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Eye Of The Beholder
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it can cost a heckuva lot more than a thousand dollars to produce. By the time we fly in a crew, charter a helicopter and pilot, hire a model or professional athlete—as we did for this month’s cover featur
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Sea Chaser 27 Hfc
The 27 HFC from Sea Chaser by Carolina Skiff shows how many features you can integrate into a 27-foot center-console. Serious anglers will revel in the 40-gallon livewell in the leaning post, and the additional 30-gallon livewell in the port quarter
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Shaun Murray, Professional Wakeboarder
What boat and board did you learn to wakeboard on? I’m not sure of the year, but it was a TriHull Galaxy. If you search a little ways back in my Instagram feed, you can see me sitting in it. My first board was the Skurfer Rage 1988. You’ve put out 23
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EDGEWATER Crossover 230CX
There seems to be no end to the demand for dual consoles or, as EdgeWater calls its model, a crossover. It is the SUV of salt water, bringing the spacious seating of a bowrider to the fishability of a center-console EdgeWater’s Crossover 230CX is a b
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STARCRAFT MDX 201 IO Surf
Yes, surfing is the hottest tow sport of the moment, but if there’s one complaint we hear, it’s about the high cost of entry—dedicated surf boats regularly cost six figures. With its MDX 201 IO Surf, Starcraft is looking to lower the pay it takes to
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Tow-ropes
THE PULL: The standard ski rope should be 75 feet in length, but getting a basic one comprised of sections lets you adjust the line length to individual rider preferences. Ski ropes are typically made of polypropylene, and should have a little stretc
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Electric Revolution Or Evolution?
The answer is possibly, but in the United States, at least, the process is going to be evolutionary, not revolutionary. Electric power has been growing steadily but silently just like the whisper-quiet engines run. We’ve been in electric runabouts th
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Two Days On California’s Delta
From afar, the California Delta might not seem like much to most boaters. The narrow, often shallow waterways rise and recede with the tide, making them tricky to navigate. The water is never clear—and is affectionately nicknamed “the Dirty Delta,” a
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Speed And Timing Prove Critical For Safety
Late April marks the beginning of perfect weather for fishing the bays, jetties and nearshore Gulf waters on the upper Texas coast. The trout and reds are moving, and we have at least six weeks before the brutal Texas summers limit fishing time to ea
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Cheap tricks
Personal watercraft have long been one of the most affordable ways to get into boating, but in recent years that cost of entry has dropped dramatically. Credit Sea-Doo’s Spark for getting the ball rolling. When first introduced, the Spark ran a mere
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Tow The Line
The serious tow-sports boats have dedicated GPS speed-control systems, such as Zero Off or Perfect Pass, as well as other digitally controlled systems that basically let the driver set the boat on autopilot. But what about the rest of us with runabou
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Drain The Ocean
Now a new generation of electronic charts can show the same thing on a chart plotter. Shaded-relief bathymetry depicts the ocean floor in three-dimensional detail. These charts reveal little-known wrecks, reefs and rocks that boating anglers love to
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Q&A
Dear Mick, my boat has two gas tanks, each with about 60 gallons of gas that is non-ethanol—in which stabilizer was used—that we believe to be two years old. The tanks hold 135 gallons each. Can the boat be topped off to full with new gas and be OK,
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Frank’s Folly
The remaining artifact of Frank’s Folly is an aluminum propeller hanging over the door at the Lake View Inn. The boat name is hand-lettered on the blades in red fingernail polish, I suppose because Frank’s wife found that little brush so handy. The s
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Replacing Old Teak Doors And Frames
DIY + Weekend Workbook SKILL LEVEL 1 OF 5 FINISH TIME Approx. 1.5 hours (per door) TOOLS AND SUPPLIES • Boat Outfitters King Starboard Boat Door ($161.44 for base door and frame for an opening measuring 14 inches wide by 16 inches high, boatoutfitter
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Tow-tube Safety
Tubing is a catch-all term. Whether you a tow your crew atop a six-seater sea serpent, a torpedo for two, or a bona fide single-person tube, tubing provides a ton of fun for all age groups. The skill level required for riders and boat skippers might
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Watersports Life Jackets
So, you’re getting into the world of towed watersports—a whole smorgasbord of activities to add to your boating fun. That means a lot of new equipment envy—and purchases—are in your future. The most important? Life jackets. As they say, danger never
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Inflatable Sups
These days stand-up paddleboards can be found almost everywhere. The knock, however, has always been the difficulty in taking them anywhere else. Enter the iSUP. Thanks to ultrarigid materials, iSUP boards can perform nearly as well as their stiffer
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Cutting The Cord
If you’re under 30, you may never have experienced free TV from a rooftop or TV-top antenna. If you’re over 30, you can’t recall when you gave up free TV to pay astronomical cable TV charges. Here are several marine antenna options that can help you
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Cabo 41
Cabo Yachts is back, and based on our test of the new Cabo 41, the vaunted brand has not lost its luster. Flashback to the 1990s when Cabo Yachts hit the market with its first sport-fisher, the 35 Flybridge. The company quickly added models and soon
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Aspen C107
Aspen’s C107 jumps right out at boat buyers—it’s a power proa with asymmetrical hulls. Close inspection reveals that it delivers outstanding economy, exhibits excellence in rigging and construction, and is put together by people who really know boats
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CENTURION Fi25
When first introduced, the Centurion Fi25 turned heads, and for good reason. Not only did it look both sleek and aggressive, but as an addition to the acclaimed Fi line, it came loaded with the wake-making prowess that Centurion has built its reputat
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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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