February 28, 2014
Feature
Katie Burke

Join the Club: Boating clubs have benefits

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
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February 27, 2014
Industry

Lowrance Angler wins Bassmaster Classic

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
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February 27, 2014
PDB Tested
Katie Burke

PDB Tested: Magellan eXplorist 710: GPS With Fishing Hot Spots Software

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.
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February 26, 2014
Industry
Web Exclusive

Nautic Global Group ramps up production

Nautic Global Group is increasing production at its three Indiana plants and is beginning to interview for 70 factory positions.
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February 25, 2014
Product
Web Exclusive

Guardian Trailerable PWC Ratchet Fastening covers

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.
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February 24, 2014
Boat Test Monday

Avalon Paradise 2585 Elite I/O

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.
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February 21, 2014
Feature
Katie Burke

Things to consider about your boat warranty: Make Sure You’re Covered

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.
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February 20, 2014
Feature
Brady L. Kay

Captain’s Chair: Captain’s Chair

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
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February 20, 2014
Industry, Product

F115 Launched!: New outboard lightest in its class

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
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February 20, 2014
Product

New Product: Lehr Debuts New 15hp Propane-Powered Outboard

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
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February 20, 2014
Feature
Dan Armitage

Tackle Box: Fish Finder Fundamentals

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
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February 20, 2014

West Marine supports Discover Boating

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
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February 19, 2014
PDB Tested
Brady L. Kay

PDB Tested: Goal Zero’s Switch 8: Solar Charging Kit For Your Phone

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.
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February 18, 2014
Industry

Lowrance Releases Two New Models

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
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February 17, 2014
Boat Test Monday

Starcraft Majestic 256 Starliner

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
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February 14, 2014
Industry
Web Exclusive

Larson Pontoon debuts luxury pontoon boat

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.
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February 14, 2014
Industry
Web Exclusive

Pawning the wedding ring for a boat

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.
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February 13, 2014
Web Exclusive

Florida pontoon builder debuts with two models at Miami show

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.
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February 12, 2014
PDB Tested
Katie Burke

PDB Tested: Survival Straps: Survival Bracelet

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
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February 12, 2014
Industry

Setting up the Miami Boat Show

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.
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February 10, 2014
Boat Test Monday

Hampton 2485 XLT

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
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February 08, 2014
Feature

The Mighty 135 H.O.

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
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February 08, 2014
Product

Under Deck Pontoon Boat Ladder For Flat Front Decks

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.
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February 07, 2014
Forum Member Spotlight

Forum Member Spotlight: wandertheglobe

We love our forum members and we enjoy getting to know them better. This issue, we are highlighting wandertheglobe aka John Flanders.
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February 07, 2014
Feature
Dan Armitage

One With The Manatees: Swimming with the gentle giants

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
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February 05, 2014

From Factory To Family (Slideshow): PDB hits the road on a delivery

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.
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February 05, 2014
Katie Burke

PDB Adventures - South Bay (Slideshow): Michigan's Baldwin Lake

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.
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February 05, 2014
PDB Tested
Brady L Kay

PDB Tested: Lil' Bubba Rope: Recovery Rope

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.
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February 05, 2014
Katie Burke

Redefining How We See Electric Motors (Slideshow): Apex Marine leading the way in alternative energy

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.
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February 05, 2014
Katie Burke

Taking The Checkered (Slideshow): Annual race ramps up (and unites) industry

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
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February 03, 2014
Boat Test Monday

Misty Harbor 2285 RL

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