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Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Dear Boaters:           One of my good friends sent me a text the other day. It read, "Happy winter solstice.  Shortest day of the year.  Boating season is just around the corner!"  This gave me... More

Boaters Urged to be Safer in 2009

U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Press Release For Immediate Release Contact: Dave Zazac- Public Affairs Officer, Flotilla 78, 7th Division, 8th District Eastern Region Phone: 412-881-4037 Email:... More offers special rates for Cleveland Boat Show and hotel January 17th 2009

Visit their site The staff at is always looking to get that boating fix during the cold winter months, and heading out to a few boat shows is how we do it. Due to the cost... More Planning Winter Events

Even though the weather is turning cold and most of us have put our boats away for the winter, the staff is not about to let winter keep us from organizing some great “boating related”... More

Photo Contest Winners!

Once again Pittsburgh boaters showed great support for another event, or in this case, contest. The first annual Photo Contest was greeted with dozens of entries from boaters representing... More

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers Outboard Winter Storage Tips

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dave Zazac, USCG AUX Public Affairs Officer, 412-881-4037 U.S. To help outboard enthusiasts protect their... More

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers Fall Boating Tips

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dave Zazac, Public Affairs Officer U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7-8, 7th Division, 8th District, Eastern Region ... More

Imagine Pittsburgh Celebration Will Benefit Boaters

The “Imagine Pittsburgh” celebration should prove to be beneficial to the boating community. Because of the celebration, new cleats are being installed on the North Shore and boaters will have the... More

Pittsburgh's 250th Anniversary Celebration

UPDATE: 10/03/2008 This “Notice-To-Boaters” provided by the Coast Guard explains the river closures and docking policies during the Pittsburgh Celebrates 250 Flotilla and Fireworks Display. UPDATE:... More

Football Weekend for Pittsburgh Boaters!

While some consider labor day to be the end of summer, a true Pittsburgh boater knows this is not the case. This is especially true when the upcoming weekend includes the Steelers' home opener, as well... More

Labor Day Weekend Preview

Labor Day weekend is traditionally the end of the boating season for many boaters. Many feel it is time to start thinking about winterization and storage. Not so fast! Before you start to think about... More

Congress Restores 35-Year Exemption for Recreational Boats

From Proposed EPA Permitting Requirements NO NEW PERMIT FOR BOATS REQUIRED In a remarkable display of bipartisan support for recreational boating, both the House and Senate today passed S. 2766, "The... More

Avoiding Boat Collisions: A Practical Approach

Contact: Jim Feeny, Flotilla Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 7-8 412-269-1892 In any crossing situations, the best way for the skipper of the give way vessel to avoid frantic last minute... More

Sea Ray with Axius Drive at Fox Chapel Marine

When I bought my first cruiser, my father, a lifetime boater, told me how lucky I was. “When I was a kid all we had was a little 14’ Lyman with a 30 horsepower Evinrude outboard. We had to fill it... More

First Ever Rockin’ the River Boaters’ Bash for Charity a Huge Success!

It costs approximately $5,000 to tutor one child for one year at the 32° Learning Center for Children. Typically, children require an average of two years of tutoring. When the organizers... More

Oakmont Regatta and Dollar Bank Jamboree Photos From This Past Weekend

Great weather, almost 100 boats, and lots of fun were on tap for the 2008 Oakmont Regatta. Just under 100 boats crowded the Oakmont Yacht Club docks for their annual Regatta. Those that made the... More

Dollar Bank Jamboree Details Released

After a great deal of research, phone calls, and e-mails, we here at were finally able to find out the details about the Dollar Bank Jamboree as they impact the boating public.... More

River Trip Roundup '08

As expected, everyone aboard all 14 boats that went on the annual River Trip had a great time on a very memorable trip. The adventure started out with a nice ride Friday evening... More

Plenty of Summer Left for Boaters!

For as long as I can remember, the 4th of July seemed to mark the beginning of the end of boating season. However, this is no longer the case. A quick glance at the Calendar , shows... More

Pirates of the Point Recap

Like pirates from the past, the Pirates of the Point Charity Boat Parade battled fierce storms and treacherous waters during the trip, but everyone survived and had a great time while helping out the... More

Problems Continue for Boaters Attending Regatta

After this past 4th of July, the staff of met and seriously considered changing our name to Boating and Pittsburgh just don’t seem to go together. Despite... More

Join the Extravaganza on July 4th

The Regatta used to be the boaters holiday. The time to celebrate the boating lifestyle, reconnect with old friends, and enjoy a top notch fireworks show. But over the last few years changes... More

Regatta Events Schedule and River Closures

The following water event schedule and river closure information was provided by Regatta organizers. Please see below. PLEASE NOTE THE RIVER CLOSURE INFORMATION AFTER THE EVENT SCHEDULE. REGATTA WATER... More

