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The 7 Best Marine Battery Boxes for 2021

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 2021

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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Best Marine VHF Antennas for 2021

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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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 2021

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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8 Best Boat Trailer Jacks for 2021

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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The 7 Best Boat Propellers for 2021

Buying a boat propeller seems like it should be an easy task. But there are actually so many factors you need to take into consideration. It can leave you scratching your head. Let’s cut through the confusion and take a look at the best boat propellers on the market today.

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The 7 Best Electric Boat Anchor Winches for 2021

Not every boater thinks of getting an electric anchor winch at first. If you are serious about boating, it really is a must have item. Whether you like to fish on your bass boat or just relax at sea, a winch can be a lifesaver. Manual hauling of your anchor is something any boater gets…

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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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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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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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Best Portable AM FM Radios of 2021

When boredom strikes, it’s always a pleasure to listen to good music and the news. Music calms the soul and can excite a party, while we need our daily news dose to stay connected. Since we’re already in a new era of technology, many of us turn our phones into convenient radios. The issue with…

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Cobra MR HH600 DSC Floating VHF Marine Radio Review

The Cobra Marine DSC Floating VHF Radio (MR HH600) is a very intriguing piece of outdoor equipment. It’s packed full of useful features, and even sports a GPS. That I paid $450 for a Garmin InReach Explorer+ when I could’ve had something like this makes my previous purchase a bit shortsighted. But that works out…

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Cobra JumPack XL H2O Jump Starter Review

A portable jump starter pack isn’t something you think about needing – until you need it. I was in a situation like that not too long ago, while fishing a remote stretch of river. My buddy’s truck wouldn’t start, and we would’ve been waiting for days for someone to come around with jumper cables. Luckily,…

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Cobra MR HH450 Floating All-Terrain Radio Review

The Cobra Floating All Terrain Radio (MRHH450) is one of the most thoughtfully-designed pieces of outdoors gear I’ve used in years. Built with some serious attention to detail and packed full of useful features, this radio is a must-have item for anyone spending serious time in the backcountry, or far away from shore. I mention…

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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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Best Gravity Water Filters

Best Gravity Water Filters of 2021 Reviewed

A gravity water filter is an amazing piece of technological ingenuity. It allows you to filter contaminated or polluted water using gravity. It doesn’t need electricity or plumbing to run. Simply pour in your unpurified water in the top chamber of the unit, and it transforms it into clean, filtered water by the time it…

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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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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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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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Nitro Z21

Nitro Z21 Bass Boat Review – Tournament Ready

To a bass tournament angler, the boat is considered sacred ground. In the quest to come up with the perfect boat, Nitro compiled input from seasoned anglers and used the information to manufacture the bass fisherman’s dream boat, the Nitro Z21. It is 21’2” long with an average package weight of 4,050lbs. Its person carrying…

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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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Analog Outdoor Thermometers

Ranking The Best Outdoor Thermometers of 2021

In an age where handheld devices seem to be the answer to our every need, you may think of an outdoor thermometer as a bit of an ancient relic. However, today’s outdoor thermometers are not only modern in their technology, but they are still the preferred option for accuracy. Ask any “weather nerd,” and they…

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