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The lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us, and that means it is finally boating season. Actually it's always boating season on the lakes of the Piedmont, given the temperate (Temperate?) weather and generous number of lakes and their respective shorelines and surface acres and acres and acres of precious fresh water. It's all ready for you to cruise, ski, surf, sail, fish ... or whatever you like to do on the water. The smiling face on our cover this issue tells you all you need to know about what's awaiting once you pull away from the marina or boat ramp. Be safe!

But wait!

There's more content down here:


I know, I know ...

No one can do anything as well as you can yourself.

In the event you simply run out of time and actually

need a boating product or service, well then ...

Here's Pilot's Marine Service Index


Need a Marina?

See the Marina Guide for the Piedmont lakes.


While you're at it, get some class, would ya?

Set a Course for Safety with

Boater Safety Classes


Check out our new page for events happening in the Piedmont Lakes!


The Pilot's Galley

It's a guide to waterfront and water-access

restaurants on the Piedmont lakes.


Take a look at the Piedmont Fishing Guide

for a directory of fishing resources

on the lakes of the Piedmont


While you're checking your tackle box, you may want to take a look at the Fishing Report for the next few weeks.

You know ... so you'll have a clue.

That's a Scarab 195 ID on our Aug-Sept 2021 cover this issue. When you order yours, you'll get all the power you want from a range of Rotax engines. They're a all-day, everyday workhorse jets. The agility and maneuver-ability of this 19-footer make it the perfect platform for first-timers and veteran boaters. Get your order in today at Lake Norman Power Sports or online at

Opportunities to be on the water might be fewer this time of year, what with the weather changing ... but it rarely gets really cold in Oct-Nov 2021.

Ok, maybe it gets too cold for skimpy bikinis, but that'll probably be February. If you're putting your boat away for the season, and I have to ask why, you'll miss out on some good times. You'll find winterization resourses here, but with some common sense preparation, you can boat year 'round. Think about it.

That dramatic shot for our Feb-March '22 cover is of a Regal LS4 Surf boat. You can tell the passengers are having a big time watching the surfer riding in their wake. You'll have to visit -- to see the full image. Or, and this might be a better idea, you can visit Talley's Pier 77, the world's largest exclusive Regal dealer, in Cornelius, and get a picture of the full line of Regal Boats. Oh, and you can visit them online as well at Tell 'em we sent you.

You just never know when stuff'll happen. It might be April-May '22, and as simple as running out of fuel, or having batteries that can't supply enough power to start your engines. It might be running aground. Whatever it is, your Sea Tow membership, and especially your Sea Tow insurance, can lessen the impact of it. We all want trouble-free days on the water, but when trouble strikes, Sea Tow is there for you.

That's the face of concentration on our cover. The photo is from a Wake the Lake event on Lake Norman several years ago. Unfortunately, we don't have the subject's name, but she has that Michael Jordan intensity tongue action going on. Our August-September 2020 cover is the picture of fun on the water!

The diver on our cover is leaving the swim platform of a Regal 19 Surf, a boat made to be a water-sports family boat. The 19 Surf has the added advantage of its Volvo Penta Forward Drive. The lower unit of the drive is essentially reversed, with the prop facing forward instead of aft, and away from the wake. But the true value of this beauty is in its versatility. As you can see, the boat isn't even moving but the boaters are having big fun. It's what dreams are made of, no? See the full line of Regal Boats at or visit Talley's Pier 77 Marine in Cornelius NC.

That beauty on our Feb-March 2020 cover is a new LS2 bowrider from Regal. The builder is celebrating 50 years of boat-building innovation and this model is a good example of the state-of-the-art. That low-to-the-water swim platform and the dual rumble seats are just some of the features that make this model one to consider. See the LS2 and the full line of Regal Boats at Talley's Pier 77 Marine in Cornelius.

It may be Autumn, but we usually don't see cold weather in this part of the world until much later in the year. Even if you've winterized and stored your boat for this season, we hope our October-November 2020 cover will remind you of fun times of the past and plans for the future. Find boats like the one pictured -- Yes, there is a boat in the picture -- at your SeaRay dealer, Marine Max.

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Even the most experienced boaters need a helping hand sometimes. "Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar." Get your membership today at and read the tales here. You're welcome.


Pilot Media publishes boating guides providing comprehensive information on boating and waterfront living. Each edition includes an index of boat related businesses, reference maps, marina & boatyard guides, a directory of waterfront & water-access restaurants - The Pilot's Galley - and a Fishing Guide that includes a directory to area fishing service providers.  Read more >

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