Gary Reich

Crest Caribbean 250 SLR2: A Slice of Paradise

The Crest Caribbean 250 SL2 packs a powerful one-two punch -- it's loaded with both comfort and performance. All photos courtesy of Crest.

The pontoon boat segment grew 68 percent in 2014, according to the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association. While other segments of the boating market … [Read more...]

Alumacraft Competitor 205 LE Sport: Multispecies Mania

There’s tons of cleverly concealed stowage underneath the Alumacraft Competitor 205 LE Sport’s plethora of deck hatches.

If you’ve ever been to the Great Lakes, or anywhere in the Midwest for that matter, then you’ve likely seen a multispecies fishing boat. These utilitarian … [Read more...]

Cobalt 232 WSS : Watersports Wonderland

The Cobalt 232 WSS is dedicated to watersports  from bow to stern. Photo courtesy of Cobalt.

While not every slice of the American boating pie is enjoying a full-blown renaissance, most watersports boatbuilders have been enjoying double-digit growth … [Read more...]

Outboard Engines: The 8- to 15-hp Sweet Spot

This 15-horse Suzuki outboard is a great powerplant for this youngster’s 14-foot crabbing skiff. Photo by Lenny Rudow

A Ted Williams 9.9-horsepower, two-stroke outboard was the engine that many of my childhood memories are wrapped around. Whether it was crabbing the Chesapeake … [Read more...]

Four Great Runabouts for 2016

The Chris-Craft Capri 25 is a brand-new offering that features luxury, performance, and stylish accommodations in one package. Photo courtesy of Chris-Craft

When most folks hear the word “runabout,” they think of an athletic powerboat on the smaller end of the size scale, angled toward a day's fun on the … [Read more...]

Four Innovative Pontoon Boats for 2016

Whoa, that’s 900 horsepower strapped to the back of that 31-foot long, 12-foot wide Dodici pontoon by Premier. How does 60 mph sound? Photo courtesy of Premier Pontoons.

Five years ago most pontoon boats had the unfortunate reputation of being nothing more than poky party barges. Today things are quite different. Not only … [Read more...]

Ranger RT188: Fun, Affordable Fishing

Yamaha’s VMAX SHO 115 jets the Ranger RT188 across Little Traverse Bay at nearly 45 mph. All photos courtesy of Yamaha.

What if I told you there’s an 18-foot, aluminum bass boat out there that can blast you across the lake at nearly 45 mph, for less than $23,000? Well, … [Read more...]

Yamaha VMAX SHO 115 vs. Evinrude E-TEC 115

Ranger’s RT188 aluminum bass boat, equipped with the new Yamaha four-stroke VMAX SHO 115 outboard. All photos by Gary Reich.

Anyone who has been in powerboating for at least 20 years likely has some experience with two-stroke outboard engines. You probably know about the great … [Read more...]

Starcraft 186 Superfisherman: Multispecies Superhero

The Starcraft 186 Superfisherman blasts across Little Traverse Bay in Michigan. Photo courtesy of Yamaha.

All you have to do is look down into the water to see why there are few better places than Petoskey, MI, to test a multispecies boat such as the Starcraft … [Read more...]

Alumacraft T12V: Thanks for the Memories

The AlumaCraft T12V is a simple, sturdy, wood-free aluminum skiff, rated for up to 10 horsepower -- perfect for poking around in protected waters.

Our first family boat was a Sears & Roebuck Ted Williams 12-foot skiff. Tipped with an obnoxiously cantankerous and ill-willed Ted Williams nine-horsepower … [Read more...]