Brett Becker

Boat Towing with Front-Wheel Drive

A front-wheel drive vehicle can get the job done, depending on the numbers, but rear-wheel drive gets a traction assist from the trailer tongue weight. And four-wheel or all-wheel drive will do best of all.

A buddy of mine was nosing around the Auto Trader the other day looking for a used SUV to replace his clapped-out old beater. He has a boat, so he was … [Read more...]

Assess Your Boating Situation: Buy, Sell, or Upgrade?

Fall is often transition time for boaters. Some are shopping for boats to match their changing lifestyle.

Autumn can be bittersweet for boaters. The leaves are turning colors and some of us are getting in those last few cruises before we have to put the boat … [Read more...]

How to Write a Classified Ad For Your Boat

The key to marketing your boat as a private seller is to create an ad that stimulates interest, but doesn’t come across as too, well, “sales-y.” … [Read more...]

Inboard Boat Engines Are Not Car Engines

Ilmor's MV10 engine is based on the powerplant of the Dodge Viper, but has been completely reengineered for harsh marine use.

I've talked a lot in this blog about the differences between boats and cars—how they're built and serviced differently, and how their wiring and other … [Read more...]

What is a Walkaround Boat?

The interminable question for boaters everywhere is, "What boat would you buy if you could only buy one?"  It’s the question we all deal with because, … [Read more...]

What is a Tow Sports Boat?

We've talked elsewhere about the pros and cons of various boat types — walkarounds, center-consoles, pontoons, and so on — and have said more than … [Read more...]

All About Boat 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...]

Centurion Fi23 Review

The boat’s 23-foot length contributes to a roomy cockpit, with ample deck space wide lounges.

Centurion invents a new market segment with the debut of its Fi23. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission. The … [Read more...]

Monterey M-65 Review

The Monterey M-65 comes with a 300-horsepower Mercury Verado or Yamaha outboard.

The 2017 Monterey M-65 capitalizes on the trend in runabouts toward outboard power. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished … [Read more...]

Chaparral 287 SSX Review

Even experienced boaters moving up from smaller models could buy the 287 SSX in stock form and still want for nothing.

Overachievement abounds in Chaparral’s new 287 SSX. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission. Chaparral’s … [Read more...]


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