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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
Is Your Boat Big Enough for Offshore?
I get this question all the time: I want to take my boat offshore, maybe even far enough to encounter pelagics like marlin, but I’m not sure it’s big enough. What do you think is the minimum size, for taking a boat offshore? Unfortunately, there’s no one answer to... Read more
Most Efficient Cruise: Save Fuel By Running the Boat Right
Do you know your boat’s most efficient cruise? It’s surprising how few boaters can tell you, off the top of their head, what cruising speed is the best on their own boat. Truth be told, most of us simply go as fast as conditions allow, without stressing the boat.... Read more
Hurricane Prep for Boats: Get Ready for the Storm
With the sudden appearance of Arthur earlier this month, it already counts as a weird Hurricane season. Who expected this storm to suddenly materialize off Florida’s coast, and go rolling up the Atlantic seaboard? Nobody, until just a few days before it happened. And we could get a hit... Read more
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
News from the Miami Boat Show: Grady-White has a Bay Boat!
One of the biggest surprises at the Miami Boat Show came from Grady-White, a fishing boat builder with a long history of building center consoles, walkarounds, and dual consoles… but not bay boats. That changed this year, with the introduction of the 251 Coastal Explorer. Now, before you get... Read more