September 30, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

PDB Poll Results: Gas Up

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?
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September 30, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Take Me Fishing Teams with Walt Disney World Resort to Connect Families with Boating

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
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September 30, 2013
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

Hurricane SunDeck Sport 203OB

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
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September 29, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
PDB Tested

PDB TESTED No. 151: Wilson Electronics: Marine Cell Booster Kit

It’s a little embarrassing just how dependent we’ve become on our cell phones.
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September 28, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Where’s The Paddle?

Hearing from our readers when they locate the paddle is a fun part of the job.
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September 28, 2013| Published in the September 2014 issue
News
Dan Armitage

Finding The Fall Feeding Zone

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.
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September 28, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

NMMA Recognizes 29 Boat and Engine Manufacturers with CSI Awards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced 29 recipients of the 2013 Marine Industry CSI Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction.
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September 27, 2013
Feature
Katie Burke

Creating a mobile food unit on a `toon

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
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September 27, 2013
Industry

Indiana: Day Five

Well, peeps. We're at the end of the road in our Indiana adventure.
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September 26, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Lowrance Teams Up With NauticStar

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.
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September 26, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Latest Canvas Enclosures, Tops and Covers for Pontoons

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).
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September 25, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Volvo Penta Introduces Ethanol Fuel Treatment

Volvo Penta of the Americas now offers a fuel additive to protect marine engines from the harmful effects of fuels containing ethanol.
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September 25, 2013
PDB Tested

PDB Tested: Magellan RoadMate

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
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September 24, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Nautic Global Group Re-launches 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 strategies and communication tools to completely revitalize the existing Owner’s Club programs for its Rinke
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September 24, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

HydroHoist Introduces Air Assist Line of Boat Lifts

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.
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September 24, 2013
Industry

Lake of the Ozarks PlayCraft Dealership Wins Worldwide Award

Ted Pope, of Pope Boat Sales & Service, Inc., was recently honored at the PlayCraft Boats international dealer conference held on Table Rock Lake in
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September 23, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Protect Your Prop

Propeller blades are the most important component of an outboard or stern drive propulsion system.
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September 23, 2013
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

Crest 250 Savannah

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.
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September 23, 2013
Industry
Katie Burke

Indiana: Day Four

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
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September 22, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

PDB Teams Up With GoPro

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

Shims and Gaskets Create Polished Look

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.
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September 21, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Hydrocoat Eco Paint

The Hydrocoat name has been synonymous with groundbreaking, waterborne, marine ablative technology for almost 20 years.
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September 20, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

From The Forums: How Fast Is Too Fast?: Excerpts from recent PDB forum exchanges at www.pdbmagazine.com

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

PDB Hits 20K!

Pontoon & Deck Boat magazine recently hit a huge milestone when the 20 thousandth person liked our Facebook page.
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September 20, 2013
Industry

Indiana: Day Three

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
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September 20, 2013
Feature

Shopping by category

We have complied a list of boats, all broken down in different categories to help you narrow your search.
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September 19, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Where's the Paddle? - Fall 2013

The paddle was hidden in one of its hardest locations in our August issue.
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September 18, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
Forum Member Spotlight

Forum Member Spotlight: Papa Smurf

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.
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September 18, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News
Brady L. Kay

TurboSwing Install: What your boat is missing!

Tubing and pontoon boats go together like peanut butter and jelly.
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September 18, 2013
Industry

Day Two in Indiana

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
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September 18, 2013
PDB Tested

PDB Tested: TRIWATER Dock Shoes

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
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September 17, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
PDB Tested

PDB TESTED No. 149: Basketball Hoop: BoatFun Sports

Playing basketball while at the lake-how cool is that?!
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September 17, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Mercury Marine Introduces Enertia ECO Fuel-Saving Propeller

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.
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September 17, 2013
Industry

PDB in Indiana: Day One

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
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September 16, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Looking Back: PDB 10 years ago

Part of the reason I find writing this ten year feature so fun is that I didn’t work here back then.
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September 16, 2013
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

Premier 290 Grand View

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
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September 15, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
PDB Tested

PDB TESTED No. 148: Floating Device: Bum Float

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.
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September 15, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Switch It Up: With new Maui Jim Switchbacks

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.
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September 14, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Upgrade To Bluetooth

As Bluetooth technology continues to dominate the world of electronics, Prospec Electronics moves right along with it.
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September 14, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
Feature

What’s In Your Tank?: Choosing the correct fuel additive for winterizing

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.
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September 13, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News
Dan Armitage

Tackle Box: Sting Like A Bee

As a kid, I cast lures much too big for my Midwest quarry.
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September 13, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

New Drive Temperature Kit by Livorsi Marine

Livorsi’s new drive temperature kit accurately measures the oil temperature of your drive.
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September 13, 2013
Feature

How much do you know about financing?

