Oceans Day 2011

 


Although the United Nations didn’t officially recognize it until 2008, concerned citizens and organizations from around the world have been celebrating World Oceans Day on June 8th, since 1992. 

In 2009, this project combining celebration and awareness included over 300 events in 45 countries!

Read on to learn how you can participate in this important global event…

“Wear Blue, Tell Two.”

Designed to help spread awareness, the slogan for 2011 World Oceans Day is ‘Wear Blue, Tell Two’.  Participants are encouraged to wear the color blue in support of the oceans and to share two facts about the ocean’s plight with friends and co-workers such as links on how to calculate and minimize your boat carbon footprint or information on how become carbon neutral by purchasing carbon offsets.

Why do the World’s Oceans Need our Help?

Generally it comes down to consumption and pollution as consumers strip the oceans of non-sustainable fish and pollute its waters through various forms of contamination.  As almost 71% of the Earth is covered by ocean waters, these waters are vital to the sustainability of life on our planet.  Keeping our climate regulated, playing host to the cycle of life, and creating the oxygen we breathe are all jobs that can only be accomplished by the mighty ocean waters.

How Can I Help to Promote World Oceans Day?

The World Oceans Day website makes promoting World Oceans Day as easy as downloading customizable posters, images, and documents to use for free to help spread the word such as a press release and a letter written to a newspaper editor.

How Can I Organize My Own World Oceans Day Event?

Visit the World Oceans Day website.  It provides interested participants with specific celebratory ideas like those involving:

  1. Personal Lifestyle Changes – such as carpooling or taking public transit to reduce your carbon footprint
  2. Aquatic Cleanups – grab your friends and organize a beach, lake, or underwater cleanup
  3. Children – download and read together the Dr. Seuss World Oceans Day flyer or attend a World Oceans Day event at your local aquarium, zoo, or museum
  4. Seafood – hold a sustainable seafood day of your own and serve a selection of smart seafood like Dungeness crab, yellow fin tuna, and haddock

World Oceans Day Schedule of Events for June 8, 2011

Be Green today, on the June 8th, and every day!

Whether you’re a recreational or professional boater, it is crucial to understand the importance of making conscious choices while boating to ensure that every boating trip is a green one.  Do your part by participating with your family, friends, and fellow boating enthusiasts in celebrating World Oceans Day on June 8… if there isn’t an event in near you, gather some friends and create your own! 

Visit the Green Captain™ for more information on being clean and green all year round.


Sources:
WorldOceansDay.org
Wikipedia

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Royal Conservation with Global Reef Expedition

It all started with a young Saudi Prince and his fascination for the ocean.  As he grew up, he became an avid scuba diver while his interest in the underwater world continued to grow.  During the 1990’s, His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz hosted the World’s foremost oceanographers on a research expedition dedicated to conservation. 

Its success prompted Prince Khaled to launch an official organization in 2000 known as the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.  Headquartered in Landover, MD, the next research exploration, Global Reef Expedition, starts this year and continues into 2015.  With its theme entitled ‘Science Without Borders,’ this expedition is dedicated to creating consumer awareness about coral reefs in order to help preserve and protect them. 

The world’s coral reefs are vital to the oceans overall wellbeing and provide a suggested $370 billion annually to the U.S. economy alone.  The most significant loss of coral reefs has taken place the Caribbean Sea where estimates are as high as 80%; the destructive loss is due to such environmental and physical factors such as development of the coastline, pollutants, and greenhouse gas emissions

The Global Reef Expedition is very generous when it comes to inviting scientists to participate as all expenses for the research boat, including crew members and equipment, are included as part of the offer.  As well as receiving training, fourth berths will be supplied for a maximum of four weeks while researchers participate in plotting, charting, and observing the coral reefs within their own waters.  The Global Reef Expedition will sail to coral reefs throughout the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean.
 
The research vessel, Golden Shadow, is a 219’ mega motor yacht built in 1994 by Campbell Shipyard of San Diego, CA.  She features two Deutz AG diesel engines capable of 5,310 HP, berth accommodations for 14 plus additional crew quarters for 28, and a submersible lift from which to load and unload the Golden Shadow’s accompanying float plane, Golden Eye.

Comprised of 1,640 miles of coastline, Saudi Arabia is bordered by an abundance of sea life in Red Sea to the west, the Gulf of Oman to the east, and the Arabian Sea to the south.  Offering some of the best scuba diving in the world, the area is known for their abundance and variety of sea life.

