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 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.


Here is the link to the archived forums:

Here is the link to the Facebook Group:






A park bench, bicycles,lily pads, rocks and other items are being found in the muck of Lakeside Park lagoons as a dredging project continues.

About 1½ miles of tubes are transporting water, liquified mud and other ground items from the lagoons to an area on the west end of the park property.

About 60 residents turned out for a meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Lakeside Park Pavilion that provided an update on the project. Fond du Lac Public Works Director Jordan Skiff, City Engineer Paul De Vries and Kent Petersen, owner of PCI Dredging based in Minocqua, were on hand to explain the work.

“This has been a good project,” Petersen said, adding that the park setting without houses at the banks has made it easier to maneuver equipment.

Hydraulic dredging involves use of barges with claw-like arms that dig the material and send it in pipes to an area where water and solids are separated.

The first phase of work is nearly complete. Crews have been working around the clock in an area south of the Promen Drive bridge. That area was nearly clogged with sediment washing in from Lake Winnebago.

PCI Dredging plans to shut operations down after this week. Work is likely to resume in March with completion scheduled for May.

“The cold weather is a challenge,” Petersen said. “We’ve proven we can work in minus-7 (degrees).”

Petersen showed residents jars of clay balls and rocks that clog equipment on a regular basis. He said the machines pump about 2,500 to 3,000 gallons of diluted material a minute.

The dredged material is being stored in an open pit at Lakeside West. Residents are asked to stay away from the storage area.

Lakeside Park dredging project shuts down soon story, video | Action Reporter Media |




Good afternoon. I’m writing to notify everyone that CN RR has provided the schedule for the removal and replacement of the bridge in Oshkosh. The floating of the new bridge span and removal of the existing swing bridge via barge is scheduled from 2359 on August 18 to 2359 on August 23, 2013. The swing bridge is expected to be removed by noon on August 21, with the new span already in place but not operational. The waterway would essentially be impassable throughout the entire period, but small craft that can pass under the new bridge (approximately 6 feet vertical clearance) in the closed position would be able to pass between noon on August 21 and 2359 on August 23.

We request that this information be distributed as widely as possible in the local area. We will issue our Broadcast and Local Notice to Mariners with this information, but request additional outreach be done for local users.

Please feel free to contact me at the number below, or Lee Soule at (216) 902-6085, with any questions, and thank you in advance for getting this information out.


Scot Striffler
Bridge Program Manager
Ninth Coast Guard District
(216) 902-6087
Fax: (216) 902-6088



Sailing 600,000 kilometers—more than 37,000 miles—is an impressive feat even aboard modern luxury yachts. It’s downright astounding to do it without using a single drop of oil.

At 102-feet long and 49-feet wide, the €12.5 million MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is the largest solar-powered ship to sail the seven seas. It just became the first watercraft to circle the planet using nothing but the Sun’s energy.

Built by German boat-building firm, Knierim Yachtbau, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar cost €12.5 million. Its deck is covered in 5,780 square feet of solar panels—38,000 individual photovoltaic cells—producing up to 120kW of electricity. That’s fed to six massive Li-Ion battery blocks which, in turn, power four electric engines. These engines drive a pair of six-foot-wide, semi-submerged, counter-rotating carbon propellers—eliminating the need for a rudder and propelling the MS Tûranor at a respectable 14 knots. Granted, it can’t keep up with massive cargo ships like the Emma Maersk, but it also doesn’t burn 13 ounces of diesel fuel per revolution.

Since each engine only produces an average of 26 HP and the solar cells have a paltry 22.6-percent conversion rate, the MS Tûranor is designed for efficiency. Its 95 ton hull is built from a foam core sandwiched between layers of carbon fiber and resin. This makes for a lightweight but extremely durable hull while extensive hydrodynamic and aerodynamic testing have ensured minimal drag.

A crew of six piloted the Tûranor during its 585-day trans-oceanic voyage. It launched from Monaco on September 27, 2010 and sailed West for 19 months. This past Friday, May 4th, the boat came home. With a world record now under its belt, the Tûranor will be converted into a 40-passenger luxury yacht. Because, you know, Monaco.



Oshkosh – zebra mussels are back near Lake Winnebago, spreading out across shorelines and clogging boat channels.

The Department of Natural Resources says the zebra mussel population is “extremely high” right now, and that’s causing problems for area boaters and residents.

People who come to the lake regularly near Oshkosh are noticing a changing look the beaches.

“This has been a radical change. This I’ve never seen before,” Bill Glander said.

Glander has visited the lake for more than half a century but hasn’t seen this many zebra mussel shells until now.

