We’re celebrating the best days of summer – August’s Dog Days! From Now until Aug 26th BOATsmart! and Save Our Scruff will be running a contest!

We’re looking for Canada’s 2018 K-9 Captain!

In celebration of National Dog Day on August 26th, we’ll be crowning Canada’s 2018 K-9 Captain! Share your best boating pooch pics now with #SummerDogDays to win!

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K-9 Captain Paw Pack!

BOATsmart’s 2018 K-9 Captain will win bragging rights as Canada’s most awesome boating dog + official Paw Pack! as well, be featured on our Website & Social Channels!

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Paw Pack Includes : Dog Lifejacket, Waterproof Throw Toys, Dog Food Dish, Boat Pillow & a new leash!

Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or a prize component with one of equal or greater value, including without limitation, but solely in the Sponsor’s discretion, a cash award.

Official contest rules and regulations

The “BOATsmart! K-9 Captain Contest” (the “Contest”) is brought to you by OUTDOORsmart! Inc. (the “Contest Sponsor”). The Contest starts on August, 14th, 2018, 00:00:00 AM EST and closes on August, 24th, 2018 Time 11:59:59 PM EST > (hereinafter, the “Contest Period”).

  • Eligibility

The Contest is open to all legal residents of Canada excluding Quebec having reached the legal age of majority in their province or territory of residence prior to the Contest Period (an “Eligible Participant”) with the exception of employees of OUTDOORsmart! Inc. and members of their immediate families.

  • How to participate in the Contest

No Purchase Necessary. There are several ways to enter the Contest (each, a “Contest Entry”), namely through Facebook®, Instagram®, and Twitter®. Each Eligible Participant is allowed to enter the Contest through each individual entry mechanism a maximum of once per day.

Below each individual entry mechanism is described:

To enter via Facebook, log online to www.facebook.com/BOATsmart/. If you have not yet “Liked” the BOATsmart! Facebook page www.facebook.com/BOATsmart/, you can do so by searching for BOATsmart! on Facebook and clicking the “Like” button. You must (1) have a valid Facebook account; and (2) Post a picture on BOATsmart’s Facebook wall www.facebook.com/BOATsmart/, or mention @BOATsmart! in a post that includes your dog in a boating or water scenario including the hashtag #SummerDogDays. A comment on Facebook posts is not considered a valid method of entry.

To enter via Instagram, you must (1) have a valid, public (i.e. not “protected”) Instagram account and have “followed” @BOATsmart and (2) during the applicable entry period, post an image that (a) tags @BOATsmart, (b) showcasesyour dog in a boating or water scenario; and (c) contains the hashtag #SummerDogDays

To enter via Twitter, you must (1) have a valid, public (i.e. not “protected”) Twitter account and have “followed” @BOATsmart and (2) during the applicable entry period, publish a tweet that (a) tags the official Twitter account of @BOATsmart by including @BOATsmart in the tweet, (b) includes a photo with your dog in a boating or water scenario; and (c) contains the hashtag  #SummerDogDays

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to the Contest Sponsor and Contest Administrator and not Facebook, Instagram, Twitter respectively.

  • Prize

There is one prize to be won consisting of a collection of dog toy for the water from Petsmart and the winning photo will be featured on our homepageand Facebook page from August 25th until August 27th. The approximate total value of each Prize is CDN $125 and may include a mix of dog toys and supplies, food dish, pillow and leash.

  • Winner Selection

On August 24th, 2018 the “Judging Date”, three staff members or representatives of Contest Sponsor (collectively, the “Judges”) will judge the contents of all eligible Contest Entries received during the Contest Period up to each Judging Date based on the following criteria (the “Criteria”): creativity/originality (35%), quality of submission (35%) and relevance to Contest theme (30%). On each of the Judging Dates, the most compelling submission (as determined by the Judges in their absolute discretion pursuant to the application of the Criteria) from among all eligible Contest Entries received during the Contest Period up to each Judging Date will be deemed a winning submission. The Eligible Participant who submitted each such potential winning submission will be deemed the winner of the Prize. The decisions of the Judges shall be final and binding (and without appeal) and may not be challenged in any way. In the event of a tie for any potential winning submission, the score for relevance to Contest theme will be used as a tiebreaker to determine the winning submission. Limit of one (1) Prize per Eligible Participant during the Contest Period.

The winner will be selected Thursday, August 24th, 2018. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Contest Entries received during the Contest Period and how each submission scores against the Criteria.

