ePropulsion showcases electric pontoons

ePropulsion has announced that it has partnered with Tiny Boat Nation (TBNation). In collaboration with Mack Boring & Parts Company, ePropulsion’s distributor partner in the U.S., ePropulsion has sponsored TBNation’s all-electric, custom Pond-Tini Series 12 pontoon giveaway. “We are excited about our partnership with TBNation this year. Not only do they have deep roots in […]

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Nine Cool Pontoon Boat Features

The transformer bar, as seen aboard the Sylvan L5 DLZ Bar, lets you turn the back of the boat into a social focal point. Bill Doster Sometime between the era of your grandparents’ nightly putt-putt around the lake and the more recent trend of 20-somethings partying at the sandbar, pontoon boats became cool. Cool because […]

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Minneapolis Boat Show kicks off, Innovation Awards announced

The Discover Boating Minneapolis Boat Show runs through Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The exhibit hall showcases 600 new boats. At the show, NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced the winners of the 2023 Minneapolis Innovation Awards, recognizing groundbreaking new consumer marine products in the following categories: fishing boats, pontoon boats, and furnishings. […]

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Recreational Boating Maintains Momentum Heading into 2023

Recreational Boating Maintains Momentum Heading into 2023  Recreational Boating Maintains Momentum Heading into 2023 as Americans Continue Prioritizing Outdoor Recreation in Record Numbers according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2023 – The start of a new year brings the beginning of boat show season for the $170 billion U.S. recreational boating industry and […]

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NMMA reports momentum heading into 2023

The start of a new year brings the beginning of boat show season for the $170 billion U.S. recreational boating industry and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which represents 85 percent of the country’s recreational boat, marine engine and accessory manufacturers. The recreational boating industry is preparing to welcome an estimated two million Americans to dozens […]

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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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2023 Manitou Explore 26 Navigator

The Explore 26 Navigator provides handling response reminiscent of a V-hulled sportboat. Bill Doster The Explore 26 Navigator offers bold new styling and a pair of potent 300 hp Mercury Verados. Go ahead. Slam that throttle down. The Explore responds by jumping onto plane in a scant 3.5 seconds, the same amount of time it takes to […]

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2023 Harris Solstice 230

The Solstice 230 offers comfort and security while underway. Bill Doster Harris’ Solstice 230 receives a welcome refresh for 2023. It starts at the fence line, where fewer perimeter rails provide a more modern, streamlined appearance. An updated logo badge does double duty, incorporating both docking and nav lights. Redesigned furniture features attractive accent textures […]

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2023 Manitou Explore 24 Max Navigator

We noted smooth idling and living-room-quiet running from this two-stroke engine. Bill Doster There’s 38 square feet of wide-open aft deck space aboard Manitou’s Explore 24 MAX Navigator. Thank the concealed Rotax outboard for that acreage. Available in 115 and 150 hp ratings, our test boat’s 150 delivered a top speed of 35 mph. Acceleration? […]

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2023 Avalon Catalina Entertainer 2585

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2023 Barletta Lusso 25 Meridian Lounge

.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Barletta’s Lusso 25 Meridian Lounge features standard triple 26-inch tubes, patented dual-stage lifting strakes, and Wave Tamer spray rails on the outsides to keep […]

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2023 Bennington 25 QFBA

The Yamaha 425 XTO Offshore engine makes this flagship a performance leader. Bill Doster At 28 feet long with 425 horses of Yamaha V-8 power, Bennington’s 25 QFBA proves a head-turner. This furiously accelerating beast (zero to 30 mph in just 5.1 seconds) roared to a top speed of 53.5 mph. At full gallop, it […]

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2023 Bennington 27 RX Sport Swingback

The 27 RX Sport Swingback offers a confident, surprisingly soft ride. Bill Doster Choose the right color and Bennington’s 27 RX Sport Swingback takes on an almost menacing appearance. In this case, blame—or rather credit—an abundance of deep, glossy black. It covered our test boat’s trademark fence panels in smooth cladded aluminum that gives the […]

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2023 Sylvan L5 DLZ Bar

Underway or at rest, the L5 DLZ Bar is a seriously fun ride. Bill Doster Sylvan’s L5 DLZ Bar brings the party to this pontoon with a stern bar, complete with four pedestal stools to seat a thirsty crew. It’s a cool feature, though not always a practical one. Floor space is valuable when boat […]

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2023 Bennington 23 SXSR Quad Bench

The 23 SXSR Quad Bench is quick and powerful enough for watersports and hauling a big crew. Bill Doster Decked out in deep Monaco blue offset with metallic white, Bennington’s 23 SXSR had a 39 mph top speed, the 150 hp Yamaha turning 5,800 rpm. Acceleration proved spirited as well, hitting 30 mph in just […]

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2023 Qwest E-Class 822 Splash Pad LTZ

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2023 Starcraft SLS 3 Q DH

The SLS 3 Q DH easily handled wakes and windblown chop. Bill Doster Starcraft’s SLS 3 Q DH evinces high quality for a moderate price. Our test boat featured Yamaha’s 250 SHO four-stroke, a high-performance outboard that delivered a 47 mph top speed and shot us from zero to 30 mph in a leopard-quick 5.3 […]

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2023 Manitou Cruise 22 MAX Switchback

The Manitou V-Toon tritoon hull carves neat turns at speed. Bill Doster Manitou changed the shape of pontoons. The all-new Cruise 22 MAX Switchback model features the expansive MAX Deck that unlocks 38 square feet of unobstructed space for lounging, angling or toting a big tube. It’s unobstructed because the new and exclusive Rotax outboard […]

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