Making the switch: How we become a liveaboards

A gentle introduction to the cruising life set Kate Ashe-Leonard on course for a full transocean liveaboard adventure We’re sailing by the Gulf of Venezuela as we approach the Colombian coastline, a notoriously difficult stretch of water with frequent high winds, big swell and current. This night is no exception. It’s 0100 and Jim and […]

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Walstrom Marine Acquires Grand Bay Marine

Michigan’s Walstrom Marine announced the acquisition of Grand Bay Marine as part of its ongoing effort to expand its operations across the Great Lakes region. Founded in 1997, Grand Bay Marine is owned and operated by Liz Carney and her family. With locations in Traverse City and Charlevoix, Grand Bay Marine has positioned itself as […]

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At the Helm: A new era of Top 100

By Adam Quandt In 2004, Boating Industry unveiled the Top 100 Dealers program as an effort to independently rank and recognize the best boat dealers across North America. With the industry’s help and support, the Top 100 program has grown to unimaginable heights and celebrated marine retailers across the continent over 17 years. Moving into […]

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2022 Top Dealers: Best in Class

As part of this year’s Top 100: Top Dealer awards, Boating Industry has recognized seven companies with special “Best in Class” awards, for companies that particularly excelled in one area of their business. Below are the Best in Class award recipients for 2022. Best Industry Advocate Watersports CentralBuford, Georgia WaterSports Central, headquartered in Buford, Ga., has […]

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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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Walstrom Marine acquires Grand Bay Marine

Walstrom Marine has announced the acquisition of Grand Bay Marine as part of its ongoing effort to expand its operations across the Great Lakes region. Founded in 1997, Grand Bay Marine has been owned and operated by Liz Carney and her family, with locations in Traverse City and Charlevoix. Mrs. Carney and her husband, Kevin, […]

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Regal 38 FLY – 2022 FLIBS Preview

Regal 38 FLY The Regal 38 FLY has the same layout as its sistership, the 38 FXO, but the newest model swaps outboards for twin sterndrives from Volvo Penta. By moving the engines into the 38 FLY (39′ LOA, 12′ 3″ beam), Regal now offers a full swim platform to complement the entertainment areas. Sun […]

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Daiwa: The Topwater Chaos Continues

The explosive Ever Green Shower Blows SB-150 topwater family adds a range of new colors Cypress, CA (October 13, 2022) – Thar she blows…Shower Blows. Since famed Japanese bass angler Morizo Shimizu offered input developing Ever Green’s original Shower Blows SB-125, the regal topwater plug has captivated bass anglers worldwide and sent untold gallons of […]

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Smith Regal River Pliers

  Smith Regal River Pliers Courtesy Smith Products Smith Products Regal River fishing pliers are machined from 6061 aluminum and feature stainless-steel jaws, a side cutter, and a sharpener for honing hook points and cutlery. There’s also a split-ring opener and crimpers for swaging crimps on heavy line or wire leaders. A diamond hook-sharpening groove […]

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Volvo Penta Coastal Series Crushes Five Sterndrive Myths

A decade of engineering innovation by Volvo Penta focused on performance and durability has produced the new Coastal Series Corrosion Protection Package for both the Volvo Penta Aquamatic and Forward Drive systems paired with V6 and V8 gasoline engines in North America. With the Coastal Series features and advanced marine-engine technology, Volvo Penta debunks these […]

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