Rinker Captiva 236 CC: Cockpit and Cabin Comfort
Building on the success of their Captiva 236 Bow Rider, the boatbuilders at Rinker have introduced a cuddy-cabin version called the 236 CC. The company, based in Elkhart, Indiana, is no stranger to the lifestyles and preferences of boaters on inland lakes, where pontoon boats are a big presence, or along… [more]
Understanding Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings
When shopping for a used boat, assuming you already have a tow vehicle, it’s important to know how much the boat you’re interested in weighs on its trailer, and what your truck is capable of pulling. If you buy more boat than your truck can haul, you’ll have to shop for a new tow vehicle, too.… [more]
AIS for Boaters: Part 1
“When was the most scared you’ve ever been aboard a boat?” I get asked that question a lot, and every single time I remember a cold November evening in 1994 when a 40-knot gale frothed up the mouth of Chesapeake Bay during a boat delivery to Miami, FL. But it wasn’t the weather that was… [more]
Boat Trailers 101: Materials, Brakes, Hardware
You might think a trailer is a trailer is a trailer. Uh, no. Like so many other products, the quality of trailers varies widely, and if you look closely in all the right places, you can spot the differences. As simple as it sounds, a decent rule of thumb when trailer shopping is, “you get what you… [more]
Visiting a Boat Show: Game Plan!
One of the best things you can do to kick out the winter doldrums and start getting psyched for spring is to visit a nice, big boat show. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in active buying mode or research mode – either way you get that true kid-in-the-candy-store feeling. Chances are, you’re… [more]
Towing Safety: The Art of Getting There
Of course, we all want to get on the water as soon as possible. That leads to hurrying, which in turn leads to mistakes. So while the water is frozen (at least for a lot of us), let’s pause for a moment to consider our routine in packing and setting off for a day or weekend of boating. We've covered… [more]
Princecraft Sport 177: A Family Boat With a Fishing Pedigree
Last month we took a look at the Princecraft Nanook DLX WS, a dedicated fishing boat from the prolific Canadian aluminum boatbuilders. While boats.com reviewer Lenny Rudow was visiting the company in Princeville, Quebec, he also got a ride on the Sport 177, and we thought it would be good to showcase… [more]
Boat Trailers: How Much Hitch?
Hauling a boat to your favorite lake or river can be a challenge. Oftentimes, boats are some of the heaviest loads you can pull. The good news is that most boat trailers use surge brakes, which means you won’t need to buy a brake controller module, like you would if the trailer had electric brakes. You… [more]