May

28

Uncle Ned’s Deli is located about 2 blocks from the public docks in Downtown Neenah.

They offer a full deli and sub sandwich menu along with an Ice Cream parlor.

Uncle Ned’s has give BoatingWinnebago.com readers and memeber the following Coupon to get a double ice cream for the price of a single!

Please Click here for the coupon

For more information or to call your order ahead please contact them at:

Uncle Neds Deli‎
124 West Wisconsin Avenue,
Neenah, WI 54956
(920) 886-9242‎


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May

17

How To Stay Safe When Riding An Inflatable Towable Tube

Riding an inflatable towable tube can be extremely fun and entertaining for people of all ages. But it is very important to make sure you keep all riders safe before, during and after the ride. There are some simple precautions listed below to keep in mind during your towable tube activities that will ensure that the boat operator, passengers, and riders are safe.

1. Wear A Quality Life Jacket At All Times

One of the most important things you can do when riding an inflatable tube or towable is to make sure all riders are wearing a life jacket – one that fits properly and securely. There are many times when unforeseen accidents, hidden objects in the water, fast turns, or driver error can cause riders to fall off the inflatable tube. If they do fall, you want to make sure that they have a life jacket on that will keep them on the surface until help arrives. Not all life jackets are appropriate for water sports, so it is important to find life vests that comply with U. S. Coast Guard specifications.

2. Wear A Sports Helmet

Many sports now require the use of helmets since it has been recognized that head injuries could have been avoided if a helmet had been worn. The use of sports helmets in water sports has come a long way not only in the design but in the wide acceptance of wearing them. You can find water sport helmets that are lightweight, impact resistant, and stylish. One manufacturer that produces quality sports helmets is Sportsstuff.

3. Knowledge of Hand Signals for Communication

When riders are being towed on an inflatable tube, it is very difficult for the driver to communicate with the riders except with hand gestures. These hand signals can be used with towable tubes, water skis, wakeboarders – any riders being towed by a boat or jet ski. The basic hand signals are:

• OK (tip of index finger and thumb together)
• faster (thumb up)
• slower (thumb down)
• stop (hand slashing the neck)
• turn (point finger up in circular motion)
• back to shore or dock (pat head).

4. Have A Designated “Spotter” on Board

There always needs to be one additional person on board who is designated as the “spotter.” That person is normally toward the front of the boat, watching out for other people or objects in the area where you are towing the inflatable tube. Their job is to let the boat operator know if there are swimmers, snorkelers, or divers, or other water craft in the path that the boat is taking. The Spotter is never to assume that the driver sees what they are seeing; they should always point out to the driver the object they have spotted, no matter how obvious. The Spotter can also help to pass on communication from the riders to the driver, or if one of the riders falls off, but their priority is to be alert for activity in the surrounding water area of the boat and tube riders.

5. Know the Area, Local Laws and Regulations

Whenever you are heading out on the water to pull riders on towables, you need to know something about the area. You can check with local marinas, park authorities, or other boaters familiar with the area, before heading out. Be sure to observe the signs posted regarding navigable waterways, speed, wake restrictions, shallow water, etc. Regardless, always keep the appropriate distance from other boats, designated swimming areas, fixed objects such as docks or buoys. Avoid your water sport activities in congested or rough water areas. Be conscious of the speed of the boat, especially with regard to your riders: younger and inexperienced riders should be towed at a slower speed, even if they give you the thumbs up to go faster! The recommended “not-to-exceed” speed for towing children is 15mph, and 20mph when towing adults. And always adhere to manufacturer specifications with regard to weight and number of riders capacity.

Keep safety as a priority on your next “tubing” trip, and you’ll have a fun and memorable day!

About The Author:

Jane Warren is a water sport enthusiast. She enjoys scuba diving, swimming, tubing, sailing, and boating. She spends a lot of her time at the beach, either in Florida, or even farther south in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. She cares about safety in water related activities. Her family has personally experienced the loss of a loved one in a drowning accident, and understand the importance of taking precautions around oceans and lakes.

Jane is also the publisher of towabletubesdirect.com. This is a website that helps people interested in purchasing tow behind tubes, and associated items, find out more information on major brands, like Sportsstuff, and their products. She understands that people don’t have the time to spend searching through hundreds of websites for specific products they want to purchase, and publishes this site to make the search for towable tubes, like the popular Super Mable, and other water sport related toys more efficient and enjoyable.

May

16

The Sovereign State of Winneconne

Announcing
The 43rd Annual
Sovereign State Days!
July 16, 17, 18, 2010

For more information:
Sovereign State Committee
P.O. Box 422
Winneconne, WI 54986
(920) 582-4381

May

15

Spring Carnival

Rides rides, games and food

Location: Waterfront Park
Sponsor: Winneconne Area Chamber of Commerce

May

14

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

May

5

Steak fry! drinks and yummy food from the city. some band will probably play too! fun fun.


More Info on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116978548330873

May

5

We just found this site called www.windfinder.com They display hourly weather details mostly as it pertains to sailing, but other recreational and sport fishing boaters will find this information very useful also.  They have a Firefox browser plug-in and a “widget,” for your desktop (Windows Vista and newer.)

There is a section dedicted just to the Lake Winnebago area and is focused on boating related weather. .

To go directly to the Lake Winnebago forecasts please click here.

We highly recommend you check it out, we may even add a permanent link to the site on our sidebar!

May

5

Please note there is a new(er) Slow No Wake area in Oshkosh between the Oregon St. Bridge (by Beckets and Boatyard,) and it continues East all the way past the RR bridge into lake Winnebago about a quarter mile.

The area is clearly marked with the familiar slow no wake buoys, but there have been reports by BoatingWinnebago.com forum members that some boaters are not adhering to the Slow No Wake regulations.  We ask that all boaters of vessels of all sizes please recognize that the Slow No Wake area is there for the safety of everyone.  Not only can damage be caused to vessels docked at City Center or  SweetWater Performace Center, but injury to person’s on these vessels can also occur.

For reference the Definition of Slow No Wake according to the WI DNR Boating Handbook is: “A speed at which a vessel moves as slowly as possible while still maintaining steerage control.”

To Download a copy of the WI DNR Boating Regulations Handbook please Click Here.

May

2

OSHKOSH — The city, state Department of Natural Resources and federal Environmental Protection Agency continue to seek information about the source of a diesel spill that has collected in a Lake Winnebago channel near Starboard Court.

A joint press release indicates the first reports of a petroleum sheen on the water came to the city on April 10. The report mentioned that a barge had been moored in the southern portion of the channel during the winter.

City crews checked storm sewers in the area and determined the diesel was not discharged into the channel by storm sewers.

The city’s emergency response contractor, Veolia ES, has removed booms and pads near storm sewers that were saturated with diesel. New booms have been placed near storm sewer outlets to collect any of the substance that collects there.

The DNR is evaluating a recommendation from Veolia to pressure wash the rocks soaked with diesel. If approved, the activity would likely take place this week.

The DNR also requested that anyone with information call the DNR hotline number, 800-847-9367.

Filed by the Oshkosh Northwestern

via DNR seeks info on diesel spill in Lake Winnebago channel | postcrescent.com | Appleton Post-Crescent.

This is the location of the spill:


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