July 31, 2013
PDB Tested
Roy Sparks

PDB Tested: Swedish FireKnife

One question: where was this knife when I was a Boy Scout!? I would have been the talk of camp had I got my hands on the Swedish FireKnife back them.
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July 29, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Americans Do It Best: 19 great products that are made in the U.S.

After boating, fishing is the next greatest American past time.
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July 29, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Celebrating the Fourth: Tips to prepare for the holiday

For recreational boaters, being on the water for the Fourth of July holiday is akin to driving to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving.
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July 29, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Cook Onboard Onshore

The CanCooker lets you cook with no messy cleanup.
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July 29, 2013
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

Hampton 2685 RFL

There is just something about this Hampton with the plush seating, as well as the colors and textures used, that helps make it feel like home. Some mi
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July 29, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

How To: 5 Steps to Setting your Anchor

The best thing about a pontoon is there is a lot of room.
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July 29, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Ice Cream Boat: Life of a Pontoon PirAte

Down near Ponce Inlet, Fla., a sandbar magically appears when the tide of the Intracoastal Waterway recedes. Called Disappearing Island, the locals know they are going to have deal with pirate activity if they dare make their way down.
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July 29, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Roy Sparks

Product Test: Alegrai Men's Boating Shoe: PG Lite

If you look up Alegria in a dictionary you’ll discover it means happiness.
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July 29, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Katie Burke

Product Test: Boat Organizing App: Intelligent Maintenance

Keeping the boat organized can be a challenge, but it’s necessary to get the most out of your space.
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July 29, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Brady L. Kay

Product Test: Elite Kevin Vandam Signature Series Bag

I’m just guessing, but I would think Kevin VanDam has companies throwing money at him on a daily basis and begging the four-time Bassmaster Classic champion and seven-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, to endorse their products.
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July 29, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Michael Deulley

Steer Through the Swells with Tohatsu

Like other great outboard manufacturers, Tohatsu has worked ceaselessly to engineer a wide range of engines that perform under the most strenuous of conditions and fit any lifestyle.
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July 29, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Katie Burke

What's Next for Our Industry?: Leading Pontoon Engineers Talk Business

The pontoon industry has become an unstoppable force in the boating world.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Katie Burke

10 Years Ago - July 2003

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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Carolina Skiff Ranks First: Survey reveals boat builder number one in fiberglass

Carolina Skiff, LLC is the nation’s number-one fiberglass boat builder, based on new boat state registrations compiled by Statistical Surveys, Inc. for 2012.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Forum Member Spotlight: Funtooner

Malcolm Sohm, a.k.a. Funtooner, has been around our forum for several years.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Going the Distance: Princecraft pontoon is the tool to distance traveling

A 27-day voyage on a pontoon?
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Brady L. Kay

How Can the Five Brothers Do It?

I wouldn’t necessarily call it a trend because it’s too common to be considered a new thing, but have you ever noticed that most boat dealerships are family-owned?
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Katie Burke

Improving the Pontoon: The Best is Yet to Come

This subject of improving pontoons came up when as a staff we were planning last year’s Shootout Boat Test.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Marine Deaths Hit Record Low

The Coast Guard recently released its 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics, revealing that boating fatalities last year totaled 651, the lowest number of boating fatalities on record.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Nonscents!

I have fished with professional guides who claim to be able to smell fish, and use the sense to locate productive places for their clients to wet a line.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Only on Lake Powell: A family vacation like no other

Family memories are created on Lake Powell every day.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

PDB Poll Results Wish List

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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Sea Tow Receives Donation For Life Jackets

Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Station program, in existence nationwide since 2007, recently received a $20,000 donation.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

SeaRay Releases Two Decks

Sea Ray Boats has released its new 220 Sundeck and 240 Sundeck, which are available with either sterndrive or outboard power, allowing consumers to equip their boat based on how and where they intend to use it.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Simple Yet Powerful

Adding to its range of all-environment multimedia stereo receivers, Prospec Electronics recently released the JBLPRV170.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Michael Deulley

Thinking Outside of the Box: The hull story on pontoon performance

The world of pontoon boating has changed drastically over the years.
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July 28, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue

Waterproof Battery Charger

Safety, speed and ease of use make Powermania’s Turbo M208E the ideal battery charger for pontoon and deck boat enthusiasts.
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July 22, 2013
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

Aqua Patio 250 Express

It didn't take long for word to spread about this new Aqua Patio. It seems like the industry was buzzing about this `toon last fall, and rightfully so
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July 19, 2013| Published in the August 2013 issue
Feature
Brady L. Kay

Number 42 (Slideshow): What they learned from their first 41 boats

Some families think they've owned "a lot" of boats over the years, but the Brenneman family is in a league of their own. When Tom and Kasey Brenneman
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July 19, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Feature
Dan Armitage

PDB Adventures - Toon Town (Slideshow): Welcome to Alanson

"I'd say that 80 percent of the boats I've locked through this season are pontoons," offered the lock tender. "This has to be the `tooning capital of
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July 19, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Boat Test Monday
Michael Deulley

PDB Spotlight - Sylvan Mirage 8524 (Slideshow): Wisconsin family loves their `toon

Sometimes, all it takes is a first encounter with a boat owner to realize how impressed and excited they are about their boat. That's exactly what I s
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July 19, 2013| Published in the July 2013 issue
Industry
Brady L. Kay

Power Profile - Mercury (Slideshow): Mercury Goes Cajun

What do you get when you send marine journalists to Louisiana with a dozen or so boats to test and throw in a TV celebrity and a seafood boil? One unf
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July 18, 2013
Feature

New Pontoon Hits the Market

We love pontoons. So we get excited when we hear about a new one. Larson Boat Group announced the launch of the Escape, the company's new line of pont
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July 16, 2013
Industry

Chaparral Awards 2013 Scholarships

Chaparral Boats, Inc. and Robalo Boats LLC awarded over $40,000 in college scholarships to four graduating seniors within the Chaparral and Robalo fam
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July 15, 2013
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

PlayCraft PowerToon 2500

For years PlayCraft has been known in the industry for its solid, well-built, go-fast pontoons and that's something that is never going to change. But
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July 14, 2013
Product

MPT Thrustor Video

This video was presented by Capt. Mike Dunn and Capt. Stacy Dunn, Tour Boats in Crystal River, Florida.
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July 11, 2013
News
PDB Staff Report

Pontoon-Specific Engines?: Evinrude releases new series

BRP today unveiled four new Evinrude E-TEC engines-three of which are part of a new line specifically targeting the pontoon market-and updated the loo
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July 09, 2013
Industry

Apex Shipping Oversees

Apex Marine is now shipping boats oversees to Germany, Russia, Australia, South Korea, South Africa, The Philippines, China, India and Turkey. The man
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July 08, 2013
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Manitou understandably receives a lot of positive attention for its unique performance hulls that are known for razor sharp turns. But the other part
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July 03, 2013
Industry

Nautic Global Group brings back Owner's Club

With a goal of building the strongest boat owner communities in the industry, Nautic Global Group is utilizing the latest technologies, engagement str
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July 01, 2013
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

G3 Sun Catcher Elite 326 DLX SS

Basically this great all-around pontoon can be broken down into three sections: a great living room-type area in the bow, a loaded section for the cap
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