Just a few miles south of Oshkosh, homeowners are seeing even more shells. There are thousands of them at the very least. Residents say the infestation grew by about 40 percent just this year.

“They’re filled right in. You can’t get out… and, if you open them up, couple days the wind picks up and they close right up again,” said Gary Weber, Point Comfort resident.

The influx of those shells has blocked the Point Comfort boat channel. That’s putting a damper on some people’s chances to boat and fish.

“There’s no spawning for the fish in here, there’s no crop. This used to be great fishing here,” said Patrick Schaeffer, a Point Comfort resident and Lake Winnebago boater.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources doesn’t have a practical way to dispose of them.  The agency urges boaters to be cautious when moving from lake to lake to watch out for hitchhikers.

“It’s important that people be very careful about not transporting any water or live plants anywhere from Lake Winnebago or among any lakes,” said Rob McLennan, DNR basin supervisor.

But residents still want rid of the invasive species.

“You’d need dump trucks to come in here and get the stuff out of here. It’s no shoveling deal to get them out, it’s not going to happen,” said Schaeffer.

Residents cannot remove the mussels without a permit from the DNR.

In the meantime, some Point Comfort homeowners say they’re thinking about moving out.

Lake News: Zebra Mussels Impact Residents and Boaters at Lake Winnebago.



Add a little summer to your winter

February 16-19, 2012 at Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena and Shopko Hall

It’s Northeast Wisconsin’s largest and longest-running boat show!  Two exhibit buildings packed with the areas finest selection of boats priced so hot that when they hit the water – it’s sure to set off steam!

The area’s finest boat dealers bring their selection of cruising, fishing, pontoon, and recreational boats to offer you the best deals of the year.  Personal watercrafts will be on hand for those looking for some on the water excitement!  Kayaks, and canoes will be on hand for those seeking a quieter recreational option.

The Waterfront Lifestyle Expo exhibitors will be on hand to help you enhance your waterfront home, build that cottage or cabin, save your shoreline, and enjoy your outdoor living experience.   From vacation destinations, kayaks, docking and docking systems, and more – visit the village at the Expo!

This year watch for new and fun interactive entertainment.

Get in FREE on Thursday, February 16, with a cash donation to Golden House or an item from Golden House’s wish list (click here).



Makers of outboard marine engines say scores of their products could be ruined if consumers use a fuel mix that contains a higher level of ethanol.

On Tuesday, an engineer from Fond du Lac-based Mercury Marine Corp. is scheduled to testify before a congressional committee that recent engine tests showed severe damage to Mercury products run on a 15% blend of ethanol that’s coming to market soon.

The tests showed that three outboards run on an E15 fuel blend were damaged to the point of engine failure, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Makers of other smaller engines, used on equipment such as lawn mowers, snow throwers and all-terrain vehicles, also have said they believe that a higher ethanol blend in gasoline – scheduled for introduction as early as this fall – could result in catastrophic damage to those products.

Overheating and engine performance issues are among the problems that face owners of outdoor power products if they’re mistakenly fueled with E15.

In the Mercury Marine tests, paid for by the Department of Energy, a 200-horsepower outboard engine broke down after less than 300 hours of continuous operation, at full throttle, on the biofuel blend.

“The bearings on a piston disintegrated,” said John McKnight, director of environmental and safety compliance for the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

An identical engine powered by gasoline without ethanol was not damaged in the industry-standard test, according to McKnight.

A 300-horsepower Mercury outboard, one of the company’s most expensive engines, sustained valve damage after 280 hours of testing, while an identical engine running on gasoline without ethanol wasn’t damaged.

A small 9.9-horsepower engine running on ethanol completed the test but also was damaged.

“It was running very poorly,” McKnight said. “The results of the testing reinforce the recreational boating industry’s significant concern that E15 is not a suitable fuel for marine engines. We expect that additional testing will reveal similar real concerns to fuel tanks and fuel systems.”

‘Blaze orange warning’

Most gasoline now contains up to 10% ethanol, which is made from corn. The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a 15% blend for newer-model cars and trucks, but it has not extended the fuel waiver to vehicles manufactured before 2001.

It also has not approved the 15% blend for small engines.

“Even as an ethanol guy, my advice to Mercury would be to tell people not to use E15 in their outboard engines,” said Ron Lamberty, senior vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol.

Not only shouldn’t they use the 15% blend, it would be a violation of federal law if they did, according to Lamberty.

“There’s going to be a blaze orange warning label on the fuel pump,” he said.

