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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

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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

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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...]

Boat Styles for Lifestyles

The Hunt Harrier 36 - classic New England looks in three possible power configuration

When you think about it, there are almost unlimited combinations of boat features that attract boat buyers or leave them cold. Beauty is in the eye of … [Read more...]

One Boat, Two Outdrive Options: Bravo One or Bravo Three?

Mercury Bravo 3

OK, say you’ve narrowed your search to two boats. Both are the same model from the same manufacturer. Both are the same price and have the same engine. … [Read more...]

Storm Damaged Boats—Part 1

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It’s Christmas week and a storm front is moving through the Northeast with torrential rains and 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts, reminding me of my colleague … [Read more...]



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