Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Albemarle, Everglades, Parker

2012 Parker 2100 Special Edition

This story will be available in the future, but the boat listings below may not be. If you click through to an expired link it means that someone nabbed … [Read more...]

Three Scrappy Center-Consoles for 2016

The Robalo R180 is a small center-console boat packed with high-quality features at a reasonable price point. Photo courtesy of Robalo.

Among the most versatile and adaptable boat designs ever created, center-consoles are rightly well loved among boaters around the world. The design is … [Read more...]

Pontoon Boat Basics

Pontoon boats are an increasingly popular way to get out and enjoy the water with your friends and family. And, there are lots of good reasons why.

(Editor’s note: Most of the article links in this story will take you to the library of reviews and stories on our colleague site, boats.com.) Unless … [Read more...]

Chris-Craft Catalina 23: One Sweet Ride

The first glimpse of the Catalina 23 will make you think "wow, that's sophisticated." And it is.

One of the most versatile and beloved boat designs of all time, center-console boats have a reputation for being rugged, utilitarian craft with a bend … [Read more...]

Selecting an Inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

An automatic inflatable life vest with integral harness. Note the D-ring attachment points. Photo courtesy of SOSPENDERS.

Most personal flotation devices (PFDs) have a major design flaw: the bulky flotation material makes them so cumbersome and uncomfortable that few boaters … [Read more...]

Selecting and Installing Marine Stereo Speakers 

These can/cannon-style speakers are designed to produce a lot of sound for wakeboarders and waterskiers. Photo courtesy of Liquid Audio.

Whether you’re down below listening to some smooth jazz tunes over an elegant meal or blasting your favorite ’80s hair band while trolling for billfish, … [Read more...]

Manitou 23 Encore SR VP: Relaxation Nation

Seating is definitely a high point on the Manitou 23 Encore.

Comfort and relaxation—they’re two things you expect from a pontoon boat. But when it comes to those two attributes not all pontoon boats make the … [Read more...]

Selecting a VHF Antenna for Your Boat

A fiberglass VHF antenna, good for boats with structures that can help support their length. Photo courtesy of Shakepeare.

Can you hear me now? Good. You probably already know that a VHF radio—either handheld or fixed unit—is a vital piece of safety equipment every boater … [Read more...]

Essential Onboard Tools for Boaters

A soft-sided toolbag won't damage gelcoat or woodwork, and side pockets make it easy to grab tools.

If you’ve ever tried to make a repair onboard before—at sea or at the dock—you know it’s sort of like working on the house: you get started only … [Read more...]

Used Boats: What’s It Going to Cost to Fix This Thing?

Big rehab jobs like this are often quoted on a project basis, but sometimes are done by labor hours and materials. You’ll almost always do better by asking for and going with a firm quote for both labor and materials. Photo by Gary Reich.

The last boat I bought was sitting on land with nearly a foot of water in the bilge, mold growing on the headliner, and mushrooms popping out of the cushions. And … [Read more...]


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