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Do I Need Wakeboard Racks for Fishing Boats?

If you own a fishing boat, then you know this type of vessel comes stocked to the brim. When spending a day on the crystal clear waters of South Florida, your boat is likely to be packed with stuff. There are poles, bait, life jackets, sun-protective gear, and much more. If you’re looking to do water sports to break up the afternoon, where do you put your boards? You’re not the first person with this question, but thankfully, you may be the last!    

Manta Racks, a company in Orlando, understands what that predicament is like. That’s precisely why they came up with the idea to store boards on fishing boats so that they stay safely out of the way. The racks can comfortably sit on the gunnel of the boat, and the best part is that there’s no need to drill extra holes. Another advantage of adding wakeboard racks to fishing boats is that the boards won’t be destructive. Often, boards left loose on a vessel end up scratching and tearing, costing you hundreds to thousands of dollars in paint or fabric repairs.  

Why wouldn’t you surround yourself with things that make your life just a little bit easier? We’re talking convenience and peace of mind. That takes on even more significance when you’re cruising on the open waters. Here at Manta Racks, our life revolves around the water – fresh and salt. Our passion runs deep for board sports of all kinds. All of this motivated us to create the best wakeboard racks for boats. You need one in your life. 

Enter Manta Racks. We came up with the idea to use the pre-existing fishing rod holders and added a patented 360° locking swivel feature. Boards can be easily stored on the gunnel of the boat without drilling extra holes. All of your boards are securely fastened to a rack system, and out of the way of your passengers. It’s a win, win! Our racks are American-made in Florida. It’s time for you to get one for your boat. We’re located just outside Orlando. When searching for the best wakeboard rack for your boat, stop by and see us, or call us today at (321) 662-6787. 

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FWC reminds the public: Nesting waterbirds need room to breed

Nesting waterbirds need room to breed

Give waterbirds room to breed this nesting season. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida are reminding boaters and beachgoers to watch out for nesting birds.

“It is very important to limit the disturbance of nesting waterbirds,” said FWC biologist Nancy Douglass. “When these birds are forced to leave their nests, their eggs and chicks are left vulnerable to heat and predators. By respectfully sharing our beaches and waterways with these birds, people can help ensure their survival.” 

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SUP and Kayak Carrying Systems for Boaters

Six ways to bring a SUP or kayak aboard your boat

You need look no further than the local lake, bay or harbor to confirm the popularity of stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. In fact, on some days, human-powered craft are so numerous, they can pose a navigation challenge to traditional boaters.

But everyone has a right to enjoy the water in whichever way they desire, right? Why not do both? Maybe you want to raft up at the sandbar next weekend and break out the SUP to mingle with the crowd. Or you might cruise to a secluded bay, get out your board and enjoy some solitude. There are also some remote wilderness no-motor zones in the Florida Everglades and elsewhere that restrict entry to paddle­craft only. You can anchor outside and then paddle in. Really ­adventurous boaters take their paddlecraft to the Bahamas to fish the flats where bonefish and permit feed in mere inches of water.

That all sounds great, but carrying boards and ’yaks on a mothership can be a hassle. Where do you stow them? How do you secure them? If you decide to tie them to the bow or stuff them in the cockpit, eventually they’re going to get in the way. You can stack them on the swim platform, but many SUPs and kayaks are longer than the width of some boat transoms. The Bote Flood board, for instance, is 12 feet long. The Hobie ­Revolution 16 kayak is, well, 16 feet long. You also lose access to the swim platform when it’s packed with your toys.

It’s no longer awkward or cumbersome to bring paddlecraft aboard your boat thanks to creative ways to get into the board game. A number of systems let you easily and quickly stow and deploy SUPs and kayaks, as well as surfboards and kiteboards, from virtually any kind of boat.

Here are six easy solutions:


“Most boaters won’t buy a new boat just to have dedicated stowage for boards, though it’s a great feature to consider if you’re in the market.”  _Tim Barker/Manta Racks

Rail Way

Most boaters won’t buy a new boat just to have dedicated stowage for boards (as ­described on page 90), though it’s a great feature to consider if you’re in the market. But if your current boat has a high-profile bow rail that extends aft to about midship, you can get a rack that lets you easily stow and deploy your SUPs and kayaks.

Magma Products, best known for its line of marine barbecues, offers the Removable Kayak/SUP Rack ($229.98,, which includes two arms that clamp to vertical or diagonal bow-rail stanchions ranging from 7/8 to 11/2 inches in diameter. ­Constructed from polished stainless steel with ­UV-resistant padding to protect your paddle­craft while cradled in the ­1-inch-diameter arms, each rack will hold two SUPs or one kayak. Tie-down points on each arm let you secure boards and ’yaks with straps.

