March 31, 2014
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

PlayCraft PowerToon X-Treme 2700 I/O

It’s impossible not to smile while driving this boat. Known for fast and sporty pontoons, this PlayCraft doesn’t disappoint. Of course having a huge MerCruiser 8.2L engine as well as the optional Captain’s Choice exhaust with short tips with flaps doesn’t
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March 28, 2014
Feature
Katie Burke

Toon-Up brush keeps tube cleaning easy

Tom Ford, from Huntersville, N.C., is a boater who started out like a lot of people with a fiberglass runabout background. He saw a pontoon, realized how cool it looked, knew he had been missing out, and headed down to his local marina to see about purcha
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March 26, 2014
PDB Tested

PDB Tested: RoboCup: Portable drink holder

RoboCup is a brand new portable caddy that securely holds two drinks, two fishing poles or any other personal belongings including phone, keys, glasses, flashlight and much more. It’s easy to use and no tools are required.
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March 25, 2014

‘Toon’n On The Bayou: Sweetwater family gets it right the second time

William E. Hickson is credited for saying, “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.” For the Langsfords, they can relate—although you could argue they succeeded even if the first pontoon they purchased from St. Tammany Marine & Powersports in Mande
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March 25, 2014

What Lies Beneath Part 2: The assembly process

In part one of “What Lies Beneath”, we took a look at how the process and materials for making strong, durable and long-lasting pontoon logs and cross members came together.
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March 24, 2014
Boat Test Monday

Silver Wave 250 Play

You’d never guess the Silver Wave line was just recently created back in 2010 based on how these boats look and perform
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March 21, 2014
Feature
Brandon Barrus

Making Waves: Your guide to boat music

Considering the humble beginnings of the modern pontoon boat, it's no surprise that sound systems onboard were an afterthought for decades.
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March 18, 2014
News

PDB Days: Mark Your Calendar!

Each year PDB magazine hosts our Shootout Boat Test where all the pontoon and deck boat manufacturers come together at one location so the new models can be reviewed, tested and evaluated by our staff. As we celebrate the 20th PDB Shootout this year, we’r
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March 18, 2014
Feature
Brady L. Kay

Captain’s Chair: Neglect: Walking Hurts The Heart

I wouldn’t say that I’m one of those people, but I like to whisper sarcastic comments to my wife as we walk around the neighborhood. Don’t get me wrong, I get along great with my neighbors, but I can’t help but make comments that come to my mind as we pas
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March 18, 2014
Product

Overton's: Spring Clean

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to get your pontoon ready. For those looking to put a little shine to your logs, check out Overton's Heavy-Duty Aluminum Pontoon Cleaner. It removes water lines, oxidation and more with its easy wipe on/
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March 18, 2014
Feature
Dan Armitage

Tackle Box: Getting The Point

It matters not the gear you’ve got, the boat you drive nor your skills at finding and faking fish out: if your hooks don’t hold you won’t catch any more fish than your landlubber buddy back at home on the couch. And to hold, a hook first has to bite—d
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March 17, 2014
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

Hurricane SunDeck 2400 OB

Hurricane goes all out with this SunDeck to ensure that every detail is covered and every need is met. You truly have everything you’d ever hope to find on a deck boat included on this model as tested.
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March 14, 2014
Feature

5 Common Boating Mistakes: And how to avoid them

If you're new to boating—or even if you’re not—it’s easy to make simple mistakes that may have serious consequences on the water.
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March 12, 2014
PDB Tested
Brady L. Kay

PDB Tested: Bungee Dock Line

Over the years we’ve been fortunate to test a lot of great and unique products to help make docking easier. There’s just no way around it: if you use your boat, at some point you’re going to need to dock it.
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March 11, 2014
Product
Web Exclusive

Pontoon Arch

If you didn't opt for a wake tower when you bought your boat, it's not too late. The Pontoon Arch is a new aftermarket product that will attach to most any pontoon.
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March 10, 2014
Boat Test Monday

Premier 275 Intrigue

With the extra width, this 10-foot wide pontoon looks huge as well as inviting from the dock. Bigger can be better, especially when you’re referring to the Intrigue from Premier that takes comfort and added amenities to the next level.
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March 07, 2014
Feature
Brady L. Kay

Mercury Goes Cajun

What do you get when you send marine journalists to Louisiana with a dozen or so boats to test and throw in a TV celebrity and a seafood boil? One unforgettable Cajun party thanks to Mercury Marine!
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March 05, 2014
PDB Tested
Katie Burke

PDB Tested: Seidio OBEX iPhone 5 Case

I can’t tell a lie. When the Seidio OBEX iPhone case showed up in the office, people’s phones started disappearing off their desks. I later found out that our marketing director sent out a warning email to our staff, letting them know I would be on the hu
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March 03, 2014

It Takes A Little Elbow Grease (Slideshow): Resurrecting a ’toon to her former glory

To quote the latest James Bond 007 movie, my hobby was resurrection. I'm in Dadeville, a small town in east central Alabama, near Lake Martin.
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March 03, 2014
Dan Armitage

PDB Install: Pontoon Water Glide (Slideshow): A great do-it-yourself-project

The Pontoon Water Glide acts as a hydrofoil to lift pontoon boats and offer better planing and handling, is constructed of composite material and filled with marine-grade polyurethane foam to give the boat an additional 684 pounds of flotation.
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March 03, 2014

What Lies Beneath: Part 1 (Slideshow)

When you spend a lot of time on the water, you start to notice some of the things that the new guys never see.
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March 03, 2014
Katie Burke

All About Pets (Slideshow): Contest winners, tips and great products

We love seeing pets on boats and we love it even more when you share your photos with us.
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March 03, 2014

Living Up To Its Reputation (Slideshow) : The SF 214 from Lowe makes fishing look good

Lowe makes a great pontoon. But one of the things this manufacturer does best is create great fishing models.
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March 03, 2014
Brady L. Kay

The Next Big Thing (Slideshow): Hurricane goes all-in with its 2690

Some news is just too big to keep quiet. For example, when a deck boat manufacturer decides to create an extra-wide masterpiece like nothing our industry has ever seen before.
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March 03, 2014
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

With couch-like furniture and an unbelievable sound system, this ‘toon was made to entertain. With too many luxurious features to even mention, we didn’t know where to start.
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