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Mercury Re-Engineers
Verado Outboards

With Multiple Improvements, Verados Burn up to 20% Less Gas, says Mercury

The new 300-hp Verados enjoy the new engineering and machinery of the other upgraded four-strokes in the Verado lineup. Still, four outboards are four outboards. Best mileage for this SeaVee 39-footer: about 1 mile per gallon.

Mercury has taken some heat from its competitors – never mind its customers -- for the Verado four-stroke's thirst for hydrocarbons, especially at WOT. Now Mercury has given the supercharged Verado lineup a tune-up—one that company officials say will give all of its four-strokes a dramatic improvement in fuel economy.  What's been going on in Fond du Lac? To find out here

Steve Miller, Mercury's Verado Platform Manager, explains how Verado's fuel consumption improved up to 20%...see Mercury Commercial Video

Q & A with Mercury's Top Outboard Man, Steve here

The New Verado Steering System...see video

Drive by Wire?  Verado's 3 CAN system explained...see video

What is the Verado "Advanced Mid-Section" (AMS)?...see video

Let 1,200 Horses Rip!!!...Eat My Wake video

Performance Report of Quad 300 Verados on a 390 here

Mercury-supplied 250-hp Verado performance numbers comparing the "old" Verado with the Mk II version on a Pro-Line center console...See Merc's Numbers

Tall Wooden Ships
Short Iron Men

July 4th Celebrations wouldn't be complete without paying homage to the vessels
that made it all possible

295' German Navy Training Ship Gorch Foch II.

Over 1,000 spectator boats – 10 to 1 power over sail – were cruising the east passage of Narragansit Bay July 1st to start Newport, Rhode Island's Independence Day celebration off with a bang a few days early. There is nothing like the sight of majestic square-riggers, schooners, and replicas of great ships of the past to get the blood flowing in any boater – including powerboaters.

Thanks to Hunt Yachts, you, too, can see those wonderful ships...Tall Ships Video

The Future of Marina Slips
Each year there are 300,000 new boats sold in the U.S., but there are only 12,000 marinas with 865,000 slips.  Where are all of the boats going?

NMMA President Thom Dammrich answers...see interview

The Vertical Yacht Club in Aventura, FL maybe a peek into the future...see commercial video 

Roses and Brick Bats

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Bow Riding: It's Fun—But Dangerous!

There is no federal law prohibiting bow riding, but many states do have laws that make bow riding illegal. The Coast Guard is strongly opposed to bow find out here

You've seen our captain's tests and video reports for years. Now we'd like to hear and see YOUR VIDEO. Now is your chance to tell us and our members what you like and don't like on your boat.

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WaterToy Maintenance –  Are you inflating your water toy properly?  Do you know how to store it properly?  Watch this video on the proper care and maintenance of your water toy, so you can get the maximum fun out of it. Click here to watch

Need help "pumping up" your toys – check out our line of manual and electronic pumps available through BoatTEST 

This is simply the best performing 120 volt air pump available, inflating and deflating at unprecedented speed.  Peak pressure is 2.5 psi, plenty to get your towables and inflatable boats nice and firm.  You'll immediately notice how they perform better when properly inflated.  The accordion-style hose locks onto the pump, eliminating annoying disconnection.  Three universal valve fittings fit all popular valves and lock onto the hose.  For added convenience there is a carry handle and a 10 ft. long power cord.  Draws 6.3 amps.

Thinking of Purchasing a Boat? Get a Background Check First

Find out if your dream boat has been stolen, in an accident, salvaged after a hurricane, or hit a public record for some other reason. It could be the smartest used boating buying decision you ever made. Just enter the hull identification number (HIN) and get any public details on the boat before you buy. Click Here for Report

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Global Marine Insurance is an agency that specializes only in marine insurance, and has been in business since 1989. Over the years they have built up a solid reputation amongst professionals in the marine industry, and that is why recommends them to you.

NMMA CSI Kudos Given to
64 Boat and Engine Makers

Honda 200-hp

Yamaha 200-hp

Suzuki 200-hp
What do these three Outboard Brands have in Common?

Well-known, high-volume names such as Four Winns, Cobalt, Regal, Sea Ray, and Boston Whaler made the NMMA's 2007 CSI Winners list — but so did some low-volume builders such Albemarle, Carolina Classic, and Grand Banks.  In the outboard engine category, only brands made in Japan were CSI winners. Why didn't your favorite brand make it? There is more to this story than meets the eye. Read more ...
NMMA's Thom Dammrich on CSI Awards: "What Gets Measured Gets Done!"...
see video.
Click here to see a copy of the NMMA CSI questionnaire.

PWCs Dominate Recall List;
3 Boat Builders, 3 Engine Makers
Potential Steering, Fuel Leak, and Throttle Failure issues are Reported

While most of the recalls involve 2007 units, some recalls go as far back as 2004 production. All potential problems are serious and we recommend that you study the list and contact anyone you know that owns one of the vessels here for full info.

