It isn’t often that a real innovation in boat design comes along. The mid-cabin
concept, the bowrider, the deck boat, the enclosed head in a sportboat, the flying
bridge – all were important innovations that survive to this day and added to the
fun of boating. Yamaha deserves to be on that list for the 2003 introduction of
their 23’ jet boat design. And while it wasn’t the first jet sportboat, it was the
first one to catch the public’s imagination and take off for sales Nirvana. (To
say nothing of having engines that actually worked.) Now their 232 Limited, sister
of the AR230 which won Boating Magazine’s 2007 Boat of the Year Award, has made
a good thing better. This design has what Yamaha President Mark Speaks calls an
“engine-less upper deck” and that single design innovation gets the engine(s) out
of the way, making more room for people and gear. Take a look at the photo above
and note the innovation.
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These two fishermen tell us that they
did not score any IGFA records
until they grew their beards.
Word has been quietly circulating recently about the correlation between record catches and facial hair. Saltwater fishermen (see video) have known this secret for generations and now bass, walleye and other freshwater fishermen seem to have figured it out. Facial hair, in particular the Van Dyke beard that many also call the Goatee, has been sprouting more and more on bass tournament anglers according to fishing writer Dave Landahl. To find out more about the scientific reasons why beards may well be raising fish, trim this ‘stache.
|Coast Guard personnel no longer sit around playing cards waiting for distress calls.|
On Sunday evening Oct. 12th a Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a man and a woman
from a disabled motorboat after it had drifted dangerously close to rocks near the
northern end of Coronado, CA. With the world teaming with terrorists and druggies,
the USCG no longer needs boaters in distress to help them pass the time. Boat owners
need to start taking responsibility for themselves. A little “human intervention”
is all it takes to eliminate most of the Coasties’ weekly amusement.
To find out what happened to our hapless couple in Southern California, plunk your magic twanger.
|First they took up golf, then boating with friends – all with predictable results.|
For years it had been rumored that the Three Stooges were still alive, but actual
confirmed sightings of them had been rare – until now! It seems that they are still
up to their old slapstick tricks and have recruited three more boneheads. The Coast
Guard not only found them all on Oct. 9th on a boat off of Oahu, Hawaii, but also
rescued them, thus bringing joy to the hearts of all who loved them.
To find out what Larry, Curley and Moe plus their three buddies were doing offshore and why the USCG got into their act, slap this stick.
|The reverse handle on the RXT-X which won the Coast Guard’s highest product commendation.|
In September the USCG Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety recognized Bombardier
Recreational Products Inc (BRP) with its prestigious Boating Safety Award. This
award was given to BRP for its commitment to improving boating safety through the
introduction of an unprecedented electronically controlled hand-braking system,
the iBR™ (intelligent Brake and Reverse), on two of its 2009 Sea Doo® personal watercraft
models. The Coast Guard is optimistic that this innovative braking system will decrease
the number of personal watercraft accidents. To see Capt. Wenz’s test of the RXT-X with hand-braking system,
pull this handle.
To see tests of all Sea-Doo PWCs.
To sign up for a Sea-Doo PWC test drive.
|Europa Point, at the south tip of Gibraltar, is often a lee shore and no place for a freighter to anchor.|
A 35,000 ton vessel snapped in half after smashing against rocks of Gibraltar last week. The Liberian-registered “Fedra” had been dragging her anchor in a Force 8 gale on Friday afternoon. Have you ever noticed that “Liberian-registered” vessels are often in the news for running aground, sinking, smuggling, dumping ballast water in restricted waters, breaking up and spilling tens of thousands of barrels of crude oil on pristine beaches? Have you ever wondered why some governmental body doesn’t do something about it?
To find out what happened to the 31-man crew on this vessel and to see some great pictures on a lee shore, anchor to windward.
To see video of government official explaining ships falling apart.
|Re-creation of event in Florida. NOTE: Professional stunt dolphin, no animals were harmed in this re-creation.|
An Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin jumped aboard an 18’ center console while a couple and their daughter were cruising early this month in South Florida. The incident made national TV network news. But ever since the incident a debate has been raging as to why the dolphin jumped aboard. One marine biologist said the dolphin was a baby and must have been lost. Another said it must have been escaping Jaws. Others contend that the aquatic mammal was after the crew’s anchovy sandwiches. To find out more about this unusual encounter of the third kind, flipper here.
Captain Rob says this product is easy to adjust to your vehicle and
your trailering system.
Fulton's F2 trailer jack is an adjustable mounting system that with the help of twin, independent wheels to facilitate direction makes it possible to align the trailer tongue to the tow vehicle. There are many features to this innovative jack so come along as Captain Rob Smith shows you the ins and outs of this advanced boat trailer.
Learn more about the F2 trailer jack.
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Capt. Steve's Lesson #10
Boating Under the Influence
This week’s lesson from Captain Steve is straight forward and should go without
saying – operating a boat under the influence is a local, state, and federal crime.
Captain Steve goes over your responsibilities as captain – to other boaters on the
water, to your passengers, and to yourself. He will explain what the parameters
are to be considered boating under the influence. The four videos presented this
week are part of Captain Steve’s USCG-approved boating course called “Smart Boating.”
Watch Captain Steve’s video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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