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
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September 12, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

What’s A BaitBall?

Koppers Fishing and Tackle Corp. recently introduced a radical new fishing lure design as well as a new brand called BaitBall.
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September 12, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
Feature
Katie Burke

Playing The Odds: South Carolina couple win a pontoon

Anyone out there want a free pontoon? Not an old junker, but a brand new Qwest LS Splash Pad? Any takers?
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September 12, 2013
Industry

Sneak Peak at the new Crest

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.
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September 11, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Greatness On The Water : PDB Spotlight: Sea Ray 240 Sundeck

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.
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September 11, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Speakers (Badly) Needed: Illinois fam wins JL Audio sound system

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.
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September 11, 2013
PDB Tested
Brady L. Kay

PDB Tested: BOLT

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
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September 10, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
Feature
Brady L. Kay

A Look At The Future: Larson launches Escape pontoon line

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.
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September 10, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News
Brady L. Kay

Install: Trailer Stand & Winch

Despite our best efforts to take care of them, trailers will eventually break down.
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September 09, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

LED-Ringed Switches Combine Function and Beauty

The evolution of LED technology has expanded its applications to ever smaller devices, even marine switches.
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September 09, 2013
Boat Test Monday

Cypress Cay Cayman SLE

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
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September 08, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
Feature
Michael Deulley

Lakeside Living: Getting the most out of your lake front property

Waking up every morning in a lakeside home is not just about the great location.
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September 07, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News
Michael Deulley

On the Water With Volvo: Sterndrives with style

In the world of boating, there are so many different options given to the consumer that they could leave his head spinning with questions.
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September 07, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

On-Deck Refrigerator/Freezer Ushers Luxury Aboard

Having frosty drinks or frozen items at hand makes a great day on the water even better.
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September 06, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
Feature
PDB Staff Report

Industry Game Changers: What's New For 2014

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.
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September 06, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
Feature
Michael Deulley

10 Maritime Myths: It's just a “Mythsunderstanding”

We've all heard our share of boating myths and firm beliefs that are told and then retold like a childhood game of “telephone.”
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September 06, 2013
Feature

'Toons vs. decks

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
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September 05, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News
Katie Burke

PDB History: 10 Years Ago—September 2003

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

From the Forums

Our forum members spend a lot of time talking about rebuilds. Here’s a current conversation.
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September 05, 2013
Ask The Expert

Q&A: Horsepower to Pull Tubes Behind My 24-foot Pontoon

How much horsepower would I need if I wanted to pull tubes behind my 24-foot pontoon?
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September 04, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News
Brady L. Kay

Captain’s Chair: Let’s Hear It For Vanilla

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.
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September 04, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
Feature
Roy Sparks

Time To Hibernate: How to take care of your battery this fall

Fuel conditioners, additives and body finish products are items consumers typically consider when winterizing their boats for the season.
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September 04, 2013
PDB Tested

PDB Tested: Costa Del Mar

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
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September 03, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News

Remote LED Golight Stryker Released

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

Forum Member Spotlight: Lakebum

Louis Outz (Lakebum) is one of our highly valued forum members who offers a lot of great advice.
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September 02, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News
Katie Burke

Being A Great Host(ess): 6 ways to make sure your guests are comfortable

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.
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September 02, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
News
Brady L. Kay

Living In A Pontoon World

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.
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September 02, 2013
Boat Test Monday

NauticStar 223DC Sport Deck

First impressions are important and at first glance we liked what we were seeing. With an impressive manufacturing background, NauticStar shows off th
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September 01, 2013| Published in the September 2013 issue
PDB Tested

PDB TESTED No. 150: Dorfman Pacific Co.: Boating Hat

During a recent boat test I was asked to do an additional test while also driving boats.
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