• What really goes on at the PDB Shootout

    Web Exclusive January 31, 2014
    News
    Well, peeps, they've certainly done it again. I know we say that every year, but pontoon manufacturers continue to make these boats better.
  • PDB Tested: GuideLine Eyegear

    January 29, 2014
    PDB Tested
    Roy Sparks
    Years ago I invested in a pair of prescription sunglasses that didn't seem quite right. Whatever I was focused on looked good, but the wrap-around design gave me a headache because the rest of my view was slightly out of focus.
  • Bennington 2575 RCW Limited

    January 27, 2014
    Boat Test Monday
    We try not to overuse words like "luxurious" or "elegant," but there is just something about this Bennington that feels extremely high-end to us.
  • Things to consider about your boat warranty

    January 25, 2014
    Feature
    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. The gist is that my hot water heater completely broke down 11 months and three weeks after we bought it.
  • PDB Tested: BagRack

    January 24, 2014
    PDB Tested
    Trashcans are a funny thing. No one wants to see one, yet everyone needs one. Boat manufacturers are also a tad unpredictable when it comes to placing one on a boat.
  • Industry mourns longtime Larson Boats president

    January 23, 2014
    Industry
    Longtime Larson Boats president and CEO Al Kuebelbeck died Jan. 16 after suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of cancer that affects the body's ability to make platelets. He was 72.
  • Mercury Marine turns 75

    Web Exclusive January 21, 2014
    News
    Mercury Marine will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014, marking its growth into a leading provider of marine engines.
  • Boat Lovin' Pets

    Web Exclusive January 20, 2014
    Feature
    Pets and boating seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Our Facebook fans love to share their pet photos with us and, we have to be honest, love looking at them. Right now, we have a contest on our Facebook page for our fans to pick the cutest
  • JC SportToon 23 TT

    January 20, 2014
    Boat Test Monday
    Brady L. Kay
    Creating a sporty and non-traditional-looking pontoon has been the backbone to JC's impressive line of boats for several years now and it looks like they've found yet another way to take it to the next level.
  • Captain's Chair

    Web Exclusive January 20, 2014
    Feature
    I was lucky. Parallel parking didn't trip me up on my driver's license test when I was 16 like it did my friends. However, it was the ticket for "negligent colliding," a.k.a. hitting garbage cans, that temporally suspended my driving privileges. But that'
  • Tackle Box

    January 20, 2014
    Feature
    Simply finding fish-or a spot where you suspect fish will be located-is only half the battle of eventually boating one. Electronics manufacturers will lead you to believe otherwise, but simply seeing fish on your sonar screen directly below-or in these hi
  • What's New From Kwik Tek?

    Web Exclusive January 20, 2014
    Product
    Brady L. Kay
    For the 2014 season, Kwik Tek is releasing a wide-variety of products from Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) to its AQUA ZOOKA double barrel water gun with a 60-foot range. Plus a new batch of towables are here including the new four rider Airhead SWITCHBACK t
  • 10 Insurance Mistakes

    January 18, 2014 Published in the January 2014 issue
    Feature
    PDB Staff Report
    It's a cross between the CSI and the Cold Case television show crime dramas: taking a look back through the thousands of dusty, old settled boat insurance claims files to identify patterns that can teach today's boaters how to avoid becoming a statistic.
  • Buy With No Regrets

    January 18, 2014 Published in the January 2014 issue
    Brady L. Kay
    I’d like to think I’m a diverse conversationalist who can talk and discuss nearly any topic thrown my way, but in reality I know my strengths and weaknesses.
  • Financial Situations

    January 18, 2014 Published in the January 2014 issue
    Feature
    With everything that a person has to take care of, buying a boat can seem like a lot of unnecessary stress.
  • Looking Back

    January 18, 2014 Published in the January 2014 issue
    Our 2004 Buyer’s Guide was 86 pages and so heavy that I contemplated going to get the dolly to haul it from the archive room back to my office.
  • Pop Quiz

    January 18, 2014 Published in the January 2014 issue
    Did you know the North American recreational boating industry has a comprehensive dealership certification program?
  • Start Your Search Here

    January 18, 2014 Published in the January 2014 issue
    Feature
    When you set out to buy a boat, you have a lot of options.
  • Where's the Paddle?

