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ARDC to Offer Updates at Public Meeting


The Allegheny River Development Corporation, the non-profit group working to open the locks on the upper Allegheny River, would like to invite anyone who has an interest in the future of the Allegheny... More

Equip Yourself: Gear for Cold Weather Boating


Cold weather boaters need protection from hypothermia, both on deck and in the event of falling overboard. Cold water shortens in-water survival time, making a quick rescue essential. Fortunately,... More

Annual Light-Up Night Last Chance for Boating


By the third week in November, even the most die-hard boaters have put the boats away for the winter.  Well, at least most of the die-hards have put away their boats.  Every year for Pittsburgh’s... More

True or False? Take the Boat Winterizing Quiz


You’re putting the boat away for winter. So what half-truth, wive’s tale or tall story have you heard about winterizing a recreational boat? Boat Owners Association of The United States... More

Trib: Grant Awarded to Fund Armstrong Lock Summer Operations


A $120,000 PennDOT grant has been awarded to assist a nonprofit in its efforts to open the Allegheny River locks in Armstrong County to recreational boating next summer. “It's absolutely... More

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Annapolis Boat Show


While the boating season is slowly winding down, there are still plenty of boating activities to keep us boaters busy.  One annual tradition is the Annapolis Powerboat Show located on the Chesapeake... More

Sunshine as a Potential Fire Cause?


Submitted by, Don Dahl A small fire on board a 50’ Cruiser in a marina on the Ohio River was discovered by a nearby boater and extinguished easily and without notification of the fire department... More

Montgomery Locks Open Early, Dashields Closure Extended


It was a typical story of good news and bad news.  The large chamber at Montgomery Locks opened on September 1 st , four days ahead of schedule.  Unfortunately, the opening for the large chamber... More

New South Side Marina Set to Open; Now Leasing for Spring of 2015


For local boaters, trying to find an open slip in the Pittsburgh Pool over the past few years was like trying to buy season tickets for the Steelers or Penguins.  The demand was simply greater... More

News From the Rivers... September 8


Beaver Valley Yacht Club Lobsterfest Reservations Due Saturday Due primarily to lock closures earlier this summer, boat attendance at the Beaver Valley Yacht Club's Regatta was... More

Upper Allegheny Locks One Step Closer to Opening


After years of hard work, negotiations will begin soon between the Allegheny River Development Corp and the US Army Corps of Engineers - Pittsburgh District for the operation of Allegheny River Locks... More

Top 10 Tips for Stand-up Paddleboarding


Photo: Boat World Pittsburgh Stand-up paddleboarding  or "SUP" continues to be the fastest growing water sport in the world. With its rise in popularity, many paddleboarders... More

BoatLocal.com Introduces Interactive Map and Places Pages


Over the past year the staff at BoatLocal.com have been working diligently trying to improve many facets of the site and its functions.  One of the latest improvements that we think boaters will... More

Lots of Winners Over Past Weeks on Upper Allegheny


Over the last few weekends there were many winners on the Upper Allegheny River.  On August 16 th the lucky winner of the Alle Kiski Strong Chamber of Commerce was announced and just a week later... More

Delays Expected From Dashields Lock Closure; BVYC Regatta Hoping For the Best


While some boaters heading up the Allegheny River are experiencing a rare lock opening, boaters headed down the Ohio to the Beaver Regatta are set to experience a rare large chamber closure at the Dashields... More

Last Chance to Get Pontoon Raffle Tickets


The Allegheny River Development Corporation, the non-profit group working towards opening the lock on the Upper Allegheny River for recreational use, are reminding boaters and supporters that time is... More

Upper Allegheny Locks Open This Weekend; Recreational Boater Use Encouraged


Recreational boaters are urged to travel up the Allegheny River and take advantage of the special opening of Locks 6, 7, 8 and 9 this weekend.  The Locks will be open on Saturday, August 16 th ... More

