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...]

Rinker Captiva 236 CC: Cockpit and Cabin Comfort

The Rinker Captiva 236 CC -- cuddy cabin -- builds on the success of their earlier 236 bow-rider.

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, … [Read more...]

Cypress Cay Cozumel 240: Fast and Fun

The Cypress Cay Cozumel 240 test boat ran at over 45 mph with a Mercury Verado 250.

Pontoon boats these days are built to satisfy more than one boating lifestyle, from lounging and picnicking to skiing and wakeboarding. Jeff Hemmel’s … [Read more...]

10 Tips on How to Tow a Disabled Boat

The red tow-boat is postioned on the hip of the disabled sailboat. This helps in maneuvering in close quarters and in calm conditions.

The time-honored law of the sea says you have to render assistance to a fellow boater in trouble. It makes sense – you might be in his shoes next time. … [Read more...]

Princecraft Sport 177: A Family Boat With a Fishing Pedigree

The Princecraft Sport 177 does a little of everything -- and can do it fast.

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 … [Read more...]

Princecraft Nanook DLX WS: Aluminum Fishing Star

The Princecraft Nanook DLS WS is rated for 115 horsepower. With t he Mercury powerplant shown the boat cruises at over 30 mph. and tops out in the mid 40s.

The company has been through a lot of names and corporate incarnations over the years, but Princecraft, of Princeville, Quebec, has been building high-quality … [Read more...]

Depthsounder Transducer Cables: Airmar-Gemeco Retrofits

If you have a reliable old transducer, there may be no reason to rip it out and start over when you buy a new sounder.

One of  the first things people think about when they buy a used boat is whether and how to upgrade the electronics. These days, sounders, plotters, radars, … [Read more...]

Boat Buyers Beware Grimy Engines and Bilges

This diesel engine is not leaking fuel or oil, but dust residue from a loose alternator and water-pump belt coated the front of the engine and created a black mess in the catch-pan underneath.

If you’re looking at a used boat, pay close attention to the outward appearance of the engine. Is it clean or grimy with oil? Are there rusty areas under … [Read more...]