In addition to the Living Oceans Foundation, His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz is also the Minister of Defense and Aviation as well as the Second Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.  


 

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Photo Credit: Golden Shadow Courtesy of Global Reef Expedition

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Doing Your Part on Earth Day 2011

Celebrating Earth Day: 2011

With people in 175 countries around the world celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 22, 2011, what will your contribution be as a recreational boater?  We all know how important it is to protect the environment and we must be diligent in doing so everyday.

While it may not seem like much, each of our individual efforts can go a long way especially when 66 million recreational boaters take to the water each year in the U.S. alone.  MarineFuel.com features resources for boaters who care about our marine wildlife, oceans, and waterways through their informational website feature, The Green Captain™.
For Earth Day 2011, the theme is entitled ‘A Billion Acts of Green’.  Consider taking the time to expand your boating environmental awareness by viewing informative articles inspired by The Green Captain™, offering tips and ideas on how to make your recreational boating experience a greener one:

Why Going Green is Important      |      Tips for Clean Boaters

The Marine Industry’s Contributions

Additionally, in support of Earth Day, BoatUS and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) offer these quick green boating tips designed to save you money as well as to help save the environment:
  • Properly dispose of all waste and recycle everything including that old fishing line
  • Reduce fuel consumption by driving slower
  • Test your driving skills by taking a boat operating refresher course
  • Upgrade your boat with green ideas like solar panels and electric engines
  • Conserve fuel by planning your route ahead of time and not wandering off course
  • Be diligent when refueling to ensure you don’t spill even one drop
  • Ensure your bio-degradable cleaners are doing the job by viewing a BoatUS consumer report
  • Ensure your boat is clean of all invasive species to prevent transfer
  • Lighten your load by removing unnecessary items from your boat

United States & Canada Events for 2011

In case you haven’t already made your Earth Day plans, here are some fun boating-themed events from the U.S. and Canada that you may want to consider attending:
April 21, 2011
  • Save Our Shores Beach & River Clean Up, Salinas, CA
  • Port Elgin Beach Clean Up, Port Elgin, ON
April 22, 2011
  • Earth Day San Francisco
  • Project AWARE Foundation Dive for Earth Day, countries around the world
  • Earth Day Celebration at Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco (April 22 to 24)
April 23, 2011
  • Earth Day at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Tionesta Lake and Shore Cleanup, Tionesta, PA
  • Washington Coast Clean Up, various locations
  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Beach Clean Up, Moss Beach, CA
  • Earth Day Beach Clean Up, Bellingham, WA
  • Earth Day Beach & San Juan Creek Cleanup, Dana Point, CA
April 30, 2011
  • Boat Bash & Earth Day Extravaganza, Crystal River, FL
  • Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park Clean Up, San Pedro, CA
  • Aquarena’s Earth Day Celebration, San Marcos, TX
Happy Earth Day from all of us here at MarineFuel.com!

Sources:
BoatUS
NMMA

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Earth Day: A Global Warning! by eye2eye

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Sea Turtle Conservation at Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Dedicated to the plight of Florida’s endangered sea turtles, Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, FL, was first established as a children’s educational resource more than twenty-five years ago by local resident, Eleanor Fletcher.

From its humble beginnings above a real estate office, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is now a 12,000 square foot complex complete with an onsite veterinary hospital, exhibition space, research laboratory, scuba diving instruction, plus an exterior classroom for children. This not-for-profit organization welcomes more than 16,000 students annually by providing opportunities for educational experiences as well as hosting an additional 200,000 public visitors.

Why are sea turtles endangered?

Sea turtle numbers have greatly diminished due to several factors within their natural habitat including:

  1. An increased demand for their meat, eggs and oil
  2. A strong demand for crafting them into tourist items like jewelry and souvenir trinkets
  3. Commercial fishing pollutants in the ocean that can directly affect turtles or their habitats
  4. An increase of tourists wanting to witness hatchlings but who don’t understand the possible consequences of doing so
  5. Obstructions and objects on the beach itself that can hinder hatchlings from getting to the ocean

It’s the duty of all recreational boaters to do their part when it comes to preventing water pollution to ensure the safety and viability of all marine life. Practicing due diligence also applies to marina owners and employees as well.

What species of sea turtles are endangered in Florida?

There are seven recognized species of sea turtles in the world; six of them are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ICUN) endangered species list. Loggerhead Marine Center is dedicated to helping the following turtle species within Florida:

  1. Leatherback – Critically Endangered
  2. Loggerhead – Endangered
  3. Green – Endangered
  4. Hawksbill – Critically Endangered
  5. Kemp’s Ridley – Critically Endangered

How can you help the endangered sea turtle population?

