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Annie McFarland, On-Air Host/Boater/Breast Cancer Survivor
What are some of your early boating experiences? I grew up on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, doing lots of water skiing and boating. Every summer I’d have a bathing suit on under my clothes because at some point in the day, you knew you were going to en
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CHAPARRAL 21 SSi
Chaparral is expanding and improving its well-appointed SSi series of runabouts, reinforcing the company’s commitment to recruiting new boaters by offering a well-engineered, well-built series of boats at a moderate price. The sterndrive-powered 21 S
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BRIG Navigator 610
There’s a theme in European folklore about a magical pair of walking boots that allow the wearer to cover seven leagues (21 miles) at every stride. A friend likes to use that term to describe small boats with outsize capabilities. That’s the feel we
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Gear Head
The Sub-Z series of heavy-duty 23- and 48-quart coolers from O’Brien features rugged roto-molded construction with up to 2½-inch-thick insulation and an interlocking lid with a watertight gasket. Made in the USA, they are available in a variety of co
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Crank Up The Performance Volume
Mercury Racing turns up the volume on outboard performance with its new 450R model, a 4.6-liter V-8 with a supercharger system. This high-performance outboard supersedes, but will not replace, the popular Mercury Racing 400R model. Mercury Racing cla
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The Power Of Power
But while it’s fun to think about wide-open throttle, how important is it really in terms of how you use your boat? Your boat’s engine is a tool for acceleration, certainly, but how you use it while on board is an important part of overall seamanship
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Cast And Blast
The tide coursing through Sebastian Inlet moved at a steady, uniform pace, the surface of the water uninterrupted, save for the occasional rolling wake from a passing boat. I stood at the helm and looked over the bow, hoping to see signs of life. Sud
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Q&A
Q: Dear Doc, I am thinking of changing my standard wet-cell marine batteries for AGM batteries, but the cost of AGM batteries has me hesitating. What do you recommend? Marie DeLuca St. Petersburg, Florida A: Let me state that there is nothing wrong w
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Sterndrive Vs. Outboard
The sterndrives are heavier but offer a better power-to-weight ratio. These drives allow for a full, unobstructed swim platform. Walk-around space is limited aft of the transom, but outboards can be tilted out of the water, which is really important
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Installing A Waterproof, Wireless Phone-charging Mount
Although it can lie flat on its back, on a vertical surface, or anywhere in between, the ROKK Wireless Active is designed to be mounted in a vertical (aka portrait) orientation, which means the phone screen will be in portrait mode anytime it is dock
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Simrad Boatconnect
At the heart of BoatConnect is an easy-to-install communication hub ($99). No additional Simrad equipment is required to use the system. With a $19.99 monthly subscription, this compact 12-volt DC-powered unit will monitor your boat’s location and ba
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How To Remove A Sterndrive
Removing a sterndrive is important for annual service and inspection. Here, we detail the five basic phases of removing a MerCruiser Bravo drive. Other drive models and drives made by other makers will come off similarly, but not exactly like the pro
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Wake Not Want Not
I think you know how this goes. If you bring an umbrella, it will never rain. If you bet on the Packers, then Aaron Rogers will break his collarbone. And if you purchase a new wakesurfing boat? Maybe our lake neighbor Bill Stolfus could not have anti
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Boat Brushes
Boat brushes from brands such as Shurhold, Star brite and West Marine include a variety of bristle stiffnesses—from super-soft to super-stiff, each designed for a specific boat surface and cleaning task. To find out which to use where and when, we ta
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More Trolling Motors
Both debuted innovative bow-mount, foot-pedalcontrolled models at the 2019 ICAST fishingtackle industry trade show in Orlando, Florida, in July, and one of those motors—the Garmin Force—not only won the product award for best new marine accessory, it
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Free Apps Ahoy
4.6 STARS The free app reports wind speeds in graph form based on the nearest weather station to your actual location, or a selected location. The forecast table is this app’s effective tool, giving current and forecast wind speed, plus gusts, wave h
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World Cat 400dc-x
#3153 The Swiss Army knife is an overused descriptive cliché, but in the case of the World Cat 400DC-X, it fits perfectly. This new catamaran, powered by a pair of Yamaha’s mighty 425 XTO outboards, stands ready to serve its owner in any number of sc
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Blackfin 332 CC
#3154 We cleared the Boca Raton inlet about 10 a.m. on test day. We were in the new Blackfin 332 CC. The Blackfin brand reemerged three years ago, and out of the gate, “Blackfin 2.0” was a success thanks to the comfort, style and fishability of the 2
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Malibu 22 Lsv
#3155 “Do it all” represents both the current mantra of watersports enthusiasts as well as the battle cry of watersports boatbuilders. With that as a backdrop, Malibu Boats hits the lake with the 22 LSV, the kid sister to its brawny 23 LSV model (by
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Back Cove 340
Outboards powering a premium Down East cruiser? We practically ran the Flag Blue off Back Cove’s 340, and found it responsive, maneuverable, quiet and efficient. With twin Yamaha F300s integrated into its broad swim platform, the 340 bested 42 mph at
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Giving Back
Boating is a successful media enterprise. We produce hundreds of videos per year, welcome millions of visitors per month to our digital channels and, of course, publish the world’s largest circulation magazine covering recreational boating. As a team
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Pursuit Boats DC 326
The new Pursuit DC 326 dual console features redesigned topside lines and fiberglass-framed side windows that result in a profile reminiscent of a yacht. The 326 comes standard with a starboard-side cockpit door and an integrated swim platform that e
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Sunglasses
YES, PLEASE: Floating shades aren’t new, but getting a pair with quality polarized optics and a stylish frame isn’t the easiest. Dragon has addressed that with the H2O Floatable series. This pair, inspired by legendary surfer Mick Fanning, features a
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North Coast 280cc
With the now-complete evolution of the center-console into a form of luxury cruiser, it’s important to remember this type of boat’s original mission statement: to go fishing. North Coast didn’t forget this and designed the 280CC to be a hardcore fish
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SEA RAY SPX 230 Outboard
We were running the Sea Ray SPX 230 Outboard through its performance numbers when we spotted a deer swimming in the middle of the lake. We zipped over and positioned our boat to watch as it slowly swam toward shore. As we idled forward, the water got
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CUTWATER C-24 Coupe
The C-24 Coupe combines trailerability, family weekending, and good performance from its stepped hull. With four adults aboard, we hit 47 mph with a single Yamaha 300. (A 250 hp Yamaha is now the sole engine choice.) It’s 24-degree deep-V hull tracke
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Trailers Triumphant
Can you name an invention or innovation with more societal impact than the automobile? The computer might be a contender. In any event, the car did more than change the way we live. It also changed the way we boat. Boating had been the province of th
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Four Winns HD 180
This is the new shape of entry-level boating. The Four Winns HD 180 melds a runabout’s aft cockpit with the broad bow of a deck boat in a family boat that offers the best of both formats. It’s a formula Four Winns has already offered on four HD serie
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