May 31, 2014
Industry

STA BIL 360 Marine: Protect above AND below the fuel line

Gold Eagle Co. has added a new marine fuel stabilizer that provides the highest level of corrosion protection on the market with its new vapor-releasing formula.
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May 30, 2014
Industry

Lake Norman Pontoon Meet-UP

Here at PDB, we like a good pontoon get together.
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May 30, 2014
Feature
Brady L. Kay

From Factory To Family: 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. It was as if those who use this iPad on a daily basis were eager to see my react
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May 29, 2014
Industry

An Expanding Pontoon!: New Florida builder debuts at Miami show

Island Boats Inc. is off to a great start after earning an NMMA innovation award at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show. The new Florida-based boat builder offers two pontoon models, the Island Boats 180 and 220, and won top honors in the Pontoon and D
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May 29, 2014
Industry

Bearings For Life

The finest control knobs deliver maneuverability and comfort for the life of a boat's steering wheel. Schmitt and Ongaro designs and manufactures its products so that their beauty is not only external, but internal as well—where it counts. Schmitt & Ongar
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May 22, 2014
Brady L. Kay

Behind the Scenes: Catching up with BRP’s Bill Clauser

At times, the annual PDB Shootout feels more like an industry reunion than a boat test as manufacturers, dealers and engine representatives all come together to support our testing event.
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May 22, 2014
Katie Burke

Bennington: 40 Times Better than Yesterday: Take advantage of the seven seas

Considering there is 40 times the amount of saltwater to freshwater, owning a boat which can cruise around the ocean is a huge plus. Not only does it open up an entirely new market for manufacturers, but it allows you, the consumer, to plan new adventures
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May 22, 2014
Katie Burke

Experience Oakwood Resort: New upgrades for this popular destination on Lake Wawasee

Residing on 27 acres off Lake Wawasee—Indiana’s largest natural lake—you’ll find Oakwood Resort, an 88-room inn that is perfect for weddings, receptions or a quick weekend getaway. The Syracuse, Ind., resort is a picturesque location for all outdoor enthu
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May 22, 2014
Brady L. Kay

Oklahoma Connections: Rigged For Success

There are some anglers who are serious about fishing and then there is Jeff Williams. He’s been able to figure out what works and what doesn’t by trying anything and everything he can get his hands on. And only by the process of elimination has he become
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May 22, 2014
Dan Armitage

Ontario’s Outpost Lodge: Pontooning in the outback

“We’re you missing this?” asked our host rhetorically as he walked into camp carrying one of our rod and reel rigs. Jim Kehoe had a twinkle in his eye as he handed me the fishing rod, daring me to ask how it fell into his hands.
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May 22, 2014
Mark J. Bollman

Prolonging The Life Of Your ‘Toon

When you’re out on the water, it can be easy to forget that your boat requires constant care and attention if you plan to keep it around. Over time, it’s often difficult to maintain your boat’s upholstery, and without proper care and maintenance, it will
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May 22, 2014
Brady L. Kay

Quick Getaway: How to vacation when time is limited

Nestled on the shores of Round Lake in Minnesota, you’ll find the Davidge hideout. A lot of people enjoy cabin life, but what makes the trip to the family retreat unique is the actual distance from their home. The Davidge family lives less than 20 minut
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May 22, 2014
Industry

Seven Ways Boaters Can Save

Like many Americans, boat owners have to watch their budget. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has seven tips on ways boaters can save this summer. What's the catch? Some require BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership, which cost just $24
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May 20, 2014
Industry

Keep Your Full-Size Lures Dry

New for 2014, the 3743 Deep Waterproof StowAway is the most cavernous and watertight tackle tote in the popular Plano series. The devil in the watertight details starts with the pliable Dry-Loc O-ring seal built into the lid, which envelops the tote’s rim
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May 16, 2014
Industry

Pontoon Water Glide: Definitely worth the investment

We've always been big fans of the Pontoon Water Glide. It’s an extremely cost-effective way to increase the performance of your two-tube pontoon.
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May 16, 2014
Industry

