It has been my absolute pleasure serving this community since its creation in Feb. of 2010. Due to inactivity, time constraints and costs, the forums here at www.BoatingWinnebago.com have been set to a “read only,” state.
The site has always been by the boaters for the boaters and we wanted to insure that there was a place to continue to have the Boating Community come together.
A Facebook Group seemed like the best option as we can have multiple admins and everyone can post / discuss things in a common fairly well known interface.
These forums will remain online until further notice. There is a wealth of knowledge here on many different subjects. Feel free to use the search function and link back to it as a reference source at your leisure.
If anyone here would like their user account deleted you are able to do that from the Profile area.
The month of May will feature two opportunities to learn boater safety.
• The Fond du Lac Coast Guard Auxiliary will present the Wisconsin DNR 10-hour Safe Boating Course from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning May 17.
Classes will be held at the Fond du Lac Yacht Club, 505 Mohawk Ave.
By completing a DNR boating safety course, youths ages 12 to 16 to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft without an adult. The course also satisfies Wisconsin regulations that require completion of boating safety certification by adults born in 1989 or later who operate a boat or personal watercraft.
Course content includes boat types, legal requirements, safety rules, right of way, buoys, boat handling, emergencies and using a trailer.
A book will cost $10.
For more information, visit http://a0950401.uscgaux.info or call (920) 923-1774.
• The Fond du Lac County Sheriff\'s Department will conduct a boater safety course to be held at the City County Government Center, 160 S. Macy St. It will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on May 2, 4, 9 and 11.
Students must attend all sessions. Parents must attend the first class for 15 minutes to register the students. Ages 10 to 15 are preferred, according to a press release from the Sheriff\'s Department.
All boater safety students will be required to obtain a DNR customer ID number as part of the criteria to graduate from any recreational safety class. The number must be provided to the instructor.
Students can obtain the ID number by calling (888) 936-7463 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
To pre-register, contact Deputy Aaron Rauls at (920) 906-4664 ext. 9062.
Welcome to the definitive list of stations that sell ethanol-free gasoline in the U.S. and Canada! It’s growing fast!
If you buy ethanol-free gas, and your station isn’t listed here, please add it now! (State-by-state labeling requirements are listed at fuel-testers.com.)
Sign the petition to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, asking her to write federal regulations to ensure production and sale of ethanol-free gasoline!
Map note: The Google station map often loads without the stations; if that happens, hit your browser Refresh, and it should reload with all the stations.
Update or remove a station by clicking details->update this station on the station’s listing below. Please remove stations that no longer sell pure gas, even if you didn’t post them!
RSS Feeds: The large RSS icon to the right gives you a feed of ALL stations, most recent at the top. The smaller RSS icon that shows when you select a state gives you a feed for that state only, most recent at the top.
We currently have 2073 stations entered for the following states and provinces. Click on a state to see them!
The Vinyl Guy in Chilton WI is the newest site sponsor for BoatingWinnebago.com
You will not find better pricing on:
Transom Name Decals
Custom boating and car decals,
Business window and vehicle lettering.
No job is too big, too complex or too small for The Vinyl Guy.
Owner Ryan has been an avid boater and long time boating compadre to many of the members of the Forums Community. Every will agree he’s a great guy. Because of that we have exclusively partnered with “The Vinyl Guy,” to supply all our BoatingWinnebago.com decals. (That and he’s doing them for free…lol.)
(Captains, please remember to drink and boat responsibly, you are responsible for the safety and legal operation of your vessel.)
The Saint James Story
“Cue the Dean Martin music, dim the lights and conjure up notions of James Bond with a martini in hand.
Now, with four locations, Fox Valley night life is all grown up, and classier than ever!
There’s something for everyone on the martini menu; the Double Vision, Candy Cane, and Twisted Chocolate martinis, just to name a few of the 105 varieties. And if a martini isn’t your libation of choice, The Saint James also has a full service bar. Try a champagne cocktail, a selection off of our wine or choice-scotch list, a mixed drink or even a beer.
The atmosphere at The Saint James is different than your typical bar. At The Saint James you will find good conversation in an atmosphere of ambient lighting, good music and comfortable seating, even sofas nestled into a corner nook of the lounge.”
This is a non-smoking environment
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 3:30 – close
Sunday 4:00 – close
Open – 6:00pm
$2.00 off regular size martini’s
$1.00 off all other drinks and pizza
The Saint James Neenah
211 E Wisconsin Ave
Neenah, WI 54956
You can ask the members of our forum about the quality of work that Marine Tops does. They are well known for top of the line quality and friendly service.
