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Seakeeper 1
Less than a year after its debut, Seakeeper started showing up at boat shows with progressively smaller gyros to cover even more recreational boaters’ needs. The latest, the Seakeeper 1, fits boats from 23 to 30 feet long. It proved critics wrong, an
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kevin Falvey DEPUTY EDITOR Pete McDonald ELECTRONICS AND WEST COAST EDITOR Jim Hendricks MANAGING EDITOR Sue Whitney WATERSPORTS DIRECTOR Garrett Cortese ART DIRECTOR Ryan Swanson STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jon Whittle SENIOR COPY EDITOR Nico
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Electrifying Lab
Many boatbuilders add circuit breakers to their wiring systems, and take a power and ground from the battery to a spaded ground block and a spaded terminal panel. That’s ordinarily where your GPS, stereo and other devices will be powered using a fema
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Getting Your Boat Serviced
Boating offers an experience to share time with family and friends that is unique among recreational endeavors. If it’s got a downside, it’s the hassle and frustration of getting service when something breaks and work needs to be done. This is no sec
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Fountain 38sc
On a sticky mid-June day, I found myself in the Fountain 38SC, bolstered next to pilot Jeff Harris (legendary offshore-performance driver and Iconic Marine Group’s COO) as we roared, fighterjet-like, down the tight channel in the Pamlico River just o
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Keith Colburn Deadliest Catch, Captain of F/V Wizard
What’s the biggest mistake that captains make? Not preparing for a worst-case scenario. Boaters can apply this by having a float plan and a safety talk before you depart. I am also a huge advocate for wearing life jackets. What’s the biggest problem
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Jeanneau Nc 895 Sport
You don’t have to be a computer geek to know that abbreviations abound on everything from Twitter to emails (LOL), so I’m inventing one right now that will come up regularly in this test of the new Jeanneau NC 895 Sport: SFABTS. It stands for “Surpri
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Trailering Safety
1. What are the three popular sizes of trailer hitch balls in the US? What about Europe? A. ¾-, 1- and 2-inch for US and Europe. B. All hitch balls are 2 inches in the US and Europe. C. 1⅞-, 2- and 25/16-inch for the US; for Europe, 50 mm. E. None of
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Belzona 27cc
Miami-based Belzona Boats carved a brand-building course with one of the marine industry’s most unique features. The 32- and 40-foot models offer side doors that slide aft for wide-open access to the aft cockpit, be it at the dock or on the water. Th
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Backpack Coolers
THE CHILL: The most rugged (and expensive) of the three, the Yeti can withstand any bumps and bangs thrown its way on board. The DryHyde shell is both puncture- and UV-resistant. It includes a removable chest, and waist straps help distribute the loa
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Tiara Sport 43 Ls
As testers for this magazine, we live by the quantifiable, taking performance numbers aboard every boat we review. But for me, the defining moment for the Tiara Sport 43 LS came not in the data, but in the looks we got idling through the inlet in Hol
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Chaparral 267 Ssx Ob
“The 267 SSX OB is a trendsetter in design, performance and function,” says Chaparral founder Buck Pegg. The features and styling of this new outboard-powered bowrider appear to back up Pegg’s statement. Equipped with state-of-the-art dual 7-inch tou
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Regulator 24xo
“Go anywhere, do everything” is the mantra for Regulator’s new 24XO crossover boat. The 24XO offers a graceful Carolina sheerline and a shallow-running, Lou Codega-designed 17-degree bottom that sharpens into a wave-cleaving, flared bow. It’s handy i
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Brabus Shadow 500 Black Ops
Based on the acclaimed Axopar 28, the Brabus Shadow 500 Black Ops delivers a custom boat experience. “In the time it takes us to hand-paint just one Brabus Shadow 500 Black Ops Limited Edition ‘1 of 28,’ we could have completed construction of 30 Axo
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MALIBU Wakesetter 23 MXZ
Malibu’s all-new 23 MXZ slots right between the already popular 22 and 24, and may just be the Goldilocks of the group. With room for 16, the 23 MXZ is set up for comfortable fun for everybody aboard. In the oversize bow, there is room and comfort fo
