January 31, 2014
News
Katie Burke
Web Exclusive

What really goes on at the PDB Shootout: Watch the videos today!

Well, peeps, they've certainly done it again. I know we say that every year, but pontoon manufacturers continue to make these boats better.
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January 29, 2014
PDB Tested
Roy Sparks

PDB Tested: GuideLine Eyegear: Polarized Wake Rx sunglasses

Years ago I invested in a pair of prescription sunglasses that didn't seem quite right. Whatever I was focused on looked good, but the wrap-around design gave me a headache because the rest of my view was slightly out of focus.
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January 27, 2014
Boat Test Monday

Bennington 2575 RCW Limited

We try not to overuse words like "luxurious" or "elegant," but there is just something about this Bennington that feels extremely high-end to us.
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January 25, 2014
Feature
Katie Burke

Things to consider about your boat warranty

I'm going to wrap this intro story up quickly just because I'm sure my co-workers are over hearing me complain about it. The gist is that my hot water heater completely broke down 11 months and three weeks after we bought it.
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January 24, 2014
PDB Tested
Katie Burke

PDB Tested: BagRack

Trashcans are a funny thing. No one wants to see one, yet everyone needs one. Boat manufacturers are also a tad unpredictable when it comes to placing one on a boat.
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January 23, 2014
Industry

Industry mourns longtime Larson Boats president

Longtime Larson Boats president and CEO Al Kuebelbeck died Jan. 16 after suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of cancer that affects the body's ability to make platelets. He was 72.
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January 21, 2014
News
Web Exclusive

Mercury Marine turns 75

Mercury Marine will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014, marking its growth into a leading provider of marine engines.
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January 20, 2014
Feature
Katie Burke
Web Exclusive

Boat Lovin' Pets: PDB's Facebook contest features pets

Pets and boating seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Our Facebook fans love to share their pet photos with us and, we have to be honest, love looking at them. Right now, we have a contest on our Facebook page for our fans to pick the cutest
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January 20, 2014
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

JC SportToon 23 TT

Creating a sporty and non-traditional-looking pontoon has been the backbone to JC's impressive line of boats for several years now and it looks like they've found yet another way to take it to the next level.
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January 20, 2014
Feature
Brady L Kay
Web Exclusive

Captain's Chair: Driving Without A License

I was lucky. Parallel parking didn't trip me up on my driver's license test when I was 16 like it did my friends. However, it was the ticket for "negligent colliding," a.k.a. hitting garbage cans, that temporally suspended my driving privileges. But that'
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January 20, 2014
Feature
Dan Armitage

Tackle Box: Sometimes To Catch Fish You've Gotta' CONTROL YOURSELF

Simply finding fish-or a spot where you suspect fish will be located-is only half the battle of eventually boating one. Electronics manufacturers will lead you to believe otherwise, but simply seeing fish on your sonar screen directly below-or in these hi
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January 20, 2014
Product
Brady L. Kay
Web Exclusive

What's New From Kwik Tek?: A full load of season-changing fun

For the 2014 season, Kwik Tek is releasing a wide-variety of products from Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) to its AQUA ZOOKA double barrel water gun with a 60-foot range. Plus a new batch of towables are here including the new four rider Airhead SWITCHBACK t
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January 18, 2014
Feature
Katie Burke

Are You Legal?: What qualifies as navigational lighting?

Who doesn't love a hot new trend? We certainly do. It's something we are always on the lookout for at our annual Shootout Boat Test. One thing that has been taking off lately is outside rub rail lighting that gives your boat a sleek look with blue LED lig
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January 17, 2014
PDB Tested
Brady L. Kay

PDB Tested: Buck 731 X-Tract LED: Multi-Tool

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January 16, 2014
News
Web Exclusive

Yamaha debuts F175 outboard and propeller line

Yamaha Marine Group said today that it added the F175 outboard to its group of inline four-cylinder engines and launched a new series of high-performance aluminum propellers for its mid-range outboards.
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January 15, 2014
News

In Chicago? Head to the boat show!

The Progressive Chicago Boat, RV and Outdoor Show opens Thursday, January 16th and runs through Monday, January 20th at McCormick Place.
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January 14, 2014
Industry
Web Exclusive

New Kwik Tek Towables

Kwik Tek has added some great new towables and other fun toys to their product lineup for 2014.
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January 13, 2014
Forum Member Spotlight

Forum Member Spotlight: LSU Engineer

Thinking of joining our forum? Get to know the members by reading through our member spotlights!
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January 13, 2014
Boat Test Monday
Brady L Kay

Sylvan 8525 Signature LZ

It's been fun to watch the Sylvan line of pontoon boats really evolve into high-end luxury crafts over the last few years. The manufacturer appears to know no bounds when it comes to creating a luxury pontoon that is loaded with great features and top-of-
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January 08, 2014
News
Brady L. Kay
Web Exclusive

Remembering John Barr

After a courageous battle with cancer, longtime friend and PDB contributor John Barr passed away on December 29, 2013. John's "go fast" attitude that allowed him to approach all types of challenges and obstacles in life head on with no fear, gave us all h
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January 08, 2014
PDB Tested
Roy Sparks

PDB TESTED: Vinyl Cote: Non-toxic aerosol vinyl paint

Life has a way of balancing itself out. For every new-looking pontoon in a slip at your local marina you're sure to find at least one `toon with stained or faded upholstery that has seen better days. If you happen to be one of those not-so-proud owners of
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January 07, 2014
Industry
Web Exclusive

Great promotion from Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine launched a portable engine promotion that provides two additional years of factory-backed warranty on 2.5-hp to 20-hp outboards.
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January 06, 2014
Katie Burke

Entertainment Factor: Embracing the latest trend

I'm going to start this story out with a disclaimer. I love a good bar boat. I think it represents everything fun about entertaining on the water and I'm convinced my next boat will include a full entertainment center.
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January 06, 2014
PDB Staff Report

Who's Who?: A complete listing of the top builders

Ten years ago, our Buyer's Guide issue was filled with three manufacturers to a page and it went on and on. A lot of those companies aren't in business today, which is what a recession does.
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January 06, 2014
Boat Test Monday
Brady L Kay

Tahoe Sierra 2585 RC Elite

Our eyes wouldn't let us get past the two helm chairs in the bow, complete with a table and a standard umbrella.
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January 03, 2014
Feature
Brady L Kay

Making memories on Monroe

For decades, Ted Novicki has poured his heart and soul into the boating industry and his efforts have paid off as he continues to run one of the most successful boat dealerships in his region.
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