Loggerhead Marine Center offers a number of ways to help support their cause. It can be as easy as making a one-time monetary donation, adopting a turtle with your family or co-workers, purchasing an item at their gift shop, or by becoming a Loggerhead Marine Center member. You can also volunteer your time at the center in areas like the gift shop, as an educational or program docent, or even as a greeter. As a family, conservation awareness can be created by having your child attend one of the many camp programs or by holding their birthday party (or volunteering at one) at the center.

Loggerhead Marine Center invites you to join their cause by following them on Twitter or Facebook and by viewing their educational videos on Loggerhead Marine Center’s YouTube Channel.


Sources:
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Sea Florida Online
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Office of Protected Resources

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NOAA Clean Marina Initiative

NOAA Clean Marina Initiative

See Directory of Participating States – click here

Although true roots date back to 1807 with the founding of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was officially established in 1970 as a federal branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, the responsibilities of NOAA include advising as to potentially hazardous weather conditions, climate monitoring, conducting research, fisheries administration, charting the Earth’s seas and atmospheres, along with creating environmental awareness.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are over 17 million boats registered for recreational use across the nation.  With so many boats on the water, there’s a high chance some pollutants will enter and impact overall water quality from time to time.  It’s important that the recreational boating community, which includes marina owners and operators, are diligent when it comes to eco-friendly boating practices.

What is the NOAA Clean Marina Initiative?

As part of their environmental awareness quest, NOAA developed the voluntary Clean Marina Initiative program designed to encourage pollution reducing eco-friendly practices when it comes to marina owners and recreational boating enthusiasts.  Even though not all states have a Clean Marina Program, NOAA offers participants a variety of information and resources including materials, support, technical help, along with Best Management Practices.

Why should I take part in the Clean Marina Initiative?

As a recreational boater, it’s your duty to ensure you’re not harming the environment while enjoying a day of boating.  It’s as easy as following the suggested Tips for Clean Boaters which offers a wealth of suggestions when it comes to green boating.  Doing your part helps to ensure the viability of waterways for future generations.

As a marina owner, benefits of joining the Clean Marina Program include reducing the possibility of any legal problems due to regulation noncompliance, reducing the cost of waste disposal, free compliance assistance, and the free publicity that comes along with being a certified Clean Marina within your state.  Many recreational boaters will actively seek out a Clean Marina over a standard marina when planning their boating trip itinerary. 

Find reen-marinas hereUsing MarineFuel.com’s E-Marina™ Advanced Search
will allow you to quickly find Green Marinas in the
United States, Bahamas & Caribbean.
 

Additional Clean Marina Resources

As 50% of U.S. residents reside in coastal areas, NOAA’s State of the Coast department also helps to ensure the viability of America’s coastal waters and coastline.  Their objective also includes sustainability for the commercial fishing industry as well as for recreational boating.  The Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and the Coastal Services Center are part of the NOAA State of the Coast program.

MarineFuel.com features resources for boaters & marinas who care about the oceans, waterways, and marine wildlife through their website feature called The Green Captain™.  For a complete listing of states offering a Clean Marina designation, view the U.S. Directory of States Offering Clean Marina Certification.

 

Sources:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Flickr.com Photo Credit:
GOES Satellites Capture Holiday Weather Travel Conditions by NASA Goddard Photo and Video

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Powerful Marina Advertising Made Simple

Marina Advertising

Our Marina Advertising Increases Your Profits

When you’re developing a marina advertising strategy for your marina business, it’s important to ensure you’re getting the best ROI (return on investment) for your advertising dollars.

To achieve this value, it’s critical that you have a marina advertising partner who understands your unique needs, and has a proven success record of how to apply the latest online marketing strategies to your benefit.

Wide-spread marina advertising with powerful results is made simple when you choose MarineFuel.com as part of your marina advertising strategy.

Having achieved recognition as the ”Go To”  resource for accurate and real-time fuel & marina information through exclusive partnerships with industry leaders such as BoatUS and ValvTect;  boating consumers throughout Canada, United States, Bahamas and Caribbean visit our pages and off-site widgets again and again to plan their short or long-haul trips… this means your ads will be seen by first time, and repeat, visitors who may – or may not – already know about you.

Why Do They Visit MarineFuel.com?

