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What's up on the Piedmont lakes?

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April-May 2019: 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." ... as the Don Bamford quote goes. And it never hurts to have a little insurance. A Sea Tow membership, if not actual insurance, does bestow some piece-of-mind.

 Get your membership today at and read three "Tales of the Normal" here.

You're welcome.


Pictured at right is the cover of our Dec 2018-Jan 2019 edition. (The pic is linked to the entire edition, which you can view online. The photo? That's a Regal 33 SAV, a new offering from the folks in Orlando. It has an open bow and is designed for a variety of water sports, including fishing. Did I mention the outboards? We're happy to tell you about more innovations for which Regal is known beginning on page 16. Learn more at Talley's Pier 77 Marine in Cornelius.


It's high season on the Piedmont lakes and at left is our August-September 2019 cover! And there is nothing better ... well, almost nothing ... than enjoying a day on the water with good friends. Those two happy couples (See those smiles? Happy.) are enjoying their ride on a Hurricane deck boat. Those zippy rides are available from Huntley Marine in Pineville NC. Visit 

That's a great sunset shot looking west, of course, on the South Fork River just above the Armstrong Ford spillway and below I-85. As you know, the South Fork joins the Catawba River in Lake Wylie in the South Point area. The paddler, Catawba Riverkeeper member Jessi Searby, is well up the South Fork near McAdenville. Photo by John Searby. Jessi and that' shot grace the October-November 2019 issue cover.

Recent Issues

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.


That's certainly not one of the Piedmont lakes, since all eight reside atop a healthy layer of red clay. But this is the time of year boaters travel to distant places but still need a boating experience. The underwater girl pictured on our Dec2019-Jan2020 cover is happily in the islands where water clarity is ... um ... better. She's swimming off a 2006 Four Winns 31. Visit to see their current models.

But wait!

There's more 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.

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That's a Scarab 195 Open on our Feb-March 2019 cover. Yes, it's a jet boat with the same Rotax engine technology you'll find in SeaDoos, which means it's built for fun. Some of the 195's many features include a hinging tailgate; stern tow point, and console changing room. It really is a great choice for family fun! (Don't those happy faces on the cover make that point?) Oh ... and there's a 195 Open Fish model as well. See them at Lake Norman Power Sports in Cornelius.

That dramatic shot on our June-July 2019 cover is courtesy of our friends at MasterCraft. And speaking of dramatic, the whole line of Mastercraft performance boats is pretty dramatic ... in a very positive sort of way. You can get a handle on the full line of MasterCraft boats or up close and personal at Charlotte Ski Boats in Mooresville. Visit them online, too.


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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