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Newsletter – June 2013

Newsletter – June 2013


Ted Olson's Muskie

YBC member Ted Olson caught and released this muskie on the St. Croix.

Rain is aplenty in 2013. But that is not such a bad thing, is it? After all, our lakes and rivers need all the water they can get. Fishing seems to have taken a liking to it as well. The Lawsons caught 45 fish one day on White Bear Lake as Ted Olson reeled in a giant muskie from the St. Croix. June has seen some sunny days too and members have surely taken advantage of those by getting out at every location. To celebrate the sun while crossing our fingers for more we have organized some fun events for YBC members. Take a cruise with us down the St. Croix on a Paddleboat Tour and BBQ or embark on a guided fishing trip on Lake Minnetonka. Fun events, added membership benefits, new pontoons, and warmer days to come are true ingredients for a great summer of boating!

Minnesota Nautical Tour!

Receive a bonus reservation when you explore 6 of our 8 locations between now and July 31st. Once you have boated at 6 of our 8 locations between now and July 31st, call the office at 612.208.1800 and we will give you a bonus reservation! Happy Boating!

Exclusive On-the-Water Events!

You provided feedback. We listened. Take advantage of our new members-only events happening within the next couple of weeks. Join us for a fun summer morning or afternoon and mingle with other members during the following events.  You will find these events listed under a new location (just like our lakes our listed) called “Special Events” in our Reservation system.

Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Minnetonka


Join us for an incredible day of fishing on Lake Minnetonka! Meet your guide, Big Dog Fishing, at the Port of Excelsior docks and learn about the best spots on Minnetonka to fish! Reservations can be made through the YBC reservation system. Simply choose the location “Special Events”, click on July 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th for a date and book your Guided Fishing Trip for the morning or the afternoon.

Who: Your Boat Club Members Only
When: July 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th
AM Shift: 8:30 – Noon
PM Shift: 2:30 – 6:00pm
Where: Meet at the Port of Excelsior docks at: 2 Water St, Excelsior, MN 55331.  PLEASE NOTE, these guided fishing trips do not leave from our dock on Lake Minnetonka.  You need to be at the above address and please be on time.
How: Find the “Guided Fishing Trip” in the reservation system! One reservation is good for two people.
Cost: FREE!

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St Croix River Paddleboat Tour & BBQ-COMING SOON!


Join us on the St Croix River for a BBQ on the Stillwater River Paddleboat. This event is free but you must make a reservation for it. One reservation is good for a group of four people.

Who: Your Boat Club Members Only When: COMING SOON. Cost: FREE! Lunch & boat tour are provided. Cash bar is available.



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Docking your boat is something that will only get easier with experience. If you are ever having a difficult time bringing in your boat the number one rule of thumb is to STAY CALM! Do not panic. Often people’s instincts are to “gun it” which will not make your maneuvering any easier and may cause an accident. Please do not take Henrietta’s advice below. When approaching your slip remember that “slow is always safer.” If you do not recall the “feathering” technique from your orientation please ask one of our managers or dock hands for a refresher next time you come out. This is a great technique which we teach you for a reason.

Preventing Panic Attacks

Henrietta, the bad advice giver

Docking against high winds is never fun. Rule #1: DO NOT PANIC! There is no need to rush. Rule #2: Keep up the momentum – docking in the wind is a momentum exercise. This particular technique entails taking a gentle run at it. Now, as you slow to a stop, thereby losing the ability to steer the boat, all won’t be lost because you have pre-steered. Notice the angled approach, establishing momentum which will, to some degree, continue your upwind, sideways journey towards the dock, against the wind, even without further throttle or rudder control. Also, just before shifting into neutral or reverse gear (as the occasion demands), give the boat a little spin — it will continue to yaw, and slide the boat into a parallel orientation with the dock. The diagram below provides a nice visual of this.


Remember: our dock hands will be there to assist you. Stay calm and slowly get the boat close enough for them to reach you and we can take it from there. Docking will get easier with practice and experience. Below is a video that may offer additional help.


While you should always be aware of your surroundings when you’re at the helm, you should be on full alert whenever you’re entering an area with shallow or “skinny” water. Whether it’s an area that’s near a sandbar, an island or shoreline or a muddy tributary to the Mississippi River, a cavalier attitude can get you grounded, stuck or worse. But with a little common sense and the following tips, you can boldly cruise skinny water with confidence.

  1. Depth finders are helpful but must be taken with a grain of salt. Often muck or weeds will throw off the reading. This is where those high-tech polarized sunglasses really earn their keep. As you’re underway, you’ll be able to see a variety of different colors under the water. Look for drastic changes in color, and always be aware that darker usually means deeper.
  2. Slow down! Unless you’re cruising on a pontoon, more than likely your boat has what’s called a “planing hull.” That means it will sit lower in the water until you reach an “on-plane” speed, which is different for every boat. Once on plane, your boat will lift and rise up out of the water, giving you a little more shallow-water clearance from the bottom. The problem is, if you’re running at planing speed and suddenly come up on a shallow area, your reaction will likely be to pull the throttle back completely. That can run you aground (as the boat drops off plane) or worse. Just run slowly and stay off plane if there’s a chance of shallow water. Better to bump something and be able to back off gently than run aground hard and risk damage to you, your passengers or your boat.
  3. Keep your trim up. When in shallow waters or docking your boat close to a shoreline or are in doubt about the water’s depth always be aware of where your trim is at. As long as the propeller remains in the water you can trim up to prevent damage. Keep in mind that when the trim is up and you’re driving slowly the boat is a bit more difficult to maneuver. It’s steering is on a slight delay which often results in the driver over-steering. This will get easier with practice.
  4. BUOYS! As pointed out during your orientation, there are several buoys to be aware of. Though different buoys mean different things, every buoy should spark an awareness in your mind. And though there do happen to be areas where buoys are not present, yet should be (another reason to make sure to let the guys know if it’s your first time at a location,) every buoy is placed in its respected location for a reason. It may be shallow water, it may be a rocky area, it may represent a channel, it may be a swimming area. Whatever the case, if you see a buoy be cautious near the entire area surrounding it and especially between the buoy and its shoreline.



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