July 29, 2014
Industry

Alcohol-Related Deaths Decrease

The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics, and the new figures show the largest decrease in the number of alcohol-related recreational boater deaths in the past five years.
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July 28, 2014
Boat Test Monday

Lowe Victory 220

For those used to seeing all-aluminum boats from this manufacturer, this new Victory 220 may catch you off guard. Is it aluminum or is it fiberglass?
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July 25, 2014
Feature
Katie Burke

Teaching the next generation how to do it safely

As I was driving into work this morning, probably in the range of 15-20 minutes late, I had a million things running through my head. Getting my kids taken care of for the day, talking my husband off the ledge after his last football crisis and the weathe
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July 24, 2014
Forum Member Spotlight

Forum Member Spotlight: Captain Tony

Here's our newest forum member spotlight on Captain Tony. You will see parts of this interview in the Augsut issue of PDB magazine.We are so thankful for his contributions around our forum at www.pdbmagazine.com/forum.
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July 22, 2014

Boating in New Engand

Slideshow
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July 22, 2014

Boy Scout Slideshow

Slideshow
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July 22, 2014
Industry

Manitou keeps getting bigger

Manitou has acquired a new, larger facility in Lansing, Mich., where manufacturing, sales and marketing, and all corporate employees will be relocating.
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July 22, 2014
Industry
Web Exclusive

PDB Days UPDATE

When you’re buying a boat, a dealership will give you a test drive on the water. But what if you want to test out multiple boats?
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July 21, 2014
Boat Test Monday
Brady L. Kay

NauticStar 243DC Sport Deck

The 100 percent wood-free construction, Infinity sound system and the leather touch upholstery are just some of the features that make this a popular choice with experienced boaters. But when we dug a little deeper, we found even more reasons to like this
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News
Gini McKain

Lake Norman Celebration: Diversity on the Fourth of July

The skies were full of white puffy clouds in the shape of smurfs one minute, and then dark grey ominous clouds threatening boaters with high winds and rain the next.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News

Pontoon Retractable Ladder

Are you tired of pulling yourself up on a factory vertical ladder?
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News

Stay Organized With UT Wire

Q Knots, D-Wings and Flexi-Ties help organize messy cables, wires or any other nautical/camping gear.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News

Comfy Flip-Flops At A Comfy Price

Okabashi takes pride in being a brand that creates products that are not only fashionable, but eco-friendly and practical as well.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue

Cool as Ice Cap & Flaps

Cool As Ice Caps are specially designed caps with detachable pouches to hold a cool pack or ice.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News

Cover Your 'Toon in 45 Seconds: Fully automatic product released

Covering and uncovering a pontoon boat is no longer a necessary hassle.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News

Excerpts from recent PDB forum exchanges at www.pdbmagazine.com: Pontoon Paddles

Don’t worry, this isn’t a trick or a way for us to disclose where we’ve hidden our paddle this month.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News

Fire It Up: Boat giveaway at PDB Days event

One lucky person attending our PDB Days event is going to be given the key that fires up a brand new boat!
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News

Have A Safe Fourth of July: By following these tips

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says this July 4th holiday week will be a doozie for America's recreational boaters.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue

Mercury Marine Introduces Oil Change Kits

Changing oil in a Mercury outboard is one of the most important steps to keep an engine running at its peak.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
Brady L. Kay

PDB Install: Dual Backup Camera: For your vehicle and trailer

Anyone who has ever tried to hitch a tow vehicle to a boat trailer or tried backing down a narrow ramp using only rear-view mirrors knows that it can be a frustrating endeavor.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News

PDB July Pet Pic

We love it when our fans share their pet photos with us on our Facebook page.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News

What's A Quadratoon?: Details coming soon

Like a lot of great ideas, inspiration can strike when you least expect it.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News

Where's The Paddle?

