Cruising to The Bahamas on a Small Boat

Cruising to The Bahamas on a Small Boat

Taking a Small Boat to The Bahamas Have you ever dreamed of sailing your boat to tropical islands? For many boaters near Florida, that fantasy may be more achievable than they realize. The Islands of the Bahamas start just 50 miles east of South Florida. From there, they stretch like stepping stones to the Caribbean, but there’s no need to …

Marine Radar for Recreational Boats Complete Guide

Marine Radar for Recreational Boats | Complete Guide

How to Use Marine Radar For some boaters, radar is the most critical piece of equipment they possess. Yet it’s also one of the most misunderstood items. Here’s a look at how marine radar units work, and what makes them so worthwhile. Related Article: How to Pick the Best Chartplotter for Your Boat How Does Radar Work? All radar works …

Tablet versus Chartplotter Which is Right for You

Tablet versus Chartplotter | Which is Right for You

Using a Tablet Instead of a Chartplotter for Navigating A decent chartplotter for your boat can cost well over $1000, and then you have to consider installation costs and accessories. Many boaters see a less expensive way to add a large-screen GPS device to their helm. Using a tablet makes a lot of sense for many boaters, but it comes …

Infographic: All About Recreational Boating

All About Recreational Boating Recreational Vessels Recreational Vessels are, as the name suggests, primarily for pleasure. They are generally smaller in size, low-cost, and are for leisure activities like fishing, skiing, and travel. These boats are further classified into several sub-categories like sailboats, personal watercraft, inboard and outboard vessels, and sterndrive boats. In 2016, the total amount of recreational vessels …

Tubing - Great Fun for Boaters

Tubing – Great Fun for Boaters

Guide to Tubing Tubing has grown to be popular today, and its popularity keeps growing. If you want to feel like you are actually doing something more than floating around aimlessly, there’s towed tubing. This involves attaching your tube to a watercraft as it tows you across the water. Free-floating or towed, tubing is a relaxing and enjoyable activity for …

Boat Ramp Blunders Avoiding Rookie Mistakes

Boat Ramp Blunders | Avoiding Rookie Mistakes

How to Avoid Boat Ramp Mishaps Launching a boat is tricky business, and can be frustrating. However, proper preparation and care can save you from making dire mistakes. Here are several tips for launching your boat and avoiding ramp mistakes. Evaluate your tow vehicle Trailing your boat using a tow car is not an easy task. Before proceeding with the …

Beginners Guide to Wakeboarding

Beginner’s Guide to Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding Guidelines Catching wakes behind a boat is by far the best alternative to surfing. The captain, boat, and wakeboarder are three of a kind, working together as one. Plunging into the water, surfing the tides, and looking toward the horizon, leaving behind the world for the waves. You could be the next Cory Teunissen and land a Switch Toeside …

How to Pick the Best Chartplotter for Your Boat

How to Pick the Best Chartplotter for Your Boat In their early days, chartplotters were simply GPS units that had built-in map sets. This was a big deal because now your GPS could show your position relative to charted navaids, channels, land, and even depth soundings. As technology got better and better, screens got larger, and even more functionality was …

Complete Guide to Water Skiing

Complete Guide to Water Skiing

Guide to Water Skiing Water skiing is a popular sport that gives you a hefty adrenaline rush. Generally, there are three kinds of water skiing: slalom skiing, trick skiing, and jump skiing. Slalom Water Skiing Out of the three types, slalom skiing is the most popular. With the ever-increasing power of motorboats, water skiing at higher speeds has become irresistible. …

Modern style anchors are they any better than the classics.

Modern Style Anchors: Are They Any Better Than the Classics

Modern Anchors  Offer Big Improvements Over Classics At first glance, anchors seem like one of the least interesting pieces of technology on your boat. It’s just a big metal hook that you throw overboard. Some boaters rarely use their anchors, while others use them every day of the year. For cruisers traveling long distances and living “on the hook,” anchors …