Laguna C-240 SC

Laguna protects the hull with a vinylester barrier coating, uses no-wood construction, and delivers a limited lifetime hull warranty. That's Value! See Test/Watch Video

JC Pontoon SportToon 25 TT

With a single 225-hp four-stroke, she gets a jaw-dropping 5.2 miles to the gallon. Customize all you want with this 25-footer from one of the most respected builders in the pontoon business. Watch Video/Read Test

Regal Commodore 4060

Regal won two J.D. Power Awards in 2007 for Customer Satisfaction. This 4060 Commodore was designed for serious coastal and lake cruising.  The swim platform makes the 4060 Regal 40' 1" overall. Watch Video /See Test

Caravelle 217 LS

At 31 mph, this stylish ski boat gets nearly 3.5 miles to the gallon. Don't worry about rotting wood—this boat features all composite construction. See Video/Read Test


Riviera 4700 Sport Yacht
Contemporary Sport Yacht with Hydraulic Swim Platform

Riviera worked closely on the 4700SY with naval architect Frank Mulder to develop an efficient underwater profile and rudder design. Base retail with twin 575-hp Cats: $837,198.

Coming on the heels of the highly successful Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht, the Australian builder has stepped it up another notch with its 4700 SY. This elegant hardtop yacht boasts a garage under the cockpit deck for a 10-foot tender and a hydraulic swim platform. Read more
Click here to watch video     Click here for specifications

Larson 260 Cabrio

Everglades 240 CC

Regal 3760

Mako 264 CC

Cobalt 222

Alumacraft Pro 175

Laguna B-190

JC Pontoon SunToon

Glacier Bay 2240

Stratos 294 XL

Formula 280 Bowrider


Carver 56 SE

As your boat gets older, the cost of coverage goes up...See Video

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Nighttime Boating Requires Heightened Senses

Often the best time to fish is at night, but navigation is more difficult, and on one particular night we almost got into serious trouble... Read what happened

Submit Your Experience and win $100 in cash

BoatTEST STORE Announces a New Product!

BoatTESTSTORE announces Buddocks Boat Docking Aid, "Your Buddy on the Dock".  This boat docking aid is meant to extend the user's reach approximately 3 feet beyond arm's length, beyond the sides of the boat, without the dangers associated with leaning over the side of a more

Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us: Finding Your Way by Eye and Electronics by Capt. Bill Brogdon

Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us teaches navigation the way small boat skippers actually navigate:  by combining electronic aids like GPS and radar with common sense visual piloting skills and simple chartwork.  It's a full course in navigation plus a whole toolbox of little known tips and shortcuts to deal with real-life situations without a slide rule.  This book appeals to beginners as well as experts.  It provides the degree of realistic and practical advice that can only be found by an experienced boater in small boats, ships and coast guard like Capt. Bill Brogdon.  Click here to read  the obituary on Captain Bill Brogdon.

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Getting Started in Powerboating by Robert J. Armstrong - There's nothing like the thrill of skimming over the waves at the helm of a fast powerboat. And the thrill is even greater when you're driving the boat that's right for you and handling it with skill and confidence. This third edition of Getting Started in Powerboating gives you all the information you need to select the boat of your dreams, maneuver it like a master, and understand the rules and conventions of powerboating. 

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Paris Hilton Discovers Boating
Celebrity and Ex-Con Finds Fulfillment Afloat

Paris caught doing a little maintenance on her boyfriend's new trawler.

Now that everything that Paris Hilton does rates headline news coverage on the venerable "CBS Evening News" and "NBC's Nightly News" it is time for the Weekly Newsletter to report that Paris has discovered boating!

In a recent exclusive interview with our LA. Correspondent, Don Aronow III, Paris revealed that she discovered seafaring life during her 16 days in the slam when all she had to read were some old boating magazines. "I'm a new woman," she said.  "I love the boating life...the sun, the water, the rustle of the breeze in my hair and through my ears." Paris later said that she is planning on buying a new boat of her own as soon as she can find an empty slip in Marina Del Rey.

Polish Builder Uses High-Quality Epoxy Resin
The filet mignon of resin give boats strength, durability, longevity...learn more

$800k Prize for Big Marlin
613-lb. blue marlin wins half of $1.5 million tournament prize money...see pix/story

Capt. Bill Brogdon, Dies at 72
Provided Expert Advice for 30 more

Pontoon Maker Bentley Acquires Glassmaster
Bentley will soon add new ski and fish boats to the Glassmaster line... read more

Powerboat Rams Sailboat, Kills Woman
Killer boat abandoned after accident and becomes a "runaway" more
USCG Rescues 4 After 9 Hours
Big Waves Swamp 19-footer and it Turns more

Marine PR Icon Dead at 79
1950's PR Razzle-Dazzle Sparked Sales in the more

Summer Boating Safety Tips
Two people a day, on average, needlessly die in boating accidents... read more

Old Muddy Claims Another Sans PFD
Man drowns in Mississippi; son tried to save him... read more

Haunted Lighthouse for Sale for $1
Waterfront Bargain of the Year off Fairfield, more
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