Boating

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...]

Trailering Your Boat: Seven Items to Check Every Time

New truck, new trailer, new boat. The trailer may be the least sexy part of that trio, but it still needs to be monitored just as carefully.

Yes, I know, a headline like that can come across as a pedantic wet blanket. You could read it that way -- I get that, but here’s the way it was intended: … [Read more...]

Mercury Alpha Drive to Bravo One: a Worthwhile Conversion

The Bravo One drive uses a different transom assembly than the Alpha, but the bolt pattern is the same except for two additional holes for the Bravo assembly.

Say you’ve found the perfect used boat. Well, almost. It has all the equipment and amenities you were looking for, right down to the V8 engine, except … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

“Why I Boat” Photo Contest

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We're kicking off boating season and the start of summer by highlighting you and your love for the water. During the month of June, share a photo of … [Read more...]

Boat Trailering Video Series: Expert Advice

Boat trailering gets easier with practice. Paul Cronin photo.

There are good things and bad things to say about boat trailering. For people who are used to it and have their systems down, the good far outweighs the … [Read more...]


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