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Renaissance Prowler 42:
For Long-Range Fishing Missions

Renaissance Prowler 42
Renaissance Prowler 42

With quad 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards, the Renaissance Prowler 42 is a fast way to get offshore, with top speed reportedly approaching 70 mph. A boat with this speed capability and the twin hull design opens new vistas for anglers, allowing a run to the reefs and ledges of the Bahamas and back to Miami in a single day, among many other options. The Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s have no dealer scheduled maintenance for five years or 500 hours, whichever comes first. More...

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Hargrave 80 Deal Maker:
A Classic Walnut Wood Interior

Hargrave 80 Deal Maker
Hargrave 80 Deal Maker

For those who love fine marine cabinetry, the Hargrave 80 Deal Maker offers much to admire. Matched grain high-gloss walnut is found throughout the galley/country kitchen as well as elsewhere throughout this near-custom build. All of the appliances are full-sized. All countertops and the back-splash are the same Taj Mahal quartzite seen in the salon. The starboard side stairway, also in walnut, leads to the flying bridge. More...

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Formula 350 FX CBR:
Ilmor Drive System w/Digital Controls

Formula 350 FX CBR
Formula 350 FX CBR

One of the more impressive upgrades on Formula’s 350 FX CBR is the dual 430-hp Ilmor engine and drive package, adding a touch of racing heritage (read Roger Penske), and exceptionally smooth operation, which means no “clunk” when changing gears. Ilmor’s MERLIN Digital Dash allows users to customize the display for either a traditional analog or digital text-based view. Large buttons on the sides of the frame help users toggle easily between screens while the boat is underway or in rougher conditions. More...

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Beneteau Antares 23:
Compact Cruiser for Economical Boating

Beneteau Antares 23
Beneteau Antares 23

The Beneteau Antares 23 is powered by a single outboard engine up to 200-hp. The compact cabin fits a galley area and dinette for four alongside the helm seat, and sliding windows plus a sliding sunroof and door provide ventilation. Note the bolster on the sliding helm seat. She includes a bow thruster option among other amenities, allowing owners to option the boat to their specific application. More...

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Grady-White Freedom 215:
Dual Console w/Patented Optional Seat/Chaise

Grady-White Freedom 215
Grady-White Freedom 215

The Grady-White Freedom 215 dual console has a patented optional port lounge seat with a sliding/tilt backrest. There are plenty of reversible seats in the industry these days, but this is one of the most versatile reversible chaise designs we’ve seen. The seat can be used in many ways – a companion seat facing forward, a chaise lounge facing forward, a seat facing backward to watch baits for a towing spotter, a chaise facing aft, or as a leaning post. But, of course, there is much more to this dual console. More...

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Tips to Keep Kids Safe

Safety
Kids who are comfortable in their life jackets have more fun on boats – and so do their parents.

So many parents these days want to be their kids’ friends, but this attitude is a non-starter on boats: Kids need parents to exercise their authority early and consistently to keep everyone safe on the water. The rest of these ways to keep children safe fall in line after that. Read them all here...


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