    January 18, 2014 Published in the January 2014 issue
    News
    We made it pretty tricky this time and it took a lot of the regulars longer than usual. But the paddle was on page 43 of the Fall issue.
  • Are You Legal?

    January 18, 2014
    Feature
    Who doesn't love a hot new trend? We certainly do. It's something we are always on the lookout for at our annual Shootout Boat Test. One thing that has been taking off lately is outside rub rail lighting that gives your boat a sleek look with blue LED lig
  • PDB Tested: Buck 731 X-Tract LED

    January 17, 2014
    PDB Tested
    Brady L. Kay
  • Yamaha debuts F175 outboard and propeller line

    Web Exclusive January 16, 2014
    News
    Yamaha Marine Group said today that it added the F175 outboard to its group of inline four-cylinder engines and launched a new series of high-performance aluminum propellers for its mid-range outboards.
  • In Chicago? Head to the boat show!

    January 15, 2014
    News
    The Progressive Chicago Boat, RV and Outdoor Show opens Thursday, January 16th and runs through Monday, January 20th at McCormick Place.
  • New Kwik Tek Towables

    Web Exclusive January 14, 2014
    Industry
    Kwik Tek has added some great new towables and other fun toys to their product lineup for 2014.
  • Forum Member Spotlight: LSU Engineer

    January 13, 2014
    Forum Member Spotlight
    Thinking of joining our forum? Get to know the members by reading through our member spotlights!
  • Sylvan 8525 Signature LZ

    January 13, 2014
    Boat Test Monday
    It's been fun to watch the Sylvan line of pontoon boats really evolve into high-end luxury crafts over the last few years. The manufacturer appears to know no bounds when it comes to creating a luxury pontoon that is loaded with great features and top-of-
  • Remembering John Barr

    Web Exclusive January 08, 2014
    News
    Brady L. Kay
    After a courageous battle with cancer, longtime friend and PDB contributor John Barr passed away on December 29, 2013. John's "go fast" attitude that allowed him to approach all types of challenges and obstacles in life head on with no fear, gave us all h
  • PDB TESTED: Vinyl Cote

    January 08, 2014
    PDB Tested
    Roy Sparks
    Life has a way of balancing itself out. For every new-looking pontoon in a slip at your local marina you're sure to find at least one `toon with stained or faded upholstery that has seen better days. If you happen to be one of those not-so-proud owners of
  • Great promotion from Mercury Marine

    Web Exclusive January 07, 2014
    Industry
    Mercury Marine launched a portable engine promotion that provides two additional years of factory-backed warranty on 2.5-hp to 20-hp outboards.
  • Entertainment Factor

    January 06, 2014
    I'm going to start this story out with a disclaimer. I love a good bar boat. I think it represents everything fun about entertaining on the water and I'm convinced my next boat will include a full entertainment center.
  • Who's Who?

    January 06, 2014 Published in the January 2014 issue
    Feature
    PDB Staff Report
    Ten years ago, our Buyer's Guide issue was filled with three manufacturers to a page and it went on and on. A lot of those companies aren't in business today, which is what a recession does.
  • Tahoe Sierra 2585 RC Elite

    January 06, 2014
    Boat Test Monday
    Our eyes wouldn't let us get past the two helm chairs in the bow, complete with a table and a standard umbrella.
  • Making memories on Monroe

    January 03, 2014
    Feature
    For decades, Ted Novicki has poured his heart and soul into the boating industry and his efforts have paid off as he continues to run one of the most successful boat dealerships in his region.