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

Originally posted by BoatingIndustry.com.

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: timesfreepress.com

July 3, 2020

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

July 4, 2020

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

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: facebook.com
Harbor Lights Marina | 9:00 pm (ET) | Source: facebook.com

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
pmassey@erwinmarinesales.com
(423) 290-8287
Brian McNeal
bmcneal@erwinmarinesales.com
(423) 364-4673
 Michael Porter
mporter@erwinmarinesales.com
(706) 581-4510

Huntsville Area 4th of July Celebration Events

HUNTSVILLE FIREWORKS – All times shown are local (Central) time zone.

This list is provided for informational purposes only.


Saturday, June 29, 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Chattanooga Area 4th of July Celebration Events

CHATTANOOGA FIREWORKS – All times shown are local (Eastern) time zone.

This list is provided for informational purposes only.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Events and Happenings

There is so much happening at Erwin Marine Sales. You don’t want to miss it!

UPCOMING EVENTS — Are you ready?

Boating season is here! Let’s get it started with our annual “Blessing Of The Fleet” on Sunday, May 5th on Chickamauga Lake. All boaters are invited!

We meet at 1:00 EST upriver of Big Ridge Marina at Harrison Bluff. The parade will proceed slowly towards the Dam for a non-denominational “Blessing Of The Fleet” from Rev. Betsy Kammerdiener. Monitor channel 72 for communication.

For details, contact Doug at (423) 622-1978 or by email at dunderwood@erwinmarinesales.com.


Catch The Wake At “Surf’s Up Saturdays”

7 Demo Days of Summer at Erwin Marine Sales!

Experience wake surfing behind the all new 2019 Centurion Ri257 – the best wave maker on the water!

7 Days of Summer
May 4
May 18
June 1
June 15

June 29
July 13
July 27

Join Erwin Marine Sales noon-5pm on these Saturdays this Summer for special Demo Days.

Sign up here for a day of surfing. Space is limited!


CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PICNIC

CUSTOMERS, please join us on Saturday, May 18th at Chickamauga Marina, 11:30am. – 2:30pm. (EST) and let us show our appreciation for you, our customer.

Join us for an afternoon of food and fellowship with your boating neighbors. We will be serving burgers and hot dogs with all the fixins’. We sincerely appreciate you and thank you for being part of the Erwin Marine family. See you there!


Summer Marina Hours

  • Chickamauga Marina
    Dry Storage
    8:30 to 6:30 – 7 Days
  • Gas Dock/Marina Office
    8:30 to 6:30 | Wed. through Sun.
  • Pine Harbor Marina
    Gas Dock / Marina Office
    9:00 to 5:30 | Wed. through Sun.
  • Sunrise Marina
    Dry Storage/Gas Dock/
    Marina Office
    8:30 to 6:30 – 7 Days
    Effective May 1st

FREE LOCKING CLASS

We have a few spots left for our Free Locking Class on Saturday, May 18. Learn all about locking through the Chickamauga Dam–what to do and what not to do. This is a FREE event but you must REGISTER!

Click here to sign up now by or contact Jessica by calling (423) 622-1978, texting (423) 933-2630, or email jarnold@erwinmarinesales.com.


DID YOU HEAR? – WE RENT BOATS!

Introducing Erwin Boat Rentals

Erwin Boat Rentals offers luxury Harris Tri-toon boat rentals at four of our marina locations on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga and on Lake Guntersville in Alabama.

Whether you’re planning a birthday party, a family outing, or the most relaxing day on the water ever, Erwin Boat Rentals has the perfect boat for the occasion.

And Erwin Boat Rentals doesn’t price gouge on holidays or weekends. Rates are the same any day of the week as they are for the 4th of July. So, if you have a special day in mind, you might want to book now. You can do that here.

We Rent Boats!

We are proud to introduce Erwin Boat Rentals.

Erwin Boat Rentals offers luxury Harris Tri-toon boat rentals at four of our marina locations on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga and on Lake Guntersville in Alabama.

Whether you’re planning a birthday party, a family outing, or the most relaxing day on the water ever, Erwin Boat Rentals has the boat perfect for the occasion.

And Erwin Boat Rentals doesn’t price gouge on holidays or weekends. The price is the same any day of the week as it is for the 4th of July. So, if you have a special day in mind, you might want to book nowYou can do that here.

Visit erwinboatrentals.com. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, contact Erwin Boat Rentals at 423-834-7778 or info@erwinboatrentals.com.