ELEVATE 2022: Powering the future of boating

  By David Gee The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.” Leonard I. Sweet What kind of future is the recreational boating industry working to create? What will power the boats of the future? And what will be at the heart of these next generation propulsion systems? High energy-density […]

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Tip Top Teak Care

  Tip Top Teak Care Courtesy Sudbury Boat Care Tip Top Teak makes it easy to restore and protect teak trim on any boat. The system includes a two-part cleaner that removes stains and grayness, and brings out natural color and grain. The kit comes with two sturdy scrub brushes. For large deck areas, Crystal […]

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Beckson Deck Plate Key

Beckson Deck Plate Key Courtesy Beckson The DPA-4 Deck Plate Key from Beckson Marine fits a wide range of screw-out and pry-out plates, as well as garboard drain plugs. For robust leverage, it’s manufactured from durable high-strength, bright- yellow acetal resin that resists deformation. The 7-by-1-inch tool is ideal for hanging on a key ring. […]

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How to Protect Your Boat Trailer from Corrosion

This project is best undertaken in low-humidity conditions with air temperatures in the 55- to 82- degree F range. Avoid rainy or high-humidity days. Tim Barker Rust never sleeps, and nowhere is this more apparent than on a steel boat trailer. Be it painted or galvanized, dunked in fresh water or the briny, steel trailers eventually […]

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Fulton Bolt-On 2,000-Pound Jack

Fulton Bolt-On 2,000-Pound Jack Courtesy Fulton Fulton’s 2,000-pound-capacity F2 aluminum tongue jack features a heavy-duty, articulating foot plate for storing the growing number of large, heavy trailer boats. The jack’s 7-inch-diameter cast foot plate has a unique ball-and-socket joint that accommodates uneven surfaces. The hand-crank jack provides 13 inches of height adjustment and swings up […]

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JBL PRV-275 Stereo Receiver

The PRV-275 is easy to install. Courtesy JBL JBL’s PRV-275 is the right shape and size to fit holes left in your dash from a tachometer or speedometer if and when you switch to a multifunction display for engine instrumentation. The weatherproof, Bluetooth-enabled stereo receiver fits a standard 3 1/2-inch-diameter gauge hole for simple installation. […]

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XTRATUF Sport Deck Boots

XTRATUF Sport Deck Boots Courtesy XTRATUF The new Ankle Sport Deck Boot features a 6-inch low-profile silhouette for waterproof comfort. The Pro Lite outsole is super-durable, slip-resistant, nonmarking and ultralight. Mesh uppers are breathable, and front and back bootstraps make for easy on and off. Available in men’s sizes 7 to 14 in blue, gray […]

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Florida Keys Mahi Fishing in Late Summer and Early Fall

August to October is prime time to land oversize dolphin on the troll in the Florida Keys. George Poveromo We were drifting deep baits for blackfin tuna over Islamorada’s 409 Hump, all eyes focused on our rods—except for Nathan Quinn’s. Fortunately for us, he spotted a big mahi swimming past the side of the boat […]

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Lessons for Boating in Fog

Boating in dense fog can be tricky. Tim Bower While exploring the waters near Charleston, South Carolina, the sudden sensation of being lifted while decelerating was the moment I knew I had run onto a barely submerged sandbar in a tidal creek. Watching the creek empty with the outgoing tide, I knew I was stuck […]

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Hubbell Circuit Tester

  Hubbell Circuit Tester Courtesy Hubbell The HBLT26CM11 Twist-Lock Circuit Tester from Hubbell Marine offers an easy and safe means of evaluating a 125-volt AC shore-power receptacle. Plug the device into a 20A or 30A outlet and the colored LEDs will indicate whether the connection is correct or if there’s an unsafe circuit. Attached to […]

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How to Target California Yellowtail in Deep Water

Yellowtail schools often hunt in deep water along Southern California’s coast and islands. Mark Yamasaki Santa Barbara Island isn’t much of an island. Anglers call it “the Rock.” Yet the waters run deep around this smallest of the Channel Islands, and that’s exactly where we headed one morning aboard my 21 ½-footer, Split Decision, tanked […]

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On Board With: Capt. Sergio Davi

Capt. Sergio Davi is a true boating adventurer. Ron Ballanti Capt. Sergio Davi loves to cruise the open ocean aboard Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs)—and we mean open ocean. The 57-year-old Italian native has captained a variety of RIBs powered by his sponsor, Suzuki outboards, traveling from his home base in Palermo to Amsterdam (3,000 nautical […]

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Smith Regal River Pliers

  Smith Regal River Pliers Courtesy Smith Products Smith Products Regal River fishing pliers are machined from 6061 aluminum and feature stainless-steel jaws, a side cutter, and a sharpener for honing hook points and cutlery. There’s also a split-ring opener and crimpers for swaging crimps on heavy line or wire leaders. A diamond hook-sharpening groove […]

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Three Types of Boat Trailer Tongue Jacks

Tongue jacks make it easy to move your boat around. Courtesy West Marine, Fulton Where would trailer boaters be without tongue jacks? Without these telescoping mechanisms, we’d break our backs trying to hoist the trailer tongue, or we’d have to roll out a floor jack every time we hitched up the boat. Here are three […]

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Bolt Coupler Lock

  Bolt Coupler Lock Courtesy Bolt The Bolt trailer coupler lock deters theft of unattended trailer boats with hardened steel construction that prevents hitching the trailer to a vehicle. It’s powder-coated for corrosion resistance, and the adaptable design fits trailers with 1 7/8-, 2- and 2 5/16-inch couplers. It is engineered to work with the […]

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Quick Fixes for Trailer-Light Troubles

Trailer lights can cause exasperation, but there are some simple fixes. John Tiger Jr. Trailer-light problems are so common that they are the subject of campfire stories. It seems every boater can tell a trailer-light tale. Even today, with more-reliable LEDs replacing incandescent lights, boat-trailer lights continue to be a source of exasperation while, in […]

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Garmin Quatix 7 Smartwatches

  Garmin Quatix 7 Smartwatches Courtesy Garmin Garmin’s new Quatix 7 series of premium smartwatches are built for life on the water, with GPS, touchscreen displays, tide charts and anchor drag alerts, as well as control of Garmin multifunction displays, autopilots and Fusion sound systems. The rechargeable watches include the Quatix 7, 7 Sapphire and […]

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BerleyPro Fish-Finder Visor

  The visor makes it easier to read your fish-finder’s display. Courtesy BerleyPro My Lowrance HDS-12 Live multifunction display reflects into the aft-raked windshield, creating a distracting glare both day and night. By the way, that’s why many pilothouse boats have windshields that rake forward and other boats have brows over the dash area—to help […]

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Eight Types of Boat Trailer Accessories

The FlexStep offers extra reach into the boat. The Catch-N-Release latches to a boat’s bow eye. Courtesy Megaware Today, trailer-boaters can choose from a wider range of trailer accessories than ever before. These items offer greater safety and more security while on the road, and provide appreciable convenience whether towing a trailer or backing it […]

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Furuno TZTouch3 Drift-It Feature

Drift-It makes it easy to dial in your fishing strategy. Courtesy Furuno When trying to fish a small wreck from a drifting boat, determining where to start a drift that will pass over the wreck can prove complicated, especially with conflicting winds and currents. It’s largely guesswork; that is, unless you have a Furuno NavNet […]

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