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New Fishfinder-Chartplotter: Si-Tex SVS 460 and 560
There are always tons of new fishfinders and chartplotters hitting the market, but usually they come from a handful of big companies. If none of the offerings from those companies is exactly what you want, you’re out of luck. Not this time—there’s a pair of new units being introduced from Si-Tex,... Read more
5 Indispensible Items You Need Aboard Your Boat
Every boat has a hull, a power source (even if it’s you, with a paddle) and some form of deck. Beyond that, there’s no common denominator. All boats are different, some radically so. But no matter whether you’re talking about a bass boat, a cabin cruiser, or a mega-yacht,... Read more
The Boys First Boat
This was a great year for firsts, with me and my sons: they caught their first marlin, they experienced their first over-nighter offshore, and they got their first boat. Yes, their first boat. Now, some folks may feel that 14 year olds shouldn’t be riding around in a boat... Read more
Winter is Coming – Is Your Boat Ready?
There’s a chill in the air these days, and although most of us probably won’t have to deal with snow and ice, freeze damage can still be an issue for boaters. The very nature of boats – they don’t just float in the water, they also hold it in... Read more
News from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
As usual this year, my benefactors at boats.com sent me to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. And also as usual, it was a crazy scene full of uber-expensive yachts, luxury machines, and watercraft as varied as mini-subs and hovercraft. This show is not – repeat, not – really... Read more
Polarization Problems? New Sunglasses Have the Answer
It’s a common issue for us boaters: we need to wear polarized sunglasses, or the glare off the water just about burns out our retinas. But if we wear polarized sunglasses, every time we try to look at the fishfinder or chartplotter screen from any angle, all that greets our eyes is... Read more
THEY ATE THE FISH-CAM – Got Bait? III is Mahi-Mahi Mayhem
Mahi-mahi fishing can get quite chaotic, and when we were shooting the third episode of Got Bait? the chaos was just plain out of control. The dang fish tried to eat our underwater fish-cam. We had double, triple, and even quad hook-ups. At time, I found myself scuttling across... Read more
A Day with the New Evinrude G2 200-hp Outboard
I end up testing a lot of pontoon boats for boats.com, and though they aren’t exactly my own personal cup of tea, they do have a lot of redeeming features. In fact, if I had a house on a protected bay or lake, there’d probably be a pontoon in... Read more