With advanced targeted searching capabilities found in E-Marina™ and Fuel Dock Prices™, both professional and recreational boaters now have unprecedented control over their annual fuel and travel costs when they use the Marinas Directory to schedule their next refueling or marina visit. Additionally, the comprehensive Research Library and eco-friendly boating information found via The Green Captain™ inspires visitors of all kinds to the site; offering marina advertisers both direct and indirect marketing opportunities… it goes without saying; the consumer loves to know they are saving money without compromising on quality or service.

How Will Digital Marina Advertising Increase Your Profits?

When you update your Marina’s Listing on MarineFuel.com, this information is immediately updated and available to over 100 other, highly relevant, industry websites.  And if that’s not reason enough, see below for even more great reasons to choose digital marina advertising through MarineFuel.com:

  1. We’ve already done it for you! Simply Register as a Free Basic Member to see the details currently displayed in your MarineFuel.com hosted listing.  We hope you are already enjoying the benefits of this free Basic Marina Advertising.
  2. It’s cost effective for those who choose Enhanced Marketing Services (and if you sell fuel purchased through the Fuel Bid Desk™ at your marina, your Enhanced Marina Advertising is also FREE!)
  3. Targeted demographics, as well as on and off page optimization, ensure your ads are seen by real boaters; not random online surfers.
  4. The choice of National ad placements, or Geo-Targeting for your ads (when you want to restrict your marina advertising display to regionally specific areas).
  5. Measurable results with potentially immediate increases in traffic to your facility, fuel dock, restaurant and ancillary services.
  6. Direct contact via e-mail or text alerts with boaters who want to know when you make changes to your prices or listing.
  7. Present your most current marina information to consumers worldwide, and make it available at their convenience, not just when your are open for operation (or phone calls).


Types of Marina Advertising Available with MarineFuel.com

Initiating your marina advertising efforts with MarineFuel.com is easy.

FREE Basic Marina Advertising
Exposure on MarineFuel.com Pages 
& Increased Search Engine Visibility

 See Your Ad HERE!
with Enhanced Advertising

Simply register as a Basic Member to view the full details currently displayed on our Free marina listing.  Our detailed profile settings allow marina owners to highlight and display available amenities, current prices and services as well today’s special promotions… when they take active controls of their profile!

When you’ve claimed, you may change your information as often as you like, and updates are made in real-time  (instantly!).  A powerful marketing platform from the inside out, MarineFuel.com’s site architecture is designed to optimally cooperate with Search Engines by leveraging on and off page keywords, and places your facility in top search results (even if a boater does not know your facility’s name or exact location). 

The Free Marina Advertising associated with your marina listing – alone - will increase traffic and sales at your marina and fuel dock.

Enhanced Marina Advertising
Enriched Exposure on MarineFuel.com Pages, Increased Search Engine Visibility & Extensive Off-Site Promotions

An enhanced marina advertising package will showcase your message on our pages, as well as promote your marina beyond the pages of MarineFuel.com.  

We’ll provide high volume general public awareness as to why your marina is the boater’s best choice when visiting your area through direct promotions, and the positive reviews of actual boaters who have visited you.

MarineFuel.com offers a number of enhanced advertising options and packages including:

  1. Banner Ads
  2. Research Library Inclusion
  3. Extensive Social Media Promotions
  4. E-mail & Newsletter Campaigns
  5. Site Sponsorship
  6. Reputation Management






Just to name a few…

Visitors see over 100 showcased amenities and services, displayed in easy to read, at-a-glance format!

Benefits of Advertising with MarineFuel.com

MarineFuel.com unites 17 million boaters, 8,700 marinas, 2,400 Fuel Docks and over 1,500 fuel wholesalers together in one website.  Committed to a customized approach for providing cost savings to both marinas and their customers, the tremendous benefits of free or enhanced advertising with MarineFuel.com include:

  1. Taking comfort in knowing your advertising actually reaches your target market, each and every time you advertise.
  2. Competitive advertising price points to fit every budget, and achieve every goal.
  3. Access to professional writers and graphics designers to showcase your marina’s attractions, products, services & amenities, and special events.
  4. Instant Announcements – No more waiting for your webmaster to apply updates to your own website (if you have one).
  5. Direct contact with boaters via email or text alerts when you update, or make changes, to your listing.
  6. No high pressure sales tactics – we’re committed to your success even if you don’t opt for paid advertising options.
  7. Dealing with a well-established business in the marine industry who doesn’t rely soley upon it’s current user base to promote you.
  8. Working with an Internet Marketing Based Company that understands a marina’s advertising expectations & agendas, while offering unparralled expertise in the specific & sensitive  intracacies of online marketing.