The biofuels industry has pushed hard for higher ethanol blends in gasoline, saying it’s a source of renewable fuel and provides additional income for corn growers.

“We need lawmakers with a broader vision, and a policy discussion that goes beyond engine performance,” said Josh Morby, executive director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance.

The Mercury Marine test is not considered statistically significant, since it used only a handful of outboard engines.

And the tested engines were not calibrated to run on E15, ethanol supporters say.

Ideally, gasoline stations will have fuel dispensers where the consumer could choose an ethanol blend, advocates say, ranging from 10% to E85, which is 85% ethanol. It comes down to consumer choice, they say, and people should have the right to choose whatever fuel they want based on price and engine requirements.

Checking labels

Choosing the wrong fuel by mistake is a big concern, according to small-engine makers.

E15 could damage more than 200 million pieces of outdoor power equipment that were not designed to run on ethanol content higher than 10%, according to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, which represents Wisconsin engine manufacturers Briggs & Stratton Co. and Kohler Co.

It’s potentially disastrous for boat owners if they put the 15% ethanol blend in their boat’s fuel tank while filling the tank of their late-model car or truck.

“I don’t think people are naturally inclined to look at all of the labels on a fuel pump to make sure they are putting in the right amount of ethanol,” said Mercury Marine spokesman Steve Fleming.

Biofuel advocates say consumers are smart enough to choose the right fuel, and that engine makers should improve their products rather than complain about ethanol.

Small-engine makers say they’re testing isobutanol as an alternative to E15.

Like ethanol, it can be made from corn and other organic feedstock. Also, Briggs & Stratton engines tested with a 16% blend of isobutanol in gasoline were not damaged.

Briggs is encouraged by the test results, Todd Teske, chairman, president and CEO said in a news release Friday.

There are 70 million Briggs & Stratton engines that could be adversely affected by E15, according to the company.

“We are very interested in alternative fuels that do not cause damage to the substantial number of engines in use today while lessening the country’s dependency on foreign oil,” Teske said.

New ethanol blend damages marine engines, industry engineers say – JSOnline.



This weekend we will be doing an upgrade to the software that runs the forums. We expect there to be some downtime throughout the weekend and you may see the forum in various revisions of layout as we tweak everything to make it as similar to what it was before the upgrade.

We do not anticipate any loss of data and your usernames and passwords should remain valid after the upgrade.

Thank you!



I’ve added Dianne’s summer boating Events list to the “Calendar of Events,” at

In the very near future I’ll be adding the summer concerts for The Fin & Feather and Nauts Landing.

If you know of anything else boating related going on or are someone that would like to add your events to the calendar, please let me know and I’ll add it or give you access to the calendar so you can add events.

Look forward to seeing everyone on the water this summer!



A Winnebago County judge Wednesday ordered a Winneconne contractor to pay $15,000 for placing structures in the Wolf River without a permit.

Judge Thomas Gritton signed the order against Radtke Contractors Inc. for the placement of a pier, seven boat lifts and five boat shelters during the construction of the Wolf River Condominiums in 2006 and 2007.

State law prohibits placement of any structure on the bed of a navigable water without a permit.

The Department of Natural Resources worked with the firm on plans for piers at the Town of Wolf River properties that would protect the shoreline and the habitat for 15 mussel species, the complaint says.

The structures placed in the river by Radtke resulted in a footprint that was 300 percent beyond what was permitted.

via Radtke Contractors Inc. of Winneconne fined for environmental violation in Wolf River | | Wisconsin Outdoor Fun Wisconsin Hunting, Fishing, Camping| Wisconsin Hiking, Biking, ATV.



Cleaning, testing and maintenance are scheduled this week for several bridges over the Fox River in Oshkosh.

The Oregon Street/Jackson Street bridge will be worked on today, with lane closures on the bridge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Street bridge will also be worked on today with lane closures on the bridge for testing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Main Street bridge will be opened and closed multiple times for testing between 8 a.m. to noon. The Congress Avenue bridge will also be tested from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Oregon/Jackson Street bridge will have lane closures from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The bridges are scheduled to begin operation for the boating season on April 22. Daily operating hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.

Officials from the DOT said motorists should seek alternative routes during bridge work and also to use caution if they drive through the work areas.

via Maintenance, testing on Oshkosh bridges signals upcoming start of boating season | The Oshkosh Northwestern |



Did the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstep its bounds in its decision to grant a partial waiver approving the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol for 2007 model year and newer passenger cars and light trucks?

A collective of automakers and engine manufacturers today filled a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, requesting judicial oversight and review over whether EPA’s “partial waiver” approval for E-15 fuels violates the federal Clean Air Act provisions. The petition states the Clean Air Act limits the circumstances under which EPA can approve applications for new fuels and fuel additives.

