Back Cove 32 | 60 Fixed-Mount VHF Radios Researched | World Cat 280 CC-X - 07/19/2018
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Back Cove 32:
Downeaster w/Style and Value

Back Cove 32
Back Cove 32

The Back Cove 32 is a Downeaster designed for dayboating or for a couple to go cruising. She has a single stateroom forward, but the dining area easily converts to a second berth. The water closet belowdecks has a sink, while a separate compartment holds the shower. She's powered with a single 425-hp Cummins QSB 6.7, which delivered a cruise of 18.4 mph with a 1.6 mpg efficiency, and the sharp forward entry should provide an easy ride in coastal chop. More...

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Electronics Library

60 Fixed-Mount VHF Radios Researched

Formula 350 Sun Sport
Our growing Electronics Research Library now has 60 fixed-mounted VHF radios from all major manufacturers, and we investigate 16 different important data points for each.

Any boat going offshore, even if only a few miles, should have a VHF radio. Even the most expensive are not too costly, and all have their own particular set of features and attributes. Not only are they an important safety item, but they are also useful for boat-to-boat communication, and weather news. A cellphone should never be thought of as a replacement. A wise boat owner will carefully select the right fixed-mount radio for his special application. Each year, new features are added and units just a few years old seem obsolete. Take a look and see how they stack up...

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Test Video

World Cat 280 CC-X:
Easy-Riding Powercat w/High Freeboard

World Cat 280 CC-X
World Cat 280 CC-X

Using all-CAD design and resin-infusion construction, World Cat held down the weight of the 280CC-X. Note the exceptional freeboard, not only forward but all the way to the transom. The swim ladder mounted between the outboards acts as a safety rail in the up position. More...

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Features Video

Hampton Yachts 720 Skylounge:
Fine Finishes, Strong Build, 3 En Suites

Hampton Yachts 720 Skylounge
Hampton Yachts 720 Skylounge

The luxurious dining area of the Hampton Yachts 720 Skylounge is finished in matched-grain African Makore Cherry wood with raised paneling in a satin finish. The stylized overhead is trimmed in more cherry and the joinery is flawless. The spacious skylounge is also finished in cherry, and has additional dining and lounging areas. Three large en suites welcome guests belowdecks. More...

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Captain's Report

SUN TRACKER® BASS BUGGY® 16 DLX ET:
Silent, Pollution-Free Propulsion

SUN TRACKER BASS BUGGY 16 DLX ET
SUN TRACKER® BASS BUGGY® 16 DLX ET

The SUN TRACKER® BASS BUGGY® 16 DLX ET is equipped with a near-silent Torqeedo electric motor with lithium battery as the primary propulsion system. The company says it will push the boat at 4 to 6 mph. Fishing features include two fishing seats up front and a livewell to keep a catch frisky, plus a bow-mount trolling motor. She weighs just 1,235 lb. (560 kg), making her easy to trailer behind even relatively small vehicles. More...

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Dealer Spotlight

SkipperBud’s in
Winthrop Harbor, IL

dealer spotlight
SkipperBud’s is headquartered in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois.

SkipperBud’s is a family-owned business with roots in Wisconsin and headquartered in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, that has branched out for nearly 60 years and now boasts locations across the Midwest and beyond. Since the beginning, SkipperBud’s has demonstrated a commitment to its customers, fulfilling customers’ ideal of a boating lifestyle. Through long-term relationships with premium brands, professional and experienced staff, multiple service facilities, and a comprehensive list of offerings, SkipperBud’s is working to make boating hassle-free. Check out how the company accomplishes this goal in each of its locations...


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