• PDB Poll Results

    September 30, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    It's usually more expensive to gas up at the dock, but sometimes you don't have a choice. Where do you get gas for your boat?
  • Take Me Fishing Teams with Walt Disney World Resort to Connect Families with Boating

    September 30, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me Fishing campaign announced a new relationship with Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Media Networks that will encourage kids and families to connect with nature through boating and fis
  • Hurricane SunDeck Sport 203OB

    September 30, 2013
    Boat Test Monday
    Brady L. Kay
    Hurricane has added to its family of 20-footers with this brand new, sleek-profile deck boat. Both the hull and the deck are brand new for 2013 and ou
  • PDB TESTED No. 151: Wilson Electronics

    September 29, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    PDB Tested
    It’s a little embarrassing just how dependent we’ve become on our cell phones.
  • Where’s The Paddle?

    September 28, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Hearing from our readers when they locate the paddle is a fun part of the job.
  • Finding The Fall Feeding Zone

    September 28, 2013 Published in the September 2014 issue
    News
    Come autumn, waters cool and most freshwater gamefish start to slow down and settle into specific feeding and holding zones, which they may be loath to vacate in pursuit of a meal.
  • NMMA Recognizes 29 Boat and Engine Manufacturers with CSI Awards

    September 28, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced 29 recipients of the 2013 Marine Industry CSI Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction.
  • Creating a mobile food unit on a `toon

    September 27, 2013
    Feature
    Katie Burke
    When Travis Martin was little, he always wondered why there was no food when he was hanging around the docks at Willamette River in Oregon. Flash forw
  • Indiana: Day Five

    September 27, 2013
    Industry
    Well, peeps. We're at the end of the road in our Indiana adventure.
  • Lowrance Teams Up With NauticStar

    September 26, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992 has signed a three-year agreement to supply electronics to NauticStar.
  • Latest Canvas Enclosures, Tops and Covers for Pontoons

    September 26, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Ameritex Fabric Systems introduced its expanded lineup of canvas enclosures, tops and covers for pontoon boats at the 2013 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX).
  • Volvo Penta Introduces Ethanol Fuel Treatment

    September 25, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Volvo Penta of the Americas now offers a fuel additive to protect marine engines from the harmful effects of fuels containing ethanol.
  • PDB Tested: Magellan RoadMate

    September 25, 2013
    PDB Tested
    Years ago I got my hands on the Magellan CrossoverGPS that completely changed the way I travel. You could send me anywhere and this little unit would
  • Nautic Global Group Re-launches Owner’s Club

    September 24, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    With a goal of building the strongest boat owner communities in the industry, Nautic Global Group is utilizing the latest technologies, engagement strategies and communication tools to completely revitalize the existing Owner’s Club programs for its Rinke
  • HydroHoist Introduces Air Assist Line of Boat Lifts

    September 24, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    HydroHoist Boat Lifts is proud to introduce the first models in an innovative new series of floating boat lift products – the Landing and the SeaPort. The Landing and the SeaPort feature new air-assist technology.
  • Lake of the Ozarks PlayCraft Dealership Wins Worldwide Award

    September 24, 2013
    Industry
    Ted Pope, of Pope Boat Sales & Service, Inc., was recently honored at the PlayCraft Boats international dealer conference held on Table Rock Lake in
  • Protect Your Prop

    September 23, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Propeller blades are the most important component of an outboard or stern drive propulsion system.
  • Crest 250 Savannah

    September 23, 2013
    Boat Test Monday
    Brady L. Kay
    For those who think pontoon boats have to be boxy and aren't allowed to be stylish, you're going to want to take a closer look at this Crest Savannah.
  • Indiana: Day Four

    September 23, 2013
    Industry
    Katie Burke
    Indiana had seen enough of Terri and I, so we decided to spread the love to Michigan. That's right, we hit the open road and headed to St. Louis, Mich
  • PDB Teams Up With GoPro

    September 22, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    GoPro is the world’s most versatile camera and the more you look around, the more you start to notice these portable units.
  • Shims and Gaskets Create Polished Look

    September 22, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Utilizing mounted hardware such as Accon Marine's Quick Release Bimini Hinges doesn't mean boat owners must sacrifice a polished and sleek look aboard.
  • Hydrocoat Eco Paint

    September 21, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    The Hydrocoat name has been synonymous with groundbreaking, waterborne, marine ablative technology for almost 20 years.
  • From The Forums: How Fast Is Too Fast?

    September 20, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Excerpts from recent PDB forum exchanges at www.pdbmagazine.com
  • PDB Hits 20K!

