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My grandfather first took me fishing when I was too young to actually hold up a rod on my own. As an avid camper, hiker, and nature enthusiast I'm always looking for a new adventure.

My grandfather first took me fishing when I was too young to actually hold up a rod on my own. As an avid camper, hiker, and nature enthusiast I'm always looking for a new adventure.

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The 10 Best Boat Trailer Guides for 2021

A good set of boat trailer guides can be invaluable. You already know how troublesome loading and unloading your fishing boat can be at the best of times. Doing it with broken or wonky trailer guides is so much worse. Sometimes a DIY guide made from an old 2×4 will get the job done. But…

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Why the Captain Goes Down with the Ship

  Everyone has heard that the captain goes down with the ship. Most of us have probably not stopped to wonder where this saying comes from. Is it just a saying? Is it a rule? And if so, how long has it been around? And most importantly, why was it a tradition at all. There’s…

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Reviewing The 8 Best Sandals For Men

When it comes to comfort and versatility in the warm weather, it’s hard to beat sandals. You can have the option of simple slides or flip flops but they’re not really the same. The support and comfort of a sandal is what makes them a standout. The best men’s sandals are going to look good…

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How to Paint a Boat Trailer: A Step-by-step Guide

  Boat trailers are highly underappreciated pieces of equipment. They’re often relegated to background status. But their role is essential. And they can often cost thousands of dollars. That’s a big investment, so they deserve maintenance and care. Let’s take a look at some tips for painting that boat trailer. Even an old, rusty boat…

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Ranking The Best Boat Trailers for 2021

A boat trailer is not the sort of thing you’ll just look up on Amazon. It takes some digging to find the best boat trailers on the market. And you really need to customize it to your boat. After all, there are literally dozens of kinds of boats. No one trailer can meet everyone’s needs….

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Reviewing The Best Beach Chairs of 2021

Choosing the right beach chair involves a little homework. It depends a lot on what you like to do at the beach. If you want to stretch out and catch a nap under the sun. If you need a place to store a ton of gear, Or if you just want a place to catch…

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How to Jack Up a Boat Trailer

As you have no doubt just realized, jacking up a boat trailer is not always as easy as you might think. When you research it you are also going to find two different meanings. Do you want to jack up the boat trailer to lift or lower it for towing? Or do you want to…

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15 Best Sunscreens for 2021

In this day and age you need to wear sunscreen. Harmful UV rays are a danger to us all, with sensitive skin or otherwise. You need a solid sun protection factor to help block harmful UVA rays and UVB rays. Otherwise you risk sunburn and skin cancer. There are many types of sunscreen available to…

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What Size Paddle Board Do I Need?

If you’ve finally come around to paddle boarding you’ll need to pick the right board. Like any sport, the right gear goes a long way to making it more fun for you. Or maybe you’re just into it for the great workout. Whatever it is, if you’ve tried a few boards you may have noticed…

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The 18 Best Places to Scuba Dive in 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic saw most of us missing out on the best places to scuba dive. If you’re looking to find a new dive site, or reconnect with an old dive site, we’ve got you covered. The best diving in the world doesn’t have to be on the other side of the planet. Some of…

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How to Install a Fish Finder

So you’ve got the best new fish finder. You got your battery picked out; you know how to use it, you’re ready to go. Now how do you install the thing on your boat? Unfortunately, installing a fish finder isn’t as easy as just setting it on the deck. There are few steps that we…

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How to Clean a Fishing Reel

No one likes to realize that their fishing reel has gotten dirty. Taking it apart to get it clean can be intimidating. This is especially true if you’re not handy when it comes to fishing gear. If you’re worried about getting your fishing reel clean, we’ve got you covered. Reel Cleaning Basics If you want to…

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17 Best Lake Vacations in the United States

What is it about a lake vacation that can make it so unforgettable? It seems more intimate than a vacation to an oceanside resort. It’s like you’re more in control and the world is a little smaller. The perfect lake vacation can be a great fishing trip for one. Or an exciting getaway for the…

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Ranking The Best Tanning Oils of 2021

Tanning oils have come a long way. Once upon a time people might run some sunflower seed oil or baby oil on their skin and head to the beach. Once we learned about the harmful effects of UV rays, the industry changed. That didn’t make tanning oils go away, though. Choosing the best tanning oil…

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The 15 Best Scuba Diving Sites in Hawaii

There are more places to dive in Hawaii than you could hope to visit in one trip. Even if you live in Hawaii, you could spend years visiting the Hawaii scuba diving spots. But if you do plan a trip, there are some real standouts you may want to check out. From wreck diving to…

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Best Compact Binoculars for 2021: Review and Buying Guide

Full sized binoculars can offer a lot of power. The problem is they’re not built for your life, right? The best compact binoculars have to go where you go. You need crystal clear images for bird watching, sailing, and more. That means limited weight and nothing bulky. Check out our picks for the best of…

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Best Two-Way Radios of 2021 Reviewed

Two-way radios or walkie talkies have come a long way. When you were a kid, they were just goofy toys. But modern walkie talkies have a lot to offer. With compact design and easy voice controls, walkie talkies are incredibly useful. So what’s going to be the best way to stay connected when you’re hiking…

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How Do Fish Finders Work?

