Fun Behind the Boat: Which Watersport Works for You?

A wakeboarder gets big air behind a purpose-built Supra tow-boat.

If you’re new to boating or simply not plugged into the watersports market, the array of fun things you can do behind your boat can be dizzying. There … [Read more...]

Measure Boat Speed Precisely with a Radar Gun

Radar guns have come down in price over the last few years, and they are still the best way to measure the top speed of a boat.

One of the first questions people ask you while you’re filling up at the gas station — even if your boat looks just a little sporty — is how fast … [Read more...]

Between Prop Pitches

By tuning in a little extra cup at the trailing edge of the propeller blades, you might be able to avoid having to move up a size in pitch.

There’s a seldom-spoken-of situation in the world of propellers, and it's the phenomenon of being “between pitches.” That’s when one prop isn’t … [Read more...]

Saltwater Protection: Change Your Anodes, Flush Your Engine

By using a muff-style flush kit, you can get an idea how well your sea pump is working.

A lot of boats end up sitting in salt water all summer, and if yours is one of them — or you just bought one — there are a number of things to consider … [Read more...]

Buying a Used Boat: Five Overlooked Things to Check

Check all the main elements of the trailer you're buying with the boat. This one is sporting a new coupling assembly. Doug Logan photo.

Buying a used boat is a busy time. You’ve been scouring the ads to be able to pounce on the model you want as soon as it becomes available. There’s … [Read more...]

Boat-Buying Strategy: Plan of Attack

Develop an organized plan of attack when shopping for a used boat. When the right one comes along, you’ll be better prepared to pounce on it before anyone else.

So you've decided to make the most of your family leisure time and you think a used boat is the way to go. Congratulations. Boating is a great way for … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice, Vol. 1

2011 Sea Ray 185 Sport

Every boater likes to click through used boat listings, do some daydreaming, make some plans -- even those who already have a boat.  It's a kind of … [Read more...]

Pontoon Boats: Get ‘Em While They’re Hot

Larson's Escape pontoons are a bold foray into a big market.

There is a big bright spot in the marine industry at present, and I must admit I’m at a bit of a loss to explain it. Pontoon boats are hot. How hot … [Read more...]

Cobalt Boats Gives Back to Military Families

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Cobalt Boats has initiated a program of giving that helps the children of military veterans killed or disabled in combat to achieve their dream of going … [Read more...]

What to Look for on a Sea Trial

On your sea-trial, take the boat through a series of left and right turns, checking for play or friction in the steering, prop cavitation, and any unusual sounds.

If you can’t afford a marine surveyor, you will need to rely on yourself to perform the sea trial. By the time you get to this stage of the buying process, … [Read more...]



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