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INTREPID POWERBOATS 375 Nomad
The Intrepid 375 Nomad impresses with a stylish sheer line and a wraparound windshield. But it’s Intrepid’s penchant for clever features that seals the deal. Take for example the motorized helm deck that elevates 4 inches. The 375’s side door facilit
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More Boating Terms
Like jargon everywhere, most nautical words and terms serve practical purposes. They allow the use of one or two words to replace a long description. For example, it’s easier to type “planing” than “it is fast enough to create dynamic lift and skim a
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MOOMBA Makai
With an overall weight of 5,200 pounds and 4,000 pounds of available ballast below the sole, the Moomba Makai displaces serious amounts of water to thrill watersports enthusiasts. While we could not collect fuel-flow data, we did prove that the Makai
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Boating Shorts
Lightweight and quick-drying, made for riding a wave or jumping a wake. Quick-drying, easy to clean and rugged, with plenty of space for all your fishing tools. Good for jumping off the transom or onto the dock at the restaurant. WEAR ’EM: These boar
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Blackfin 242 CC
Blackfin’s 242 CC impressed us with its solid ride, family comfort and hardcore fishability. The 242 CC operates above its paygrade, aggressively rigged with dual outboards to complement its aggressive fishing capabilities without forgetting that the
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Just A Quick Hop
In 2015, we took our Regal 35 SC on a six-day, 800-mile trip from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan. To prepare, I plotted each stopover and secondary/emergency stops in a spreadsheet, and each harbor into my chart plotter. Each leg was designed t
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Evinrude G2 Light
Technology tends to run downhill, and that’s what’s going on at Evinrude, which has applied some of its E-Tec G2 V-6 outboard engine design features to an all-new 1.9-liter three-cylinder platform for the just-released Evinrude E-Tec 115 HO, 140 and
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Docking In Current
You drop off plane and approach the marina entrance slowly, with a glance at the water where it’s rushing by the pilings of the fuel dock out front. Of course, you don’t necessarily need that visual cue. The 2-knot current pushing from astern require
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Toy Story
Anybody remember their dorm-room decor? Though I went to school just outside of Philadelphia, mine was filled with surf posters, palm trees and, yeah, probably the occasional bikini poster. Blame the Beach Boys. When temps were cold and skies were gr
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The Amazing Electric Outboard Shootout
With wire nippers poised over a pair of wires, my head awkwardly angled beneath the opened helm station, I pondered the red and white strands like a bomb squad tech not altogether sure which to cut. We weren’t going to explode if I cut the wrong one,
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Q&A
Q: Dear Boat Doctor, l own a 1988 Wellcraft 220 Elite XL. I need to change the power-steering cylinder and was wondering if you had any helpful advice or hints before l tackle this job. All help will be very appreciated. The boat’s power is a 454 and
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Portable Satellite Phones
So, you want to stay in touch when cruising outside of cellphone coverage areas. One of the best choices is a portable satellite phone. With some phones offered free with coverage plans, a sat phone might rank as the most cost-effective means of glob
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HOW CAN I GET BETTER SOUND WITH MY STEREO? First, consider upgrading your speakers. The older speakers that came with most boats are often lower priced and of moderate performance. With time, sound quality is often reduced by the effects of sun and t
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Maintaining Rescue Beacons
Once activated, a rescue beacon sends its signal to a constellation of satellites in geostationary orbit around Earth, alerting rescuers to your position. Coverage is worldwide, and beacons help save lives all the time. But, like most marine accessor
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The Matchmaker
Well, it’s June, and the lakes are open, bait tanks are full of minnows, and the shrink-wrap has been recycled, but I’d wager I could still find the crusty remnants of a snowdrift in a shaded, north-facing ditch. You might have heard we had quite a w
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Marine Fuel Treatments
Keep these factors in mind when selecting a fuel additive. GASOLINE STABILIZATION Gasoline begins to degrade immediately and, if untreated, has a shelf life measured in weeks, not months, says Greg Hewgill, technical director for Lucas Oil. “Over tim
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Installing An Adjustable Pedestal Seating System
DIY + Weekend Workbook SKILL LEVEL 2 OF 5 FINISH TIME Approx. 3 hours TOOLS AND SUPPLIES • Garelick Commander II 4.0 model 78325 pedestal system/seat base/footrest ($1,352.95, starmarinedepot.com) • Garelick model 4885015 deluxe helm chair ($1,214.95
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How We Tested
We used a General Tools UV513AB light meter to measure UV light emitted from a UV LED flashlight, then shielded the light with glove fabric on the back of the hand. All of our gloves were rated for an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50-plus, m
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Upf Gloves
If you’re a baby boomer, your risk of developing skin cancer was determined by sun overexposure that occurred decades ago, probably while sunbathing, fishing with your shirt off, or even driving with your arm out the window. Raise your left hand if y
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Jeanneau Leader 10.5
Jeanneau, a mighty French builder of both power- and sailboats, saw an opening in the sea of sameness that epitomized the North American cruiser market 10 years ago. Almost before boaters knew they wanted these boats, Jeanneau established a new sense
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Chaparral 300 Osx
Chaparral may be a production-boat company, but when we walk through the boats it makes, they look all custom. This new 300 OSX we tested in Miami this past March proved no exception. In today’s labor market with hopscotching staff, too often the goo
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Yamaha FX Limited Svho
Yamaha’s FX Limited SVHO has long paired a luxurious ride with exclusive extras, but the 2019 model is arguably the most well-thought-out version to date. Yes, that extras list has grown, but it’s become more focused and now caters to the growing dem
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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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