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Five Overlooked Used Runabout Brands

Rinker Boats has been in business almost 100 years and has a strong following despite not being a household name.

Before you label me a flip-flopper, yes, I have previously in this space advocated focusing your search on big name brands. And that's still a good approach. … [Read more...]

Know Your Trailer Hitch

What I should have had: a Class IV hitch like this one, rated for 10,000 pounds. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

I made a small mistake last week. Well, maybe it wasn’t so small. OK, it was huge. As in a ton. A buddy of mine asked me if we could use my truck … [Read more...]

Cobalt A40: Sporty Comfort Under the Sun

Cobalt's new A40 cruises at planing speeds while providing a high level of comfort.

A 40-foot boat that combines a lot of hull volume and cockpit space with advanced styling -- while promising both speed and serious comfort -- has to accomplish … [Read more...]

Bottom Stripping Basics

A boat bottom encased in Coppercoat instead of bottom paint, after a post-season pressure-wash.

Scene 1: A kitchen, springtime. A couple sits drinking coffee. Man (looking miserable): “I can’t hold out any longer. It’s been years.” Woman: … [Read more...]

Rinker Captiva 236 CC: Cockpit and Cabin Comfort

The Rinker Captiva 236 CC -- cuddy cabin -- builds on the success of their earlier 236 bow-rider.

Building on the success of their Captiva 236 Bow Rider, the boatbuilders at Rinker have introduced a cuddy-cabin version called the 236 CC. The company, … [Read more...]

Understanding Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings

Factory hitches usually have the class and tongue weight capacity written right on them.

When shopping for a used boat, assuming you already have a tow vehicle, it’s important to know how much the boat you’re interested in weighs on its … [Read more...]

AIS for Boaters: Part 1

This AIS transceiver not only broadcasts information about the vessel it’s installed on, but receives information about other AIS-equipped vessels as well. Note the various targets on the display, represented as circles with direction marks. Image courtesy of Furuno.

“When was the most scared you’ve ever been aboard a boat?” I get asked that question a lot, and every single time I remember a cold November evening … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers 101: Materials, Brakes, Hardware

If you do your boateing in salt water, an aluminum trailer is a better choice than steel.

You might think a trailer is a trailer is a trailer. Uh, no. Like so many other products, the quality of  trailers varies widely, and if you look closely … [Read more...]

Towing Safety: The Art of Getting There

Start getting ready for your weekend of boating the night before you leave. That will lead to fewer mistakes. Photo Courtesy of General Motors.

Of course, we all want to get on the water as soon as possible. That leads to hurrying, which in turn leads to mistakes. So while the water is frozen (at … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: How Much Hitch?

A Class III round receiver.

Hauling a boat to your favorite lake or river can be a challenge. Oftentimes, boats are some of the heaviest loads you can pull. The good news is that … [Read more...]



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