Right Whale, Wrong Tack

The right whale named “Snow Cone” and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida in 2022. Snow Cone has been entangled in rope since March 2021. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01 If you know me, you likely know that in addition to owning a charter fishing business, I’ve dedicated a […]

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Transpac 2023

The first starts of the 2023 Transpac are just around the corner, and the wide range of our 55 registered entries prove that there is no one right boat for this classic 2225-mile ocean race. The current list ranges in length from Steve Campo’s Hobie 33 BAZINGA, to Manouch Moshayedi’s RIO100 to three MOD70 trimarans […]

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2023 Boat Buyers Guide: Center-Consoles

Offshore center-console ­fishing boats ride atop a variety of hulls. Courtesy Regulator The center-console is unbeatable when it comes to effective big-water fishing. The basic concept emerged decades ago, providing 360 degrees of access to the rail, making the timeless design a natural for fishing. Today’s models are more advanced in construction and utility, representing […]

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How Many Rod Holders Does a Boat Need?

Having plenty of rod holders on your boat keeps your angling options open. Greg Poland Photography courtesy Contender Some modern fishing boats have fishing rod holders lining the gunwales from stem to stern, and others come with a mere two in the stern. Which begs the question: Just how many fishing rod holders does a […]

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How Big a Fishfinder Do I Really Need?

Get the biggest fishfinder you can fit on your boat. Better yet, get more than one. Courtesy Regulator Boats Just how big a fishfinder do you need? It’s a question just about every boat-owning angler will ask him or herself when they buy a new boat, and likely again when they upgrade their electronics. And […]

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2023 Fishing Boat Buyer’s Guide

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Route du Rhum skipper: Damien Seguin

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Toby Heppell looks at Damien Seguin’s chances There are a variety of usual routes into the world of offshore shorthanded sailing. The skills needed to make a successful solo racer are suitably […]

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Boat

Boat ownership provides opportunities for great experiences and memories for yourself, your family, and your friends. It’s a pathway to wild and open spaces, an opportunity to see and visit places you cannot get to by car. Maybe its your first boat, maybe it’s the next in a lifetime series of boats, maybe it’s your […]

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Mindi Doller Joins The FB Marine Group Team

<!– In the News: Mindi Doller Joins The FB Marine Group Team –> Given the value that Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based FB Marine Group places on marine industry experience and the high-touch service culture it breeds, the recent hiring of Mindi Doller makes perfect sense. Doller brings more than three decades of experience, from handling sales […]

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How to follow the Rolex Middle Sea Race

The 43rd Rolex Middle Sea Race starts this weekend from its spectacular start line in the middle of Valetta harbour, in Malta. The iconic Rolex Middle Sea Race startline. Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo The Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of the classic 600-mile offshores, but the only one that takes place in the Mediterranean. Despite […]

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Contender 26Bay

The 26Bay combines comfort, range and fishability. Courtesy Contender Boats Special delivery: Sign up for the free Salt Water Sportsman email newsletter. Subscribe to Salt Water Sportsman magazine for $19 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. Contender’s new 26Bay is based on the proven double-step, resin-infused hull construction of its predecessor, the 25Bay. It offers 6 […]

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Angler Fillets Potential Record Fish

Yellowmouth grouper, like this one, are very similar in appearance to scamp. Gary Birdsall Two brothers from Louisiana filleted and ate a fish that they later realized was close to a world record. Gary Birdsall, his brother Andre, and four other anglers were aboard Gary’s 31-foot Contender, the Delayed Gratification, after midnight on September 10. […]

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104-Pound Wahoo Wins $65,000

The big wahoo took up much of the sportfish’s rear deck. Charlie Phelan A Florida angler set a tournament record and earned a $65,000 payout with a 104-pound wahoo on the final day of the MidAtlantic, the venerable five-day tournament with a reputation for last-minute dramatics. This year’s edition, which kicked off Aug. 22, played […]

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Embracing sustainability

Manufacturers By Adam Quandt Sustainability is certainly not a new notion to our world; however, the idea of sustainability and operating business sustainably has gained more and more momentum over the last few years, especially as we look at the recreational boating industry of both today and the future. “Innovation is alive and well in […]

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How to pick the best downwind sail

How to set up your boat for smooth, stress-free downwind sailing and how to pick the best downwind sail: Rachael Sprot examines the options For the coastal sailor, upwind sailing skills are critical: there’s nothing like a lee shore to focus the mind on tacking angles and leeway. For the ocean sailor the challenges are […]

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Contender Boats announces new Fort Pierce facility

Since 1984, Contender Boats has been committed to building its semi-custom sportfishing boats at its Homestead, Florida location. In keeping with that longstanding tradition, the brand will continue that trend later this fall when it opens its new facility in Fort Pierce, Florida. For nearly four decades, Contender has created every boat in its extensive […]

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