• 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 2 years, 6 months 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 2 years, 6 months 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…

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  • @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 […]

    • As every angler knows, the electronics on your boat are critical to your fishing success.  But with many brands and models to choose from, it can be hard to determine which brand to select.  In this article, we i […]

    • I just want to update my earlier comment now that I have had more experience with Electric Steer trolling motors (specifically, Minn Kota Ultrex).  I have fished a number of times in my  friend’s boat that has this trolling motor and it is awesome!  The Spot Lock feature is a game changer. One afternoon, he and I went fishing on a windy day in ou…[Read more]

    • Hi Charles-

      I am not sure I can help but first help me to understand your question.  What does “lodge some engineering paperwork” mean and what brand is your 115?

      I do have some industry connections but it depends on exactly what you are looking for.

      Thanks,

      Jerry

    • Waxing your fiberglass boat periodically not only helps it to look nice but also protects it from the elements. In this 14-minute video, I explain the types of products to use and the process to properly wash and […]

    • Thank you Rob for sharing your experience. Sounds like you’ve had very good luck with Interstate batteries as did many people in our survey. Twelve years is pretty incredible. That’s like 105 in “battery […]

    • Having a good deep cycle battery can make the difference between a successfully day of fishing vs. a shortened return to the dock.  In this article, we identify the most popular and top rated Deep Cycle batteries […]

    • Finding the right starting battery for your boat can be confusing because there are dozens of brands and different types to choose from.  In this article, we explain the various types and identify the top rated […]

    • The Houston Boat Show is billed as the largest indoor show in the country.  I recently visited the 2019 show in search of fun or helpful new products to aid boat owners.  Below are my top 6 items, in no p […]

    • Thanks Richard for your feedback and for helping the broader boater community with your advice. I’ve added your caution in the article above. Do you know if most boats have acrylic or “Plexiglas” windshields […]

    • Detailing your boat can be a confusing and labor-intensive process.  There are many different surfaces to clean and dozens of products available for each.  To help determine the best boat cleaning products, B […]

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