• Join the Club

    February 28, 2014
    Feature
    Katie Burke
    Boating is fun. But picking the right boat to purchase is a huge responsibility. There are so many factors to consider like the layout, the materials and the manufacturer, and once you make a choice, you’re committed. But there’s another way to do things
  • Lowrance Angler wins Bassmaster Classic

    February 27, 2014
    Industry
    Any professional fisherman out there? If you’re not paid to do what you love, it’s still fun to hear about others who are! Since fishing and pontooning go hand-in-hand, we wanted to tell you about the recent Bassmaster Classic winner, Randy Howell, who is
  • PDB Tested: Magellan eXplorist 710

    February 27, 2014
    PDB Tested
    Katie Burke
    The Magellan eXplorist 710 is an impressive handheld GPS. It’s rugged, lightweight, waterproof and completely built for those of us who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.
  • Nautic Global Group ramps up production

    Web Exclusive February 26, 2014
    Industry
    Nautic Global Group is increasing production at its three Indiana plants and is beginning to interview for 70 factory positions.
  • Guardian Trailerable PWC Ratchet Fastening covers

    Web Exclusive February 25, 2014
    Product
    DOWCO’s easy-to-use Guardian Trailerable PWC Ratchet Fastening covers provide maximum protection from the elements for your PWC, allow you to trailer your unit with ease.
  • Avalon Paradise 2585 Elite I/O

    February 24, 2014
    Boat Test Monday
    We love the style that Avalon brings to our industry, but even this particular model seemed to go beyond what we’ve come to expect from this Michigan-based manufacturer.
  • Things to consider about your boat warranty

    February 21, 2014
    Feature
    Katie Burke
    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.
  • Captain’s Chair

    February 20, 2014
    Feature
    Brady L. Kay
    As February is winding down, I hope this month has been a good one for you. In the past I’ve spent this month patiently staring at the calendar, wishing summer and warmer weather might find me. However, this year was a little different as I was able to te
  • F115 Launched!

    February 20, 2014
    Industry, Product
    Yamaha Marine Group has announced its newly redesigned F115 outboard, which is not only more powerful and compact, but also now the lightest outboard in the 115 horsepower four-stroke class. “With a host of enhanced features and benefits, our redesigned
  • New Product

    February 20, 2014
    Product
    Since Lehr Outboard’s entrance into the marine industry just a few years ago, the rapidly expanding company has been turning heads and winning technology awards for its innovative small, clean-burning, propane-fueled four-stroke engines. Lehr is continui
  • Tackle Box

    February 20, 2014
    Feature
    Like many anglers, the depth finder aboard my first boat was a fishing rod, my fish finders were gulls and my earliest “GPS” coordinates were trees, docks and other prominent shore features. Fast forward three decades and you find me monitoring the lates
  • West Marine supports Discover Boating

    February 20, 2014
    West Marine, the largest specialty waterlife outfitter of quality marine grade products, apparel, footwear and accessories, today presented a check to Carl Blackwell, president of Discover Boating, at a press conference at the Miami International Boat Sho
  • PDB Tested: Goal Zero’s Switch 8

    February 19, 2014
    PDB Tested
    Brady L. Kay
    We’ve all been there: staring at the battery life indicator on our phone just hoping we have enough juice to make one last call. In this age of technology we live and die by our phones that do a lot more than just make and receive phone calls.
  • Lowrance Releases Two New Models

    February 18, 2014
    Industry
    The newest addition to the Lowrance Elite and Mark lines of compact fishfinders and chartplotter products has just been released. The Elite-4 and Mark-4 Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI) series are setting a new performance standard for affordably-priced navigati
  • Starcraft Majestic 256 Starliner

    February 17, 2014
    Boat Test Monday
    Your eye might go to the bar table and stools in the stern when you first see this boat, but this ‘toon has a lot more to offer, including plush seating, an elegant-looking helm console and a ton of great amenities. When it comes to high-end features, thi
  • Larson Pontoon debuts luxury pontoon boat

