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Miami Boat Show Preview: New Fishing Boats from Boston Whaler, Edgewater, Mako
As the Miami Boat Show approaches (it runs February 11 through the 15th) the press releases are starting to fly. And already, we’re hearing about some cool new fishing boats that will be hitting the water for the 2017 model year. Here’s a glimpse of cool things to come... Read more
Choosing a Tow Vehicle? A Few Things to Keep in Mind
If you regularly tow a boat, sooner or later you’ll be faced with choosing a new tow vehicle. Recently I had the chance to park my truck for a week, and tow a number of different boats with a different (and brand new) truck. Even though I’ve always been... Read more
Battling Corrosion: Do this, to Save Your Boat!
I’m going to show you something really, really ugly… are you ready? Yikes! Sorry, fellow boater, I know that’s tough to look at. It causes us pain to see something so horrid, especially on our boats. But if we’re not careful, this sort of corrosion is what we have... Read more
Protectants and Cleaners, for Aluminum Boats and Pontoons
If you own a fiberglass boat you have a million and one waxes, polishes, and protectants to choose from, but what sort of protectant are you supposed to use on your aluminum boat? Whether you have a hunting skiff or a pontoon boat, finding good cleaners and protectants isn’t... Read more
Rigging Boat Electronics? Don’t Do This!
Many of us rig our own electronics, especially on relatively small, simple boats. And truth be told, there’s no great mystery when wiring up a fishfinder or a chartplotter. You have power leads, maybe a transducer cable or a NMEA 2000 wire to route, and all is well, right?... Read more
Why We’re Spooking Fish (With our Boats)
Here’s a very, very important illustration, which shows how we spook the heck out of fish with our boats. This is a representation of a fish’s lateral line. As you can see in the blow-up box, each of the tiny dots you see on a fish’s flanks, which make... Read more
Boat Trailers: Bunks versus Rollers
Some guys believe bunks are best on boat trailer, while others think rollers are better. Who’s right? As usual, it depends. When deciding between bunks and rollers for your boat trailer, keep the following things in mind: – Rollers make it easier to slide the hull onto and off... Read more
Strange Outboard Problems (And how to fix them)
Today’s outboard motor is a completely different beast than those of yesteryear. And it’s no wonder – remember the days when you could fix a car with a set of wrenches, a screw driver, and pliers? Today, if you don’t have a computer you may as well forget about... Read more