Dewatered Lock Tour Looks at Past and Future


While many boaters pass through locks numerous times each season, many don’t even think about how the locks work or more importantly what would it be like if they weren’t there.  The... More

Pittsburgh Mayor Releases Info About Concert, Boaters


Yesterday afternoon Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and other government leaders discussed the preparation for the upcoming Jason Aldean concert to be held at PNC Park this Saturday.  While the... More

Eastern H2O to Host Demo Rides


Have you ever wanted to try wakeboarding, but wanted some professional instruction?  Maybe you have the basics down but want to learn some new tricks?  Well now is your chance.  Eastern... More

U.S. Coast Guard Offers 10 Water-Skiing Safety Tips


With local waterways reaching the height of activity this boating season, the United States Coast Guard and its Auxiliary civilian volunteers offer the following water skier safety advice: ... More

BoatLocal.com Releases Mobile Friendly Site Upgrade


Over the years boats have gone through major innovations.  Fiberglass, inboard/outboards, and POD drives are just a few of the major developments over the last 50 years.  Well, like boats,... More

Three Rivers Regatta Updates


With the Regatta officially starting today, there are just a few more things you might need to know if you plan on heading to The Point over the next few days.  Water Rescue Demo Added to... More

ARDC Pontoon Raffle Tickets Available Online


Whether you own a boat or not, who wouldn't want to win a brand new pontoon boat? Now you have your chance to win a 2014 22' Avalon Pontoon boat with trailer and 90hp Mercury... More

Good News for Users of Locks on Upper Allegheny


The non-profit Allegheny River Development Corporation (ARDC) has been working for several years to find a way to get the locks on the Upper Allegheny River opened back up for recreational users. ... More

Operation Dry Water Urges Sober Boating


Local, State and Federal Boating Law Enforcement agencies will be participating in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under... More

USCG Pittsburgh Reminds Boaters to "Clear Channel"


This year and last, the United States Coast Guard and its Coast Guard Auxiliary civilian personnel have observed numerous mid-channel, near-misses between tow boats, ferries, and other commercial vessels... More

4th and Regatta Just Around the Corner; River Closures Posted


It’s hard to believe but the 4th of July and the Three Rivers Regatta are just around the corner.  For those of you wanting to venture down to The Point to catch some of the festivities and... More

2014 Quick Reference Cards Available Now


Although BoatLocal.com is releasing its first mobile friendly version of the website very soon, some people don't like to rely on technology when looking up information.  That is why we came... More

Blessing of the Fleet Promotes Safety


The twenty first annual Blessing of the Fleet will be celebrated this year on Sunday, June 22, 2014 as vessels of all sizes and configurations will gather along the Allegheny River Wharf side... More

President Signs Legislation Important to Recreational Boaters


Acknowledging that recreational boating is a significant contributor to the nation’s economy as well as a growth engine for local communities, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation earlier... More

Upcoming Boating Events Benefit Charity


By nature, most boaters are just good people.  Whether it is a tow back to the dock or simply sharing some food and beverages, boaters like to help out whenever they can.  Now, there are some... More

Not All Boating Accidents Happen On the Water


Some boating accidents occur while transiting to and from the water and quite frequently on the launch ramp. The United States Coast Guard and its Auxiliary civilian volunteers preach that, "A successful... More

Pittsburgh Proclaims Safe Boating Week


The U.S. Coast Guard MSU Pittsburgh is asking boaters to participate in the annual Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day! This day will also kick-off National Safe Boating Week to be held this year from May... More

BoatPittsburgh.com River Trip Update: Dashields Lock is Open and So is BVYC


Several boaters were thinking about not joining the BoatPittsburgh.com River Trip because of possible lock delays.  Well, our friends at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to help us out. ... More

Local Dock Manufacturer Merco Marine Turns 35


Merco Marine, a local manufacturer of dock compenents and accessories, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.  You may have never noticed, but many of the docks Pittsburgh boaters use every... More

