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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.

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Boat Trailer Tire Pressure: What You Need to Know

So it’s that time of year again and you’re ready to get the boat up on a trailer and haul it down to the water. Whether you’re boating for fun, to get in some fishing, or just relaxing on the water, you need to make sure you can get there safely. Securing it in place…

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The 5 Best Boat Jack Stands for 2022

It’s no big secret that a lot of boaters don’t really bother with boat stands when it comes to storage. Often the boat stays on the trailer for the whole off season or, if it is being put up, cinder blocks and bricks with boards do most of the heavy lifting. And this does work…

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How to Replace Boat Trailer Bunk Carpet

Bunks and rollers are a key part of any good boat trailer. You want your boat to slide on and off that trailer quickly and easily with as little effort as possible. But, maybe more importantly, you want to make sure it’s undamaged, not even a scratch on the hull. The best way to ensure…

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How to Adjust Boat Trailer Rollers

Like a boat trailer bunk, rollers are there to make the job of loading and unloading your boat easier. Rollers move as your boat is moved. This reduces overall friction and makes it possible to get a boat, which in some cases can weigh thousands of pounds like a good size sailboat, on and off…

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8 Best Boat Trailer Locks for 2022

We’ve discussed the importance of locking a boat trailer before. Boat trailer security is a big deal. While there are a number of tips and tricks to secure your boat trailer, a boat trailer lock is obviously the best option you have. But just like locking up a bike or even your house, you need…

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How to Bottom Paint a Boat on a Trailer

Painting a boat isn’t something every boat owner will have to do. But if you have a boat that needs a little sprucing up, just for looks or to keep it in good working order, the bottom of the boat is often the most challenging part to paint. Luckily it can be done while it’s…

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How to Lock a Boat Trailer

Having a good security system for your boat is key for any boat owner who wants to prevent boat theft. There’s not a boater among us who wouldn’t hate to get to the dock and find our boat missing. But the boat isn’t the only part of the whole set up that you need to…

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Boat Speed Calculator

Most of us want to know our boat’s top speed but don’t know how to calculate it. And, just as likely, we don’t think we need to. GPS is a good way to figure out your boat speed with no effort. It does all the work for you with just a glance. But it’s not…

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Boat Distance Calculator

There are three important parts to planning any trip on a boat when it comes to the journey itself. How fast are you going, how long it’s going to take and how far are you going? You’ll never know when you’re going to arrive somewhere without those numbers. We have a handy boat speed calculator…

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What is a Ship’s Bridge?

Even if you’re not a sailor you know the word “bridge.” It’s been used for years to describe the command center of a ship and can be colloquially used to apply to any ship. Even in sci-fi it’s used to describe the command deck of a starship. But how is it different from the ship’s…

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How Water Pressure Works: Water Pressure Calculator Included

Most of us know that the deeper you go under water, the greater the pressure. This is why divers need to be careful as they come back up from deep dives. The nitrogen that has built up in their bodies needs time to dissipate. If this doesn’t happen, it expands too quickly. This gives rise…

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The 10 Best Boat Trailer Tires of 2022 Reviewed

When you have a boat you want to enjoy it. You want to get your pontoon boat or fishing boat out on the water. What you don’t want to be doing is worrying over the tires for the trailer that tows the boat. We’ve assembled some of the best boat trailer tires on the market…

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The 10 Best Boat Trailer Lights of 2022

Boat trailer lights are an integral safety feature for your boat trailer. When you’re hauling your jon boat down the road, no one can see your signal lights anymore. The trailer lights need to be bright and visible to anyone behind you. No one’s going to know if you’re stopping or turning otherwise, right? But…

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The 9 Best Paints For Boat Trailers: Complete Guide

Your boat trailer is meant to be a reliable but low profile machine. It shouldn’t really stand out and especially not for all the wrong reasons. A rusty, ugly boat trailer may still work but it won’t look great. And, if it does get rusty, it runs the risk of failing and damaging your boat….