Modern fish finders have been the real benefits to anglers. Whether you ‘re ice fishing, saltwater fishing, or just going downriver in a bass boat, they help a lot. The way fish finders work is worth understanding. In order to get to the bottom of how fish finders work, you need to know a little…

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Reviewing The Best Marine Binoculars of 2021

On land you may need a pair of binoculars just for fun. If you’re bird watching or hiking, they can be a real help. At sea, they’re much more. Marine binoculars can enhance your vision to improve safety on a boat. They can improve your field of view and allow for enhanced warning of danger….

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Sailfish vs Marlin

Sailfish vs Swordfish vs Marlin: The Billfish Heavyweights

While the jury might still be out on this, most experts agree that the Sailfish might be the fastest fish in all the sea. Zooming past at a blistering 70 mph, the Sailfish can out swim pretty much every other fish found in any of the oceans. Not to be outdone, its cousin the swordfish…

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Best Scuba Diving in Florida: 21 Dive Spots for 2021

There are plenty of great dive spots on the West Coast and all along the East Coast as well. But you know as well as we do that the best scuba diving is in Florida. It’s the dive capital of America. The problem is that you’re spoiled for choice. You could dive at 100 dive…

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13 Best Beach Tents and Canopies of 2021 Reviewed

You’re at the beach, you need coverage. You need a beach tent or a beach canopy. Nothing can spoil a good time faster than a brutal sunburn. Likewise, an unexpected wind is a problem worth avoiding. And sometimes you just want privacy without other people eyeballing you. Let’s check out the best beach tents and…

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Ranking The Best Collapsible Water Bottles of 2021

You know you need to stay hydrated when you’re out for the day. Boating, fishing, hiking, you’re going to need water. But sometimes a standard water bottle takes up too much space, right? And you don’t need a full survival kit here. If you’ve decided a collapsible water bottle is what you need, check out…

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Best Handheld GPS Units of 2021 Reviewed

Looking for the best handheld GPS for your boat instead of a larger boat gps? Most handheld GPS units come from Garmin. They offer everything from barometric altimeter sensors to a wide area augmentation system. Whether you want touchscreen GPS, free spatial data, rechargeable battery packs, or VHF radio. If you’re not sure which is…

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Reviewing The Best Boat Carpets of 2021

Caution is the name of the game on the water. The deck of your boat can be dangerous if you’re not careful. It may also not be as comfortable as it could be. Bare wood or fiberglass can leave a lot to be desired. The answer you need is carpeting. Choosing the best boat carpet…

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Ranking the Best Marine Radar Systems of 2021

Marine radar used to be a pipe dream for most boaters. A cool sounding gadget, but totally impractical. How could any regular boater use it? Why would they ever want to? It was for commercial freighters and ocean liners. But you can’t stop progress. These days marine radar has come home. There are plenty of…

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Boat Motor Repair Tips

The very idea of boat engine repair can make a lot of boaters nervous. Who has the time and skill to do some outboard engine repair? Luckily, a lot of engine repair can be averted by good engine maintenance. Proper boat maintenance is how you cut off repairs at the pass. Knowing how to maintain…

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Basics of Boat Maintenance: How To Care For Your Boat

Owning boats is much like owning cars. In many ways, the two are able to provide the same kind of enjoyment. But at the same time, they both require maintenance in order to run properly. The longer you let basic boat maintenance go, the more likely you are to have issues. Boat maintenance costs don’t…

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Truck towing boat

GVWR vs GAWR vs GCWR: How to Measure Towing Capacity

According to the Washington Post, just about a million Americans now live in an RV. It’s not because of the pandemic or lack of housing but because they find this to be one of the best and most comfortable ways to see the country. Granted, there are different types of RVs, some that need towing…

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People Fishing On the Seashore

How to Surf Fish: A Comprehensive Saltwater Fishing Guide

There’s no denying that surf fishing can evoke daydreams of you catching fish in one of nature’s most incredible environments until the grim reality sets in. It dawns on you that fishing the beach can be an uphill task, and if it’s your first time, it’s downright impossible to have success without adequate knowledge and…

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