Boating Lifestyle

What’s Inside That Center-Console? Five Surprises

The Chris-Craft Catalina 34 has impressive amenities below the console -- and lots of light. Note the horizontal window over the sunpad.

Time was when center-console boats were pretty small and had single engines, and the only things under the consoles themselves were engine batteries, wiring, … [Read more...]

A Video Series with Great Angling Lessons: Got Bait?

Lenny Rudow with a favorite lure.

Ask anyone who knows Lenny Rudow, a senior editor at boats.com, and they’ll tell you that he’s a fishing nut. Nothing, but nothing, makes him happier … [Read more...]

International Coastal Cleanup: Let’s Do It!

This particular concerted cleanup effort gets tons -- literally -- of good work done. Click on the image to see the cleanup results by the numbers.

Saturday, September 20th, is International Coastal Cleanup day. It's an annual event, started and promoted by The Ocean Conservancy. If you've never participated, … [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...]

Jake Owen: I Just Love Being on a Boat

Country singer Jake Owen has loved boating since he was a kid.

There's never a dull moment on boats, and yet there are a lot of peaceful and thoughtful moments, too. All this is well-known to experienced boaters -- … [Read more...]

Five Great Fishing Apps That Aren’t Fishing Apps

A full-fledged charting app in the palm of your hand--the Navionics Boating app.

If you’re an angler, it’s certainly no secret that you can find and download literally hundreds of different smartphone and tablet apps that promise … [Read more...]

Boat Fuel Prices: Crude Details

Gas prices always seem to rise during summer travel season, but there are actually logical reasons for it. Photo by Brett Becker.

Gas prices seem to be the subject of many a newscast as of late. Or as of always. Lots of people are outraged at fuel prices, especially as the summer … [Read more...]

Shrink Wrap Recycling: Easier Than You Think

A photo of boats covered in shrink wrap.

It may not be the least-expensive way to protect your pride and joy from a long winter’s hibernation, but having your boat shrink wrapped during layup … [Read more...]

Shopping for Good Oars and a Nicer Ride

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As a racing sailor I love technology -- lighter, faster, stronger -- but as a professional sailor and someone who grew up in wooden boats I’m also a … [Read more...]

Five Great Boating Apps to Start Your Season

A screen shot o fthe Marine Traffic and Wind app.

I was having a backyard patio fire last night with my neighbors and we started talking about the ways that boating is different today versus 20 years ago. … [Read more...]



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