Five Great Fishing Apps That Aren’t Fishing Apps

A Tide Graph Pro screenshot.

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...]

Fun Behind the Boat: Which Watersport Works for You?

Towable tubes have come a long way. Some are made for multiple riders. Photo courtesy of Rave Sports.

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...]

Fishing Boats

The Tracker Pro Guide V-16 is a great example of a common aluminum fishing boat.

This article originally appeared on Republished by permission.   Would you like to own a fishing boat? Since you’ve ended up … [Read more...]

Boat Waxes and Polishes for Making Your Gelcoat Shine


If there’s one thing that gets anyone with a boating affliction pumped up, it’s a glossy shine on a fine-looking boat. But if you’ve looked down … [Read more...]

Spring Outboard Commissioning

A photo of an outboard hanging off the back of a boat.

Getting your outboard ready for spring launch is just one of the projects ahead of you in the full commissioning checklist, and it's often sort of a good … [Read more...]

Marine Binoculars 101

A pair of 7 X 50 binoculars with a compass built in. Photo courtesy of Steiner.

A quality pair of sturdy marine binoculars is one piece of gear that plenty of boaters don’t keep aboard—but they should. Useful not only in collision … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Ramp Launching

When it comes to launching a boat from a trailer—and recovering it—we realize that people's skills run the gamut from none to plenty. So we're walking … [Read more...]

How to Find Boat Launching Ramps

Lyle Lovett has a great song called If I Had a Boat. Maybe he should write a follow-up called If I Had a Ramp. Sure, it’s nice to have a boat, but … [Read more...]

Get Your Boat Ready for Summer: Commissioning Checklist

A good marine paste-wax will shine a hull better and last longer than labor-saving all-in-one products. All photos: Doug Logan

For boaters in the haul-out-and-hold-on zones of the chilly north, spring is a pretty exciting time. As soon as the weather breaks thousands of us start burrowing … [Read more...]

All About Boat Trailers

A sparkly clean boat in perfect working order won’t impress buyers if the trailer it’s sitting on is a mess. Make sure yours looks as good as this one before you put it up for sale. Photo courtesy of Shadow Trailers.

When we shop for boats, we look critically at the boat. We scrutinize its condition and whether it will meet our needs. On the other hand we probably don’t … [Read more...]