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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New mutihulls take on an Atlantic crossing

Helen Fretter speaks to a few of the astounding 15 new multihull owners who took part in the most recent ARC, as catamaran and multihull sailing continues to boom The explosion in multihull and catamaran sales has been well documented, with many yards reporting lead times of two years or longer as build slots sold […]

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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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2022 Boat of the Year: Sea-Doo Switch

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2022 Top Dealers: Best Practices

By the staff of Boating Industry For the last 17 years, Boating Industry’s Top 100 program has become a symbol of the best of the best in retailers across the recreational marine industry. Now in its 18th year in 2022, the program has expanded to award and honor the elite across the entire industry. As […]

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Winnebago reports Q1 2023 results

Winnebago Industries, Inc. recently reported financial results for the Company’s Fiscal 2023 first quarter. Revenues for the Fiscal 2023 first quarter ended November 26, 2022, were $952.2 million, a decrease of 17.6% compared to $1.2 billion for the Fiscal 2022 period, driven by unit volume decreases versus record year-ago comparisons, partially offset by Marine segment […]

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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 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 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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