Keep Your Binoculars Close

Cotton Carrier’s Binocular Bracket provides boaters and outdoor enthusiasts a comfortable and secure way to carry binoculars. The Binocular Bracket is simple to use, eliminates strain on the neck and shoulders, and features the same patented technology Co
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May 16, 2014
Industry

PDB wears life jackets to work

In honor of National Safe Boating Week (May 17–23, 2014), the team here at Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine wore our life jackets to work.
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May 15, 2014
Forum Member Spotlight

Forum Member Spotlight: Razorbackfan74

We love our forum members and enjoy getting to know them better. Here's Razorbackfan74 aka John.
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May 15, 2014

Mercury Marine encourages others to “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” on May 16

Mercury Marine announced today its support of “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day on Friday, May 16, 2014. Mercury joins boating professionals and boating enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including infla
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May 12, 2014
Boat Test Monday

Sweetwater 220 SL

Our industry could use great all-around models like this Sweetwater that has just enough bells and whistles, while still coming in at a good price-point.
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May 10, 2014

Forum Member Spotlight: 1outboard

We are proud to introduce 1ouboard (Loyd) to you! He's straight from our own forum.
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May 09, 2014
News

What’s A Quadratoon?: Details coming soon

Like a lot of great ideas, inspiration can strike when you least expect it. Such was the case for Michael O’Neal and Blaine Lawson who were sitting around a campfire looking at their pontoon on a trailer when an idea came to them.
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May 09, 2014
Industry

Larson Expands Pontoon Line

We are excited to announce Larson Boat Group will be expanding the Escape line of pontoons in 2015 with the Escape Heritage.
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May 08, 2014
Industry

Green Boating Tips

The Ocean Conservancy recently released its updated Good Mate Manual for green boating. It’s a short book of tips and best practices that can be used by boaters and marinas to make a tremendous difference in the quality of our boating experience and the q
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May 07, 2014
PDB Tested
Brady L. Kay

PDB Tested: Elite Kevin VanDam Signature Series Bag

I’m just guessing, but I would think Kevin VanDam has companies throwing money at him on a daily basis and begging the four-time Bassmaster Classic champion and seven-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, to endorse their products.
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May 06, 2014
Feature
Katie Burke

When buying used

We are so close to spring that it’s almost becoming painful to throw on winter gear. We all know what spring means: boating season! Now of course this doesn’t apply to those of you down south. I want those of you reading this to know that I am jealous in
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May 05, 2014
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

SunChaser 8522 LR

Designed to be a price-point pontoon, we were pleasantly surprised at first glance by all the standard features, as well as the overall look and feel to this boat.
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May 02, 2014
Feature
Brady L. Kay

Swamp People: Touring gator-infested waters on a Starcraft

Just to clarify, on our gator tour we were only trying to look for alligators, not “choot ‘em” as Troy Landry from the History Channel show Swamp People often yells.
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May 01, 2014
Industry

Ultimate towing solution for outboard motors: TurboSwing

Last summer, our editor, Brady Kay, installed a TurboSwing on a pontoon and he (and his little ones) enjoyed the extra range of motion it created.
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May 01, 2014
Beau Belnap

Boats In The Wind: How to dock your pontoon in windy situations

Picture this: you’re out on your pontoon boat enjoying time with friends and family. You feel a slight breeze, but you think nothing of it. A breeze isn’t something to worry about. As the day goes on, that breeze gets stronger, and by the end of the day,
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May 01, 2014
Brady L. Kay

My Fishing Wingman

When I looked up the definition of a “wingman,” the most common response that I came across on the web is, “A pilot who supports another in a potentially dangerous flying environment.” Funny, I’ve always thought of a wingman as the guy whom you bring alon
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May 01, 2014

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.
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May 01, 2014

TornadoTEAK : Taking the pontoon industry by storm

Joel Bartlett is an innovator and known within the marine industry as the un-carpet guy. Back when he introduced DECKadence, the recession was at full force and recreational boating was being hit hard.
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