8 Stingrays Tested
Volvo Penta Sterndrives
We test 8 Stingray engine configurations. Pick your horsepower.
A Life-long Boater
Who Loves the Sport
He owns more boat
companies than any man alive
and is on a quest for the perfect boat.
Between a boating industry almost totally dominated
by a $5.7 billion corporate behemoth (the Brunswick Corporation), and 400 boat-building
company dwarfs, stands one man. That man is Irwin Jacobs, the CEO of Genmar Holdings.
Genmar owns 13 boat companies, which together build over 25,000 boats a year. While
that is only about 10% of boats built in the U.S., Genmar companies have big footprints
in the center console, bass boat, sport boat, and express cruiser markets. Jacobs
has fostered competition in the industry and has championed both Volvo Penta and
Evinrude at various times when they needed customers. And while Jacobs undoubtedly
cut advantageous deals with both, the result has been healthier competition among
both engine companies and boat builders. We met with Jacobs to find out more about
his involvement with boats and boating from a personal use standpoint and how that
has effected his actions as a businessman.
Next week: Jacobs talks about what he sees in the future for boating.
Does it Again!
Grady-White’s president explains how her company
continues to lead in customer satisfaction.
Grady-White has won the J.D. Power award for customer
satisfaction in the coastal fishing category the last seven years, which is every
year it has been awarded. Had there been such awards in the 1990s, and in the ‘80s,
Grady would have undoubtedly won them then as well, such is the reputation of this
privately-owned company. President Kris Carroll has guided the company since 1993,
expanded its line up to 36 feet, and has kept Grady in the “satisfaction” groove
in an increasingly competitive boating niche. She has done that by having dedicated
and adequate infrastructure in place -- a place where many boat companies fall down
– and by attending to the details. Competition is heating up, but the Grady-White
management team is staying cool. Watch the four videos above, and you’ll find out
Coming soon: Grady’s plans for the future.
Better than Lexus?
The unquestioned champion of boat quality and
customer service wins J.D. Power Award again
Cobalt celebrated its 40th year
in business by building its 50,000th boat.
For perhaps 25 of those 40 years Cobalt has been the undisputed champion of quality
and customer service in its chosen niche.
Insiders say from several sources – but not for attribution – that Cobalt scores
even higher than the much vaunted Lexus on the J.D. Power surveys. If that is so, what Cobalt has done is, indeed, quite extraordinary.
CEO Paxson St. Clair fills us in on
what is going on at this legendary boat company, which is located in southern
Kansas, not far from the immortal “Little House on the Prairie.” See videos above.
Measure, sit, stand, read and you will
discover the difference.
The helm and a head –
the two most important places on any boat.
Not all men were created
make sure you fit.
Not all bowriders are
the same-- look closely.
Designs from Taylor
Three clever designs
to solve problems
You need to see these
great new windshield ideas from Taylor.
Taylor makes 90% of the boat windshields used
in the U.S. But despite the fact that it has tremendous market share, the company
hard to solve windshield problems. Taylor is also a leader in fender manufacturing
and is still pumping out the old reliable models. Capt. Smith takes a video look at both.
New Yamaha 90-hp
This is a workhorse range
for outboard engines
with dozens of applications.
Ideal for bay boats and
freshwater fishing boats, the 90 packs plenty of power.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on the monstrous
outboard engines that all of the magazines (and BoatTEST.com) are forever talking
about. This 90-hp 4-stroke outboard has enough muscle to move your 1000-lb. boat
at over 40 mph and give you 5.75 mpg at best cruise. How much more horsepower do
you need? How much more fuel do you need to burn? This relatively new engine from
Yamaha has four cylinders, DOHC, fuel injection, 20” and 25” shafts and weighs 369
lb, according to the company. Capt. Smith takes a detailed video look at what makes this honey
"...and that's how Honda got into
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 the Rubber Ducky!
"..and that's how Honda got into the marine business..."
-- J. Hole
Second Place – No Cigar
"Larry, we have told you over and over.. the dockside parking IS NOT included
in your annual slip fee."
"After you tell my husband about this, remind him how much 'alimony' is nowadays."
Honorable (more or less) Mentions
"This is what happens when you let the 'Dinghy' drive the car!"
"When we implied that 'you missed the boat' ... that wasn't meant to be a challenge,
-- T. Evans
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
Please send all submissions by 3/4/08.
Navigation for the Rest of Us: Finding Your Way By Eye and Electronics
by Bill Brogdon
Want a full
course in navigation? A whole toolbox of little-known tips and shortcuts to deal
with real-life navigation situations without resorting to a slide rule? You get
both in Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us, second edition, a guide
to pleasureboat navigation that shows you how to combine electronic aids like radar
and GPS with visual observations, simple chartwork, and common-sense piloting. In
plain, simple language, it explains how to find where you are and get where you want to go with a minimum of fuss.
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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!!!
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KVH Brings Sat
TV to Center Consoles
A 14” dome and low cost make Sat TV practical.
Long the exclusive domain
of the megayacht, KVH now has Sat TV units for every man.
KVH, the world leader in marine Sat communications,
has successfully introduced affordable and practical Sat TV domes for small boats.
Now you can have a TV on your center console with the 14” dome on your T-top and
watch baseball while you’re waiting for the fish to bite…or you can mount a dome
on the stern of your runabout and while you’re at anchor you can watch David Letterman
by the light of a silvery moon. Watch these 5 short videos and become an expert…
Yamaha PWC Wins Technology Award New PWC hull and deck material is 25%
lighter and stronger.
A Yamaha SHO PWC hull
can be seen in front of its compression steel mold.
Yamaha was one of eight companies which won the JEC
Group’s Composites Innovation of the Year Award. The JEC is a European company that
is associated with the composite industry world-wide and is involved with the promotion
of new composite technology. Yamaha calls its new material “NanoXcel”™ and it is used in
the Yamaha SHO and High Output WaveRunner PWCs. The company says that “NanoXcel”
utilizes a compression-molding process and that it is currently only available on Yamaha
Is a “Must”
People with pulmonary problems must have this new 3M system.
Capt. Smith loves to sand
in his spare time and now he can breathe while doing it.
Any company smart enough to invent the Post-it
™, is clever enough to figure out how to make it easier for boaters to properly
affix their sandpaper to their electric sander pad. Heretofore, that chore required
careful hole alignment to make sure wood dust and sand was sucked up. See Capt. Smith’s detailed video of this wonderful new product.
Low-Cost 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, size and cost are important.
Reader Feedback, Opinions,
Inquiries, Ideas, Suggestions
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chances are hundreds of other boat owners would be interested in what you have to
say. Let us know what
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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.
Boat Capsizes: Three Boaters Dead
Veteran boaters and a priest not wearing PFDs tossed
into 44-degree water.
When the USCG got word of the mishap it scrambled a chopper and two rescue boats.
Last Saturday evening, February 23, after searching
276 square miles of Pacific Ocean for six hours off the coast of Oregon near Hammond,
the Coast Guard suspended rescue efforts. The Coast Guard reports that “expected
survivability was approximately four hours” in the conditions. To find out what happened…read the rest of the story
Pro SCX 67 Paint
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Copper Pro™ SCX™ 67 has universal application over all types of properly prepared
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