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Man Overboard Electronics: DSC Radios

vhf dsc radio

My friend Lee came back from a boat show recently, and started asking me questions about VHF marine radios he’d seen there -- ones with with “man-overboard" … [Read more...]

Larson All-American 23: Past Meets Present

Larson All-American stern view

It's not often that a boatbuilding company celebrates its 100th year in business, but that's what Larson Boats, of Little Falls, Minnesota, is doing -- … [Read more...]

Lehr 9.9-hp Propane-Powered Outboard

Lehr 9.9

Back in March 2012 we let readers know about 2.5- and 5-hp propane outboards from Lehr, fueled by one-pound camp bottles. There were some serious advantages … [Read more...]

Outboard Joystick Control: It’s a Brave New World

The Yamaha Helm Master in action.

Boaters and builders with twin and triple outboard rigs have been introduced to a whole new concept in steering control in recent months, thanks to advanced … [Read more...]

Diesel Power for Tow-Sports Boats

Cummins MerCruiser 3-liter TDI, 265 horsepower.

Not long ago, I advocated the use of diesels in runabouts, but then another notion hit me like a freight train. What about tow boats? A diesel is perfect … [Read more...]

Storm Damaged Boats, Part 3: Buying from Liquidators

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This is the last part of a three-article series. Read the first two parts here: Storm-Damaged Boats, Part 1 Storm-Damaged Boats, Part 2 What happens … [Read more...]

Boat Trailering: Tongue Weight

weight distribution

In my continuing search for the perfect tow vehicle for my 5,000-pound boat and trailer combo I’ve been concentrating on tow vehicle suspension systems. … [Read more...]

Used Boat Deals: Engineless Boats, Boatless Engines

225 4-strokes

What follows is yet another way to drive your significant other crazy. So, know that going in. Generally speaking, a boat without an engine is priced … [Read more...]

When Buying a Used Boat, Check That Trailer

Beaten-up trailers and cheap trailers are a hidden cost of a used boat.

There are lots of good deals on used boats on BoatTrader.com. I have to deny myself many of them. Well, almost all of them, but that’s not the point. … [Read more...]

Storm-Damaged Boats, Part 2: Untangling the Mess

storm-damaged boats

What happens to storm-damaged boats? The initial answer depends on if you have your boat insured and the particulars of that policy. I’ll discuss what … [Read more...]



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