How Do I Get Started with MarineFuel.com Advertising?   Click HERE

It’s as easy as picking up the telephone and calling MarineFuel.com at 1-888-431-0708 (option 5) or by filling out our online contact form to which one of our advertising representatives will cheerfully respond.

When you choose marina advertising with MarineFuel.com, you know your advertising campaign is managed by a Company that truly knows how to leverage the power of the Internet. 

This is a promise proven by our own rapid rise to success within our niche… in less than 2 years MarineFuel.com has achieved top position in an incredibly competitive marketplace… just image what we can do for you and your established, or emerging, marina business!

Shoot an email, or ring us up; we’re here to discuss your business and marketing goals, and will work with you to develop a strategy that will meet your budget while providing tangible and prompt results… our cutting-edge tactics and strategies may experience copycat attempts, but our results simply can’t be beat.

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Meals & Snacks for Onboard Day Boat Trips

Onboard SnacksWhen you’re on the water enjoying the day, coming to the disappointing realization that you’ved planned insufficiently for onboard boat snacks and meals onboard your day trip can be a real mood cruncher.  You don’t have to create masterpiece works of art from fruit and vegetables, but you can certinaly have fun with your food choices & presentation, while maintaining a simple appraoch to boat meals and snacks onboard your day trip.

Prepare ahead of time onboard snack ideas:

Cold meat and cheeses, to be served with a variety of crackers and whole grain breads

  • An array of colorful vegetables and dip
  • Fresh fruits with yogurt for dipping or dried fruit
  • Spinach dip in a hollowed out bread bowl
  • Microwavable popcorn
  • Pasta salad or potato salad
  • Tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese and salsa or tacos in a bag
  • Pretzels, Doritos, Pringles, or other potato chips
  • Beef jerky
  • A selection of granola bars or power bars
  • Banana bread
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Bagels and smoked salmon
  • sushi
  • Trail mix, nuts, or party mix
  • Muffaletta sandwich or take-out submarine sandwiches
  • Wraps such as chicken breast, ham, or marinated grilled beef or pork
  • Hummus and pita bread
  • On a cold day, hot chocolate and a treat of cookies, muffins, or pastries

Snacks to prepare while onboard:

  • Buy cherry tomatoes or peppadew peppers and stuff with cream cheese just before serving
  • Put together an antipasto platter with olives, tuna, pickled onions, artichokes, cauliflower, salami, prosciutto, along with a cracker and bread assortment
  • Quick guacamole dip made from avocado, lemon juice, sour cream, to be served with tortilla chips (chopped tomato is optional)
  • Sun-dried snacks of tomatoes, cream cheese, and crackers

Prepare ahead of time onboard meal suggestions for day trips:

  • Pasta salad with the addition of pre-cooked chicken breast slices, to be served with buns
  • Pork tacos and black bean salsa
  • Chicken and asparagus casserole
  • Kalamata pork with pita bread and tomato/mozzarella salad
  • Sliced pork tenderloin served with grilled chilled asparagus
  • Meatloaf, to be served with a salad
  • Chilled grilled salmon with salads
  • Take-out fried chicken or pizza and assorted salads
  • On a cold day, try a chunky gazpacho or hearty chili and an assortment of buns

Meals to prepare while onboard:

  • Hamburgers served with dill pickles and potato chips
  • Barbecued catch of the day
  • Chicken and vegetable soup
  • Anything seafood such as chili lime prawns or scallop linguine
  • Lamb cutlets with a strawberry, bean, and feta cheese salad
  • Easy omelets

And, if all else fails, simply find a marina in your area with a restaurant, and leave the preparation and dishes to someone else!  Find Marians with Restaurants or Grocery in your area by searching the E-Marina™ database.

Besides the food itself, ensuring boat food safety for passengers onboard any recreational boat should be a top priority.  Evolving around boating meal storage, preparation, and cooking, it’s important to check the temperature of your refrigerator, to clean and properly sanitize surfaces, and to be acutely aware of any food allergies guests onboard may have.

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Enjoy these links to some of the best onboard snacks and boating meals for day trips when you’re boating or even when you’re at home.

Sources:
TugBoats Online.com
Forums Chef2Chef.net
ChowHound.com
SavannahMagazine
Women and Cruising.com – sun-dried snacks
AllRecipes.com – kalamata pork; pork tacos
About.com Camping – Tacos in a Bag
Yacht and Boat.au – chili lime prawns; scallp linguine
Yacht and Boat.au – Lamb cutlets; easy omelets; chicken and vegetable soup

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