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Chasing History
On May 4, 1942, a fleet of aircraft carriers and destroyers from the Japanese navy set out to seize Port Moresby on New Guinea, and therefore take control of the Coral Sea. A fleet of American ships, including the aircraft carrier the USS Lexington,
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Pettit Ez Tex
I used Pettit EZ Tex Marine Epoxy Repair Compound to fill screw holes in the transom of a boat to which a new transducer was being installed. I needed a tough, watertight fix. My methodology for effecting such a repair includes drilling the existing
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Scream Machines
Objectively evaluating watersports tubes (inflatables, in modern parlance) can be a surprisingly tricky task. After all, most each and every one is kind of a one-size-fits-all thrill ride. But after testing by whipping four teenage girls and two youn
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Installing A Ballast System
Not all boats can generate the sizes and shapes of waves that wakeboarders and surfers who enjoy their respective sports need. Installing a ballast system with a reversible pump can change that, letting you pump in water to add extra weight when and
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Father Figures
To all you dads out there, happy Father’s Day. If your idea of a good one is time well spent on the water, then good for you. Whether you plan on spending the day cruising, fishing or shredding, you have many people to thank for the lifestyle you enj
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Inboard Propeller Removal
Removing an inboard-powered boat’s propeller is a straightforward boating DIY task. Sometimes, though, a prop will cling to its shaft with the tenacity of a barnacle to a piling. The following tips may prove helpful to all those who need to remove a
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What To Look For
Heavy-duty nylon covers with double-stitched seams protect the more delicate internal bladder from damage and punctures. In addition, covers improve performance by smoothing the inflatable’s surface, serve as a mounting point for grab handles and sew
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Saving The Seas
Acushnet, a Coast Guard cutter involved in one of the most famous rescues in the history of the service branch, is being re-commissioned to help save the oceans. The 213-foot diver-class vessel actually got its start in World War II as the USS Shackl
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Zf Project Disruption
Whether it’s a tournament tow boat or a Downeaster, boats powered by single inboard engines require more technique and skill to operate in the close quarters of a dock, marina or launch ramp than boats powered by other sources. Enter Project Disrupti
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Dangerous Waters Ahead
When I was a teenager many (many) years ago, I had a 15-foot Starcraft SS15 powered by a 60 Evinrude. I loved that boat and had many great adventures in it. One day, some buddies and I were exploring the upper Niagara River and Chippawa Creek. Chippa
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Key West 263fs
WE SAY A day of casting for stripers with three anglers aboard the 263FS proved that the builder didn’t sacrifice fishability to add family features to this model, yet we found plenty of lounging space and creature comforts aboard. The bow provides a
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How To Pick Up A Downed Rider, Skier Or Tuber
Watersports offer boaters a unique experience not available to non-boaters. That privilege comes with the responsibility to ensure safety for your crew and to extend courtesy to fellow boaters. In this month’s Seamanship, we examine how these princip
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Axis A24
WE SAY The Axis A24 has been making waves for a few years, but Axis has decided to totally redo it for 2018. Axis designed a bigger running surface that produces a long, stout wave. Combined with Surf Gate and the Power Wedge, the wave can be shaped
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Trevor Hansen
Having learned to ski before he could even walk (at a tender six months old), Trevor Hansen has spent his life on and around the water. For 14 years he competed at the highest levels on the Pro Wakeboard Tour, but since 2015, as his riding career was
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CENTURION Fi21
If you’ve been patiently scouting out a new a tow boat for wakboarding or surfing, you could make the case that the new Centurion Fi21 is worth both the wait and the weight. Fully optioned, it has a total ballast capacity of a whopping 4,750 pounds,
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High-performance Boat Handling
1. What does the term “chine walking” mean, and why is it a potentially dangerous handling problem at speed? A. Chine walking means the boat moves back and forth from fore to aft excessively; this can cause pitching and potentially stuff the bow into
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Malibu M235
Upon first glance, the Malibu M235 is striking — almost imposing. As watersports boats have evolved over the years, their lines and presence have become bolder. With its sleek black-and-gray color combo, this Malibu takes bold to a whole new level. I
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Wakesurf Boards
THE STYLE: It’s a surfer-style board that has straighter rails and deeper fins to give it more drive to allow for pumping and gaining momentum to surf in a traditional ocean-wave style. THE SHRED: The Katana is an expert-level board with sharp rails
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SEA RAY Fly 400
If asked to pick just one word to describe the Sea Ray Fly 400, I’d choose “volume.” Step into the salon. You’ll be impressed by the sheer space and headroom. Sea Ray achieved this canyonesque feel by installing oversize windows, keeping sightlines o
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Droning On
We’re boasting two innovations in presenting this month’s content to you, both centered on our cover. We normally photograph cover boats from a helicopter, but the Malibu M235 gracing this issue’s cover was shot utilizing a drone. These days, using a
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Formula 330 Cbr
When Formula’s new 330 CBR arrived dockside, it really turned heads. Thanks to sweet graphics and triple Verado 300s on the transom, our 900-horse test hull attracted gawkers wherever we went, largely due to the sheer size and wow factor of this mega
Boating6 min readFashion & Beauty
Sun Protection With Style
AFTCO The tightness of a fabric’s weave determines much of a garment’s UV protection. HUK Blues and dark colors filter, block and absorb UV light better than lighter colors or whites. The ultraviolet protection factor, or UPF, is a rating clothing ma
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Inboard Shaft Seals
If your boat uses an inboard engine, then it’s important that you know something about shaft seals. Whether you run a twin-engine convertible sport-fisher, a sedan cruiser or a watersports boat; whether you are buying new, buying used or retrofitting
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Mildew Or Mil-don’t?
Nothing mars Mom’s Mink like mildew stains on the vinyl seats and cushions. Those black dots and blobs look unsightly, may cause the crew to stand instead of sit, and cause your boat to diminish in value. Unfortunately, making mildew-stained vinyl lo
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Key Features Of Water-sports Boats
We know that most of our readers are experienced boaters. In fact, our average reader currently owns their third boat and has been boating since childhood. That’s real experience. The other side of that coin is nobody can know everything. Plus, some
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But It’s My Boat Race!
It was a case of mistaken identity that time when a security guard forced the CEO off the dock at a boat race. Who knew this older gentleman in the big straw sun hat, wearing his trousers high and a camera around his neck like a tourist, was in fact
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Q&A
Dear Boat Doc, I have been boating since the age of 14. I’ve always driven sterndrive boats, with a few outboards thrown in along the way. A couple of summers ago, I bought a Yamaha twin jet-drive boat for the reasons most people buy jet boats: no ou
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Getting Your Boater Card
This year, my home state of California instituted its first-ever boater card program, which phases in mandatory boater education over eight years, eventually requiring all skippers to pass a state-certified boater education course and obtain a card i
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Safety Gear
To survive a boating accident, you need to mentally rehearse your responses to as many possible risks as you can imagine. The most important safety equipment on board is your brain. But here are three of the most important safety devices you should c
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Belzona 40cc
Mega center consoles are no longer new, but the new Belzona 40CC is certainly unique in this increasingly popular class of boats. For one, it’s not merely a fishing boat. It’s designed to be a dive boat, an entertainment platform, an offshore fishing
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