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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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Barletta c22uc Pontoon Boat Review

Barletta is a maker of top tier pontoon boats. The c22uc Barletta model is one of their more entry level models while still offering great features but at a steeper price than some comparable models.  What Is it The Barletta Cabrio 22UC Ultra-Lounge with Co-Captain chair is an entry level model but it has a…

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What is the Best Way To Retrieve an Anchor?

The best way to retrieve your anchor is by positioning your boat almost directly above the anchor and pulling it up as close to straight as you are able to. Because of the way anchors work, the more of an angle there is between your boat and the anchor itself, the harder it will be…

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What is Needed for Steering Control on a PWC?

Learning how to operate a personal watercraft can be a little counterintuitive as, if you’ve never tried one before, it is potentially confusing. Unlike a propeller-powered vessel which pushes against the water to push your boat forward, a jet-drive vehicle like a Jet Ski or Sea Doo requires water to be pulled into the jet…

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What Should You Do To Avoid Colliding With Another Boat?

Boat collisions can happen for a number of reasons that include: Each of these can be dealt with in different ways but the basic standard for avoiding incidents is to ensure that you, as the boat operator, are clear-headed, well-informed, and paying attention to your vessel and the surrounding waters. Keep in mind, all of…

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How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Yacht?

Because yachts vary in size and function, there can be quite a range for yacht charter costs that can go from around $2,000 per person per week for smaller yachts all the way up to over $150,000 per week for luxury superyachts. The superyacht known as the Flying Fox costs about $3.1 million per week…

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42 Parts of a Ship: Your Definitive Guide

There are many different kinds of ships at sea and some have more specialized features and functions that others don’t. In general, there are a number of parts that you’ll find on every single vessel and we’ll cover those here, as well as a few specialized parts you may not know only exist on certain…

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How Much is a Yacht?

As yachts range in size from about 33 feet at the very low end to as much as 400 feet and more, the average yacht price is not typically a good indicator of what most owners are going to pay. Based on data collected in the Boat Group market index, the average cost of a…

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Bizarre Story of the History Supreme: World’s Most Expensive Yacht

You may have heard that the most expensive yacht in history is called the History Supreme. As near as I’ve been able to figure out, that’s not true. Not because the alleged $4.8 billion yacht wouldn’t be the most expensive – that’s far more than the next most expensive yacht. Instead, it’s not true because…

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What is a Barge?

A barge is a large, very long, flat bottom vessel usually used to transport large or numerous things along inland waterways. This can be anything from shipping containers to passengers and even trash. You will chiefly find them along rivers, canals and other inland waters rather than out on the open sea.  One of the…

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Viking 92 Yacht: Everything You Want To Know

The Viking 92 yacht was launched by Viking in 2014 and came with three different models. There was an enclosed bridge, a convertible and a skybridge model available, each with very similar features and specs overall, with the obvious difference being in the deck layout and design. The yacht is a powerful and sleek sport…

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Shrimp Boats: Everything You Need To Know

Shrimp boats, sometimes called shrimping boats or shrimpers, are boats rigged especially to catch shrimp as part of the shrimp fishery industry. The world loves its seafood and the shrimp industry was worth $31.6 billion in 2019. That number rises consistently year over year, which means the demand for shrimp boats is always on the…

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What to Wear on a Yacht

When you’re on a yacht you’re obviously going to dress for the weather but, in general, you want to keep it light and cool. Casual is good within reason as long as you don’t go overboard, so to speak, and it need not be formal but it shouldn’t look inappropriate or out of place. There’s…

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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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