Fishing with the Pros
The FLW (named after Ranger Boats'
founder Forrest L. Wood) is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world.
Year after year the organization holds more than 200 tournaments in 10 circuits
targeting walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass with the opportunity of earning
over $40 million.
All fishermen have tricks and tips for hooking the prized catch and we've got three
tournament pros to tell you theirs.
Grady-White Tournament 275
Recently Grady-White has begun to add more and more details that acknowledge that
their boats can be used for pretty much anything. An example of this is Grady-White’s
new Tournament 275 which they started delivering in 2007. See Capt. Rob Smith's complete report and video...
Mako 234 Center Console
The Mako 234’s classic lines and layout as well as her aggressive V-hull constructed
of all composites are designed for long life and function. Her 21 degree deadrise
means she has the sporty handling you need and the wave taming action you want.
Go to Capt. Rob's complete report and video...
Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP
The V-toon technology and Sport Handling Package (SHP) aren’t just catchy marketing
terms. The 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP actually handles like a V-hull, cutting sharp,
tight turns (including snappy figure eights) with little effort and barely a reduction
in speed. See complete test and video...
This sharp-looking boat is all new for 2008 and is loaded with features while delivering
outstanding performance. It benefits from the background and experience of the Nitro
staff and we recently took an up-close look. See Captain Rob's complete test and video report...
Sea-Doo 180 Challenger
First released in 2005, the 180 Challenger is Sea-Doo’s answer to entry level boating
with a positive twist. Simple, really; they use direct drive which eliminates a
lot of the associated maintenance you have with sterndrives. See complete test and video...
Smoker Craft 151 Resorter
For three generations, the Smoker family has been designing and manufacturing aluminum
fishing boats. So it’s safe to say they know what they are doing, and it shows in
the newly released 151 Resorter. See complete test and video...
A few months ago Jupiter Marine moved its production from Ft. Lauderdale to the
Sarasota, FL area. In the process, it doubled its production capacity and hired
the trained workforce left there by several boat builders that recently moved from
Sarasota to North Carolina. Carl Herndon, who owns Jupiter, made his reputation
building express and flybridge Blackfins in the 1980s, and now puts all of that
expertise into his Jupiters. The company does not make many boats a year – fewer
than 100 -- but each one is built with a lot of TLC. Take a look as editor Jeff Hammond visits a Jupiter 29.
Visit Jupiter Marine’s
Tahoe Q4 SS
The 18’ Tahoe Q4 SS comes with a 135-hp MerCruiser sterndrive engine and trailer
and sells for under $20k. It is a great starter boat and is bigger than you may
think inside. BTC’s Chris Hughes and friends take a look at a recent boat
show. Tahoe is a division of Tracker, the largest builder of recreation powerboats
in the U.S.
our video report…
See our complete boat test of the Tahoe Q4 SS's sistership the Q4
Brunswick Cuts 4 Fishboat Brands
Sea Pro had
22 models 17'- 24'.
Sea Boss had 8
Palmetto had 3
Laguna had 5
models 18'- 24'.
Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced last week that
it will cease production of its "Bluewater Marine brands" -- including Sea Pro,
Sea Boss, Palmetto and Laguna -- with the upcoming 2009 model year, which commences
July 1. As a result of this action, Brunswick will close its production facility
in Newberry, SC, by the end of June, where three of the four brands were built.
This leaves Brunswick with Boston Whaler, Triton and Trophy in the saltwater small
fishboat market. To find out about Sea Pro's original success, and then its fall,
Brunswick strategy and more...cast your eye here.
32 Center Consoles Under 30'
With nearly 50 major companies building center consoles
boats, making a buying decision is not an easy feat. BoatTEST.com has tested 32
models built by most of the major brands and offers you a side-by-side comparison
guide that helps you zero-in on the right boat for you. The good boats are not cheap,
but if well-maintained they will last until you're ready for a pretty new face.
To see all 32 CCs we have tested from 17' to 29'...visit here.
Interview of the Week
Lays Future Plans
Correct Craft (aka Ski Nautique) claims credit for virtually
inventing the sport of waterskiing, and the company is still owned by the descendents
of the founder, but is now run by a veteran boat building executive, Bill Yeargin.
The company now ranks #3 in the rarified air of the five or six boutique ski/wake
inboard boat builders. Last year its sales were 56% of those of Malibu, the industry
leader, and 64% of second place MasterCraft. We asked Bill about the company’s future
Dumb and Dumber
Boater Uses Rod Holder
for Fuel Fill
These are rod holders. They hold fishing rods
and do not lead to the fuel tank.
Members of the Martin County, FL Fire Rescue Hazmat team
responded to a fuel clean-up Tuesday morning after a boater pumped gasoline into
his fishing rod holder instead of his gas tank. The boater pumped about 100 gallons
of gasoline at the Finest Kind Marina fuel dock before he noticed the problem. The
good news was that only 15 gallons of gas went into the river before the light bulb
went on somewhere in the deep recesses of this boater's brain. The rest of the gasoline
stayed in the bilge, witnesses said. Marina employees said it's not uncommon to
see boaters pump fuel into fishing rod holders because the holder is often close
to the fuel tank hole.
Yamaha FX SHO Series
Yamaha's FX SHO Series of PWCs was named the "Watercraft
of the Year," by WaterCraft World magazine. The award is given to the PWC
that demonstrates excellence in innovation, market appeal, and long-term
impact on the industry.
Learn more about this model.
Watch BoatTEST's review on the FX Cruiser SHO.
7 Walkaround Fishboats Under 30'
There is a natural evolution from center consoles to
walkarounds, thence on to express fishboats before reaching the heavyweights of
sportfishing -- the convertibles (aka battlewagons). But the design that probably
has the most utility dollar-for-dollar is the walkaround. They had heads a decade
or more before the new breed of center consoles, and have a bunk or two and a place
to get out of the rain. Many of the larger ones now have a few more amenities and
are pushing the dividing line between walkaround express fishboats.
To see our 7 tests...walkaround this.
New Boat Check List
“My New Boat Leaks!”
How often does a customer purchase a brand new boat, only to find that the first
time they put it in the water it has a leak? It happens more often than one might
think. Boat manufacturers do their best to ensure this doesn’t happen, but it still
does. Why, you might ask? There are several different reasons why leaks occur.
To find out more about what shouldn't happen to a new boat, but sometimes does...place
your thumb here.
Mark Your Calendar
Everyone should wear a life vest.
National Safe Boating Week kicked off this past Saturday May 17 and extends through
Friday May 23. The organizers --National Safe Boating Council -- are reminding boaters
to wear their life vests and to be generally alert and cautious while boating.
Learn more about National
Safe Boating Week...come onboard.
Ducky Award Winner
“Better than a bow thruster! Better than IPS. Introducing the new abeam thruster!”
– Tim W
"And in just a few minutes it easily converts into a center console fishing boat!"
“Great! Now I'll probably have to buy two EPA discharge permits...” – M. Meyers
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