The Dock Line News | October 2020

2020 has been a year to remember. We all have had to cope with many unexpected changes such as cancellations of events. But, there has never been a better time to be on the water boating! Read on for more information about our latest news, upcoming events, and more.

In this issue of The Dock Line News:

It’s Fall Y’all – Register now for the 2020 Fall Color Cruise!

Erwin Marine announces a new boat brand

2021 models are arriving now!

Winter is coming – Your guide to winterizing your boat

Mark your calendar for these upcoming shows and events including the Lighted Boat Parade and more!

Congress Advances Key Boating Safety Priorities

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) played a critical role in shaping the bill—which includes key provisions that would improve the safety of the millions of Americans who take to the water each year. 

The bill includes a provision that would mandate the wear of engine cut-off devices for operators of boats under 26 feet while underway—a critical safety measure that law enforcement, manufacturers, and the recreational boating community strongly support. This measure builds upon the important steps taken two years when Congress required manufacturers to install these devices in most boats under 26 feet, which is something many boating manufacturers have been doing for years.

Additionally, the bill would grant the Coast Guard “equivalency” authority—allowing the Coast Guard to streamline approval of the recreational boating industry construction standards and new technologies, all while maintaining the highest level of safety.

Although the House had passed similar legislation in 2019, the U.S. Senate was unable to reach an agreement at that time. House and Senate leaders have spent the past several months negotiating the new agreement, which passed in the House last week and is expected to move forward in the Senate.

4th of July Fireworks

The 4th of July is fast approaching. 2020 has been a different experience than we are used to, but there are still some places to see fireworks this year. Here is a list:

July 2, 2020

Fort Payne, AL | Fireworks display only (festival, vendors canceled) | Source:

July 3, 2020

Chattanooga Lookouts | Game starts at 6:15 pm (ET) | Fireworks following the game | Source:
LaFayette, GA | 5:00 – 10:00 pm (ET) | Fireworks display only. Freedom Celebration canceled | Source:

July 4, 2020

Athens Regional Park | 9:30 pm (ET) | Source:

Athens Regional Park will be hosting a high-altitude show that can be seen from an expanded area around the park in order to ensure social distancing. Due to the nature of the show and the potential for a heavy traffic, the park will be closed to traffic and people all day on July 4th, including during the firework show. Think of this as a drive-in theater for fireworks!

Cottonport Marina | Source:
Harbor Lights Marina | 9:00 pm (ET) | Source:

This list is provided for informational purposes only.  Event dates and times are subject to change. Please check source links for updated information.

Boat Show THIS WEEKEND and more!

Erwin Marine Sales has all the best boat brands on display at the Chattanooga Convention Center now through Sunday, February 9, 2020. Don’t miss the Chattanooga Boat Show is THIS WEEKEND!

Get BOAT SHOW ONLY DEALS and check out our “Clear The Decks” Sales Event!

And mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

Miami Boat Show

February 13-17, 2020

Miami Marine Stadium Park Miami, FL

Open House

February 22, 2020

28601 U.S. Highway 431, Grant, AL

Spring Boat Show

April 18-19, 2020

3001 Kings Point Road, Chattanooga, TN

Blessing of The Fleet

May 3, 2020

Harrison Bluff on Chickamauga Lake, Chattanooga, TN

Weather Class – TBD

More information coming soon.

Open House

February 22, 2020

3001 Kings Point Road, Chattanooga, TN

Free Locking Class

March 21, 2020

3001 Kings Point Road, Chattanooga, TN

Free Locking Class

May 16, 2020

3001 Kings Point Road, Chattanooga, TN

Riverbend Festival

May 27-30, 2020

Ross’s Landing, Downtown Chattanooga, TN

For more information on these or other upcoming events, email us or call (423) 622-1978.

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours.

Holiday hours for Erwin Marine Sales are as follows: Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. All locations and departments will be closed. Normal hours of operation will resume on January 2, 2020.
We look forward to a new year!
Right as the new year begins, so do boat shows! Mark your calendars now for upcoming shows in Nashville, Huntsville, and Chattanooga. Click here for details.