“Marine Tops Unlimited, Inc. has been serving the needs of Wisconsin boaters from its Omro location since 1982. With 3 locations to serve you, Marine Tops Unlimited is Wisconsin’s LARGEST and most experienced custom canvas manufacturer. At Marine Tops we specialize in custom fabrication of cockpit and mooring covers, enclosures, upholstery, carpeting, draperies and bedding.
All Marine Tops locations are owned and operated independently, with over 55 years of combined experience to serve you. Weather it’s Carl in Omro, or Steve in Madison our professional staff will meet your needs.
Our professional designers can serve you at any of our locations or they will come to your boat. They will assist you in selecting colors and options for your canvas or interior projects. Our professionals will pattern and install your canvas or interior projects at your slip or winter storage location. We also repair canvas products. From restiching and patching, to glass replacement, we do it all!
All Marine Tops Unlimited canvas products have a 5 year warranty. No other fabricator in Wisconsin offers a warranty this good.
When it comes to custom designing and fabricating of your canvas or interior projects let the experience of the professionals at Marine Tops go to work for you. Our attention to quality and details will please even the most discriminating yacht owner.”
Marine Tops Unlimited has two locations to serve you:
Marine Tops Unlimited, Inc
1005 East Main Street
Omro, WI 54963
Steve & Lynn have owned the business for 14 years, and Lynn (God bless her heart,) does 95% of the home cooking herself. They have homemade soups, and rumor is that you’ll have to come in to check out their low prices, it will be worth the trip.
They’re open everyday at 11:00AM closed on Tuesdays
Italian Beef or Deep-Fried Slipper Lobster
Nauts Landing is located on Main Street, across from the Menasha marina, on the site of the old City Hall and Menasha Fire Department. The restaurant was designed in a nautical theme with knotty pine interior, hardwood flooring, and a fantastic outdoor deck. Rick and Renee purchased the restaurant after managing it for a couple of years.
Nauts’ Service Philosophy
Your Nauts server takes complete responsibility for your satisfaction. From drinks to appetizers to dessert, you’ll be served by a single member of the Nauts Crew – not a series of people. Its Nauts’ commitment to personalized, attentive service – each and every time you dine.
When customers come to Nauts, they get home cooked, hand prepared meals. “We never skimp,” says Renee, “We make our own pizza dough and sausage, we bake and slice our own roast beef, and we make Nauts soups and stews from scratch.
Rick and Renee are both natives of the Neenah – Menasha area. Together, they have close to 60 years of restaurant, bar, and service management experience. They are hands-on owners who
will greet you every time.
We are very excited to announce that JBS Racing is now a site sponsor.
For those that are not familiar with JBS Racing, they are a world class powerboat team, racing in the unlimited class. Owner and driver Jeff Stevenson, his wife Jamie and their family are residents of Winneconne, WI.
Currently they are racing with a 50ft 2010 Mystic C5000-R that has been specifically built for them and reinforced for the brutal race conditions. The boat is powered by a pair of helicopter engines from Turbine Marine in Pompano Beach, Fl, which together produce about 3700 hp.
They are known for being the “bad boys,” of the sport because of their keen ability to beat the much more flashy and corporate sponsored competition.
JBS Racing has generously donated a bunch of their team “swag,” that we will be handing out at various events and while we on the waterways.
BoatingWinnebago.com will be keeping up with JBS Racings season for you. We will be posting results and awards as often as we can.
To give a little history on who Jeff Stevenson is, below is a excerpt from an article that ran in the April 2010 “Poker Runs of America,” magazine that we’ve been given permission to re-post.
“While growing up, Stevenson was a typical New England kid, playing football at Hanover High School in New Hampshire and he was skilled enough on skis to make it to the Junior Winter Olympics in the combined event. He said his favorite ski areas were Killington and Pico Peak in Vermont because they had the biggest moguls and when he skis now, Stevenson still seeks out the biggest bumps and jumps. “We used to always ski off the runs and go off cliffs right now,” he laughed. But the competitor in him still wonders, “What if..” on occasion. “I love skiing and sitting there watching the Olympics, I think I could be skiing competitively,” said Stevenson.
He also satisfies his need for speed on snowmobiles, four-wheelers and motocross bikes. The first JBS Racing team was actually in motocross.