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Best Solar Watches of 2022

A fashionable watch has been a well-loved accessory for decades upon decades. Advances in technology have seen some interesting evolutions in watches, allowing for both new looks and new technologies to power them. Though most watches are traditionally powered by a battery that needs replacing, evolutions in solar technology have seen a rise in watch…

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How Set Up a Beach Umbrella in the Sand

Getting a beach umbrella in the sand is easy, right? That’s what everyone thinks before they have to do it. But don’t kid yourself, setting up a beach umbrella is not a simple one and done. And don’t feel embarrassed if you have trouble with it, either. This is a major problem for a lot…

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The Best Hooks for Bass Fishing

Catching bass is never so easy that you can’t up your game. For some of us, it’s an all day affair that ends empty handed. For others, it seems like they’re fish whisperers just pulling them into their bass boats by the dozens. But however it works out, there’s plenty of tips, tricks and gear…

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DIY Kayak Cart: Budget Build

If you’re serious about kayaking, you’ve probably had to portage your kayak at some point. If you kayak frequently, then you have worked your muscles more than once. Getting the kayak to and from the water can be a workout. And sure, they’re easier to carry than a pontoon boat or an aluminum fishing boat….

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The 7 Best Marine Battery Boxes for 2022

It goes without saying you need power on your boat. Whether you want to run underwater lights or a trolling motor. Battery power is essential to keep things working. Important safety equipment like your VHF radio absolutely relies on it. So how do you keep your marine battery safe and secure? You get a marine…

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How to Repair an Inflatable Boat

Inflatable boats have come a long way from kid’s dinghies and the like. Many inflatable boats are not only high quality, but powerful and affordable. It makes sense that you’d want to do your best to take care of them. Maybe you like to head downriver in an inflatable kayak. Maybe you like to fish…

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Ranking The 11 Best Boat Anchor Ropes for 2022

Choosing a good anchor line shouldn’t be a hassle. It’s anchor line, you just want it to hold an anchor! You don’t want to invest a lot of time or effort into getting the right one. But if you get the wrong one, you’ll know. Bad anchor lines can break too easily. They also knot…

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How to Fish Lipless Crankbaits: Ultimate Guide

When it comes to bass fishing, many anglers prefer fishing crankbaits. But not all crankbaits are the same. And catching bass whether with regular crankbaits or lipless crankbaits takes some skill. You need to know the best method for fishing lipless crankbait if you want to be successful. That includes knowing things like: What’s the…

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Best Marine VHF Antennas for 2022

New boaters are often surprised by all the elements they need to get out on the water. It’s easy to overlook everything from a good fish finder to carpeting. VHF antennas are another one of those things we may overlook. But a good VHF antenna is an absolute must on the water. Unlike a handheld…

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Best Spinning Reels for Bass Fishing

Best Spinning Reels for Bass Fishing of 2022 Ranked

Fishing for bass is tactical. Although they occasionally move to the open waters, they often like to find cover under rocks, grass, lily, wood, docks, etc. Also, their diet and habitation patterns change with the changing seasons. They are heavy and can put up a fight when being retrieved. Therefore, they require a strong, sturdy…

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MinnKota Maxxum trolling motor

How to Charge a Trolling Motor Battery

If you’re new to trolling motors you may not be sure how to maintain them. When it comes time to charge trolling motor batteries you want to make sure you’re doing it right. The last thing you want is to run out of battery power on the water. Let’s walk through how to charge your…

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Ranking the 11 Best Underwater Boat Lights for 2022

Underwater boat lights have been gaining in popularity in recent years. And for good reason. LED technology has made them affordable and brighter than ever. They’re also easier to install than you might think on something like a pontoon boat. And they do have practical benefits when it comes to fishing, not to mention safety….

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How to Choose Binoculars

We have covered binoculars on the site before. We’ve explained about about how they work and also recommended some of the best binoculars you can buy. But you may be wondering what goes into picking those binoculars. Maybe you don’t need a super expensive pair. Maybe you need a compact pair. Or ones that offer…

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Reviewing The 8 Best Beach Umbrellas

A beach trip can take a lot of preparation. If you’re already hauling a beach cooler and some beach chairs, you want an easy to use umbrella. You don’t want a big, hard to move and heavy thing causing trouble. Or, even worse, flying away in the breeze. Let’s take a look at the best…

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How to Paddle Board: SUP Beginners Guide

So you want to try stand up paddle boarding. It’s a lot of fun and once you get into it you’re going to love it. But it can seem intimidating at first. And, if you tried it once and things didn’t go well, that can be a turn off. But no doubt you’ve seen a…

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8 Best Boat Trailer Jacks for 2022

A boat trailer jack is often overlooked when it comes to boating. Heck, even boat trailers are often secondary considerations. But lifting that trailer up has to be done somehow. Not all boat trailer jacks are created equal. If you want an effective but also safe and easy to use boat trailer jack, it takes…

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