Yamaha 240 Series Runabouts: Turn on the Jets

Yamaha engineers have worked hard on noise reduction and steering control in their 240-series boats for 2015.

New for 2015 are four models in Yamaha’s 240 series – all built on the same 24-foot hull and all featuring dual jets drives mated to four-cylinder, … [Read more...]

Beware of Grubby Marinas and Boatyards

Asking for trouble: loose, sagging wires in the water, broken PVC conduit, splintery dock planks, untended fuel tank, and more.

Sometimes a dirty, dangerous, poorly kept marina or boatyard is the only game in town. Well, if you can keep your boat at a better place 30 miles down … [Read more...]

Danalevi Furina: A Bolt Out of the Blue

The 22-foot Danalevi Furina carries a retro look and some very modern equipment.

Trying something new is risky, especially for boatbuilders. It’s more comfortable to stick with the formulas that usually work, more or less – for … [Read more...]

Google Earth for Cruise Planning

Google Earth lets you plan a simple route in nautical miles.

It feels a bit silly to be writing this, because I keep thinking everyone knows how great Google Earth is as a basic navigation tool when you're planning … [Read more...]

Stamas 289 Tarpon: Offshore Pedigree

The Stamas 289 Tarpon cernter-console is a development of the successful 270. The 289 is also available in a cuddy cabin version called the Aegean.

The Stamas boatbuilding company has been a going concern in Florida since before World War II.  Nick and Pete Stamas of Tarpon Springs learned the traditional … [Read more...]

Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 210LX Bay Runner: Instant Fishing

The steering console is compact, with standard stainless-steel wheel and dual drink holders. There’s room for electronics forward of the wheel.

When the first Carolina Skiff boats were built years ago, some people thought of them as budget Boston Whalers. That was when Toyotas and Hondas were considered … [Read more...]

Aquila 44: Power Cat with All the Angles

The Aquila 44 power cat is built of premium materials for longevity. Many of the design elements are both modernistic and practical.

All boat people are dreamers. One dream involves owning a platform big enough for family and friends to have a great time together, but also to have some … [Read more...]

Selfie vs. Fishie? Easy Choice

Boaters tend to be outward-looking and adventure-seeking. This picture of a father and son is better than any bathroom-mirror selfie. Photo credit: Lenny Rudow.

A few days ago we posted a simple graphic on BoatTrader’s Facebook page. It showed an illustration of a runabout, and said "The world needs more people … [Read more...]

Cobalt A40: Sporty Comfort Under the Sun

Cobalt's new A40 cruises at planing speeds while providing a high level of comfort.

A 40-foot boat that combines a lot of hull volume and cockpit space with advanced styling -- while promising both speed and serious comfort -- has to accomplish … [Read more...]

Bottom Stripping Basics

A boat bottom encased in Coppercoat instead of bottom paint, after a post-season pressure-wash.

Scene 1: A kitchen, springtime. A couple sits drinking coffee. Man (looking miserable): “I can’t hold out any longer. It’s been years.” Woman: … [Read more...]



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