In addition to skiing throughout the winter, Stevenson and his family spent summers on the water, sailing and powerboating. “My dad had me drive when I was a kid because he didn’t know how to do it,” said Stevenson. He bought his first boat, a 22’ Baja with a blown 540-cid engine in it, from his divorced boss. “It was ridiculous, ran over 100 mph and it was my first insane boat,” chuckled Stevenson. “Luckily it overheated the first time I ran it.”
He bought a Donzi 28 ZX. “That was my first taste of a real boat. “I loved Donzis when I was a kid,” explained Stevenson. “I started doing poker runs with it and I was hooked.” He has since owned a Donzi 38 ZX, two Donzi 38 ZRCs, a pair of Donzi 38 ZSF center consoles, a Donzi 38 ZR and his current boat is a Donzi 43 ZR powered by twin Mercury Racing HP1075 SCis with Dry Sump Six drives. It’s named Beaver Fever. Even his pet lynx is named Donzi. And whether it’s been a car, boat, truck or other motorized vehicle, if Stevenson owns it, the machine doesn’t stay stock for long. “If it’s stock, it’s boring,” said.
After he and Jaimee moved the family to Wisconsin, Stevenson went to his first offshore race in 2002 in Milwaukee, following that up with visits to events in Marathon and Key West, both in Florida.
Then Skrocki, who had been racing in Factory II in a Donzi 38 ZR Competition Series, put his boat up for sale before the 2004 season. Stevenson bought the boat and immediately the two struck up a friendship, sharing a bond as former motocross racers who still enjoy riding. Skrocki wanted to stay involved in the sport, so he assumed the role of throttleman on the new JBS Racing team.
The duo didn’t take long to make a statement. In their first race, Stevenson and Skrocki beat the defending national champions, Snap-On Tools, in another 38 ZRC. They went on to win all but one race that season, claiming the national and world championship and earning an induction into the celebrated American Power Boat Association Hall of Champions.
“We got second one time when we overheated,” said Stevenson who knew when he bought the boat that it was fast, but its maintenance and testing programs needed to be re-vamped. “The testing sometimes was weeks at a time and rebuilding drives and doing spacers and props,” explained Stevenson. “When Joey had the boat, he was living in the parking lot at Lake X for months at a time.”
Stevenson remained loyal to Donzi and asked the Sarasota, Fla.-based company to build him a boat for the new Super Vee class. Immediately the team’s resolve was tested when the boat sank in Pickwick, Tenn., and in the next race another 38 Donzi raceboat, Lightning Strikes, ran over JBS during competition. He called that the worst point of his offshore racing career.
While he still remains a Donzi loyalist, it didn’t take Stevenson long to get rid of that boat and take his first ride in a big catamaran. He was getting ready to head down from his home in Key Largo to watch the worlds in Key West when Skrocki called. “It just happened out of the blue that Joey was working with Hidden Agenda in Key West in 2005. He called and said do you want to race and I was hooked.”
John Arruda, the owner of Turbine Marine in Pompano Beach, Fla., had bought a canopied 50’ Mystic cat and put in some of his turbine engines. Mystic was an up-and-coming name because everyone in the sport knew that John Tomlinson and Dave Scott were building a new one for their Budweiser Select racing team.
Stevenson bought the boat from Arruda because it was lighter, less expensive and easier to rig. Much like Haggin, Stevenson was intrigued by the turbines for two reasons. The first is that, even though he has plenty of money to support his racing thanks to an inheritance from his grandmother who was a founder of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the turbines cost less to own. “The blower motors that Budweiser Select had, you were just popping engines left and right,” explained Stevenson. “If you stick to the maintenance schedule with turbines, they’ll last forever.”
JBS Racing missed most of the 2008 season while the boat was finished and ran a limited campaign in 2009. After the big win against Miss GEICO in Biloxi, the boat started having structural problems throughout the balance of the year. “I don’t think the boat was ever really designed to be turning like we are,” said Stevenson. “We had some structural issues.”
The Thirsty Sturgeon Pizzeria is a fairly new business to downtown Stockbridge. They have just extensively remodeled the interior of their location.
They offer a full menu of dinner items and a full bar, but they specialize in home made pizza. They will be adding a bakery that should be open for business by the early part of June.
The Thirsty Sturgeon makes all their pizza to order by hand. They have over 20 years of experiance in the home made pizza business from local Fox Valley pizzerias that you would know by name. They make their own sausage and only use fresh ingredients for the best pizza on the east shore of lake Winnebago.
