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Mounting An In-hull Transducer
An in-hull (aka shootthrough) transducer mounts to the inside of the hull and transmits and receives sonar signals through fiberglass, eliminating the need for drilling holes in the hull. This also eliminates the need to remove the boat from the wate
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History Of The Dukw
The origin of the amphibious tourist ducks can be traced to the DUKW. In the manufacturer’s code, the D is for 1942, U for utility, K for all-wheel drive, and W for twin rear axles. The legendary yacht designer Rod Stephens designed the original DUKW
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Changing A Water-separating Fuel Filter
A fresh, clean canister-style fuel filter/water separator is essential to the reliable operation of your boat’s engine. Unfortunately, its regular replacement is often overlooked. That’s risky business because as it does its job, it can strain water
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You Can Pay Me Later
Apparently, Frank Meyer was just trying to save a little money, which is never a good idea when it comes to powerboats. “I told Frank that this is his outboard,” said Dan the Outboard Man as he reached into his jacket pocket, “and this is his outboar
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Expiration Dates
FLARES United States Coast Guard-approved pyrotechnic flares expire 42 months after the date of manufacture. Expired flares are unreliable, as Coast Guard tests have proven. Buy replacements like buying meat: Shuffle through what’s on the shelf or pe
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Game On!
A key is having an HDMI input port on your MFD — the same port found on the back of today’s televisions and monitors. You’ll find such ports on advanced displays from Garmin, Lowrance and Simrad. Furuno off ers an HDMI input port on the black-box mod
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Understanding The Axopar
By now you’ve probably seen one at a boat show or in a YouTube video, or even in the pages of this magazine. The narrow, angular hull knifing through the water looks almost Space Age, evoking thoughts of a military-style RIB without the foam or airfi
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Security
Even avid boaters have downtime when boats sit unatt ended in backyard berths, dry stacks, marinas or on trailers in driveways. But just because your boat is unoccupied doesn’t mean it has to be unobserved. these handy cellular and Wi-Fisecurity syst
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A Lack Of Tradition
Some people think that the torque, or turning motion, of the engine’s propeller causes a boat to make the tight circles that threaten to overrun those who have fallen or been thrown overboard into the water. That’s not the case. Leaving aside for the
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Grady-white Canyon 456
The Grady-White Canyon 456 isn’t the biggest mega-center-console on the sea, but it is one of the best built and equipped. It’s not unusual to see a boatbuilder stretch a line of boats, adding a longer keel and maybe spreading the beam to get more de
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Capt. Sam Buchanan, U.S. Mail Boat Captain, Detroit
That was quite a feat to deliver the mail with both vessels moving at what we clocked to be about 10 mph. Was that a Home Depot bucket the freighter crew lowered to retrieve their mail? Yep. We call it “mail by the pail” because that’s what most ship
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Boston Whaler 380 Realm
Granted, the larger a boat gets, the more it can blunt the old saw about every boat being a compromise. However, when said vessel boasts a versatile layout that’s innovation-laden and combines comfort and performance in uncommon measure, it tends to
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Aviara Av32
I expected to see razor wire and armed guards at the entrance to MarineMax Pompano, considering the CIAgrade security that had preceded our testing of the new Aviara AV32 from MasterCraft. A collaboration between MarineMax, the 900-pound gorilla of b
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Anchors
GRIP: Fluke, or Danforth, anchors are the most common type of anchor on smaller boats because they offer exceptional holding power for their weight in two of the most common bottom types: sand and mud. They also fold flat, making them easy to stow in
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Crownline E 285 Xs
With the new Crownline E 285 XS, you get a spacious and sporty dayboat that you can still trailer to your local lake. This NMMA yacht-certified vessel has deck-boat-like bow seating and an even roomier cockpit, thanks to the outboard power on the tra
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Fountaine Pajot My 37
The Fountaine Pajot MY 37 is a boat that’s more about the journey than the destination. Whatever course you set aboard this cat, don’t be in hurry. Powered by twin 220 hp Volvo Penta D3 diesel inboards, in our tests it maxed out at 20.2 mph. The 37 i
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Gear Head
Shimano has redesigned four models in its popular Stella SW spinning-reel series — the 8000PG, 8000HG, 10000PG and 14000XG. These big reels feature cold-forged Hagane gears for durability and smoothness, as well as the new Infinity Drive technology a
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Rinker Q3
Pairing a family bowrider with outboard power makes sense because it frees up interior space for the crew and can be trimmed up for beaching. The Rinker Q3 fits that mission and displays instant curb appeal at the dock thanks to its sporty lines and
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Yamaha Ar195
The Yamaha AR195 is based on a new 19-foot-5-inch hull that’s 3 inches longer and 2 inches wider than last year’s model. Do a few inches matter? They can if that extra space is managed well, and Yamaha has put a lot of thought into the cockpit of thi
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Texas Toast
It was another beautiful fishing day in early November 2018 at our favorite location in Port O’Connor, Texas. My wife and our two best friends were enjoying the day when we decided to take my Cobia 226 outside the jetty mouth and head to our favorite
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Mercury 400 Verado
Outboard engines continue to take over the world in terms of recreational power preference, and the demand for bigger and bolder outboards has grown exponentially. The idea of twin 300 hp outboards on the transom seems quaint in a world when so many
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When To Walk Away
“How do I get out of this one?” That question rattled inside my skull like a pinball. I racked by brain for a way to escape this self-inflicted predicament. I had blindly accepted an invite for an overnight fishing trip to Santa Catalina Island aboar
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Q&A
Dear Doc, what is the best place to stow pyrotechnic flares aboard my boat? These come in plastic bubble pack from the store. What do you do? Don Dreyden Virginia Beach, Virginia A: There’s no one correct answer, but since you asked, aboard my boat,
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How To Build A Better Boater
There I was, failing, at work, about work. The quiz at the end of Module 2 of the U.S. Power Squadrons boating course was not going well. I had incorrectly identified the location of the hull identification number (on the starboard-side of the transo
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Life Cell Ditch Case
Have you ever roamed around your favorite boat show and stumbled across a can’t-miss product that deserves a home on your vessel? I chanced upon a unique item that met this requirement at the 2018 Miami Boat Show: Life Cell’s trailer-boat ditch case.
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Get Home Safe
NOTHING WILL BRING BACK THE 17 PEOPLE WHO DIED LAST JULY WHILE TOURING TABLE ROCK LAKE NEAR BRANSON, MISSOURI, ABOARD A MODIFIED AMPHIBIOUS DUKW BOAT FROM WORLD WAR II. THE TRAGEDY CREATED A FALLOUT THAT WILL FOREVER AFFECT THE LIVES OF THE FAMILIES
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