Raymarine YachtSense Link

Control onboard systems from anywhere in the world. Courtesy Raymarine Remote app-based boat-monitoring and control technology is a rapidly expanding segment of the marine electronics market. One of the latest to join is Raymarine with its YachtSense Link system that networks with the company’s digital-switching system and Axiom multifunction displays.Raymarine calls this integrated network the […]

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Fin-Nor Sunglasses

  Multiple styles are available. Courtesy Fin-Nor Fin-Nor, best known for saltwater fishing tackle, has debuted polarized sunglasses for anglers. Designed by eyewear experts in coordination with fishing guides, models feature Lateral Line lens technology that intensifies color without distortion, reduces blue light, prevents glare and cuts through haze. The glass and polycarbonate lenses feature […]

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Picking the Right Life Jacket

  While serving the same purpose, life jackets do differ in fit and feel. Courtesy West Marine Life jackets might be the most important safety gear you can have on board for you and your crew. But what type of life jacket do you need? There are three types of inherently buoyant life jackets designated […]

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The Storied History of the Seafarers

Today, Seafarers is more than just a place to boat. Becky Harlan It might be difficult to remember a time when boating wasn’t a friendly pastime, but the memories are fresh in George “Lefty” Smith’s mind. He bought his first boat at 33, and just sold his fifth boat 51 years later. He’s the oldest […]

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Dometic Gravity Toilets

Easy to clean and operate. Courtesy Dometic Dometic’s new Gravity Series marine toilets offer a touch of style and comfort without the need for complicated holding tanks, pumps and hoses. A self-contained, easy-to-clean ABS 6.5-gallon waste tank doubles as a toilet stand. A steel flush lever with a sturdy plastic cover ensures easy operation and […]

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Why Inboard Boats Are Great for Water Sports

When it comes to watersports, inboard V-drive models continue to reign supreme. Courtesy Supra Watersports boats, aka tow boats, have grown in popularity over the years—and the numbers show it. According to statistics from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, since 2007, tow boats have enjoyed double-digit sales increases year over year. Much of this is […]

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Choosing the Right Type IV Throwable Device

Some throws are not Coast Guard-approved, but all can prove useful. Courtesy West Marine, Airhead, Mustang Survival A Type IV throwable device is a specific US Coast Guard-approved class of safety equipment designed to throw to a person in the water. It is intended to be grasped or grabbed, not worn. All recreational powerboats in […]

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Why Inboard Boats Are Great for Water Sports

When it comes to watersports, inboard V-drive models continue to reign supreme. Courtesy Supra Watersports boats, aka tow boats, have grown in popularity over the years—and the numbers show it. According to statistics from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, since 2007, tow boats have enjoyed double-digit sales increases year over year. Much of this is […]

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Replacing an Outboard Lower Unit Gearcase

I’m no wrench when it comes to the inner workings of outboard motors, so when I learned the PO of the 130 hp ETEC I had recently purchased had neglected to mention its close encounter with Lake Erie limestone and related gearcase damage, I feared the worst financially. After discussing the situation with my trusted […]

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Enjoying Watersports for Your Entire Life

Zenon Bilas shows that with the right training and mindset, you can enjoy watersports such as barefoot skiing for a long, long time. Courtesy Brian Heeney I earned my first gold medal at the 1982 USA Barefoot National Championship. I was 20 years old. In 2021, I won a gold medal in the Open division at […]

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Out of Gas

Thankfully, we had an anchor. But we did not have a radio, and there were no cellphones back then, so there we sat. Tim Bower I was just settling back in the shade of the porch with an ice-cold Deere beer, my reward for two hours on the mower, when the phone rang. “Are you […]

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PWC-Specific Safety

Personal watercraft come with some category-specific safety recommendations. Courtesy Yamaha Personal watercraft are built with an impressive array of safety features, but just like any boat, safe operation requires a familiarity with the craft’s controls, handling characteristics, and knowledge of any category-specific safety concerns. Read this primer to help make your next ride fun and […]

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Ocean Signal SafeSea EPIRB 1 Pro

  Alert the proper authorities in the event of an emergency. Courtesy Ocean Signal Ocean Signal’s SafeSea EPIRB1 Pro is the world’s most compact emergency position-indicating radio beacon, offering a 30 percent smaller footprint that other EPIRBs. The floating beacon has a 10-year battery life, and intuitive operating controls help prevent accidental activation. It is […]

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Choosing a Lithium Battery for Your Boat

  Lithium batteries cannot be charged on traditional battery chargers and instead should be repowered on specific chargers at 14.4 or 14.8 volts. Courtesy Dakota Lithium Batteries If anybody could justify a battery that exceeds the total cost of a boat and motor, it’s me. My used 14-foot aluminum boat and new Minn Kota 55-pound-thrust […]

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Recycling Plastic Jugs for Boaters

An up-cycled plastic jug can be used for a variety of purposes aboard your boat and reduces plastic in the waste stream. Add a lanyard to make it less likely to be dropped overboard. You can even add your boat name. Garrett Cortese I keep a couple of tools made from old plastic jugs—ones with […]

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E-flare Options for Boaters

Sirius Signal’s bright, two-color light stands out against background lights better than red pyrotechnic flares in Coast Guard tests. Courtesy Sirius Signal E-flares—battery-operated bright lights that automatically flash the Morse code S-O-S distress signal—can replace red handheld pyrotechnic distress flares as required nighttime distress signals. Are there restrictions, and are e-flares as effective? I talked […]

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On Board With: Sebastian Noel

Sebastian grew up on the water and put those skills to good use on Survivor. Courtesy Sebastian Noel Fans of the CBS-series Survivor will likely recognize Sebastian Noel. The free-spirited Florida fishing guide earned his keep on the show by doing what he does best, supplying the cast with the bounty of the sea. Along […]

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Right-of-Way Rules for Boaters

Head-on? Both boats should veer right. Ryan Swanson There is no right of way on the water. Every boater is obligated to do what is required to avoid collision. In any meeting of boats, one is deemed the stand-on vessel and the other the give-way vessel. The rules of the road explain the situation more […]

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