13 Best Runabout Boats of 2023

Baker’s Dozen 13 runabouts to make your day   The term runabout is somewhat outdated these days, and there are many definitions that have refined its meaning throughout the years. A runabout in the boating world is generally thought of as a small, lightweight boat that doesn’t have a cabin, is trailerable, needs little maintenance, […]

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How to Choose the Right VHF Antenna

VHF travels in line of sight, so the taller the antenna, the greater the range. The transmission pattern, measured in decibels, also effects the range; the higher the decibel, the greater the VHF communication range. Courtesy Shakespeare A long-held adage maintains that a marine fixed-mount VHF radio is only as good as the antenna with […]

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Bayliner Launches the New Element M19

The M19 combines a stable ride with a passenger-friendly layout. Courtesy Bayliner We’ve tested a number of Bayliner boats, including several in the Element series. That’s why we were excited to learn of this debut of the new Element M19. At a time when many new boaters are entering the ranks of those who enjoy […]

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See what’s up at DD26 Fishing!

Boat season is right around the corner! Be sure to check out all the new boat accessories from DD26 Fishing to be ready when the time comes. Proudly made in Arizona with quality, functionality and performance in mind, they are built to last and with the purpose of making your experience on the water easier […]

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DCB M33R No. 15 Catamaran Is A Warm Break From Winter

Bold gelcoat colors have long been a staple of high-performance powerboats builds out West, so a molten-orange catamaran with a color-matched interior isn’t unusual. But the latest DCB Performance Boats M33R catamaran, hull No. 15 going to a buyer in the Tacoma, Wash., area, is proof positive that warm colors are alive and very, very […]

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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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2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Anglers can be really hard to shop for. So I dug through the best of the best to put together a list of gifts that is sure to please even the toughest critic. XtraTuf Boots XtraTuf has the perfect pair of boots for all of your adventures, with adventurers of all ages. I’ve been wearing […]

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Troubleshooting Tilt and Trim

Optimize Performance Troubleshooting outboard tilt and trim problems Failure of your boat’s tilt and trim feature will affect all phases of boat operation, from trimming your motor for better fuel economy to simply raising it to avoid damage when trailering. Here’s how we go about Troubleshooting Tilt and Trim. The Joys of Tilt and Trim […]

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Key West Poker Run Wednesday Departure Wave Canceled

<!– In the News: Key West Poker Run Wednesday Departure Wave Canceled –> Participants slated to depart tomorrow from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other nearby South Florida cities for the 30th annual Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run will have to wait at least another day. With subtropical storm Nichole predicted to become a […]

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Electric vs. Gasoline Tow Vehicles

The Ford Lightning’s power and four-wheel-drive capabilities provided outstanding performance on wet, slick launch ramps during our tow testing. Robert Brown Special delivery: Sign up for the free Boating email newsletter. Subscribe to Boating magazine for $14 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. The age of electric vehicles (EVs) has arrived. As the world seeks solutions […]

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Boat

Boat ownership provides opportunities for great experiences and memories for yourself, your family, and your friends. It’s a pathway to wild and open spaces, an opportunity to see and visit places you cannot get to by car. Maybe its your first boat, maybe it’s the next in a lifetime series of boats, maybe it’s your […]

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Tips for Safely Trailering a Big Boat

Choosing a trailer with the right amount of axles will ensure your precious cargo enjoys a smooth ride. Courtesy Bill Doster 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. The size of trailerable fishing boats has been creeping […]

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Portable, Powerful, and Compact

Portable, Powerful, and Compact Smaller outboards are the heart and soul of many boaters young and old. Engine power is important on a boat, even for the small ones that tool around in the mangroves, backwater creeks, and lakes where the big boys can’t go. Portable outboards fit the bill for these vessels because they’re lightweight, […]

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2022 Cutwater C-288 Coupe

The C-288 Coupe is a pleasure to drive. Courtesy Cutwater Boats Special delivery: Sign up for the free Boating email newsletter. Subscribe to Boating magazine for $14 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. Overview Family cruiser, dock-hopping party boat, blood-on-deck fishing machine, or serious dive boat? The Cutwater C-288 Coupe surely offers versatility. This boat also […]

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Iguana X100 White Edition

Problem solved. by Chuck Warren There have been some amazing innovations in the marine industry recently. Some new products are the evolution of tried-and-true solutions, while others represent leaps forward to solve a problem or find a better answer. Photos Courtesy of Iguana The new Iguana Yachts X100 is a perfect example of both. If […]

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How to Protect Your Boat Trailer from Corrosion

This project is best undertaken in low-humidity conditions with air temperatures in the 55- to 82- degree F range. Avoid rainy or high-humidity days. Tim Barker Rust never sleeps, and nowhere is this more apparent than on a steel boat trailer. Be it painted or galvanized, dunked in fresh water or the briny, steel trailers eventually […]

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Quick Fixes for Trailer-Light Troubles

Trailer lights can cause exasperation, but there are some simple fixes. John Tiger Jr. Trailer-light problems are so common that they are the subject of campfire stories. It seems every boater can tell a trailer-light tale. Even today, with more-reliable LEDs replacing incandescent lights, boat-trailer lights continue to be a source of exasperation while, in […]

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