Boat Central Florida: Lots of Great Lake Boating Available

Though most people first think of Central Florida’s reputation as a major theme park capital, the fact of the matter is that if you like to boat, Central Florida is a great place to be.  For your next trip to the Sunshine State, bring your boat – Orlando has a lot to offer for boating fun!

One of the most beautiful and popular places to take the boat, Central Florida is home to Lake Kissimmee State Park.  There are boat launches available in the park as well as an onsite boat ramp and marina.  When you explore Lake Kissimmee State Park, you’ll have access to over 35,000 acres of Lake Kissimmee and other connected lakes to explore.  You’ll enjoy bass and pan fishing as well as wildlife viewing along all of the lake and creek waterways.

If you’d like to make a weekend of it, there are 60 full facility camping areas available, as well as primitive camping.  RVs up to 45 ft. are welcome as well.

Another popular area to boat, Orlando lies south of the Harris Chain of Lakes.  The nine lakes of the Harris Chain were once home to many national bass tournaments, but due to conservation efforts over the last decade as well as drought concerns, the Florida Fish and Game has maintained a strict catch and release program, limiting the number of tournaments each year.  Because of the many springs feeding the lakes, the waters are very clear year round.

Lakes Harris, Dora, Griffin and Apopka are the largest of the Harris Chain.  Big Lake Harris has three public launch spots, and has very deep waters to accommodate bigger boats. Lake Dora has two public boat ramps, and there is also a boat ramp in the town of Lake Jem along the Apopka Beauclair canal.  Lake Eustis has two boat ramps, one on Buzzard Beach and one just south of the City of Eustis.

There are tons of spots to explore when you tow the boat to Central Florida!

The Scarab is Back!… a Jet Boat???

Rec Boat Holdings enters jet boat market

May 2, 2013 

Scarab® brand is re-launched with jet power; Glastron® adds jet models to 2014 line

Cadillac, Michigan, May 2, 2013 – Rec Boat Holdings, maker of Four Winns, Glastron and Wellcraft brands, today announces their entry into the jet boat segment, re-launching the Scarab brand as a jet boat line, as well as two new jet models in the Glastron line. The new boats are scheduled to roll out as soon as this summer. A long-term supply agreement with BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division enables the company to power the new boats with its quality Rotax 4-TEC 1503 jet propulsion system.

“The Scarab launch and entrance into the jet segment is the next evolution for the company and is part of the overall business plan of expansion and investment in the marine segment,” stated Roch Lambert, Group President, Rec Boat Holdings.

Since the acquisition by Platinum Equity three years ago, Rec Boat Holdings has invested heavily in new product development to bring the boat companies back to today’s market with all new designs from bow to stern. At their dealer meeting last August, the company introduced all-new product lines for Four Winns and Glastron displaying more than 40 new models. The company has recently introduced new interior packages on many Wellcraft models as the brand begins the same return to the marketplace.

“The Scarab name carries a tremendous amount of brand equity,” continued Lambert. “A segment of the marine market that has been previously occupied by a limited number of jet boat makers will now open up with a high-profile brand from a builder with expertise in boat manufacturing and jet propulsion.”

The new line of Scarab jet powered boats will be a strong competitor in the fiberglass runabout category. Designed to capture the performance heritage of the Scarab brand with the edginess of a jet boat, the new line promises to turn heads on and off the water. Each model will appeal to the motorsports-minded boater with comfort and functionality for the family throughout. The company plans to recruit high- performing dealers in key markets around the world that will grow the business with a new brand product in the segment.

In addition to the new line of Scarab models, the company will introduce two new jet boats for Glastron. The new Glastron models will be powered by the Rotax marine engines as well, and are designed to fit within the all-new GT series of boats.

Lambert added, “Not only are we coming out with more exciting new products, we are opening up even larger opportunities for our dealers. The jet products strategically complement our current offering which in turn provides our networks with a tremendous opportunity to grow their businesses.”

The company plans to push the advantages of the Rotax jet propulsion system over others in the market today. Rotax is a quality system with decades of proven reliability in the marketplace. Consumer confidence will be a key factor with the jet products the company will offer and the Rotax power plays an important role in that objective.

“We’ve only recently announced our new in-board jet propulsion system business and are pleased that Rec Boat Holdings has chosen this technology for their Scarab line,” stated Alain Villemure, vice president and general manager, BRP Marine Propulsion System division. “We are confident that our collaboration will yield an impressive line-up of boats for consumers.”

The new Scarab jet line will be a stand-alone brand. The fishing models of the Wellcraft Scarab line (30 Sport, 30 Tournament, 35 Sport, and 35 Tournament) will be re-branded ‘Scarab Offshore’, under the Wellcraft brand.

That’s Just Ducky!

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong

The Worlds Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong sculpture Hong Kong ducks

The Worlds Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong sculpture Hong Kong ducks

The Worlds Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong sculpture Hong Kong ducks


This week conceptual artist Florentijin Hofman brought his gargantuan Rubber Duck artwork to Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. The huge inflatable duck measures nearly 46 feet tall and 55 feet long and is shown above being pulled by a tug boat only a fraction of its size. Hofman is well known for his grandiose and whimsical sculptures that seem born with the primary goal of inducing as many smiles possible. Via the artist’s website: