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The In Board Advantage
Watersports boats, aka tow boats, have grown in popularity over the years—and the numbers show it. According to statistics from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, since 2007, tow boats have enjoyed double-digit sales increases year over y
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Must-see Boats
It’s no secret that the great collective eye of boaters remains focused upon outboard-powered boats of every description. While that’s been going on, watersports boats powered by V-drive inboard engines and also by sterndrive variants have advanced b
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World Cat 400cc-x
After running the new World Cat 400CC-X, I came away humming an old Dinah Washington Grammy-winning song, but I changed it to “What a Difference a Deck Makes.” Why? Because World Cat has taken its solid, fast and well-proven 40-foot dualconsole catam
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+ xantrex Xplore Battery Charger
The new Xplore battery charger from Xantrex is the first system that can simultaneously charge all types of marine lead-acid batteries—including flooded cell, AGM and gel—and lithium iron-phosphate batteries. The Xplore can handle up to six battery b
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Vicem 37 CC Tuna Master
Vicem Yachts’ 37-foot center-console is the first in its new Tuna Master series of center-console and express sportfishing boats. The lead production manager, Yigit Arkbarlas, says the builder’s belief that starting—and eventually growing—the new ran
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Installing A Lithium Battery System
Marine lithium batteries represent a relatively new alternative to lead-acid batteries for creating an onboard house bank. The latest versions feature lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry, minimizing the risk of fire or explosion associated wit
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Cup Holders
STUCK ON YOU Replacement suction cups are available from Boatmates at West Marine for $7.99 per package of four. Q:Dear Boat Doctor, we purchased a new center-console boat last year. We would like to add some cup holders. We are not handy and definit
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CENTURION Ri230
Experience shows 23 feet as a sweet spot for producing great wakes and waves. The redesigned Ri230 makes the spot extra-sweet. Centurion’s Opti-V hull, the updated running surface, features the deepest transom deadrise in the segment—20 degrees. This
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Scarab Jet 285 ID
The Scarab Jet 285 ID is a wide-beam, luxury runabout with all the advantages of jet propulsion. It boasts an enclosed head, a huge sun pad and transom platform, and a long list of options. A new standard helm with twin touchscreens replaces all swit
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Staying Up
Most people who try to water-ski, wakeboard or wakesurf think they don’t have good balance. Th at’s because they fall for no apparent reason during the start or once up, or they sense that riding skis or a board feels slippery. However, the problem i
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Phone And Pov Camera Mounts
We stuck the suction-cup models on a clean window to see how long they would hang in place. We connected pipe-clamp models to a boat-brush pole and jostled them around as hard as we could without damaging the pole to see how firmly they held. And we
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BENNINGTON L23 Swingback
Known for its top market off erings, Bennington pontoons combine luxury, solid construction and innovation at less-than-stratospheric prices. Case in point: the L23 Swingback. It tops 40 mph with a Mercury 200 and comes in at just over $91,000 as tes
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Malibu Wakesetter 25 Lsv
When introduced in 2006, Malibu’s Wakesetter 247 supersized the market. It was big in terms of length and also passenger capacity. With its 1,450 pounds of potential ballast and Malibu’s proprietary Power Wedge wakeshaper, it also produced awesome wa
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Boarding Tops
BODY GLOVE BASIC Originally created as thin Lycra shirts to protect surfers’ chests from the wax on their boards, rash guards have evolved into a multitude of styles in a variety of materials. You can still find Lycra-based rash guards anywhere, but
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The Unqualified Captain
Isuppose it’s human nature to be entertained by the ineptitude of others. The folks over at the Qualified Captain, for example, state that its popular Instagram page is intended to elicit chuckles by broadcasting bad choices made by clueless captains
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Triple-thre Attow Toys
One is the loneliest number. Well, unless you’re skipping across the wakes solo on an inflatable tow toy, then let’s face it: One might be lonely, but it’s still pretty darn fun. But as any kid who has ever invited a friend along for the ride knows,
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Formula 387 Center Console Fish
Formula built center-consoles through the 1970s. The boatbuilder returns to the genre with the 387 Center Console Fish (pictured) and 387 Center Console Sport. Riding a race-bred, double-stepped Fas3Tech hull created by longtime Formula designer John
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Driving Tips For Watersports
Always turn off an outboard or sterndrive, or make certain an inboard is in neutral, before a rider approaches the stern. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. With experience, the game gets upped. As long as the rider indicates they’r
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The Basics
My wife and I bought our first boat in 2010, a 2002 MasterCraft X9. At the time, we lived far from the nearest dealer, so I dug into understanding the boat mechanically. I collected a cache of parts for the most common reliability issues, one of whic
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Garmin Livescope Plus
Garmin’s LiveScope Plus sonar system, which attaches to a bow-mounted electric trolling motor, offers 35 percent better target separation than the previous iteration. This enhances the ability to see structure, bait and fish around the boat in real t
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Towing The Line
One summer morning in northern Michigan, I sat on the back deck of a lakeside cottage, watching the sun rise over the glassy water. Suddenly, the ground began to vibrate, and my coffee cup on top of an end table started shaking. Was it the warning si
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Watersports Safety
1. When selecting a tube or other similar towable toys for watersports, what are some safety aspects to keep in mind? A. Only buy tubes and toys designed and approved for watersports towing. B. Old tire tubes work best; run down to your local tire st
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5 Things Not To Do While Wakesurfing
MORE THAN 5 See more humorous things at boatingmag.com/five-things. WATERSPORTS Looking to take the plunge into buying a watersports boat? Read through our reviews to find the best boat for you and your crew at boatingmag.com/water-sports-boats or sc
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FOUR WINNS H1 Outboard
The Four Winns H1 slots into a versatile segment of the runabout category. At just over 20 feet, it handles stiff lake chop and carries the entire family while still delivering decent economy. Filled with fuel and gear, the H1 weighs less than 5,000
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Tow Towers
DROP TOP “Some people only lower their tower once a year,” says Darrick Wilson, chief of design at industrygiant Roswell. “But for someone who lowers their tower daily for a bridge or to get in a garage, folding is an important consideration.” Look f
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Chaparral 28 Surf
It was late on our Boating roundup test day, and I was a bit weary. When I climbed aboard the Chaparral 28, newest in the builder’s surf series, I sank into one of the seats and thought, OMG! These are really comfy! But that’s just the beginning of m
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Xtratuf Auna Sandals
Xtratuf might be best known for its iconic brown deck boots, euphemistically known as Alaskan loafers. Today the brand has expanded to include a multitude of additional footwear styles, including the new Auna sandals in both men’s and women’s sizes.
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Low-risk, High-reward Tips For Wakeboarding
When it comes to wake sports, popular opinion is that wakesurfing is the low-risk, high-reward proposition. Wakeboarding? Many consider big risks and painful falls as the dues you have to pay. Not so, says wake legend and Team Nautique member Shaun M
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Yamaha Battery system
Yamaha’s Battery Management System (BMS) reduces the number of starting batteries required for triple, quad and quint Yamaha Digital Electronic Control (DEC) outboard installations that incorporate the Helm Master EX system. In a conventional setup,
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