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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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Tom Brady’s Yacht: Everything You Want To Know

Tom Brady is arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. He cemented his legacy by playing for 20 years with the New England Patriots before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. And as a Buccaneer, shouldn’t the man have a suitable yacht? Of course! Let’s take a look at the details about…

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Inboard vs Outboard Motors: What’s the Difference?

Inboard and outboard motors are arguably the two most popular types of motors available on boats, though they are not the only ones. Most people are familiar with one or the other (or both) and each kind has its own advantages and disadvantages as well as instances where they are more common or beneficial to…

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Shaq’s Yacht: Everything You Want To Know

Shaquille O’Neal is one of the greatest names in basketball history and also one of the biggest players. Though he’s retired now, he dominated the sport when he was on the court. These days he’s busy doing a lot of things and part of that includes hanging out on his luxury yacht.  Because Shaq can…

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Jeff Bezos’ Yacht Y721: Everything You Want to Know

Known as Project Y721, the yacht commissioned by billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became infamous when word of a historic bridge in Rotterdam needing to be taken apart to let it pass through hit the news. As you might imagine, one of the world’s richest men is not going to have just a run of…

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Everything You Need to Know About the Lamborghini 63 Yacht

Italian automaker Lamborghini has actually been making marine engines for a well in addition to the work they do with their Lamborghini supersport cars, so it seems perhaps natural that they would get into the boating world eventually with their own model. The Lamborghini 63 yacht is their first, limited run venture and the end…

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What is a Yacht Captain Salary?

As yachts get bigger they tend to require more crew members who are more skilled at their jobs and that includes a good yacht captain. The pay range for a yacht captain can vary greatly and for less experienced captains on smaller vessels it may start around $45,000 while it can range up to as…

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Jerry Jones Yacht: Everything You Need To Know

Back in 2019, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones purchased a 357 foot yacht from Dutch firm Oceanco. Jones made news with the yacht when he made the NFL draft picks for the Cowboys on board the vessel back in 2020.  Named the Bravo Eugenia in honor of his wife Eugenia Jones, the vessel and its…

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What is a Yacht?

In the simplest terms a yacht is a boat that can be used for cruising, racing or for recreation. That is arguably the most loose definition of any kind of boat you will ever find and it makes it hard to put your finger on what exactly it’s supposed to mean. That could be a…

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Yacht vs Boat: What’s the Difference?

You may be surprised to learn that the difference between a yacht and a typical boat is not as easy to figure out as you’d think. This is thanks to the fact that there’s no specific definition for what a yacht actually is. In general, and as most people commonly use and understand these words,…

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The 10 Largest Yachts in the World

There are a couple of yachts that can actually claim the title of biggest yacht in the world because the term yacht is a bit vague. There are sailing yachts and motor yachts and it’s not really fair to judge them under the same terms which means the Sea Cloud ranks as the biggest sailing…

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The 8 Most Expensive Yachts in the World

History Supreme is the name of the alleged most expensive yacht in the world which comes with a $4.8 billion price tag. Most sites on the internet will tell you that this is the most expensive yacht in the world but it’s also not true. We’ll get to why shortly but the true holder of…

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What is the Best Way to Check for Gas Fumes After Fueling a PWC?

The best way to check for gas fumes or a gas leak after fueling your PWC is to check the engine compartment by smelling for any trace of fuel odor. A thorough check will also involve an inspection of the gas tank and fuel lines as well. If you smell gas fumes caused by leaking…

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Who Invented the Boat

There is evidence to suggest that some of the first boats may have been made by our prehistoric ancestors, literally predating humanity itself, as far back as one million years ago. There is stronger evidence of early boats around 900,000 years ago in Indonesia, and 130,000 years ago in Europe. Because these things are so…

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25 Types of Fishing Boats

  Technically speaking, if you can cast your rod from any boat, that boat is now a fishing boat. Because of that there are many different kinds of boats that qualify and are often used as fishing boats. Some boats definitely lend themselves to fishing more than others, including ones designed with fishing in mind…

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What Determines The Direction a PWC Will Travel?

Steering a personal watercraft is a fairly simple process involving equally simple mechanisms. You are able to travel in the direction of your choice by turning the steering control in the direction you wish to travel. This is connected to the steering mechanism inside the body of the jet ski which moves a nozzle below…

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Can a Pontoon Boat Flip Over?

