MTI At 25—Looking Back At Speed Racer

Of all the high-performance “theme boats” that were built in the 2000s, precious few stood the test of time, much less commanded top dollar at resale. That’s because no matter how well-executed—and no builder has been better at creating them than MTI in Wentzville, Mo,—theme boats are hyper-personal expressions of a given owner’s tastes, sensibilities […]

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MTI Celebrating Silver Anniversary All Year

In 2004, Powerboat magazine assigned me a profile story of an up-and-coming boat builder. His name was Randy Scism, his Missouri-based company was called Marine Technology, Inc., and it offered one boat, a 42-foot catamaran with sexy hips. A lifelong lover of speed on the water, Scism learned his craft as the general manager and […]

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Michel Sells Cloud IX MTI Catamaran

I almost didn’t believe it myself when Louisiana performance boater Nate Michel informed me in confidentiality a few weeks ago that he was selling his beloved Cloud IX, the “movie star” 40-foot MTI catamaran he had completely redone several years ago. It’s hard to believe, but Nate Michel of Louisiana sold Cloud IX, his incredible 40-foot MTI […]

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Top Fishing Lure Colors

A ravenous mahi will eat almost anything, but the right lures will get more hits from slammers. Jessica Haydahl Richardson Anglers need a game plan when they head to the tackle shop. Not only is the style of the lure important, so is the hue. In fact, color might be one of those overlooked variables […]

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Tested: Formula 387 CCF

Known for its cruisers and crossovers, Formula’s 387 CCF, marks the company’s return to the center console market. It’s set to make a big splash. Secret Formula Known for its cruisers and crossovers, Formula’s 387 CCF, marks the company’s return to the center console market. It’s set to make a big splash. Writing about boats […]

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How to Prepare Your Boat For The Great Loop

Thousands of boats have completed America’s Great Loop circumnavigation of the Eastern U.S. If you want to join them, here’s some info to get you started. Feeling Loopy? Thousands of boats have completed America’s Great Loop circumnavigation of the Eastern U.S. If you want to join them, here’s some info to get you started. It […]

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Big Thunder Marine Earns Five-Star Dealer Rating

A full-service, multi-location Baja Marine, Cigarette Racing Team, Donzi Marine and Fountain Powerboats dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri, Big Thunder Marine has earned Five-Star Marine Industry Dealership certification from the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas. According to a press release issued today by the Minneapolis-based trade group, the dealership […]

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Why a Bigger Boat Isn’t Always Better

Bigger is often better, but there are caveats. Courtesy HCB Yachts If you go to a boat show, it’s impossible not to fantasize about moving up to a bigger boat. The imagination takes over and your brain only envisions the good stuff, like being able to overnight at the fishing grounds or the ability to […]

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High Speed Trolling for Wintertime Wahoo in The Bahamas

As the coming months bring with them cooler temperatures and changing conditions, the sport fishing landscape around the entire state will shift. Different migratory species will come and go, weather patterns will become less predictable with passing frontal boundaries and game fish behavior will follow suit. Southeast of the Sunshine State in The Bahamas, changing […]

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It’s the Habitat, Stupid

Southwest Florida’s Rookery Bay restoration project will help restore tidal flow to vital juvenile fish habitat. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve There’s a simple truth that most anglers understand intuitively: a fishery is only as healthy as the habitat that supports it. This holds true in both fresh and salt water, from trout to […]

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Statewide Tips for Finding and Fooling Golden Tilefish

In Florida and The Bahamas, widespread anglers are fortunate to have a massive variety of offshore game fish roaming the region’s diverse deep-water venues. From the very surface where pelagic predators feed with fervor to the dark depths where demersal species reign supreme, there’s no telling what any given blue water adventure might produce. Although […]

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How to Rig Your Boat for Sailfishing

Sailfish anglers in the South battle winter winds and waves for the best action of the year. Harry Hindmarsh 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. Successful live-bait sailfishing requires deep knowledge of this unique billfish’s migratory […]

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Cigarette ‘Phasing Out’ Factory-Direct Sales With Expanded Dealer Network

<!– In the News: Cigarette ‘Phasing Out’ Factory-Direct Sales With Expanded Dealer Network –> Announced in a press release earlier this week, Ultimate Marine of Orlando, Fla., is the latest addition to Cigarette Racing Team’s six-dealer network. That group currently includes Osage Beach, Mo.-headquartered Big Thunder Marine, Lip-Ship Performance and Top Gun Yachts in Miami, […]

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