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August 2022

the dock line news

ready to trade or sell?

Are you thinking about selling or trading your boat? Do you know its value? Find out what your boat is worth in seconds!

new t-shirts for sale at pine harbor

Pine Harbor Marina has new t-shirts for sale at the fuel dock. Only $20 (including tax)! Stop by, fuel up, and get a shirt or two.

new t-shirts for sale at Chickamauga Marina

Stop by the fuel dock at Chickamauga Marina and check out the new t-shirts available. They are only $20 including tax! Get yours today. 

State-by-State Boating Rules and Regulations


Boating rules, laws, and regulations vary from state to state. Want to know more about rules and regulations in your state? Find out everything you need to know about boating safety, life jacket requirements, minimum age necessary to operate a boat or personal watercraft (PWC), trailer registration requirements, and other educational resources.

new fuel pumps

In case you missed it — NEW fuel pumps have been installed at Pine Harbor Marina (TN River Mile 487) AND at Erwin Marine Riverfront (TN River Mile 463.5)! These credit card reader pumps are available after hours so you can fuel up anytime and keep the fun going!

inflatables on sale now

Get more fun on the water! Inflatables are on sale at the Erwin Marine Parts Department in our Chattanooga location! Stop by and get yours before they're gone.
*While supplies last. Some or all items shown may not be in stock. Check with Parts for current inventory.
Call or text Jeff for details at (423) 933-2630 or email

upcoming events

Ironman Chattanooga


IRONMAN Chattanooga, part of the VinFast IRONMAN U.S., is triathlon’s best kept secret. 

September 25, 2022

3 Sisters Festival of bluegrass


The 3 Sisters Festival honors the musical legacy of bluegrass fiddler Fletcher Bright, by offering a free two-day festival to the community that features some of the biggest names in traditional and not-so-traditional bluegrass.

September 30, 2022

wine over water


Wine Over Water is an evening showcasing 200 wine varieties, delicious food from leading Chattanooga restaurants, and three stages of music – all taking place on one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges spanning the beautiful Tennessee River.

October 8, 2022

Chattanooga motorcar festival


The three-day Festival returns for 2022 and will include a Concours d’Elegance, the Canossa Fall Rally Chattanooga, The Pace Grand Prix at The Bend, and a Mecum Auctions event plus many more family-friendly activities. 

October 14-16, 2022



31 miles through the Tennessee River Gorge

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 course.

October 22, 2022

This event take place at the Chattanooga Riverfront. To make a reservation for your boat, click here

Fall Color Cruise

All boats participating in the Color Cruise will depart at 10:00 AM(ET) and cruise through the Tennessee River Gorge. We will then return to Erwin Marine Riverfront for more fun.

Details coming soon!

This event take place at the Chattanooga Riverfront. To make a reservation for your boat, click here

Head of the Hooch



Experience one of the world’s largest rowing regattas, in Chattanooga, TN

November 5-6, 2022

This event take place at the Chattanooga Riverfront. To make a reservation for your boat, click here

thanksgiving holiday closings

All Erwin Marine locations are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The sales dept. will be open on Saturday, November 26th

November 24-25, 2022

lighted boat parade

Annual event on the Chattanooga riverfront. All boaters are welcome to participate.

Register your boat to be part of the parade. More details coming soon.

November 25, 2022

This event take place at the Chattanooga Riverfront. To make a reservation for your boat, click here

safe boating guides


Safe Boating with Toddlers and Kids

Discover Boating offers an abundance of resources, especially for boaters. Let's talk about boating safely with the little ones.

Safe boating with kids, compared to safety during other recreational activities ashore, really comes down to one thing: location. For starters, help on dry land is typically minutes away, while assistance afloat can easily take an hour or more. It’s also possible to walk away—literally—from most shoreside danger. This isn’t so afloat. Whether you’re 500 feet or 5 miles from shore, swimming away from a problem is never a good solution. Fortunately, many resources are available to assist boaters, ranging from a simple tow to a large, coordinated rescue.

2022 Fort Lauderdale boat show


The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is recognized as the largest in-water boat show in the world.

Located steps from the beach in sunny South Florida, FLIBS spans nearly 90 acres across three million square feet of exhibit space that is connected by an intricate network of water and ground transportation services. The five-day show attracted over 100,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors representing 52 countries with more than 1,300 boats on display in 2021. Products range from sunglasses to superyachts and everything in between.

Mark your calendar for the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Show, October 26-30.




The VHF (very high frequency) radio aboard your Sea Ray is a critical piece of communications equipment that may save your life. VHF radios can be fixed (mounted to the boat with a remote antenna) or handheld (portable with a built-in antenna). Fixed radios operate up to 25 watts of power and can reach 25 miles depending on the height of the antenna, while handhelds operate at 1 or 5 watts of power for closer communications. VHF radios are “line-of-sight” which means they don’t broadcast around island corners or out of deep narrow inlets, but they have distinct advantages over cellphones including providing easy and reliable vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-shore communications, being monitored by other boaters as well as the Coast Guard, and being fully waterproof.

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