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Is Your Boat Safe on its Trailer?
You’d think that every trailer that came with a boat would be properly rigged and balanced for that boat. And, you’d be wrong. While many reliable builders do go the extra mile to make sure boat-trailer packages are properly matched, many don’t. Worse, when a person buys a trailer separately, they... Read more
3 Tips for Hunting with Dogs on Boats
Waterfowl hunting with dogs on boats can be challenging—every move they make is amplified as the boat moves, they may have trouble getting in and out for retrieves, and it’s never fun to be in such close quarters when they do re-board and decide to shake off. But, as... Read more
T-Top Canvass Replacement: Easier than you Think?
When it comes to replacing T-top canvass, might the job be easier than you think? Nope—that headline was just a tease. Actually, this job is an unadulterated pain in the you-know-what. Why? Because it simply takes a lot longer to string and weave through all those grommets than you’d... Read more
What to Look For in a Livewell
Different fishing boats have different livewells, and all are not created equally. For a live-bait angler, this can be huge. So, prior to actual on-the-water experience how can you tell if a livewell is going to make the grade? Look for these features, and you’ll know if that well... Read more
Joystick Control, for Outboard Boats?
Why not? We’ve become used to seeing joysticks in pod drive applications on boats in the 30-foot-plus range, and anyone who’s used these systems knows they make docking a breeze. But on an outboard boat, joysticks are a relatively new application. During the past year I’ve had the chance... Read more
Your Boat is Sinking? Remember These Three Things!
There’s nothing we boaters fear more than sinking. Fortunately, most of us will never be forced into dealing with such a situation. That said, it’s imperative you know how to react, if you ever find yourself standing on a deck that’s under water and getting deeper by the moment.... Read more
The Triple Outboard Engine Craze – Is it Crazy?
The knee-jerk reaction to this question is, invariably, yes – putting triple outboards on the transom of your boat surely seems nuts. But almost everyone follows up this admission by laughing and then pointing out that they love running or riding on one of these super-juiced fishing machines. More... Read more
Handling Rough Seas in a Small Boat
No matter how carefully you plan, how cautious you are, or how fast your boat is, sooner or later you’ll get caught in rough seas. And how you handle your boat – your seamanship skills – will make the difference between getting home safely, taking a beating, and maybe worse.... Read more