Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My new GoPro Hero 3

As a gadget nut I usually try to get in on the start of new trends, but when it came to action video and cameras, I stuck with my Canon or iPhone. Well I wasn't able to hold off anymore.  With encouragement from my kids, I started looking into buying an action adventure camera such as the GoPro.  In the back of my mind I think all they wanted was a way to get incriminating video of their parents for some future use (or to win the prize money on the Funniest Home Videos Show), but whatever the reason, it worked. 

I finally ordered a GoPro Hero 3.  Part of me said I didn't need one and the other parts of me wanted to be able to film my activities. Not like I’m BASE jumping or mountain climbing, but I do motorcycle, boat, drive and fly. And in my mind, any of those activities should make it a worthy investment.

After researching what was available I actually bought a refurbished unit directly from GoPro.  I felt it was a great deal. It is in like new shape and I was very pleased with the price and the speed that I got it. And buying the camera itself is the small price, all the mounts and extras are what really add up. 

I must say that all those years of watching YouTube videos made with GoPro and looking at the GoPro cameras at the SEMA show, I never understood how small it really is and how high of quality the videos are.

I haven’t really used the unit yet, played with it in my recliner, like that’s an action shot.  But I can’t wait to get it set up on the ‘toon or motorcycle and start using it. 

Next on my “to do” list is “Extreme ‘tooning”…wait until you see those videos on YouTube.

Stay tuned for more "action" shots from SkySmith GoPro...I promise to get out of the recliner.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

The 2014 SEMA Show will be held November 4–November 7.

The 2014 SEMA Show will be held November 4–November 7.

If you are in the business you should attend this event. It’s a great way to contact most if not all the manufacturers and vendors you will ever need all in one place. One really big place!   I have been using my contacts at the SEMA show for books, columns and seminars for years. You might not think that they have the information that you can use, but my experience is different. I am in the aircraft; marine, automotive and motorcycle and insurance industries and I always find something for all of those markets.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world (PLEASE NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC). It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets. SEMA Show 2013 drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Now that I own a Mercury 60 HP four stroke Bigfoot outboard...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        
May 7, 2014

Mercury Marine introduces oil change kits
(FOND DU LAC, Wis.) - Changing oil in a Mercury outboard is one of the most important steps to keep an engine running at its peak. Mercury has developed four new convenient oil change kits that contain all the components needed to change the oil in your outboard engine.
Each kit includes:
Mercury 25W-40 marine engine oil featuring Flagship Protection
OEM Mercury oil filter
Drain plug seal
Drip tray (if required)
Complete instructions (printed right on the box)
Mercury oil change kits contain industry-leading Mercury 25W-40 engine oil. Over five years of engineering and development went in to the exclusive Flagship Protection formula which features a high-tech, advanced set of anti-wear additives that provide up to 33 percent better camshaft wear protection and the highest levels of corrosion and oxidation protection. Designed to maintain engine reliability and performance, Mercury 25W-40 mineral oil has been proven to hold its viscosity ratings longer in industry wear testing than other oils on the market. Mercury oils in combination with a genuine Mercury filter team up to provide the No. 1 protection on the water.
Exclusive new Flagship Protection formula provides:
Shear Stable Formula - Proven stronger in shear and viscosity testing
The ultimate in corrosion protection
The No. 1 recommended brand in the Industry
Mercury Oil Change Kits:
15/ 20 HP CARB Oil Change Kit - 8M0081914
25/30 HP EFI Oil Change Kit – 8M0081915
40/50/60 HP EFI Oil Change Kit – 8M0081916
75/90/115 HP EFI Oil Change Kit - 8M0081917
Kits will be available to order with the spring 2014 program.

About Mercury Marine
Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis., Mercury Marine is the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. A $2 billion division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications, empowering boaters with products that are easy to use, extremely reliable and backed by the most dedicated customer support in the world. Mercury’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; MotorGuide trolling motors; Mercury propellers; Mercury inflatable boats; Mercury SmartCraft electronics; Attwood marine parts; Land ‘N Sea marine parts distribution; and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils. More information is available at

Lucas Lauderback
Mercury Marine Media Relations