  • Claiming of Prizes

In order to be declared a winner and be able to claim a Prize, the Eligible Participant selected by the Judges will be contacted by direct message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by the Contest Sponsor, shortly following the draw and must confirm acceptance as a selected Eligible Participant within one (1) calendar days of contact. If the selected Eligible Participant cannot be contacted, another Eligible Participant will be selected by the Judges. Before being declared a winner, each selected Eligible Participant will be required to answer a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question and sign a release and waiver form confirming, without limitation, that:

  • He/she complies with the eligibility requirements;
  • The contents of his/her Contest Entry is original and does not infringe any third party rights (e.g. image, photograph, etc. that are posted);
  • he/she has read the Contest rules and regulations and complies completely;
  • he/she accepts the Prize as awarded;
  • he/she acknowledges the Contest Sponsor’s right to publish his/her picture, name and city of residence without compensation other than the Prize offered;
  • he/she successfully answers a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question; and
  • he/she releases and agrees to hold harmless of all liability the Contest Sponsor, Contest Administrator and their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, media partners, advertising, promotional agencies and each of the foregoing entities’ directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents.

No correspondence will be undertaken except with the selected Eligible Participants whose Contest Entry was drawn. Once an Eligible Participant is declared a winner by Contest Sponsor, Contest Sponsor will send the Eligible Participant a letter containing the details on how to redeem his/her Prize (i.e. shipping or pick up of prizes).

  • General Terms and Conditions

All entries submitted, and all information provided, by Eligible Participants must be complete and accurate. Contest Sponsor will not be held responsible for any technological malfunctions, telephone or internet interruptions and/or any late/incomplete/erroneously completed Prize claims or release and waiver forms. Furthermore, each Eligible Participant is responsible for ensuring that content posted or displayed as part of his/her Contest Entry is original and does not infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, each Eligible Participant represents and warrants that any photos and/or videos to be posted or displayed by him/her will be the original creation of the Eligible Participant and that he/she owns all rights, including copyright, therein and that all persons, if any, other than the Eligible Participants whose image appears in any such photos and/or videos has expressly consented to the posting or display of such photo by the Eligible Participant as contemplated by these Contest rules and regulations.

The contents of all entries submitted become property of the Contest Sponsor. Contest Sponsor reserves the right to use the contents of entry submissions provided by entrants, for editorial, advertising, marketing and promotional purposes, without further compensation or notice, unless prohibited by law. Each Eligible Participant grants permission for Sponsor and Contest Administrator to use the contents of his/her entry submission including name and address for editorial, advertising, marketing and promotional purposes in any and all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, in perpetuity, without compensation, notification or permission. Contest Sponsor’s also reserves the right to modify said image/video for additional promotional content

By entering the Contest, Eligible Participants expressly consent to the Contest Sponsor, Contest Administrator, media partners, advertising and promotional agencies, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with his/her entry only for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance with the Contest Sponsor’s Privacy Policy publicly available on Contest Sponsor’s website.

All entries are subject to verification by the Contest Sponsor and may be disqualified if they are received outside of the Contest Period, are incomplete, illegible, irregular, photocopied or otherwise reproduced, submitted through illicit means or if they contain any false statements, or do not conform to or satisfy to any condition of these Contest rules and regulations.

By entering the Contest, Eligible Participants agree that the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to publish without compensation the full name, city of residence, and photograph of all winners and Eligible Participants waive all rights with respect to printed, broadcast and other forms of publicity.  Eligible Participants further agree that all entries submitted, and their content become the property of the Contest Sponsor and will not be returned.

Eligible Participants agree to be bound by all decisions of the Contest Sponsor regarding the Contest which shall be final and binding in all respects.

Eligible Participants agree that the Contest Sponsor is not liable for any incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information or for any error or malfunction of any kind in connection with the Contest. If the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to, without advance notice, terminate or suspend the Contest, in whole or in part, or modify it in any way, without any further obligations to Eligible Participants. Furthermore, if the Contest Sponsor determines, at its sole discretion, that any entry compromises the integrity of the Contest, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the entry at issue or terminate the Contest in its entirety without any further obligations to Eligible Participants. The Contest Sponsor further reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual from the Contest and to ban the individual from any future contest of the Contest Sponsor who it finds or believes to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; to be acting in violation of the Contest rules and regulations or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

By entering this Contest, Eligible Participants agree to release and hold harmless the Contest Sponsor and each of their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, media partners, advertising and promotional agencies and each of the foregoing entities’ respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns from any liability in connection with the Contest or, if declared a winner, the Prize awarded and use thereof.

