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The Next Big Thing:
Rental Boat Clubs

The Next Big Thing
For the annual cost of summer moorage and winter storage, Freedom Boat Club members can have access to a boat without the expense, and hassle, of ownership.

In 1956, four men in Austin, Texas started building Glastron boats out of plastic with strands of thin glass in it, instead of the solid wood that almost all other boats had been built from for the last 50,000 years. Some wood boat builders said at the time that these new, white boats looked like frozen snot. A decade later Glastron was selling 50,000 fiberglass boats a year, something that has never been equaled. This was the first big thing in the modern era of boating.

The next big thing came the following year. It was called a “sterndrive” and it captured the imagination of the boating public in the late 1950s, which was tired of smoky, smelly, cantankerous outboard motors. Within 10 years or so, outboards became extinct on sportboats.

Then, over 20 years went by before the next big thing. It wasn’t until January 1989 when the prototype of the first GPS for boaters was demonstrated – it was called Magellan. Chartplotters soon followed.

You get the idea of “the next big thing.” As we survey what is happening in the boat industry, we think the “Next Big Thing” will be organized, well-managed, national rental boat clubs. Rental boats have been around almost since the dawn of power boating in the 20th century, but now they are reaching national scale. Now, they are not Ma and Pa renting out a few jon boats in the summertime on inland lakes. Now, the rental business is rapidly becoming the Next Big Thing. Find out why, where, and who is the leader...

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Neptunus 650 Express:
Efficient Planing Speeds w/CAT Diesels

Neptunus 650 Express
Neptunus 650 Express

The sleek design of the Neptunus 650 Express, with minimal top hamper, produces very little roll in turns—we measured an easy 7-degrees into the turns, a plus when guests are aboard. At a 10-knot displacement speed, she has a range over 700 NM, while top speed with the twin 1,136-hp Caterpillar C18s was 33.5 knots. A remote-control docking system allows the operator to bring her into a slip from anywhere on the boat. More...

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Test Video

Glastron GTD 180:
Entry-Level Boat w/Good Ride

Glastron GTD 180
Glastron GTD 180

Some entry-level boats in this size range will jar your teeth out – even in light chop – usually because they either have a flat deadrise or a cathedral hull. They are made for very small lakes and canals, and they have the advantage of being stable. While they are affordable, and granny will like them, there are other options on the market we think should be considered. One is the Glaston GTD 180 that has a 20-degree deadrise at the transom and will provide a ride as good as anything in class. She also has a low bow rise on acceleration. Her helm seat will accommodate captains of varying heights, and a flip-up bolster allows the skipper to elevate enough to see over passengers forward while underway. More...

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Factory Video

Boston Whaler Passion:
What is Going On at Whaler?

Boston Whaler Passion
Boston Whaler Passion

As any businessman knows, the quality of the finished product all starts at the top. It is amazing, but the lowest person on the ship room floor inevitably reflects the attitude of person at the top, probably someone who has never been met. The culture there trickles down – or rushes down – to shop floor personnel in a hundred different ways. As we visit boat builders and go through their plants, we cannot help but notice that some shop personnel have an esprit de corps, and others seem to be waiting to punch the time clock. Boston Whaler, in our opinion, has one of the best corporate cultures in the business as evidenced by what we have seen during our time in the factory. Join us as we take a peek at what is going on there. More...

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Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP:
Avoid Dealer Winterization Bills

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP
Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP

Four-stroke outboard engines are expensive to maintain with annual winterization dealer bills, annual oil changes, dealer inspections every 100 hours, 10 and 20-hour break-in periods, and all the rest of it. Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines can be winterized by the owner, and there is no regularly scheduled dealer maintenance for 500 hours/5 years. And, there is no break-in period. 5-year factory-backed coverage secures the investment. More...

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Sea Ray Sundancer 460:
Let the Sun Shine In

Sea Ray Sundancer 460
Sea Ray Sundancer 460

A yacht with a sunroom and an atrium? Sea Ray says, why not? Their Sundancer 460 not only offers an electric sunroof, but also an atrium that allows the sunshine to reach down belowdecks to brighten up the accommodations level. With two private staterooms below, each with large heads and separate shower stalls, the Sundancer 460 is directed squarely at gracious two-couple cruising, especially for those who enjoy sunshine. More...

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Boat Buying Tips

6 Rules for First Time
Boat Buyers

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How new boaters approach the purchase of their first boat can have an impact on their enjoyment of – and longevity in – the best sport in the world.

Most first-time boaters have been thinking about getting a boat for a long time. At first, they are shocked at the prices, but after looking at them for a year or two they get used to it. Rule #1 for a first-time buyer is to not buy a fixer-upper. They are not good boats, and a first-time buyer more than anyone else needs a good boat. They are forgiving. There’s plenty to consider, from the type, size, and power, in addition to cost. Get more sage advice on getting a boat here...


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