Water Shuttle to Begin Operations for Pirates Home Games

Pittsburgh Water Limo offers NEW water shuttle service from Strip District to PNC Park. Pittsburgh Water Limo will begin operating a water shuttle from the Armstrong Cork Bldg. (23rd street in the... More

Pirates of the Point Parade

Captain Jack Sparrow and his pirates can have the Caribbean because he is no match for the first ever gathering of the “Pirates of the Point!” Come join us on June 28 as the finest pirates on the Three... More In the News Again, the source for everything related to boating in Western Pennsylvania made the front page of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The article was about the boats that utilize the North Shore... More

Rain Doesn't Stop Boaters at Kenny Chesney Concert

At the much anticipated Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field, boaters lined up several days in advance to secure spots along the North Shore Wharf in Pittsburgh. Although a little rain and rising gas... More

Blessing of the Fleet


Accidents Happen

Accidents happen. Even on boats and Personal Water Craft. It is a part of the boating life. However, when two accidents happen on the water within two miles of each other, boaters should take this as... More

Point Reopening May 8th

After being closed to boaters and the public during the summer of 2007 for renovations, Point State Park just reopened after the completion of the first phase of improvements.. However, the project is... More Kicks Off Summer At Kenny Chesney Concert

We had so much fun last year, we thought we would do it again! For the second summer in a row, is hosting a boaters’ bash on the North Shore prior to the Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz... More in the News!

The word about is spreading. In a recent article that appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Publisher Terry Grantz was referenced as a representative of the... More

Q&A With Sean Capperis - More Info About the Ordinance

About two weeks ago Sean Capperis, Constituent Services Manager for Councilman Patrick Dowd, was kind enough to answer some questions about the Ordinance that will impact all boaters that use City of... More

Ordinance Update: Still Time to Act!

It is not too late to voice your concern to the City of Pittsburgh council members. Officials from the City of Pittsburgh are still accepting input from boaters on the pending ordinance concerning... More

Safety Course a Good Idea

As spring approaches, new and old boaters become filled with anticipation of the upcoming boating season. Although we are thinking about getting the boat ready for the new season, many of us should also... More

Casino Dockage Plans

Despite all of the turmoil that has surrounded the North Shore boating access, there is some good news to report for boaters that like travel to that part of the river. As most people already know,... More

Bill Will Restore Nationwide, Commonsense Exemption, Protect Waterways for Recreational Boaters

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently applauded legislation introduced by Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.),... More

Product Spotlight: Merco Marine

Boat Lifts | Docking Systems Merco Marine, one of the premier providers of boat dock building components and accessories, has recently added a few new products to their already comprehensive catalog.... More

CITY RESIDENTS: Sign This Petition!

As you may have read on the site, you can help to make sure the proposed city ordinance regarding public docking at city owned wharfs is fair to all those who use these areas, including the recreational... More

Urgent – Please Take Action!

As reported earlier on, The City of Pittsburgh is moving forward with the proposed ordinance concerning dockage on City Wharfs, most notably the North Shore. As boaters that actually... More

Ordinance Summary and Concerns


Beat That Cabin Fever; Go South To A Boat Show

This is the time of year every boater in Western Pennsylvania dreams of warm sunshine, gentle breezes, and hanging out on the boat with good friends and family. Unfortunately, reality leaves us with... More

Boating In February - Pittsburgh Style

Southern boaters are not the only ones that can have fun on the water in the middle of February. Liveaboard boater Justin Hardricky hosted friends and other fellow boaters for a little nautical fun... More

Pittsburgh Gets BIG Improvements On South Side Riverfront

For years boaters have wanted river access to all that the South Side of Pittsburgh has to offer. Now, because of a new federal grant, boaters from this area and beyond will get their wish as plans... More

2008 Pittsburgh Boat Show Is Super

By the evening of Sunday, February 3 most people were intently watching the Giants upset the Patriots in the Super Bowl and many were happy with the outcome. But Sunday also marked the end of the 2008... More

Pittsburgh Public Docking Ordinance

ASK CAPTAIN GEORGE - JANUARY 2008 I have just been reminded that the 2008 Pittsburgh Boat Show is right around the corner and the Pittsburgh boaters are, indeed, thinking about the upcoming... More

Ditch That Cabin Fever; Check Out The Boat Show

This time of year is always tough on boaters. The temperatures outside are frigid, most of our boats are sitting under a tarp, and all we can do is daydream ... More Is Now Offering Clothing & Coolers

This summer, you’ll be the envy of everyone at the dock. No, not because of the great deal you got on that new 30’ cruiser or that speedy jet ski ... More