Remembering Bill Couch and his Pond Darter

Bill Couch was a generational icon in the Northeast striped bass fishing community.  He was the owner of Couch’s Cedar Works, through which he designed, built, and sold top quality plugs at an affordable price.  He was universally loved and admired by a group of fishermen who could squabble, bicker, and get nasty over any […]

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Florida Powerboat Club Nails Down 2023 Schedule

<!– In the News: Florida Powerboat Club Nails Down 2023 Schedule –> For the balance of 2023, Stu Jones of the Florida Powerboat Club gets to drop the event organizing and production reins. The club’s 30th Key West Poker Run—held earlier this month—is successfully in the books despite challenges created by sub-tropical storm Nicole. But […]

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JBS Racing MTI Catamaran Coming To PRI Show

<!– Racing: JBS Racing MTI Catamaran Coming To PRI Show –> A 42-foot MTI catamaran powered by Sixteen Power engines, JBS Racing will be a “Featured Vehicle” at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show—better known as PRI—coming to Indianapolis December 8-10. Though the V-16 engine platform itself was displayed at the event in 2019, it […]

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The Craw For All Seasons

Nature abounds with precisely-honed relationships that link predator and prey. For the lions of the African savannah, it is the wildebeest. For polar bears in the Arctic north, it is the seal. And for both largemouth and smallmouth bass, it is the craw fish. Few other prey items can reliably attract and trigger bass throughout […]

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Blackfin Boats Celebrates 50th Anniversary

PHOTO COURTESY OF BLACKFIN BOATS This year marks 50 years since Blackfin Boats started supplying boaters with exceptional models to create great memories. The family-owned and operated company celebrated its 50th anniversary on November 9, 2022 with a company-wide employee celebration in the corporate office, where a catered lunch from Hills Barbeque was served by […]

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IBEX Innovations

IBEX Carries On Hurricane Ian put the kibosh on IBEX 2022, but didn’t dissuade the Innovation Awards judges from evaluating entries. Southern Boating is combining the Engine Room and Wired columns this month to highlight some of the products entered into the 2022 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards. Due to the timing […]

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Sailing to the Galapagos – a land of wonder

Sailing to the Galapagos Islands requires extensive preparation, but the rewards are other-worldly, as Jessie Zevalkink discovered The first morning of passage sailing to the Galapagos Islands I leapt out of my berth at 0600, seeking an hour alone. I’d hoped to rise earlier for a full two hours of dawn and silence, but one […]

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Norwegian Prima: A Luxury Hotel at Sea

Cruise Ships: A Luxury Hotel at Sea Norwegian Cruise Lines Prima Every boater craves their time on the water, whether they’re heading out for a day of fishing or a weekend jaunt to the Bahamas. However, some avid cruisers enjoy traveling to new places that may be too far to reach with their own boat. […]

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