The Contest is subject to federal, provincial and local rules and regulations, except by exclusion of Quebec residents from the Contest.

Eligible Participants may obtain the Prize winners’ names between August 25th, 2018 and September 1st, 2018, by addressing their request, accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage to:

#SummerDogDays Contest

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Whether you’re strolling by the harbour front and want to stop off for a bite to eat with a view or need a place to dock your boat to stretch your legs, these top marinas in New York have just about everything you would ever need for a fun day on or off the water! We want to take the hassle out of your next boating trip in New York, so we’ve compiled a list for you to reference of all the best marinas in New York. Get out on the water faster and easier!


Liberty Landing Marina

This is a 520-slip marina located on the Hudson River across from the lower tip of Manhattan. To name a few services that are available at this beautiful marina, there is a 24-hour fueling facility, full-service maintenance and marina store and two on-site restaurants which offer rich views of New York city and menus that are predominantly seafood. Maritime Parc restaurant is beautifully designed for ultimate panoramic views of the Hudson River, the Statue of Libertyhttps://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline. This is a top-notch marina that you will definitely want to stop in at during your next New York boating trip.


North Cove Marina

This marina is part of the IGY network which has properties throughout the world. They pride themselves on providing top nautical tourism for people by hosting events and catering their marinas to a variety of vessel types including sportfishers, cruisers, sailing and motor yachts. The company also participates in 10 of the world’s largest sport fishing tournaments making specific marina locations highly sought-after angler destinations.


Liberty Harbor Marina

These are on the waters of Morris Canal where they offer dockage with a convenient payment plan from a day to a year. They are equipped with their own fuel dock with gas, diesel, motor oils, ice and pump-out. They offer a “permit-only” parking lot, locked and gated dock house hot showers and laundry facilities.


Minneford Marina

This Marina is located in the Bronx minutes from Westchester county with the marina complex including 500 docking spaces. It has a full-service shop with a full-time staff of mechanics and craftsmen and is an authorized dealer for a variety of major manufacturers and has a large inventory of parts. It also offers full winter storage programs with all related services.


Nichols Great Kills Park Marina

This marina is located on Staten Island and has 3.75 square miles with a mean low water depth of 15 ft. There is an immaculate beach neighbouring the marina that provides a snack bar in the beach pavilion and a playground for children in the summer months. This marina is nearly land-locked making it very well protected from storms and is easily accessible from the main channel.


Mansion Marina

Located on Staten Island, this marina was founded in 1957 but has recently undergone some major renovations. It has new docks with high water pilings, a new gas dock, handicap accessibility and new electric to accommodate larger vessels. They are a full-service marina with 24-hour emergency repairs, cleaning services and storage options.


One 15 Brooklyn Marina

Located just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, across the East River from Wall Street and South Street Seaport, this marina is in the optimal spot to access Manhattan as well as enjoy all the attractions that Brooklyn has to offer. They offer over 100 slips for vessels ranging in a variety of different sizes and lengths, vessel maintenance assistance, sanitary pump-out facilities and 24-hour security and gated access. This marina is part of a great initiative called the ‘Community Dock’ program, where the Marina contributes two percent of the Marina Services revenues to support free and low-cost community boating.


Brewer Yacht Yards & Marinas

For the bigger vessels out there, Brewer Capri Marina is for you! Situated in New York’s Long Island Sound, it offers quality amenities such as a swimming pool, waterfront restaurant, a weekend courtesy car and golf cart service and holds nearly 330 seasonal slips. There is transient space available for yachts up to 150’, well-maintained floating docks and offers complete renovations or modifications during the boats down time with the marinas skilled service staff.


Mahopac Marine

This is a full-service marina that has been family owned since 1969. It is located on Lake Mahopac in Putnam County.  As a smaller marina they offer boat slips, gas pumping and a full retail store with storage in their newly built maintenance shop. This marina prides itself on impeccable customer service as it continues to honour the family name.

Hopefully these top choices for marinas will help make your next boating trip in New York a breeze. There are plenty of awesome ones to choose from, so you can’t go wrong. It really just depends on your route for the day. We know how hectic it can be to check off everything on your to-do list to get out on the water, but with this list of marinas, it’s one less thing you have to worry about.

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