If you call them they will pick you up in their shuttle at any of the following harbors:
Stockbridge public harbor
Calumet County park
Columbia park in Pipe, WI.
They also run the shuttle on a limited weekend and holiday schedule making hourly stops at each of the above locations, but it’s best to call ahead for speedy pickup.
The Thirsty Sturgeon Pizzeria
101 South Military Road
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Established in 2005, Aspen Coffee & Tea stemmed from the desire to do more for our printing and shipping customers by providing updated equipped, expanded services and a very good cup of coffee.
Sit next to the fireplace on a leather couch with a mug of coffee or enjoy checking your email with our free wireless internet service. Much like the Aspen tree, our coffee house will continue to grow with new products and menu additions. Check back with us often or even better, visit us in person. We’ll have the coffee pot on for you.
Aspen Coffee and Tea
124 W. Wisconsin Ave
Neenah, WI 54957
The Members of BoatingWinnebago.com will all agree, Wolf River House Resort in Winneconne consistently has the cheapest fuel prices available on the water just about anywhere on the entire Lake Winnebago Pool.
Now, in addition to that, they have given a coupon for a half priced 6pk of your favorite beverage and 2 free 10lb bags of ice whenever you fill up your boat at their fuel docks!
“Wolf River Resorts consists of five family businesses working together to accommodate fishermen from near and far. We are located in the midst of five fishing lakes which are all adjoined by the famous Wolf and Fox Rivers. This unique water chain forms one of the nations largest natural fish hatcheries and provides enjoyable year ’round fishing.
Spring walleyes runs, during March and April, signal the beginning of the fishing season. May white bass runs offer excellent family fishing. Black bass, northern pike, pan fish, catfish and occasionally musky and sturgeon provide enjoyable summer fishing. Returning walleye and white bass heat up the fall fishing and offer good ice fishing as well.
All three resorts are situated on the southeast shore of Lake Winneconne where it narrows into the placid Wolf River in the Village of Winneconne”
Wolf River House Resorts
17 N. First Ave – P.O. Box 188
Winneconne, WI 54986
Phone (920) 582-4555
Talk of the Town Saloon, located in downtown Winneconne, WI about 2 blocks from the public boat docks, has graciously given BoatingWinnebago.com the following coupon good for a pizza and pitcher of your favorite beverage for $5.00!
Stop by the Talk of the Town Archery Range and Saloon to catch up on the latest fishing action, enjoy a frosty cold beverage and a game of pool or darts. Check out our beautiful glass trophy case laid out in a totally unique setting. Frozen pizza and snacks are available anytime. Stop just once and you’ll be back.
Talk of the Town Archery Range and Tavern provides a great place for practice and league archery play. Two top of the line TECHNO-HUNT ranges provide shooting for up to 8 archers at a time. Closed circuit TV monitors lets those in the tavern watch their teammates and competition score. Just a couple of doors west of Critters Wolf River Sports Shop, the Talk of the Town Archery Range and Tavern is a great place to try out that new bow. Stop in and see for yourself what we have to offer you here for your enjoyment.
Talk of the Town Saloon
143 W. Main St. Winneconne, WI 54986.
Conveniently located in downtown Oshkosh’s City Center, Becket’s offers contemporary dining in a casual setting. Whether you join us in our beautiful dining room overlooking the Fox River or reserve our private dining room for your next special event, we provide the perfect gathering place for friends, family and visitors. You can be sure the items on our menu are made with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. At Becket’s, we are committed to providing you with an exceptional dining experience.
Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, Sunday Brunch at 10:00.
Monday-1/2 price burgers
Tuesday-$1 fish tacos
Wednesday-jazz orgy wine wed. w/ $13 bottles of wine
Thursday-all night happy hour
1 City Center
(Jackson St. and the Fox river)
Established in 1985, Merten Marine is now a second generation family business. The business has always focused on marine maintenance & repairs as our primary business. Located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Merten Marine LTD offers convenient solutions to your boat maintenance and repair needs. We have over 50 years in the marine business serving boaters in Northeast Wisconsin with the quality service they deserve & expect. We value our customers and find satisfaction in witnessing their enjoyment of boating. Our factory-trained, expert team possesses the experience and technology to professionally serve the Northeast Wisconsin boating community. Merten Marine annually invests in employee education & certification to ensure our customers receive the quality and cost benefits that the latest technological advances provide.