    September 20, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Pontoon & Deck Boat magazine recently hit a huge milestone when the 20 thousandth person liked our Facebook page.
  • Indiana: Day Three

    September 20, 2013
    Industry
    Hola peeps! It's Katie again! This time from Middlebury, Indiana. Home of South Bay, Xcursion and Berkshire pontoons! Terri and I headed to the Fo
  • Shopping by category

    September 20, 2013
    Feature
    We have complied a list of boats, all broken down in different categories to help you narrow your search.
  • Where's the Paddle? - Fall 2013

    September 19, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    The paddle was hidden in one of its hardest locations in our August issue.
  • Forum Member Spotlight

    September 18, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    Forum Member Spotlight
    Bob Reeves (Papa Smurf) is an experienced boater with a witty sense of humor. You can read his full interview at www.pdbmagazine.com/forum.
  • TurboSwing Install

    September 18, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Brady L. Kay
    Tubing and pontoon boats go together like peanut butter and jelly.
  • Day Two in Indiana

    September 18, 2013
    Industry
    Day two coming at you from Fort Wayne, Ind. After some plane trouble, we finally made it. We knew we were in the right place when we got to the baggag
  • PDB Tested: TRIWATER Dock Shoes

    September 18, 2013
    PDB Tested
    I've always been a fan of the Sebago line of shoes, probably because when it comes to manufacturing high-quality boating shoes, you can't beat the inn
  • PDB TESTED No. 149: Basketball Hoop

    September 17, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    PDB Tested
    Playing basketball while at the lake-how cool is that?!
  • Mercury Marine Introduces Enertia ECO Fuel-Saving Propeller

    September 17, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Addressing the related topics of increasing fuel costs and environmental stewardship, Mercury Marine is pleased to introduces the new Enertia ECO propeller at IBEX in Louisville, Ky.
  • PDB in Indiana: Day One

    September 17, 2013
    Industry
    Working at PDB has a lot of perks. One of those perks is going to dealer meetings where the manufacturers introduce their new models for the next cale
  • Looking Back

    September 16, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Part of the reason I find writing this ten year feature so fun is that I didn’t work here back then.
  • Premier 290 Grand View

    September 16, 2013
    Boat Test Monday
    Brady L. Kay
    Grand View? Yeah that's an understatement. I guess "Unbelievable, spectacular, view from the top" was just too much for a model name. Talk about the u
  • PDB TESTED No. 148: Floating Device

    September 15, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    PDB Tested
    I’ll be honest: it was a little hard to find someone on my boat who was willing to put the BumFloat on for a photo.
  • Switch It Up

    September 15, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    For the first time in its 30-year year history, Maui Jim will launch a completely new frame technology that allows sunglass wearers to switch out their lenses for various light conditions during outdoor activities.
  • Upgrade To Bluetooth

    September 14, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    As Bluetooth technology continues to dominate the world of electronics, Prospec Electronics moves right along with it.
  • What’s In Your Tank?

    September 14, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    Feature
    With changes in fuel blends over the last several years, dealers need to pay more attention than ever to the fuel additives they sell and use when servicing customers’ boats at haul-out time.
  • Tackle Box

    September 13, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    As a kid, I cast lures much too big for my Midwest quarry.
  • New Drive Temperature Kit by Livorsi Marine

    September 13, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Livorsi’s new drive temperature kit accurately measures the oil temperature of your drive.
  • How much do you know about financing?

    September 13, 2013
    Feature
    Our annual Buyer's Guide is loaded with all kinds of great tips and can help you know what to look for when it comes to finding the right boat for you
  • What’s A BaitBall?

    September 12, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Koppers Fishing and Tackle Corp. recently introduced a radical new fishing lure design as well as a new brand called BaitBall.
  • Playing The Odds

    September 12, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    Feature
    Katie Burke
    Anyone out there want a free pontoon? Not an old junker, but a brand new Qwest LS Splash Pad? Any takers?
  • Sneak Peak at the new Crest

    September 12, 2013
    Industry
    If you are familiar with the Savannah by Crest then you know what a luxury boat looks like. More importantly, you know what a luxury boat feels like.
  • Greatness On The Water

    September 11, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    If you find yourself taking off from a slip at Smith’s Marina in Crownsville, Md., you might run into Eric Anderson and his wife, Roberta, and their Sea Ray 240 Sundeck.
  • Speakers (Badly) Needed

    September 11, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    The Rudolph family in Rockford, Ill., was hooked up with a complete JL Audio sound system, thanks to the support of friends, as well as sympatric voters.
  • PDB Tested: BOLT

