• 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 wint […]

  • 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 m […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Hi Geoffrey-
    Thank you for the kind words! Also, I love the suggestion regarding doing an article on Tow Vehicles. I hadn’t thought about that.

    Coincidentally, I have always pulled my 2013 Bryant with a 2005 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Miami International Boat Show is the premier boat show in the US and is where marine manufacturers often showcase their new products for the first time.  This year, I attended the show as a speaker at a […]

  • Posting this suggestion on behalf of @markpotter

    How about you helping outboard 2-stroke guys understand the use out which oil to use and why…do I really need full synthetic oil? How about boat trailer tires and how often they need to be replaced…I think there is a lack if understanding about quality and how they differ from car tires.

    Let me…[Read more]

  • @costtoomuch @smashtina @mastalan69gmail-com @ktlemmond @markpotter You have all been recently added to the BoaterInput Advisory Team private forum. Thank you for being a part of the team!

  • Team member Don ( @costtoomuch ) added this excellent note on another BoaterInput forum and I thought it deserves consideration by the advisory team:

    Just a quick note of an observation of all my boating friends that were looking for a  new boat and have experienced Boat Shows for the last 3 years. The price of boats are out of control. It…[Read more]

  • Hi Don, you are absolutely correct.  I occasionally get involved in research studies on behalf of the overall boating industry and I can tell you that rise of new boat prices has been a big issue and major topic of discussion.  Part of this, but certainly not all, is due to new technology.  For example, the need to add catalytic converters to st…[Read more]

  • Thanks Lary for your suggestion.  Yes, the layout is critical to boat purchase decisions.  Could you expand on your idea?  Are you thinking about feedback on what people look for in terms of layout?  Reactions to layouts of various popular boat brands/models?  Or something else entirely?

  • Here are some initial thoughts for topics to include in 2020:

    • How to properly winterize your boat
    • Top rated trolling motors (and initial impressions of the new Garmin Force and Lowrance Ghost models)
    • How fast should your boat theoretically go and would changing the prop help?
    • Have you, or are you, planning on attending a boat show this…

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  • Jerry Mona posted a new activity comment 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    I had a similar experience. Dad used to take us fishing with nothing more than a cane pole and corn, hot dogs or his famous “dough-ball” bait for carp. That is where my love of fishing first started. Now, I am a hard-core bass guy (although I also like to slalom ski and wakeboard with my other boat during warmer weather).

    Catching a big…[Read more]

  • Thanks for your comments. Combining the 885 paste with a polymer sounds good in theory but I wonder how well the polymer would bond to the boat if there is already a coat of wax on it. My guess is that it might […]

  • Jerry Mona posted a new activity comment 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    It has been a while since I did boater focus groups in Oregon. But, last time I was there, nearly all participants considered it a well-kept secret for boaters/anglers (and they didn’t particularly want more people from California to find out ;).

    Sorry to hear about the bad weather. This year has been much better than recent years down…[Read more]

    • I am originally from Joliet Illinois, game fish in the 60s and 70s was carp for me. I would sell them to folks that like to eat them. In Oregon I mainly chased salmon, then Oregon made it so you could only buy a combined harvest tag and I started chasing the bottom fish, halibut and tuna. All I do now in ocean fish and last yer was the best…

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      • I had a similar experience. Dad used to take us fishing with nothing more than a cane pole and corn, hot dogs or his famous “dough-ball” bait for carp. That is where my love of fishing first started. Now, I am a hard-core bass guy (although I also like to slalom ski and wakeboard with my other boat during warmer weather).

        Catching a big…

        [Read more]

  • @dave Thank you for joining the BoaterInput community. I love that you included a picture of you with your (North River) boat. Very nice looking rig.

    You don’t see many boats around like that around the country. I suspect you live in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon or Washington).

    Thanks again for joining the site. Let me know if you have…[Read more]

    • Yes, I am out in Oregon. We have had several bad months of weather and I can’t make it out. So I have over 500 pounds of ice made and I have buffed the boat all out and is nice and shiny and ready to go fishing.
        • It has been a while since I did boater focus groups in Oregon. But, last time I was there, nearly all participants considered it a well-kept secret for boaters/anglers (and they didn’t particularly want more people from California to find out ;).

          Sorry to hear about the bad weather. This year has been much better than recent years down…

          [Read more]

          • I am originally from Joliet Illinois, game fish in the 60s and 70s was carp for me. I would sell them to folks that like to eat them. In Oregon I mainly chased salmon, then Oregon made it so you could only buy a combined harvest tag and I started chasing the bottom fish, halibut and tuna. All I do now in ocean fish and last yer was the best…

            [Read more]

            • I had a similar experience. Dad used to take us fishing with nothing more than a cane pole and corn, hot dogs or his famous “dough-ball” bait for carp. That is where my love of fishing first started. Now, I am a hard-core bass guy (although I also like to slalom ski and wakeboard with my other boat during warmer weather).

              Catching a big…

              [Read more]

    • You are welcome Greta and thank you for your question. Yes, if the colors have faded, oxidation has likely occurred. But, depending on the severity, there is a good chance that you could restore or greatly […]

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Leisure Kraft was certainly included in the survey as an option along with over three dozen other pontoon brands. However, no one selected it as one of their top 3 most desired […]

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