Early Season Boating & Kayaking Require Caution, Preparation


The United States Coast Guard and its civilian Auxiliary volunteers remind water enthusiasts that while the late Spring air can be warm, the water temperature is still much colder. Extra caution and... More

PortKY.com Merges with BoatLocal.com


Dear Fellow Boater, As the publishers of BoatLocal.com, the last two years have been some of the most exciting for us since our inception.  Over that time we have introduced a new format to... More

USCG Safety Alert: Inadequate Snaphooks on Lifejackets


The information in this safety alert was distributed a few years ago by Coast Guard Sector New Orleans with limited geographic reach. Recently, Washington State Ferry personnel discovered numerous... More

Join BoatPittsburgh.com for Summer Kick-off River Trip


The great thing about the Pittsburgh Boat Show is that I get to hear feedback from many of our users that make stop by our booth.  One comment I hear quite often is that BoatPittsburgh.com should... More

Fox Chapel Marine to Host Dry Dock Open House


This Friday May 3rd and Saturday May 4th Fox Chapel Marine will be hosting their first Dry Dock Open House. They will be open both days from 10 am to 6 pm for their "biggest sale of the year!"... More

BoatPittsburgh.com Needs Your Help!


To view 2013's river cards:    Front     Back During springtime most boaters are hard at work getting their boats ready for summer.  While we too are getting our... More

American Muscle Docks Blends New and Old


Many boaters dream of having a beautiful lake house, maybe some scenic riverfront property, or even a nice little cottage on a canal in sunny Florida.  In any case, there is always a boat tied to... More

Marinas Damaged by Ice Expect to be Ready for Season


For the majority of boaters, this has been one of the worst winters in recent memory.  It just seemed like the snow would never stop and the freezing temperatures would never let up.  Now that... More

Help Re-open Allegheny Locks; Volunteer With ARDC


In spite of this crazy winter weather, the Allegheny River Development Corp has been moving ahead and working diligently toward the goal of opening Allegheny River locks 6, 7, 8 and 9 for the 2014... More

Beat the Winter Blues; Boater's Party March 7th


One of the best things about boating is the people you meet.  Since the winter weather won’t let us enjoy the other parts of boating we like, let’s all get together and at least enjoy... More

Boaters: Have a Hassle-Free Summer by Doing Seven Winter Projects Now


Boaters can get frustrated when a repair or upgrade takes a long time, but delays are often a simple result of supply and demand. “Spring and summer can be the most challenging times to get work... More

Boat Show Prices Still Available at Dealers' Open House


Since the winter storms have hit Pittsburgh a little harder than usual this year, many boaters from Western Pennsylvania weren’t able to make it out to the Pittsburgh Boat Show last weekend. ... More

Many Positives Come Out of Pittsburgh Boat Show


Most boaters look at the Pittsburgh Boat Show as a way to shop for a new boat, meet up with boating friends and family and/or to just get out of the house and forget about winter.  Unfortunately,... More

Five Ways Your Boat's Insurance Policy Can Fail You


A Quick Check Up Insurance is one of those things you hope you never have to use, but if you do, you expect the policy to fix the boat or compensate you fairly. If you haven't taken a close... More

Annual Top 10 Reasons to Attend Pittsburgh Boat Show


The snow on the ground and the frigid artic air could only mean one thing for Pittsburgh boaters - it’s boat show time.  The 54th Annual Pittsburgh Boat Show is once again upon us. ... More

PA Fish and Boat Commission Announces2014 Youth Life Jacket Give-A-Way


The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), Cabela’s, Port of Pittsburgh Commission and the Pittsburgh Safe Boating Council are pleased to announce this year’s free Youth Jacket Give-A-Ways... More

After the Nation's Cold Snap, Boat Owners Should Check the Boat


With temperatures now rising after record lows across much of the nation, Boat Owners Association of The United States says now may be a good time to check on your boat in winter storage, and has... More