We hear a lot about “fishability”, but frankly these days virtually all boats designed
for the purpose have decent “fishability.” What offshore fishermen need now are
boats that are good sea-keeping vessels that anglers can take offshore with confidence
– yet still be affordable. Combine Wellcraft’s Scarab race-proven construction
know-how with over 35 years of experience with center consoles and you have Wellcraft’s
new generation of offshore fishing boats. The all-new 210 Fisherman is not a warmed-over
bay boat designed to a low price-point. Rather, she has one of the highest freeboards
we have seen in a 21-footer with 29” of reassuring gunwale height in the cockpit,
bow flare to keep you dry, ss hand holds all over where they are needed, decent scuppers and a full-height
outboard well. The company has taken a good look at the competition and made sure
that when buyers go point-by-point they won’t find this 19-degree deadrise boat
wanting. Our Capt. Steve is no shrinking violet when it comes to testing boats and
he likes what he found in the 210. Join him for his video ride --
Before you hit the water it’s important to follow these safety guidelines for PWC use provided by the Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA). Rules of the water don’t just apply to boaters, they also apply to PWCs and you must remember that you’re sharing the water with other boaters, swimmers, skiers and all manner of water lovers out there. These videos cover the basics of PWC use such as riding rules, what to wear, how to operate defensively, and safety information. The more you know about your watercraft and how it operates, the safer you are as a boater. Safe riding!
|Here’s the typical main battery switch. Note the warning.|
I’m amazed at how many experienced boaters are unsure of what to do with their “1-2-BOTH” battery switch. It’s a very simple mechanism and, used properly, can save you time, money, and stress. The vast majority of boaters I’ve asked say something like, “I’m not really sure what to do with it, so I just leave it in the “BOTH” position.” A little clarification here will go a long way –
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Celestial Navigation Revisited
Last week we ran the picture above as a test, folks -- just to find out if you were paying attention, and had recovered from New Year’s Eve celebrations! Thankfully, you were paying attention and we were inundated with reader mail. For the rest of you: What was wrong with this picture? A few too many things for it to be real. Savvy BoatTEST members picked up on the line, “an amazing photo and one not easily duplicated.” The picture was submitted by our freelance photo contributor, Bill Noble, who regular readers will recall works for payment in 6-packs of Coors Light. Next week: Mars between the Moon and Earth. Several readers have asked where to get a print of this fantastic astronomical anomaly, find out here.
Slow Down in
|So just how fast should you be able to go on Palm Beach’s Intracoastal Waterway?|
Seven areas in Palm Beach County have been deemed as “high risk” in a recent study being done by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This has the potential of reducing speeds along these areas to “Idle Speed." Could this be just what it takes to save boaters from themselves, or is it another case of Big Brother making more rules to legislate everything under the sun? Read on and decide for yourself --
|It was just supposed to be a fun day of tubing behind a PWC. What could go wrong?|
The ingredients were simple enough -- two brothers, a PWC, an old inner tube, and a sunny Ft. Lauderdale day. It doesn’t take rocket science to put it all together and have a good time. What could go wrong? No prop strike, no towing into rocks, no BUI, and no collision. What’s more, everyone involved was wearing a life jacket. What did happen was what could only be described as a freak accident by everyone investigating it. Get your freak on here --
|This beautiful Scottish lake is ideal for water skiing yet few boaters can be found there.|
Anyone who has visited the ruins of the 13th century Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness knows that little boating is done on this placid lake which is 37 km long. We have long wondered why. Of course, for years people thought that there was the “Loch Ness Monster” but that fable has long since been disproved by experts and that myth is now relegated to the dust bin of fantasy along with Big Foot and the Abominable Snowman. To see the recently discovered video explaining it all -- plunk your magic twanger.
|Whenever humans are involved in a production line things can go wrong.|
This month’s USCG recall notice covers generator wiring on some Bayliners, possible defects on some Evinrude tillers, and the sealing of fuel hoses on some Kawasaki products. As always, BoatTEST.com commends these manufacturers for working with the USCG to help insure consumer safety. For the details on this month’s USCG recalls -- fix this.
Capt. Steve's Lesson #19
Requirements for Recreational Boaters
|Capt. Steve wants the smart boater to be prepared.|
In this final lesson for Requirement for Recreational Boaters, Captain Steve goes through essential (not required) supplies that every smart boater should have onboard. He explains why these supplies are necessary and gives examples as to when they will come in handy. The 12 videos presented this week are part of his USCG-approved boating course called “Smart Boating.” Watch Captain Steve's video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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