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Get DSC on your VHF – It Could Save your Life
A little while back we talked about the proper way to call the Coast Guard on your VHF radio, and I mentioned then that having DSC active on your VHF is a great help. With DSC, when you call the coasties they automatically know your exact position, the type... Read more
Monofilament Versus Braid: Fishing Line Show-Down
The monofilament versus braid fishing line argument will probably rage on for 100 years. In the mean-time, let’s set one thing straight: monofilament has far better abrasion resistance than braid. You’ve probably heard this before, as I know I certainly have. But I hate to take words as fact... Read more
Boat Trailering Safety: Tips and Tricks
Trailering a boat can be dangerous (read Avoid This Trailering Disaster for one example why) and you need to make sure you head down the highway with safety in mind. This is front-and-center in my head these days, since I just finished shooting the Ram/boats.com Tips for Trailering series.... Read more
PowerPro Maxcuatro
Okay, I’m going to say it right up front: I think the name Maxcuatro is a little funky. But when PowerPro comes out with a new line I’m paying attention, no matter what the heck they call it. I’ve loved PowerPro for years for its super-thin diameter and super-high... Read more
Three New Fishing Boats for Under $15,000
It’s hard (as in, impossible) to logically justify spending big bucks on a fishing boat. If logic comes into play at all in the decision-making process, you’re doomed. We buy boats because we love them, not because we need them. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could find new... Read more
Canvass Care: Extend Your T-Top Life by Years
Canvass, whether it’s stretched out across your T-top or it merely covers your boat when not in use, is one of those things we expect to replace. We know it has a limited lifetime, and eventually will start ripping, leaking, and sagging. What many boaters don’t realize is that... Read more
The Amazing, Handy, Gotta-Carry-Them Zip-Ties
As a boater, there are a few items you always keep on hand. A length of rope. Extra drain plugs. A spare life jacket. I could walk out to any of my boats right now (or for that matter, to my truck), and lay my hands on any one... Read more
Shark Fishing From Your Boat
You say you want to go shark fishing from your boat? Me, too. But shark fishing most certainly opens up a whole new realm of dangers—even when you’re only catching little guys. Here are a few do’s and don’ts that will help you keep all of your fingers and... Read more