    September 11, 2013
    PDB Tested
    Brady L. Kay
    They say the more keys you own the more responsibility you have. Even when it comes to recreation or play time, I still can't seem to get away from a
  • A Look At The Future

    September 10, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    Feature
    Brady L. Kay
    In this industry it’s hard to keep a secret. As journalists we’re always trying to get the scoop on our competition before big news is officially released.
  • Install: Trailer Stand & Winch

    September 10, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Brady L. Kay
    Despite our best efforts to take care of them, trailers will eventually break down.
  • LED-Ringed Switches Combine Function and Beauty

    September 09, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    The evolution of LED technology has expanded its applications to ever smaller devices, even marine switches.
  • Cypress Cay Cayman SLE

    September 09, 2013
    Boat Test Monday
    There is a lot to love about this Cayman from Cypress Cay, but even if you only focused on just the stern of the boat you'd be hooked. Nothing appears
  • Lakeside Living

    September 08, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    Feature
    Michael Deulley
    Waking up every morning in a lakeside home is not just about the great location.
  • On the Water With Volvo

    September 07, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Michael Deulley
    In the world of boating, there are so many different options given to the consumer that they could leave his head spinning with questions.
  • On-Deck Refrigerator/Freezer Ushers Luxury Aboard

    September 07, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Having frosty drinks or frozen items at hand makes a great day on the water even better.
  • Bennington 2375 GCW

    September 06, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    Shootout
    For some it would seem like an impossible task to try and improve the popular 2275 GCW, but Bennington was up for the challenge.
  • Industry Game Changers

    September 06, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    Feature
    PDB Staff Report
    It’s that time of year again when manufacturers are eager to get the word out on the new model pontoons and deck boats, as well as significant changes being launched in 2014.
  • 10 Maritime Myths

    September 06, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    Feature
    Michael Deulley
    We've all heard our share of boating myths and firm beliefs that are told and then retold like a childhood game of “telephone.”
  • 'Toons vs. decks

    September 06, 2013
    Feature
    Once upon a time the relationship between pontoon boats and deck boats was large and very distinct. But in the last decade or so the differences are d
  • PDB History

    September 05, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Katie Burke
    In September of 2003, Aloha Pontoons was on the cover with their brand new 32-foot pontoon.
  • From the Forums

    September 05, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Our forum members spend a lot of time talking about rebuilds. Here’s a current conversation.
  • Q&A: Horsepower to Pull Tubes Behind My 24-foot Pontoon

    September 05, 2013
    Ask The Expert
    How much horsepower would I need if I wanted to pull tubes behind my 24-foot pontoon?
  • Avalon Windjammer 2685 Elite

    September 04, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Even at 26 feet, we were still surprised by just how many amenities are packed into this Avalon.
  • Captain’s Chair

    September 04, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Brady L. Kay
    It’s been a busy summer for our niche in the boating industry and the proof can be found in the various new model pontoons and deck boats being released for the 2014 model year.
  • Time To Hibernate

    September 04, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    Feature
    Roy Sparks
    Fuel conditioners, additives and body finish products are items consumers typically consider when winterizing their boats for the season.
  • PDB Tested: Costa Del Mar

    September 04, 2013
    PDB Tested
    You've gotta love a product that is described as the "go-anywhere, do-anything" type of sunglasses. Like most shades I was first drawn to the look of
  • Remote LED Golight Stryker Released

    September 03, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has announced the addition of the GL-30004 LED Golight to its comprehensive inventory of Golight remote controlled spotlights.
  • Forum Member Spotlight

    September 03, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    Forum Member Spotlight
    Louis Outz (Lakebum) is one of our highly valued forum members who offers a lot of great advice.
  • Being A Great Host(ess)

    September 02, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Katie Burke
    I was going through some of the old PDB archives the other day and I found a great story on being a good guest while onboard your friend’s boat.
  • Living In A Pontoon World

    September 02, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    News
    Brady L. Kay
    At some point in our lives we all come to the realization that we’re never going to be rock stars—although it does take some people longer than others.
  • NauticStar 223DC Sport Deck

    September 02, 2013
    Boat Test Monday
    First impressions are important and at first glance we liked what we were seeing. With an impressive manufacturing background, NauticStar shows off th
  • PDB TESTED No. 150: Dorfman Pacific Co.

    September 01, 2013 Published in the September 2013 issue
    PDB Tested
    During a recent boat test I was asked to do an additional test while also driving boats.