Magma’s exclusive quick-release knob system allows each arm to be instantly removed or rotated inward when not in use, or swung in tighter to the bow rail to fit smaller/narrower kayaks or boards.

The SurfStow Suprax ($249.99, is another example of a system that clamps to a bow rail. Constructed from aluminum, the rack arms will hold one SUP and have EVA foam ­linings to protect your board. A built-in bungee cord ­secures the board. The universal clamp system swivels to attach to virtually any vertical or horizontal rail ranging from 7/8 to 11/4 inches in diameter. There’s also an add-on accessory arm that increases the capacity to a pair of SUPs ($99,

SurfStow also offers the Yakrax ($299.99, rack for kayaks. It uses the same clamp system as the Suprax, but the padded aluminum arms accept the hull depth of a kayak.

SUP and Kayak Carrying Systems for Boaters

Top Idea

The proliferation of hardtops aboard today’s boats has a benefit besides shade and shelter. Hardtops create new surfaces for attaching accessories such as racks for SUPs and kayaks, akin to roof racks on automobiles.

At Largo, Florida-based Intrepid Powerboats, for example, models such as the 400 Cuddy are often built with custom-ordered hardtop racks for SUPs and surfboards, says Joe Brenna, vice president of customer service. “Racks are installed as part of the build, as per the buyer’s specifications,” Brenna says.

It’s one thing to customize a boat to carry boards, it’s quite another to offer a model designed for SUPs and kayaks. Yet that’s what the Tiara Q44 is all about. Tiara calls it the Adventure Yacht. The Q44 is available with a hardtop toy-storage system that lets ­owners secure boards and kayaks on a top-mounted rack. The hardtop was designed to prevent marine accessories such as VHF antennas from interfering with board stowage. The walkaround layout of the Q44 facilitates loading and unloading paddlecraft from the rack.

SUP and Kayak Carrying Systems for Boaters

’Toon Tote

Many pontoon boat owners love to take their toys with them, including SUPs and kayaks. What better way to enjoy a summer day on the water than to anchor up in a quiet cove and get in some paddle time? Or maybe you want anchor out and explore or fish a remote creek that’s too narrow or shallow for your pontoon boat.

While big pontoon models offer lots of space to carry boards, why not clear the deck and the seats with racks designed to fit the square railings of the panels that surround the interior? Enter the Toon Racker ($369.99,

A pair of J-shaped arms fit the railings of most pontoon boats, and each rack will ­accommodate one kayak or two SUPs. Integral padding offers plenty of protection from scratching or chafing, and built-in bungee cords keep boards and ’yaks secure while underway.

You can also get the SurfStow Suprax ($254.99,, which features a pair of ­padded ­aluminum arms with ­specialized clamps to conform to square railings. ­SurfStow also offers the Yakrax kayak rack ($230.35, for pontoons.


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SUP Safety

The popularity of paddleboarding is skyrocketing, says Tim Wilhelm, owner of Manta Racks, which offers stowage systems for SUPs. “My business has doubled in the last year,” he points out as evidence of the trend.

Unfortunately, this rising tide has also led to an increase in incidents involving paddlecraft. While recreational boating accidents and fatalities steadily declined from 2012 to 2015, last year saw a spike in fatalities, says Capt. F. Thomas Boross, chief director of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

“During July and August 2016, the United States had the highest number of fatalities in five years, most of which were attributed to paddlecraft accidents,” Boross said in a speech to auxiliary members in St. Louis, Missouri, in January.

With this in mind, the Coast Guard has expanded its Vessel Safety Check (VSC) program to include canoes, kayaks and SUPs, says Harry Jacobs, 37-year member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and an approved vessel examiner and immediate past national director of public affairs for the auxiliary. Jacobs currently serves with the District II Public Affairs Detachment in Southern California.

“We need to bring paddlecraft enthusiasts into the boater-education community,” Jacobs says. Examiners are now conducting VSCs for paddlecraft and issuing decals for canoes, kayaks and SUPs meeting requirements that include a sound-making device, life jacket, white navigation light, visual distress signals and more.

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U.S. Senate passes Modern Fish Act

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed S.1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017.

The passage of the legislation, known as the Modern Fish Act, would make critical updates to the oversight of federal fisheries, marks a big step forward for America’s angling community and now moves to the U.S. House for final approval.

