Offshore Wind and Dead Whales

Humpback whales, similar to this one, have been involved in a number of strandings and deaths off the New York Bight in recent months. Elianne Dipp via Pexels While I hate to say it, whale strandings and deaths along the East Coast aren’t particularly unusual anymore. Since 2016, there’s been a whopping 178 whale mortality […]

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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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Yamaha Introduces 450 hp V-8 Outboard

In addition to offer 25 more horses than its predecessor, the XTO Offshore 450 offers a host of upgrades that increase performance and ease of ownership. Courtesy Yamaha Yamaha Marine has debuted an updated XTO Offshore V-8 outboard that delivers 450 hp, as well as enhanced technology and greater conveniences. It features the same 5.6-liter […]

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Proper Propellers

Proper Props Ensure your propellers are the right size and pitch for fuel efficiency and comfort.  Utilizing correctly tuned propellers is crucial for a boat’s optimum fuel efficiency and speed. Unless your boat is brand new, it’s possible that over time, added weight and reduced engine power has affected your propeller’s performance. Almost all new boats […]

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Mercury V-10 Verado Outboard

The torque curve feels fat and flat; these motors pull hard through the entire rpm range. Courtesy Mercury Marine The first question we asked about Mercury’s V-10 Verado outboards is why a V-10? The answer proved straightforward. By maintaining the 64-degree cylinder angle of the V-8 Verado 250/300 hp motors, Mercury can offer a 350/400 […]

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2023 Regal LS9 Surf

When not cranking out waves, the LS9 Surf proves one sporty bowrider. Tom King At 29 feet length overall, the LS9 Surf is the largest model in Regal’s Surf series of watersports boats. Its displacement, a Yacht Certified passenger rating, and a 2,500-pound water ballast system alone virtually guarantee a sizable wave. Trim up the […]

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Float like a Cockroach

New robotic catamarans gain unparalleled ocean stability from a bug-like frame. Tech Advancements Lead to Autonomous, Floating, Bug Bots? Imagine a vessel steady enough to execute accurate hydrographic surveys in Lake Huron, high tech enough to analyze the ocean’s fish populations and pollution levels and fast enough to chase off intruder vessels and protect Navy […]

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Winter Tune-Up Time Approaching At BBLADES

<!– In the News: Winter Tune-Up Time Approaching At BBLADES –> Each spring, Brett Anderson of BBLADES Professional Propeller Services in Princeton, Wis., wants to pull his hair out, which is he likes to keep it short. Snowmelt has a way of firing up his powerboat-owning clients, many of whom put their boats to bed […]

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OPA Worlds Day 1—Jumpstarting the Recovery

<!– Racing: OPA Worlds Day 1—Jumpstarting the Recovery –> When Hurricane Ian hit the southwest coast of Florida on September 28, one of the areas struck hard was Englewood Beach. Since then, the town of about 19,300 residents has been busy repairing their homes, cleaning up their yards and getting closer to back to normal. […]

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Mercury Marine Unveils V10 Outboards

Mercury Marine introduces the industry’s first V10 outboards — the all-new 350 and 400hp Verado engines FOND DU LAC, Wis. (Nov. 15, 2022) — Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today introduced the industry’s first ever V10 outboard with the official launch of its all-new 5.7L 350 and 400hp Verado® outboard engines. […]

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CELSIUS Going Super Cat Racing With Valder And Bruggemann

<!– Racing: CELSIUS Going Super Cat Racing With Valder And Bruggemann –> Fans of the Pro Floors Racing team can rest easy knowing that New Zealand-based owner/driver Wayne Valder and throttleman Grant Bruggemann of Grant’s Signature Racing in Bradenton, Fla., will be gunning for the Super Cat-class title during next week’s three-race American Power Boat […]

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In The Lead 2022 Season Wrapping Up With Bob Teague

<!– In the News: In The Lead 2022 Season Wrapping Up With Bob Teague –> For many years, I sat alongside lead test driver Bob Teague as a co-pilot/data collector during Powerboat magazine’s annual Performance Trials, as did my longtime friend and speedonthewater.com co-publisher, Jason Johnson. For the most part, those 12-hour boat test days […]

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