See & Be Seen On The Water – New Online Course

Via Boat US

ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 26, 2017 – If your boating takes you through crowded harbors, across shipping lanes or on foggy seas, then you know the feeling in your stomach when you have to ask yourself, “What’s that vessel doing?” Automatic Identification System, or AIS, can give you the answer, but is this collision-avoidance technology right for you? The answer to that question can be found by taking the new online course offered by the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and the United States Power Squadrons, “AIS Electronics for Boaters – See and Be Seen on the Water.”

Learning about AIS is easy at BoatUS.org/AIS.

Available for a limited time at the special price of just $15 using coupon code AIS15 at BoatUS.org/AIS, “AIS Electronics for Boaters – See and Be Seen on the Water” offers a blend of practical knowledge with technical know-how and is a simple and easy way to get up to speed on this important navigation technology that more recreational boaters bring aboard every year. From discovering the different types of AIS and what each offers to learning important terms such as “update rates” and “time to closest approach,” boaters will get a full look at AIS and how it can increase safety. Upon completion, boaters will be able to build out a sample AIS component system for installation for their own vessel.

“The course is designed for boaters – not marine electronics technicians – and our online learning system makes it easy to learn at your own pace from the comfort of your own PC or tablet,” said BoatUS Foundation Director of Education Amanda Suttles Pérez. “Users can stop and start again right where they left off or review previous information at any time. It’s great for when schedules are tight.”

For more information on all online courses offered by the Foundation, go to BoatUS.org/courses.

The Riverhouse Team Are Amazing Partners

There’s nothing like working with a Team who takes the ‘worry and stress’ out of having a successful event! The Riverhouse Team is accommodating, always smiling, and a pleasure to work with! Everything from the private room, the beautiful panoramic view, stunning sunset and the food was a huge hit! There was more than enough food, and there was something for everyone! The Riverhouse Team are amazing partners and I highly recommend having an event here!

- Josephine P

BoatUS Asks – Why Aren’t Millennials Buying Boats?

Via BoatUS

ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 5, 2017 – Both boaters and those who rely on boating to make a living lament that there doesn’t seem to be as many younger boaters these days. The statistics back that up. According to the recently published BoatUS Magazine feature “Why Aren’t Millennials Buying Boats?” (October 2017), approximately 41 percent fewer 20- to 39-year-olds owned boats in 2015 than in 2005. And while millennials may boat about as much as their parents did, the data confirms they are far less likely to own a boat.

Why? Author and millennial Fiona McGlynn, who is a professional management consultant, may have some answers.

Lower incomes, student debt, lack of technical knowledge or mechanical experience, and a culture shift that eschews conventional ownership in favor of renting take their toll on millennial (born between 1982 and 2000) boat ownership. “Young people are not giving up on boating, just going about it in a different way: chartering, borrowing, and riding along,” says McGlynn, a live-aboard who recently finished her first South Pacific crossing along with her husband, Robin.

While owning a boat can be pricey, McGlynn reports, “I’ve met a number of young boaters finding creative ways to get out on the water without breaking the bank, such as millennials who are participating in cooperatives, who share a boat among friends, or who live aboard a boat instead of renting pricey apartments in major American waterfront cities. Several boaters interviewed for the story mentioned the increasing popularity of wake boats, in part because they carry more people and they’re fun.”

McGlynn ultimately writes that, in general, millennials prefer the sharing economy. She asks, why would you buy a ski house, when all you have to do is Airbnb it? She suggests it’s the same with boats. “20- to 39-year-olds love boating for the same reasons their parents did. They see it as an opportunity to socialize, create family memories, and adventures, and unplug from work. Boating has the potential for a watershed moment among millennials.”

The BoatUS Magazine feature also includes creative tips on how young people with no boating, sailing, or fishing experience can get on the water.

For the full story, go to BoatUS.com/millennials.

Great Brews & Great Views – $2 Domestic Beers on Mondays!

Start your week at the Riverhouse / Snook Deck and enjoy $2 domestic drafts beers – served cold from the tap – plus incredible 270-degree views of the mile wide Manatee River and downtown Bradenton skyline. 

The Riverhouse is the 2016 Bradenton Herald People’s Choice award winning “Best Waterfront Restaurant” because our stellar seafood and American cuisine is eclipsed only by the calming views from our waterfront deck.  

The Riverhouse bar opens at 11:30 am on Mondays, and the outdoor, waterfront Snook Deck bar opens at 4pm.  Come any time on Mondays for our $2 domestic drafts specials.  No other purchases required, however you must be 21 years of age with proper photo ID.  

If domestic beers are not your style, take advantage of our great Happy Hour prices on specialty and craft beers, wines, wells and mixed drinks everyday from 3-6pm!

All special offers are available for a limited time and are subject to change without notice.