The 60th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

If you’re planning to visit the “Yachting Capital of the World” for the 60th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, we hope you will stop by and take a look at the boat models on display.

Join Erwin Marine Sales in Fort Lauderdale, Florida October 30 – November 3, 2019.

Some of our Sales Team will be at the Sea Ray and Cruisers Yachts display during the show. Both Sea Ray and Cruisers are unveiling brand new models at the show!

The new Sea Ray 320 Coupe
The new Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS

Feel free to contact them for details about these boats on display as well as other boats at the show.

Payton Massey
(423) 290-8287
Brian McNeal
(423) 364-4673
 Michael Porter
(706) 581-4510

So Long Summer Sale

#SoLongSummer! Hello, Fall!

Erwin Marine Sales is clearing the docks of all 2019 models. Right now, all NEW 2019 Bayliner, Centurion, Cobalt, Cruisers, Harris, Sea Ray, and Supreme models are on sale!

This is what you’ve been waiting for! Stop by now and get your best deal!

#WinterIsComing Don’t wait for the freeze! Winterize your boat.

Don’t get caught out in the cold! Protect your investment.

Winterizing is an important part of boat ownership. Erwin Marine offers winterization services on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Fill out this form or click on the button below to winterize your boat before temperatures dive into the damage zone. 

Let us know about your preferences for winterizing your boat. Don’t wait for the freeze. Winterize now!

Upcoming Events

There is so much happening at Erwin Marine Sales. You don’t want to miss it! Here’s what is coming up:


28th and 29th
Chattanooga location
Saturday, 9:00a – 6:00p (EST) and 
Sunday, 11:00a – 5:00p (EST) 

New & Pre-owned boats on SALE!
Check out our inventory at!

Please join us on the Sales Dock on
Friday, September 27th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for our FALL BOAT SHOW VIP Night .

Enjoy the evening surrounded by beautiful boats, live music, and

Click here to RSVP or contact ASHLEY:
(423) 622-1978 or


Calhoun’s On The River
Erwin Marine Sales would like to invite you
to come see the game with us. First, we
invite you to stop by Calhoun’s On The
River on Friday, October 4th, 6:00p - 9:00p
(EST) for dinner and drinks.

information and to RSVP, click here.

Chattanooga Riverfront

Chattanooga MotorCar Festival is a world-
class lifestyle event aimed to engage,
excite and entertain families, racers, and
automotive enthusiasts alike will make its
debut in downtown Chattanooga October
11-13. This event is designed for the whole
For transient boat slip rental, contact Jill
at our Riverfront location at 423-266-1316
or email

To get tickets and more information about
the festival, click here.
5th and 6th
Ross' Landing Chattanooga
This event is FREE to the public and
features some of the top names in
contemporary and traditional bluegrass.
For transient boat slip rental, contact Jill
at our Riverfront location at 423-266-1316
or email

For more information about the festival,
click here.

Chattanooga Riverfront
We are headed to the Chattanooga Riverfront for the weekend. On Saturday, the 19th cruise
with us down the Tennessee River Gorge to enjoy the fall colors. Then, we will cruise back to
our Riverfront location for a sail-gating party on the dock while we watch the Tennessee /
Alabama game.

Please RSVP by filling out the form below. To register for dock space for both nights,
click here.

For transient boat slip rental, contact Jill at our Riverfront location at 423-266-1316
or email

Chattanooga Riverfront 31 miles through the Tennessee River
Chattajack is a paddleboard / kayak
race unlike any other. It is one that
celebrates the effort a paddle athlete makes
in the pursuit of distance endurance.
Fueled with passion on the water, these
individuals love to dig, testing their personal
limits while completing this unique gorge

For transient boat slip rental, contact Jill at
our Riverfront location at 423-266-1316 or email

For more information about Chattajack,
click here.

Summer Boat Sale – ONE DAY ONLY!

Get your best deal on all 2019 Bayliner, Centurion, Cruiser, Harris, Sea Ray, and Supreme models at our ONE DAY ONLY Summer Boat Sale – Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Plus, get an additional 20% OFF all water toys in stock!*

Don’t miss this sale at our Alabama location. For more information, email us or call 256-582-6610.