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 […]
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 […]
Hi Gregg, thank you for your comment. The perception has been that 4-strokes are smoother, quieter and more reliable. Plus, the technology to get them to run “clean” was a lot simpler than what was required to […]
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 […]
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.
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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…
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).
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