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Gear Head
The Shimano Stradic C5000XG spinning reel from Shimano is perfectly sized for medium-size gamefish such as bass, redfish, stripers and trout. Shimano’s MicroModule Gear II with a 6.2-to-1 ratio offers fast, quiet operation. The X-Protect waterrepelle
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KING HELL BOATS Attitude 17 Sport
Having rumbled to the end of the no-wake zone, you look around, and then twist the throttle on stylish ape-hanger handlebars. Your honey grips your waist, snuggling against your back, and the King Hell Attitude 17 Sport roars—and I do mean roars—onto
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A Foggy Notion
It was a foggy morning at the Frankfort Municipal Marina in Frankfort, Michigan, back in July 2018. We were on a cruise northbound on the big lake (Lake Michigan) in our 1994 Island Gypsy Therapy, a 32-foot trawler. On the morning of July 23, I backe
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Yamaha Helm Master Ex
Single-engine outboards are now invited to the joystick party. Yamaha has revealed an all-new Helm Master EX control system for single to quad engines, with a long list of new features, including bolt-on electric power steering, a system for single-e
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Sign Language
But don’t let the ease of use of today’s navigation technology lull you into a false sense of security. At the very least, before you head out on a cruise where you will be relying on charting software, you should know how to read a chart. Let’s take
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Launch Ramp Follies
Bored and looking for a good show? Instead of binge-watching Netflix, take your lawn chair and a cooler to the launch ramp and enjoy the free entertainment. That aphorism is well-worn and mean-spirited, but helpful in that we can learn from the mista
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Q&A
Q: I have some life jackets that I bought for my older children some years back. These will now fit my younger children. However, one has a big tear in the fabric, and the other has a strap that is pulled loose. What kind of thread should I use to ma
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Rock Around The Dock
Lake of the Ozarks (LOTO for short), a sprawling impoundment built in Missouri in 1929, was the first body of water I was fortunate enough to call home. More recently, a labyrinth of canals etched in a fat, round point at the headwaters of Charlotte
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Envy
Q: Dear Boat Doctor, we purchased new dock lines earlier this season, and they turned green with moss or slime. This has never happened before. How can we clean the lines, and what can we do to prevent the green from returning? Adam McCoy Rehoboth Be
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Optimum Hoists
Hoisting boats extends their life and often their resale price, and means you can forgo anti-fouling paint. However, if you plan to cruise with your boat for extended days or weeks, marine growth can take hold of an unpainted boat bottom in that peri
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Building And Installing Bunk Boards
Most boat trailers employ bunk boards to cradle the hull during towing and storage. In fact, many boats spend far more time on wood bunks than they do in the water, so these boards should be inspected regularly for excessive wear or broken lumber. A
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Siren Telematics: Take Control From Afar
This lets you use a multifunction display to control systems. Yet another benefit is remote control from a distance. Leading the way in boat telematics is Siren Marine, which has worked to interface its mobile-connectivity module with digital-switchi
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Loading Your Boat On A Trailer
Loading a boat on a trailer is easy, but new trailer boaters sometimes struggle. These tips, combined with a bit of practice and experience, will quickly convert a newbie to an expert. It’s easier and faster with two people—a driver for the tow vehic
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Rummage-o-rama
It was in a box labeled “Anything $1.” When out rummaging, I always look in these boxes because how can you go wrong for a dollar? A Saturday morning spent cruising rummage sales—or garage sales, tag sales or yard sales, depending on your regional di
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Wobble Rollers
Articulating assemblies of “wobble” rollers represent the key components that ease launching and loading boats with a roller trailer. These trailers are well-suited for shallow or primitive ramps, letting you slide the boat in and out of the water wi
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