The Joy of Buying a New Boat

Buying a brand-new boat can be an emotional experience. Tim Bower I try to never miss the annual chop suey dinner at St. John’s Lutheran Church. I’m not a big fan of chop suey, nor am I a Lutheran, but this church always has an attractive kitchen, if you get my drift. My good friend […]

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Caymas 401 CC

A quartet of Mercury 300 Verado V-8 outboards powered our Caymas 401 CC. Courtesy Caymas Founded in 2018, Caymas Boats might seem like a newcomer to the boat business. Not even close. With marine-industry veteran Earl Bentz at the helm, Caymas is infused with a legacy of boatbuilding success. In his 50-year career, Bentz has […]

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Understanding the Importance of Engine Torque

A watersports engine at work visibly shows an effect of high, constant torque applied to a heavy, ballasted boat creating a powerful, surfable wave. Courtesy Supra You almost certainly know the horsepower rating or displacement of your boat’s engine. But some marine-engine manufacturers have begun marketing torque over horsepower. In a break from standard practice, […]

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Celebrating the Birth of Water-Skiing

Ralph Samuelson popularized water-skiing with stunts such as skiing behind a flying boat. Courtesy USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation On July 2, 1922, an 18-year-old daredevil named Ralph Samuelson gave birth to the sport of water-skiing on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota. His inspiration for water-skiing came in winter, when Samuelson would […]

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2022 Jeanneau DB/43

The DB/43 mixes stylish looks with a plush ride. Courtesy Jeanneau Overview I like the way the DB/43 looks. It’s got a touch of bodybuilder about it—toned but pumped, with a high freeboard, substantial windshield and hardtop, plumb bow and chopped-off transom.  That profile conceals important surprises. The aft bulwarks fold down, creating two cockpit-extending […]

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2022 Blackfin 302DC

  Overview Serious anglers have been fishing Blackfin for 50 years. But in the past five, the hard-edged fishing brand has wrapped itself in luxury accommodations, a performance ride, and a lustrous fit-and-finish like you might find on a hand-built sports car. Why shouldn’t you? The Blackfin 302DC is certainly hand-built and exhibits all the […]

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2022 Sea Ray SLX 260 Outboard

The SLX 260 Outboard features a plush, sporty ride. Courtesy Sea Ray Boats Overview Sea Ray’s SLX 260 debuts with a considerable buzz. The first sportboat to reflect the new design language Sea Ray introduced on the Sundancer 370 Outboard, it shares the latter’s S-shaped sheerline, prominent center crease (with pill-shaped logo) and aggressive forward […]

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2022 Weaver Boat Works 41 Center Console

The Weaver 41 delivers a quiet and stable ride. Courtesy Weaver Boat Works It’s epiphany time: I’m running 17,000 pounds of cold-molded okoume ply, E-glass and Kevlar propelled by 1,050 Suzuki outboard horses at 55 mph. Chop and 2-foot boat wakes melt beneath the deep-V hull. But it’s not just smooth; it’s also quiet. At […]

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2022 Mystic M4200

The M4200 is built to withstand just about any boating conditions. Courtesy Mystic Powerboats The wind had been blowing for two straight days at last winter’s Miami International Boat Show, and most of the other captains were reluctant to head out beyond the breakwater of the marina. But Ryan Zivitski, the factory captain aboard the […]

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2022 Azimut Verve 42

Azimut’s Verve 42 blends dashing looks with spirited performance. Courtesy Azimut Yachts In motorcycle parlance, a cafe racer is a bike tricked out to look like a competition version but only flits from the pub to the bistro. While the new Azimut Verve 42 might look like a waterborne cafe racer for jaunts from Cannes […]

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2022 Yamaha JetBlaster

  With its cyan-blue deck, lime-yellow saddle, and splatter-paint graphics, the JetBlaster evokes Yamaha’s WaveBlaster, a mid-’90s craft that retains a die-hard fan base. But don’t expect a trip down memory lane. Longer and wider, the JetBlaster is also far more ­playful, part of the reason it joins the stand-up SuperJet in a new freestyle […]

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