    Web Exclusive February 14, 2014
    Industry
    Larson Boat Group is at the Miami International Boat Show and they took great pride in showing us there amazing Escape 25 luxury pontoon boat.
  • Pawning the wedding ring for a boat

    Web Exclusive February 14, 2014
    Industry
    While we usually don't get overly sentimental on this site, it's Valentine's Day! When we ran across this story, we thought you guys might want to read a little about love.
  • Florida pontoon builder debuts with two models at Miami show

    Web Exclusive February 13, 2014
    New Florida-based boatbuilder Island Boats is making its debut at the Miami International Boat Show by offering two pontoon models, the Island Boats 180 and 220.
  • PDB Tested: Survival Straps

    February 12, 2014
    PDB Tested
    Katie Burke
    It doesn’t take much to get me excited about something, but I was REALLY excited when I saw the Survival Strap bracelet. It is such a handy idea: a fashionable bracelet that equips you with several feet of strong military spec paracord that you could unwr
  • Setting up the Miami Boat Show

    February 12, 2014
    Industry
    Are you in Miami? Are you near Miami? You need to head to the Miami Boat Show. Our editor, Brady L. Kay plus others on our staff will be there as well. This amazing show opens Thursday, February 13th.
  • Hampton 2485 XLT

    February 10, 2014
    Boat Test Monday
    The Hampton line from PlayCraft is the manufacturer’s answer to those who like the solid construction and quality of a PlayCraft pontoon, but are looking for a more conservative package. You won’t find NASCAR-like graphics on this specific model, but inst
  • The Mighty 135 H.O.

    February 08, 2014
    Feature
    Evinrude wants its customers to spend more time on the water and less time performing maintenance on their outboards. We can attest to their goodness because we personally test some of the best each year. There is nothing like flying through the water wit
  • Under Deck Pontoon Boat Ladder For Flat Front Decks

    February 08, 2014
    Product
    This cool ladder from Overton's is popular for its convenient, under-deck design. It will never get in your way while enjoying your day on the water.
  • Forum Member Spotlight: wandertheglobe

    February 07, 2014
    Forum Member Spotlight
    We love our forum members and we enjoy getting to know them better. This issue, we are highlighting wandertheglobe aka John Flanders.
  • One With The Manatees

    February 07, 2014
    Feature
    You could tell a `tee was in the vicinity by the muffled shrieks coming from a dozen colorful snorkel tubes sprouting from the water's surface. After a while, from my seat aboard our anchored pontoon, I could actually trace the path of a moving manatee by
  • From Factory To Family (Slideshow)

    February 05, 2014
    As I stood in the Starcraft Marine plant with the iPad in my hand, I was very aware of the eyes that were on me as I assisted with the final inspection of the SunChaser 8522.
  • PDB Adventures - South Bay (Slideshow)

    February 05, 2014
    Katie Burke
    One of the best things about Michigan is being surrounded by lakes. For those of you who have never been, it's an incredibly beautiful state with gorgeous bodies of water.
  • PDB Tested: Lil' Bubba Rope

    February 05, 2014
    PDB Tested
    We test a lot of products each year, but this one was one of the most memorable for us. I have had great success with the original Bubba Rope for my truck, so I wanted to get the Lil' Bubba for the boat.
  • Redefining How We See Electric Motors (Slideshow)

    February 05, 2014
    Katie Burke
    It makes sense that using solar while on a lake could be a viable option for boaters. But for years, it hasn't been appealing because you would have to sacrifice performance.
  • Taking The Checkered (Slideshow)

    February 05, 2014
    Katie Burke
    What started out as a just-for-fun affair has turned into a competitive race for manufacturers and it's serious business these days. Even if you aren't competing, it's fun to watch because these boats are driven by experts who know how to make a pontoon m
  • Misty Harbor 2285 RL

    February 03, 2014
    Boat Test Monday
    Value driven, there is a lot to like about this mid-range model from Misty Harbor that was new for 2012.