Yamaha’s VMAX SHO 115 vs. Evinrude’s E-TEC 115

Ranger’s RT188 aluminum bass boat, equipped with the new Yamaha four-stroke VMAX SHO 115 outboard. All photos by Gary Reich.

Anyone who has been in powerboating for at least 20 years likely has some experience with two-stroke outboard motors. You probably know about the great … [Read more...]

Starcraft 186 Superfisherman: Multispecies Superhero

The Starcraft 186 Superfisherman blasts across Little Traverse Bay in Michigan. Photo courtesy of Yamaha.

All you have to do is look down into the water to see why there are few better places than Petoskey, MI, to test a multispecies boat such as the Starcraft … [Read more...]

Alumacraft T12V: Thanks for the Memories

The AlumaCraft T12V is a simple, sturdy, wood-free aluminum skiff, rated for up to 10 horsepower -- perfect for poking around in protected waters.

Our first family boat was a Sears & Roebuck Ted Williams 12-foot skiff. Tipped with an obnoxiously cantankerous and ill-willed Ted Williams nine-horsepower … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Make Your Outboard Engine Perform Better

Today’s modern outboards are the epitome of performance and reliability -- unless you fail to maintain them. Photo by Gary Reich.

If you're a boater who was born before 1980, your first outboard engine memories probably resemble this: An adult male relative (your father, most likely) … [Read more...]

Preventing Boat Leaks, Spills, and Discharges

Cleaning your boat may seem like an innocent enough process, but the cleaners you use can have significant environmental impacts. Photo by Gary Reich.

Back in 1995 when I was living aboard my 30-footer, I awoke one morning to the smell of diesel fuel wafting in through the cowl vents. As I popped my head … [Read more...]

Family Fishing: Essential Gear and Tips To Get You Going

Fishing with family and friends is a great way to make the most of a day on the water. The good news is that getting started is relatively easy. Photo courtesy of Lenny Rudow.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I fully embrace the old saying, “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office.” My addiction to … [Read more...]

Five Personal Essentials to Make Summer Boating Better

The Davis SoliCharger-SP not only plays tunes from a variety of devices, it uses the sun to charge them, too. Photo courtesy of Davis.

Any summer day is best spent on a boat -- we all know that. But a full day in a small or open boat, whether your own or someone else's, can be a lot more … [Read more...]

Five Things to Do to Prepare Your Boat for Sale

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but it also helps boats sell. Make your boat as clean as a whistle before listing it for sale—inside and out. Photo by Gary Reich.

While it’s about as cliché as boat sayings get, this one certainly has some truth to it: “The two happiest days of boat ownership are the day you … [Read more...]

Three Big Boat Problems — and How to Avoid Them

This little technical skiff may look innocent enough, but even a simple boat like this has systems that can scheme to ruin any boating day. Maintenance is the key to staying out of trouble and avoiding aggravation. Photo by Gary Reich.

Whether you know it or not, your boat is a crafty piece of work. That’s right, it’s constantly conspiring against you, whether it means leaving you … [Read more...]

Five Boat Products With Corny Names That Actually Work

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Ever buy a ShamWow only to find out that it didn’t have much “wow” factor? What about the Ginsu knife? And let’s not even get into Dump Dinners. … [Read more...]


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