Show Opens Tomorrow
Thousands of boats, engine, electronics
and accessories will be on display at the country's largest boat show
Date & Time
Kids 13-15 $6
Kids under 12 &
Collins Ave. Free
3 Powerboat Venues
Miami Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Small boats, engines, accessories
Sea Isle Marina
1635 N. Bayshore
Powerboats 35' -55' +/-
Between 41st & 51st
Large powerboats, 40'+
First to Market
with Sterndrive Joysticks
The #1 fear of boaters is not sinking offshore or drowning, it is docking the boat
in front of ones friends and making a hash of it. BoatTEST Bookstore's docking guide
books out sell all other titles 4:1. Two years ago Volvo-Penta first solved the
problem for owners of diesel-powered express cruisers with its IPS, and now MerCrusier
has become the first to do it in production of gas-powered sterndrives with a system
called Axius. Capt. Rob Smith interviews MerCruiser President Kevin Grodzki about
the new fly-by-wire technology…
See the New Axius Joystick in action at the Miami
Boat Show at the Sea Isle Marina venue in these boats: Crownline 300LS,
Formula 370SS, Maxum 2900, Rinker 350, Sea Ray 310DA.
Baja 35 Outlaw
Becomes Law-Abiding in European Community
The EU has banned loud noise before cigarette
smoking, so Baja obeys the law…and continues smoking cigarettes
2008 Spring Boat Show "Short List"
These boats have all been tested by BoatTEST
Click and see tests and videos…
There’s more to a good bowrider than handy drink holders.
Eric Sorensen shows you what to look for
Mercury Marine Presents:
New Basic Boating Video Series
We urge new boaters, youngsters, spouses and even
old salts to watch these terrific basic boating videos.
Second in the series--
Get Home Battery System
Now small boats with only one battery can have
a reliable back-up for low cost.
Ideal for bass boats,
PWCs, jon boats, bay boats, etc. where weight, room and cost are important.
Take a good look
at this picture and guess what is going on here and think (like a sailor).
Last week we asked you to write a caption
for the photo above. Below are a few of our favorite responses.
First Place – Winner of
It looks like Tony Soprano's Sail Boat. And he is taking a few guy's out for
Second Place – No Cigar
(or Ducky, but Good)
Gentle cycle for washing delicates
Honorable (more or less) Mentions
How they hangin'? --N. Toth
Wife went out of town, he retrieved them from her nightstand, now they are out of
Look honey I got free undercover storage and I can paint the bottom. Grab my coffee
before it spills.
"What is Going on Here?"
You write the caption!
Will you win the coveted "Ducky Trophy" for best caption? Simply fill in your caption
and you may get lucky...quack
Boat Fire in
Three boats suffer damage and an owner is burned
Boat fires can usually
A South Florida man is lucky to be alive after the
engines of his boat exploded in flames one Sunday morning, last month. Miami Dade
Fire Rescue said two of their fire engines reached the burning boat at the High
Lift Marina on Northeast 187th Avenue in Aventura within minutes…but not quite soon
To find out what happened…switch this ignition
267 Bowrider Goes
New design has SOTA gelcoat, no wood, Corian tops, molded
in swim platform and a great price
Caravelle has pulled out
all of the stops to produce this new up-market 26’ bowrider.
Caravelle’s new 267 Bowrider looks impressive and luxurious
right from the get-go. This spacious model uses 100% wood free construction with
a center walk-thru transom, U-bench w/sundeck, two flip-up bucket seats, and a fiberglass
floor w/snap-in carpet. During the last couple of years this builder has been quietly
upgrading its product and its new models have been impressive. To find out more about the new 267 Bowrider…bow out here
Expands Writing Staff
Industry professionals, captains, veteran
powerboaters are invited to contribute
to power boating’s
The huge BoatTEST e-newsletter
editorial staff is looking to expand in order to keep pace with the demands of its
BTC Publishing’s weekly e-newsletters are read by virtually
everyone in the industry as well as tens of thousands of boat owners from 15-footers
to 90-footers around the world. We are now looking for contributors to both BoatTEST.com
and Offshore Motoryacht who can help us keep our readers up to the minute on a broad
range of boating subject matter. Of course -- powerboats only. If you are interested in contributing…plunk your magic keyboard
in Jan. ’08 vs. ’07
Over 312,000 unique
visitors came to BTC in Jan – 50% more than the largest
monthly boating mag
This is what 250,000 people
look like, about the number who visited our site in January 2007. This January,
25% more people than in this picture came to BTC to research boats.
Most people now do their research for boats
on the Internet. In January, 37,000 people visited BTC twice and over 25,000
visited 3 or more times. Currently, over 200,000 people subscribe to our weekly
newsletters. In January, 23% of our visitors came from outside the United States.
Reader Feedback, Opinions,
Inquiries, Ideas, Suggestions
When a thought crosses your mind about boats and boating,
chances are hundreds of other boat owners would be interested in what you have to
say. Let us know what you’re thinking and we’ll try to produce an article to answer
your questions, publish your thoughts, or just take it to heart. To make it easy for you, all you need do is …Sound Off here.
You Be the Judge!
The boating industry is hungry for boat-owner feedback.
Here is your chance to let the brass know what you think
Your STYLE preference?
Your WARRANTY requirements?
Is boating in
BoatTEST wants to get your feedback to builders so that
they can bake your ideas and concepts into the next generation of boats. With the
advent of the Internet the consumer has never before been so influential. And now,
most builders have access to a five-axis router with CAD which means new tooling
can be made in months not years. Take a few minutes to share your thoughts with
us and we’ll get your advice into the executive offices of America’s boat builders.
The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat
by Mark Nicholas
Mark Nicholas combines his experience of life aboard with the advice of other liveaboards,
marina owners, technicians, boat manufacturers and advocates in order to detail
the challenges and offer real advice for success. Living aboard is a wonderful lifestyle
but it is not easy. This book is an honest and passionate depiction of the lifestyle
and its issues.
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You Save: $5.74
The Propeller Handbook: The Complete Reference
for Choosing, Installing, and Understanding Boat Propellers by Dave Gerr
At first, choosing the correct propeller for your boat may seem simple. But as one
choice affects another, affects another, many boaters feels that propeller selection
is more like divine intervention than logic. This book answers all those questions
regarding propeller choice. Written for small boats, this handy easy-to-use reference
book is a must have!!! All of these questions and more are answered in this complete
List Price: $19.95
You Save: $ 6.38