Even though pontoon boats are some of the most stable boats on the water, it is technically possible that a pontoon boat could flip over. That said, this would be very rare and it is by no means easy to flip a pontoon boat. What Could Flip Pontoon Boats? Pontoon boats float on top of…

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Tracker Grizzly 1648 Jon Boat Review

Tracker’s line of Grizzly jon boats offer a great option for those looking for reasonably priced aluminum jon boats that are still well made, even if they don’t have a ton of features. The Tracker Grizzly 1648 is a solid model that is one of Tracker’s more popular models. Let’s check it out. What Is…

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9 Jon Boat Storage Ideas

One of the bigger complaints about a jon boat is the lack of storage in many of the simpler models. Fortunately, as basically a blank canvas, there are a few ways to make storage in a jon boat to increase usability and versatility with some simple jon boat mods that add storage. Just remember, when…

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How Do Anchors Work?

The science of how modern anchors hold a boat in place relies on several factors including things like suction, pressure, weight and potentially more depending on the style of anchor and how it settles to the bottom. Most anchors are just meant to be temporary anchors. Let’s take a look at what’s going on when…

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Harris Grand Mariner 250 Pontoon Boats Review

Harris makes some of the highest end, top of the line pontoon boats in the industry. The Grand Mariner 250 is a performance machine with luxury and features to spare. What Is it The Harris Grand Mariner 250 is a pontoon built to merge performance and luxury with an all around well performing pontoon that…

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How to Mount a Trolling Motor on a Pontoon Boat

Yes, you can mount a trolling motor on your pontoon boat to make it an even more effective fishing boat, but you’re going to want to choose a 24-volt, 80-lb thrust trolling motor. This is an important factor to keep in mind when you’re looking to do this for two reasons. One, many fishing barges…

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Regency 250 LE3 Review

Arguably the most popular pontoon boat in Regency’s lineup, the 250 LE3 is a high quality, high-class boat with a lot of great features What Is it Also available in the Regency 250 LE3 sport edition that has a handful of minor differences, the Regency 250 LE3 is a solid merging of luxury, comfort and…

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Tubing Behind a Pontoon Boat

Pontoon boats have a reputation for being slow compared to things like ski boats and making sports like water skiing and tubing impossible, but that is not the case. Tubing behind a pontoon boat is possible provided your engine has the horsepower to manage the weight in the boat and being towed, your tube is…

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Avalon Excalibur Pontoon Boat Review

Avalon is known for making high end and luxurious pontoon boats and even by their standards, the Excalibur is a top of the line pontoon boat. What Is it Avalon makes several versions of their Excalibur model which include: These are all variations on the same basic model. The differences come in overall length of…

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Port vs Starboard: How to Tell The Difference

Port and starboard are common nautical terms to describe the left and right sides of any vessel on the water instead of using the more common terms we might use on land like “left” and “right.” Though they can be confused with left and right and sometimes align with left and right, they are not…

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Colorado XT Pontoon Boat Review

The Classic Accessories Colorado XT is an inflatable pontoon designed for fishing that offers a sturdy build and some interesting features. What Is it Classic Accessories offers a handful of fishing pontoons and their Colorado XT fits nicely between their Colorado model and their Colorado XTS model. It’s a mid-range inflatable in terms of price,…

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What is a Jon Boat?

Jon boats are flat-bottom boats with squared off bows. They are most popularly used as fishing boats and they tend to be extremely simple in their design. Though not only useable as fishing boats, it’s their flat bottom that makes them ideal for this task since they have a very shallow draft and are easy…

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Which Part of a PWC Is Dangerous to Your Hands, Feet and Hair?

In general, it is safer to be in the water closer to a personal watercraft than it is to be near a traditional propeller-driven boat. That said, you need to be careful of a jet ski’s pump intake area which can be dangerous especially if you have long hair, as well as the steering nozzle…

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Sun Safety Tips

Sun safety is the basic set of rules you should follow in order to minimize the damage you will suffer due to ultraviolet radiation when you head outside. Unfortunately, any exposure to UV rays is dangerous and the effects of sun damage are cumulative and cannot be undone. For that reason, understanding sun safety and…

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Sun Tracker Party Barge 18 DLX Review

Sun Tracker has been making its line of Party Barge pontoon boats for a few years now. The Sun Tracker Party Barge 18 DLX is arguably the entry level model with some solid features. What Is it Sun Tracker didn’t pick the Party Barge name by accident. One of the biggest draws for pontoon boats…

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