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Lexus Ly 650: From Cars To Yachts
After teasing the boating world with a 42-foot prototype sportboat in 2017, Lexus (the car guys) have collaborated with Marquis/Carver (the boat guys) to produce the Lexus LY 650, a production 65-foot luxury yacht that is, as Lexus says, “Where Road
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Twins Vs. Trips
Outboard-powered cruisers have never been more prevalent than they are today, owing largely to the growth of outboard motors themselves. The Yamaha 425 XTO Off shore V-8, for example, stands near the pinnacle of available outboard oomph and technolog
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What A Drag!
Jean-Jacques Savin crossed the Atlantic Ocean last year, aboard a floating capsule with no steering mechanism or source of propulsion. The intrepid Frenchman relied upon ocean currents to make his crossing. If the steering system aboard your powerboa
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2019 Holiday GIFT GUIDE
It’s that time of year again, the time to endlessly fret about what to get that special person in your life, the person who seemingly has everything. Well, if that special person is a boater, there is always something he will need, or at least want s
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Q&A
BOAT DOCTOR /// Q&A • WEEKEND WORKBOOK • QUICK STUDY • WHAT TO LOOK FOR • BOAT DOC SPECIAL Q:SLICK! Hi, Doc. I typically give my buddy bearings a couple of squirts of grease every 150 miles. (That’s the round trip to my favorite freshwater fishing ho
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Power To The People
Does your boat lack spirit? Does it feel sluggish or tired? Is it slow to respond to throttle input? Does it suffer from excessive smoking and poor fuel economy? Has your boat become moody and unreliable? Is your outboard faded, its skeg worn and dul
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Self-solder-and-seal Butt Connectors
In the October 2019 issue, reader Ed Dankievitch, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed chief engineer, questioned the use of self-solder-and-seal electrical butt connectors (which we tested in the July/August issue), indicating that these connectors are not C
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VHF Reinvented
The new Cortex from Vesper Marine is more reminiscent of a smartphone. The touchscreen handset (the size of a mobile phone) combines a Class B AIS transponder and remote vessel monitor with VHF. Vesper CEO Jeff Robbins says, “Cortex fundamentally cha
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Fueled By The Filter
Q: Hi, Mick. When changing fuel filters, do you fill the new filter with fuel by opening the upstream valve? What does one do with the fuel from the old filter? If it looks clean, can it be reused? Jim Cohen Key Largo, Florida A: Yes, open any fuel s
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Goofy, Not Crazy
Never underestimate a man in a pontoon boat. It was the late summer of 1999 when I walked into the Lake View Inn and found Malcolm “Goofy” Sohm hunched over a Wisconsin highway map spread out on the faded blue Formica bar top. “I’m going to cross Lak
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Building A Sterndrive Lower-unit Service Stand
Once detached from a marine engine, a sterndrive or outboard lower unit is unwieldy and heavy, making repairs and storage awkward at best. Some boaters use bench vises to grip the skeg and keep lower units upright while undertaking work, but this is
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Learn To Feel Your Boat
Watch experienced skippers handle their boats around a dock, and you’ll be impressed with the feel they have for the way their vessels move. So, how do beginning boaters develop that kind of boat sense? The National Safe Boating Council has developed
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Boat Covers
Winter covers are gaining popularity. “People are keeping boats longer,” says Brad de Wolf of the Rhode Island canvas shop Kinder Industries. “Custom covers pay for themselves [compared to shrink-wrapping] in about four winters. They also provide a m
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Boat Of The Year Finalists 2019
Each year for over 30 years, Boating’s Tech Team, comprised of both staff and contributing editors, honors one boatbuilder with the most prestigious award in recreational boating: Boating’s Boat of the Year. Our Tech Team sea-trials over 100 new mode
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Boats And Bikes
I’m an avid boater with years of experience. I also know my way around motorcycles. The two might not seem like they have much in common, but both skill sets recently came into play when I had an opportunity to drive a surfboat while others got to pl
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Solace 345
From a church pew as a kid, I heard a minister quote from the book of Ecclesiastes: “There is nothing new under the sun.” Well, that preacher never laid eyes on the Solace 345 nor met the company co-founder, CEO and chief designer, Stephen Dougherty.
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Old Ways Work
I plagiarized the title. It’s the catchphrase of the late, great Capt. R.D. “Pete” Culler, boatbuilder, mariner, and author of several notable books and innumerable magazine articles. It’s not just that Cap’n Pete would describe how to use tallow as
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Beneteau gran Turismo 36
Beneteau built the Gran Turismo 36 in the United States for the North American market. This new boat is wider, longer and more spacious than the old GT 35 while retaining speed and agility. Its mission? All-day entertaining and occasional cruises for
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Making Waves
ON BOARD WITH… BOATINGMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 Lauren B. Icom Cover Girl of 2019 Having grown up in Orlando, Florida, Lauren has spent her life boating with friends and family around the local lakes. She worked for six years as a dancer for the
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Finseeker 220 Center Console
The Finseeker 220 Center Console is the first of a new line of saltwater fishing boats by Crownline Boats of southern Illinois. Skeptics would query, “What does an Illinois luxury runabout-maker know about saltwater fishing?” Our tests revealed the c
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Winterizing
1. You want to cover your boat for the winter. What is the best way to do it? A. Buy a shrink-wrap kit, including heat gun and propane tank/hose, and do it yourself. B. Pay a professional to shrink-wrap your boat, paying close attention to support an
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Release 301 Rx
I started liking the Release 301 RX seconds after throttling up. It transitioned to plane easily, without loss of sightlines. More, I coaxed it to stay on plane at just 12.1 mph. Two great attributes. Of course, discerning boat buyers seek more than
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Nautical Footwear
Great for the days when the seas are sporty and chilled. Stain-resistant and snag-free, with good traction on a nonslip deck. Fast-drying and good traction, while providing arch support. THE GRIP: With no shoelaces to tie or snag, these are ideal for
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CENTURION Vi22
While it’s hard not to notice a bright-pink boat with metal-flake treatment, what really sets Centurion’s 2020 Vi22 apart from other wake-sports boats are its ultraclean lines and lower, sportier gunwales. The Vi22’s style hearkens back to another er
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Calling All Future Boating Writers
Is there a young journalism student in your life who’s pining to one day write about boats and the boating lifestyle? Trust us, it’s a great gig. Boating Writers International (BWI), an industry group comprised of prominent boating journalists, is of
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CHAPARRAL 21 SSi OB
Chaparral’s 21 SSi OB represents a new series of runabouts that build on its H2O series by adding more luxury and style while keeping Chaparral’s commitment to quality and family pricing firmly in place. We reported on the sterndrive in our October i
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Malibu 22 Lsv
#3155 “Do it all” represents both the current mantra of watersports enthusiasts as well as the battle cry of watersports boatbuilders. With that as a backdrop, Malibu Boats hits the lake with the 22 LSV, the kid sister to its brawny 23 LSV model (by
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Back Cove 340
Outboards powering a premium Down East cruiser? We practically ran the Flag Blue off Back Cove’s 340, and found it responsive, maneuverable, quiet and efficient. With twin Yamaha F300s integrated into its broad swim platform, the 340 bested 42 mph at
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Pursuit Boats DC 326
The new Pursuit DC 326 dual console features redesigned topside lines and fiberglass-framed side windows that result in a profile reminiscent of a yacht. The 326 comes standard with a starboard-side cockpit door and an integrated swim platform that e
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Giving Back
Boating is a successful media enterprise. We produce hundreds of videos per year, welcome millions of visitors per month to our digital channels and, of course, publish the world’s largest circulation magazine covering recreational boating. As a team
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