The paddle in our May issue was hidden on the table beside a box of cookies on page 49.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
Feature
Jeffrey V. Shirts

'Tooning Abroad: Pontooning around the world

Pontooning. There is something indelible about the feel of the wind across your skin and the smell of the water, be it freshwater lake or the salty smell of the open sea.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News
Katie Burke

10 Years Ago

So the first face palm incident of the July 2004 issue was a fun story with the headline “What Downturn?” which covered how the thriving boating industry was untouchable.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
Feature
Katie Burke

America On Display: Custom paint job adds unique flair

Most manufacturers offer a variety of different color combinations for customers to choose from when it comes to designing the perfect pontoon.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
Feature
PDB Staff Report

Boat Blunders: Stories told from the docks

Everyone has a moment when their plans go awry and blunders happen.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
Feature
Jeffrey V. Shirts

Challenge Outdoors: Boating saves lives

Boating saved Loyd Sawyer’s life.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
Feature

I'm Your Life Jacket, But You Don't Know Me

I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
Feature

Must-Have Gear: What every pontoon and deck should include

There's a lot to be said for owning trailerable boats.
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News
Brady L. Kay

The Cost of Boating

Can recreational boating become more affordable?
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July 19, 2014| Published in the July 2014 issue
News
Katie Burke

What A Pontoon Did For This Family: And it can do the same for yours

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July 18, 2014
Feature
Katie Burke

Women at the Helm

I recently read an article that said only 23 percent of women ever put themselves in the captain position on their own boat and only 12 percent of watercraft are registered to females. Can that be right?
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July 16, 2014
Industry

Find an Evinrude dealer close to you

BRP has added more than 50 new Evinrude dealers to its rapidly expanding dealer network in recent months. These new dealers from Florida to Alberta, Canada will offer the complete line-up of BRP’s Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines as well as provide top-of-
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July 15, 2014
Forum Member Spotlight

Forum Member Spotlight: wish2fish

We love our forum members and are so grateful for their valuable input. We love to spotlight our forum members. Here's an interview we did with forum member wish2fish.
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July 14, 2014
Boat Test Monday

JC SportToon 26TT

Not only does JC successfully break away from the traditional-looking square pontoon boat, but it’s clear the engineers who design these boats actually spend a lot of time on the water too. Each year JC finds a way to improve its boats and the proof can b
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July 10, 2014

PDB Days Info Now Available

We are so excited to give you all the details on our upcoming PDB Days event. Click on this link to read everything you need to know!
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July 09, 2014
Industry
Peter Miller and Laser Spine Institute

Tips on how to get through a day of fishing without hurting your back

Fishing is commonly thought of as the ultimate stress reliever, but it can also lead to back pain or serious back injuries if proper measurements aren’t followed.
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July 08, 2014
Feature

It Takes A Little Elbow Grease: 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. I resurrected a 1985 Sundancer 24-foot pontoon boat with a mysterious 90hp outboard motor.
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July 05, 2014
Industry

Hot Tub Pontoon Rental

Planning a trip to sunny San Diego? You will find a lot of different options for pontoon rentals. But there is a fun new one out there called Hot Tub Cruisin.
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July 03, 2014
News
Chris Landry - Trade Only Today

A look inside the Mercury Marine Museum

Chainsaws, motorized bicycles, lawnmowers, snowmobiles and Corvette engines. What do these machines have in common? Carl Kiekhaefer’s Mercury Marine manufactured them.
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July 02, 2014
News

Four Winns Under New Ownership

Platinum Equity announced the sale of Rec Boat Holdings, the manufacturer of Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab brand boats, to the Bénéteau Group.
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July 02, 2014
Industry

Premier Promotes Boat Safety Course for Employees

We were excited to hear Premier Marine, makers of Premier pontoons, has announced the launch of a program that will reimburse employees and their families who participate in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s Boat Operator Safety Course.
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July 01, 2014
News

Not Just A Cooler: Engel USA debuts rod holder version

Getting an armful of rods and reels to a favorite fishing spot can be a challenging task, while cluttering the deck of your boat. Now, thanks to Engel USA’s new Cooler/Dry Box with Rod Holders, that trip will be a little easier.
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