The petitioners include the newly-formed Engine Products Group, comprising the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, the National Marine Manufacturers Assoc., and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.

Critics of E-15 say the 50 percent increase in ethanol could damage catalytic converters in older vehicles, as well as engines of boats, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, chainsaws, lawnmowers, and other gas-powered lawn equipment.

“Our organizations collectively represent some 400 million engine products used by tens of millions of people every day in the US. The safe and reliable use of those products is paramount to us and our customers, and the legal action we take today is to protect those customers,” said spokesman for the Engine Products Group, Kris Kiser.

According to the complaint, the EPA went outside of its authority when it granted the “partial waiver,” and that the EPA’s own statute, passed by Congress in 2007, states that fuels can’t be approved for sale if could cause engine failures. Also, the testing EPA used to make its decision was done too late for comments or scrutiny from concerned groups and stakeholders.

“While all members of the EPG have and continue to support the development and use of safe and sustainable alternative fuels, the action EPA has taken to permit E-15 to be sold as a legal fuel, even if limited only to certain products, will have adverse consequences for the environment and consumers. A partial waiver, by its nature, necessarily will result in the misfueling of products not designed or tested for E-15 use,” Kiser said.

via Automakers group files appeal over EPA\’s approval of E15 | The Car Tech blog – CNET Reviews.



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

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!

Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada.



Vessel Safety Checks will be performed by the USCG Auxiliary, Neenah Flotilla, on the following dates and locations:

Saturday, May 22, 8am – 12pm, Appleton Yacht Club
Saturday, June 5, 8am – 12pm, Appleton Yacht Club
Saturday, June 12, 10am – 12pm, Skipper Bud’s
Saturday, June 19, 10am – 12pm, Menasha Marina
Sunday, June 20, 3pm – 6pm, Neenah Boat Docks

We will put this information into the Calendar of Events also.

For more information on what a Vessel Safety Check is please see this article



The Vinyl Guy in Chilton WI is the newest site sponsor for

You will not find better pricing on:

Registration numbers
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 decals.  (That and he’s doing them for free…lol.)

When you order, be sure to mention the website and Ryan will include a free 12″ or 18″ decal in your choice of color with your order!  To see what they look like please click here.

The Vinyl Guy
Chilton, WI
(920) 464-0841

The Vinyl Guy will meet you on the water for free install or can ship to anywhere in the US for a minimal charge.



A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member of the United States Power Squadrons or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.

The program is sponsored by The US Coast Guard and the United States Power Squadrons.

The check is not a law enforcement matter.  No citations will be issued.

Thanks to forum member GB-Boater we are able to provide you with a “Virtual,” Vessel Safety check list that you can go over yourself before you schedule your in person check.

Please download the document by clicking here

If you would like to have a Vessel Safety Check performed on your boat after going over the check list, you can contact the National Department of Vessel Safety Checks by clicking on the logo below.

OR is currently working with the USCG Aux. located in Neenah to set up a group check day at a location yet to be determined in May or June.  If you are interested in participating in such an event please send an email to or see this forum thread

Free Vessel Safety Check

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Vessel Safety Check



Welcome aboard to the crew at Marine Tops Unlimited located in Omro, WI.

They have very generously given a coupon for 5% off any work done. This coupon can be used in addition to any specials they are running at the time or offering on their facebook fan page!

Please Click here for the Coupon

About Marine Tops Unlimited:

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
Phone: 920-685-5000
Fax: 920-685-6621

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Marine Tops Unlimited, Madison
3225 East Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-246-3979
Fax: 608-246-3905

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Boating Winnebago is proud to have Merten Marine as a site sponsor.

They will be monitoring the Mechanical, Maintenance and Prop Talk board and will be available to answer general mechanical and any prop questions you may have.

About Merten Marine:

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.

Merten Marine LTD
1087 Cozy Lane
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Store Hours:
Monday 8am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-5pm
Wednesday 8am-5pm
Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday 9am-12pm
Sunday by appointment



Thanks to forum member Common-Bond for finding some of this information.

Below you can find various links to different manufacturers owners and repair manuals.  Please check back on this post and the forum as the list will be updated as we find more!

Volvo Penta:  Please Click Here

Volvo Penta:  Please Click Here

Mercury: Please Click Here

Mercury: Please Click Here

Mercury:  Please Click Here

Mercury (Via iboats forums): Please Click Here

Mercury (Via Please Click Here

Crusaders…..Please Click Here