Should Real-time Imaging be Banned from Tournaments?

Real-time imaging sonar (e.g., Garmin Livescope, Lowrance LiveTarget) is a game changing technology that has been instrumental in tournament fishing recently. Anglers who have taken the time to “master” the technology have often scored huge wins while those who have yet to adopt this new approach have had difficulty at times keeping up. As a […]

KVD at 2016 Bassmasters Classic

Should Daily Catch Limits be Reduced?

With the growth of real-time imaging sonar, professional guides and even recreational anglers are consistently hauling in more, and bigger, fish. Some speculate that fish populations and the prevalence of “trophy-sized” fish could eventually be impacted. As a result, some guides have even banned together to voluntarily reduce daily catch limits to protect the fishery. […]

Crappie Fishing on Lake Palestine

MerCruiser vs Volvo – A Review of Sterndrive Engines

If you are considering purchasing a sterndrive boat, you might be wondering whether the brand of engine matters – MerCruiser vs Volvo?  In this article, I compare owner satisfaction with each brand based on our unbiased survey of boat owners.   And I discuss the specific strengths and weaknesses of each. The findings are based on […]

Sterndrive Powered Boats

Top Rated Outboard Engine 150 HP+

In the “old days”, you could get most any major engine brand with the boat you wanted.  That all changed when engine manufacturers acquired boat companies or started selling directly to boat builders instead of dealers.  As a result, many boat brands are only packaged with a single engine brand.  But what if you are […]

Top Rated Outboard Engines - 150HP+

Top Rated Outboard Motor Under 150 HP

The engine is a critical component of any motor boat package.   It represents about half the cost and is responsible for much of the maintenance.  But are all major brands pretty much the same or are some more dependable than others?  In this article, we identify the top rated outboard motor in the under 150 […]

Top Rated Outboard Motors Under 150 HP

Boat Winterization Checklist

Unless you live in a warm climate and use your boat year-round, “winterizing” is important to protect your investment and ensure that is ready to go next season.  In this article, we’ve developed a boat winterization checklist based on our recent survey of 155 boat owners in the US. DO YOU NEED TO WINTERIZE YOUR […]

Winterization Best Practices

Best Trolling Motor – Unbiased Review for 2020

Trolling motors are a critical tool to most anglers, especially in freshwater.  In this article, we identify the best trolling motor models based on our survey of 200 boaters.  And, we reveal which trolling motors are most desired among Bass Boaters, Freshwater (non-Bass) Anglers, and Saltwater boaters alike . ABOUT THE STUDY Before we get […]

Review of Trolling Motors

The Impact of Coronavirus on Boating and Fishing

The emergence of the COVID-19 crisis has clearly impacted nearly every aspect of our society. And, while there are more pressing concerns than boating and fishing, these activities are important to the lifestyle of many. In this article, we discuss the findings from a recent BoaterInput survey on the impact of Coronavirus on boating and […]

Coronavirus Impact on Boating

Where Can I Go Boating in My Area?

The Coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted many aspects of American life and boating is no exception. While getting out on the water may seem like the perfect way to practice “social distancing”, restrictions in certain areas have made this difficult or impossible. For example, in Michigan boating and fishing was prohibited for a while – […]

Covid-19 Impact on Boating

Ten Cool Marine Products that (almost) No One Will Ever Buy

The Miami International Boat Show is the premier event for boaters in the US.  Manufacturers from all over the world attend the show to display their latest boats and other products targeted for boating enthusiasts.  In this article, I identify the ten products that caught my attention while wandering the show.  And, while they might […]

Ten Cool Marine Products