“Today is an important day for America’s 11 million saltwater anglers thanks to the leadership of Sen. Roger Wicker and a broad, bipartisan coalition of senators,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy.

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SUP Racks for fishing boats


Call Us for the Best SUP Racks for Fishing Boats 

If you love fishing as much as we do, you get excited when you hear about cool ways to enjoy it. Enter stand-up paddleboard fishing (SUP fishing). But how do you get your paddleboard, which is decked out with everything you need to fish, out to your favorite fishing spot?  You transport it on a fishing boat, naturally – a boat equipped with a SUP rack. When looking for the best SUP Racks for fishing boats, check us out here at Manta Racks. 

We Offer Topnotch SUP Racks for Fishing Boats 

Whether you’re planning to spend just a couple of hours out on your boat or several days, it’s nice to be able to carry your stand-up paddleboard, with you on your fishing boat. And the SUP racks will securely hold your small vessel in place, freeing up room on your boat for passengers or more equipment or fishing gear. 

We have racks to fit nearly any fishing boat. And our racks, which are American-made in Florida, can hold up to 3 items at once. They can also store kiteboards, wakeboards, water skis, wakeskates, wake surfers, and certain knee-boards. 

If you don’t believe us when we say how great our racks are, listen to a satisfied customer, who wrote: “The manta racks product is an amazing way to transport your paddle boards/surfboards. I have run with them at 50 mph and they stay put and out of the way. Love my manta racks!” 

Whether you’re hitting the water to go stand up paddle board fishing … or simply to go paddle-boarding, it would behoove you to get a SUP rack for your fishing boat. We offer some of the best ones on the market, here at Manta Racks. You can order them online or call us and place an order at (888) 662-0225. If you’re near Orlando – stop by and see us. We would love to meet you and talk “fish!”

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Notice: Gas Stations Now Offer E15 – Don’t Accidentally Use this Level of Ethanol in Your Boat

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Many boaters around the country trailer their boats to their favorite spot.  When trailering to rivers, lakes, bays, or to the ocean it is easy to pull into a gas station and fill up your boat at the same time as you fill up your towing vehicle.  We just pour in the Ethanol Treatment as we top off the boat, then get back on the road to the ramp.  Over the past several years, dealing with the current E10 ethanol issues has been costly; whether buying extra additives or paying the mechanic’s bill to clean out the injectors of your engine. Now gas stations will be offering E15.  If you accidentally use this level of Ethanol in your boat, it will be a very costly mistake maybe even the cost of a new motor.  Please pay attention to the type of fuel you are putting into your boat’s fuel tank.

E15 sales resume, trade association calls for robust education effort


The sale of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol (E15) resumed over the weekend. Every year, fuels containing E15 are prohibited from being sold between June 1 and Sept. 15. Last Friday, in response to the restart of E15 sales, NMMA’s President, Thom Dammrich released the following statement:

“Starting [Sept. 15], E15 hit the market again – an unfortunate, annual event that puts countless American consumers at risk, including 142 million boaters,” Dammrich stated. “It seems clear that lawmakers and regulators understood the myriad of problems E15 poses when they approved its sale in 2012. Otherwise, they would not have restricted the sale of E15 during summer months.

Most consumers are unaware that federal law prohibits fueling small engines with ethanol blends exceeding 10 percent because of its corrosive and dangerous effects, Dammrich explained. Current lax labeling requirements are not doing consumers any favors. Instead, they are blindsided when they show up for an engine repair – or worse, become stranded on the water – to find out they’ve been misfuelling and voided their warranty.

“As E15 sales recommence, NMMA is once again calling for more robust education and labeling efforts to help prevent misfuelling,” Dammrich stated.  “The Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018, introduced by Reps. Austin Scott (R-GA-08) and Lois Frankel (D-FL-21), does just that. All members of Congress should lend their support to this important measure.

“We are also urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise labeling requirements for ethanol fuel blends exceeding 10 percent – a commonsense move that the agency could take immediately.

“With 95 percent of boaters fueling at retail gas stations, it’s imperative they know the fuel they’re using is safe – regardless of which month it is. Summer may officially end in a few days, but consumers will not mothball every product unable to run on E15 until next June. Congress and the administration should act quickly to increase awareness around the dangers of E15, so consumers are protected 365 days a year.”

For more information, please contact NMMA Senior Vice President of Federal & Legal Affairs Nicole Vasilaros at [email protected] or NMMA Director of Federal Government Affairs Mike Pasko at [email protected]

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