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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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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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How to Carry a Beach Chair on a Bike

There are a handful of reliable ways to carry a beach chair on your bicycle including bicycle chair racks, bike caddies, backpacks and others. Often the best method of carrying a beach chair on your bike will depend on a few factors. These include: The size and type of chair The style of bicycle you’re…

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Harris Solstice 250  Review

Harris has been making boats for decades now and their Solstice models offer luxury and versatility for boaters with and without families. This feature rich pontoon boat can offer an unforgettable boating experience if you can choose the right package. What are the Harris 250 Solstice Pontoon Boats  The Solstice 250 is a solid family…

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Princecraft Vectra 21 RL Review

Princecraft has a modest line of pontoon boats but their Vectra line are some of the best available in terms of versatility and features. The 21 RL, which stands for rear lounger, offers a lot of functionality for fishing, family outings, and more.  What Is it What you might call an entry-level pontoon for those…

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When One Boat is Overtaking Another Which Boat Must Give Way?

Unlike other conditions in which boats meet in the water, when one boat is overtaking another boat, the overtaking vessel is always the give way vessel. This will not always be the case based on both how vessels meet, such as head on or crossing paths, and also based on the types of vessels that…

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17 of the Best Pontoon Boat Brands

There are numerous brands of pontoon boats on the market today. This goes to show just how far pontoons have come in the last several decades. There was once a time when pontoons were a very overlooked type of boat that lacked much of the versatility they feature today. Advances in pontoon technology have allowed…

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Harris Crowne SL 270 Review

When it comes to luxury pontoon boats, Harris has a lock on what they’re doing. They didn’t name it the Crowne by accident. Let’s take a look at some of what makes this boat stand out.  What Is it? Harris makes some really high end pontoons and the Crowne SL 270 is one of their…

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Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 16 XL Review

Sun Tracker’s Bass Buggy line of pontoon boats has been a hit with anglers for years now and their latest model keeps the trend going with some great features and a great value. What Is it? You can tell with a name like “Bass Buggy” that we’re not dealing with something like a ski boat…

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Why Are Boat Steering Wheels on the Right?

You may be surprised to learn that there is actual debate over the answer to this question. Even among boating experts and even boat designers you can find answers that are either in conflict or  complementary to each other while still being notably different. With that in mind, here are some of the most plausible…

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How Often To Reapply Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be reapplied according to the directions on the label for best results. You will notice that most brands, including popular ones like Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic and Sun Bum, recommend two different times on all of their labels – 80 minutes if you’ve been swimming or sweating while wearing sunscreen and at least…

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Sea-Doo Switch Review

Sea-Doo has entered the pontoon boat game with their very new and still hard to get Sea-Doo Switch models. What Is it: The Sea-Doo Switch is as close to a game changer in the world of pontoon boats as you’re likely to have seen in the last 20 years thanks to the fact it operates…

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300 Alcoholic Boat Names

Boating and drinking or partying go together like peanut butter and jelly. The leisure atmosphere of boating life lends itself to that and, as such, a lot of boaters like a pun name that relates to drinking and partying. That means these work great for a pontoon boat, a fishing boat,  or even some sail…

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How Much Does a Pontoon Boat Weigh?

Because pontoon boats can range in size from mini pontoons of around 8 feet by 4 feet all the way up to 30 foot pontoons, the average weight can be a little misleading unless you set some more strict rules for what you’re considering. If we ignore the mini pontoons and focus on medium sized…

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What is the Risk When a PWC Passes Too Closely Behind Another Boat?

The major risk of passing too close behind another boat in a personal water craft is that the much smaller PWC can easily get lost in a blind spot. When a personal watercraft is obscured behind something like a pontoon boat or a fishing boat, the operator of that boat may not be able to…

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How to Release Brakes on a Boat Trailer

Boat trailer brakes can sometimes lock up on you and render the trailer immovable. Releasing locked brakes can depend on why exactly they’re locked in the first place but if the reason relates in some way to an issue with your breakaway switch cable, you may be able to get the brakes to release by…

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Which Type of Anchor Has Little Holding Power?

Mushroom anchors arguably have the most limited holding power of any anchor that you can get for your boat. This doesn’t necessarily mean a mushroom anchor is a bad anchor, it just may not be the right anchor for the right circumstance. There are many types and variations in anchors, after all, and the mushroom…

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Why Do Dolphins Follow Boats?

Dolphins can often be found swimming alongside boats in the open sea for several reasons including exploiting the current created by your boat, to try to get food, or perhaps even just for the fun of it. It’s one of the most exciting and memorable experiences you can have as a boater, and no matter…

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310 Pontoon Boat Names

Deciding on a boat name is not always an easy task, and that’s also the case with naming a pontoon boat. Funny boat names are often the most popular, but if you’re an angler then maybe you want a specific fishing boat name. If your pontoon is a party boat, maybe you want an alcohol…

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What Safety Feature Was Designed into PWC Fuel Tanks?

A personal watercraft’s fuel tank is designed to have additional room into which fuel can expand. They leave space to prevent dangerous conditions like overflowing fuel, fires and explosions. For that reason, as an operator of a jet ski, you always need to know how much fuel your PWC can hold and how to properly…

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