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Hole In One
When using a hole saw on gelcoated fiberglass, first cover the area with masking tape and mark the area to be cut. Once the pilot hole is drilled, run the power drill with the hole-saw bit in reverse briefly to gently score the perimeter of the hole
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Caymas 341 CC
Champion boat racer and accomplished boatbuilder Earl Bentz reunited his Triton team to bring an allnew series of fishing boats to American anglers. The 341 CC is Caymas’ latest and largest, and it boasts a Michael Peters-designed Stepped-Vee Ventila
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Pulley Problems
Q: I’m having recurrent problems with my MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI idler pulleys. In February, I changed the idler pulleys because the bearings became rusty. Now after only about 10 hours, a clicking noise developed, and a marine mechanic confirmed it w
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Reinventing The Wheel
The Sharrow propeller originated in an unlikely setting—a symphony music hall. This is where film producer Greg Sharrow was trying to capture overhead video footage of an orchestra’s performance using a drone. But there was a big problem: The buzzing
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Problematic Pulpit
Actually, my title is misleading. It’s an anchor roller, not a pulpit, and there’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, most of the shown assembly is top-notch: The hatch swings on through-bolted hinges and is finished on both sides; the hatch is also sup
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Bahamas Bound
The Bahamas. The name alone conjures up images of brilliantly white sand, endlessly turquoise waters, and one famous song by the Beach Boys. Consisting of nearly 700 islands, several of which conveniently border the southeast coast of Florida, the Ba
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Parkit 360 Trailer Dolly
The approach to the parking spot for my trailer boat offers only about 6 inches of clearance on each side, and I will admit to scuffing the walls a few times while backing up. The Parkit 360 electric trailer dolly made things easier. The Force 10K B3
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Triple Threats
Of all the things people love about pontoon boats—like how they’re great for entertaining and packed with creature comforts—performance is not often mentioned at the top of the list. But a modern pontoon boat equipped with a triple-tube package can a
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Q: Boat Doctor, we are planning a trip down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico with our boat. Should we change the zincs before we get to salt water? Emmett and Ellen Stuckey Montgomery, Alabama A: I get this question often, and the answer is pret
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Bennington 25 Qx Fastback
Even sitting at the dock, the 25 QX Fastback exudes pontoon performance. The molded fiberglass bow rakes sharply toward the water. Fiberglass-cladded rails are sharply faceted and completely devoid of the slightest hint of traditional fencing. Spanni
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Installing An Interceptor Trim And Stabilization System (part 1)
Interceptors from brands such as Humphree and Zipwake offer a number of benefits. Like conventional trim tabs, these systems can trim down the bow and correct for a list while the boat is underway, and do so in a more efficient manner than trim tabs,
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Harris Crowne 270 Sl Te
The Harris Crowne 270 SL TE is a boat that can’t drive 55. In fact, it can go faster. Powered by twin Mercury 400 outboards, this boat hopped onto plane in a mere 3.6 seconds, reaching 30 mph in less than 7 seconds more before topping out at 61.2 mph
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What New Boaters Need
It’s tough to replace the experience of running a boat, with respect to seamanship and safety. And if someone comes from a culture of boating—that is, they grew up in a boating household or boated for many years in the company of friends—that too cou
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Three Kinds Of Trailer Wheel Bearing Lubrication
Your boat trailer’s wheel bearings need lubrication to dissipate heat, stave off corrosion, and keep those wheels a-rolling. There are three general types of wheel-bearing lubrication systems, each with its particular maintenance characteristics. Tak
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Lowe Ss 250 Ws
How does it feel to take the helm of the Lowe SS 250 WS? At speed, the SS 250 WS presses you back against the lush living room of upholstery surrounding the crew. In turns, the power steering gives smooth control, and Mercury’s dynamic throttle easil
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Charlie Luedeke
ON BOARD WITH… CAPTAIN’S TEST BY THE NUMBERS FOR COMPARISON’S SAKE ONLINE THIS MONTH FIRST IMPRESSION GEAR HEAD The day after BRP announced in June that it would stop building Evinrude outboards, we discovered Charlie Luedeke while searching for a wa
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Vault System
The UFP Trailer Buddy Vault system is designed for use with UFP spindles and a special hybrid grease that liquefies as it warms in the hub. You use a temporary Zerk on the end of the spindle to pack the grease, then pack a special hybrid grease cap a
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Manitou 25 Legacy Sl
Like nearly all Manitou models we’ve tested over the years, the 25 Legacy SL featured an ultra-smooth ride and a sporty, inside lean through the corners that’s more akin to a traditional V-hull. Chalk it up to the builder’s patented V-Toon technology
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Outboard Maintenance
1. A popular topic today is ethanol fuel. What’s wrong with using ethanol fuel, and what can you do as part of a regular maintenance schedule to mitigate any effects? A. Nothing’s wrong with ethanol fuel; today’s fuels are clean enough and won’t go s
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Garboardstyle Drains
Garboard drains are available for transom holes ranging from ¾ to 1½ inches in diameter. The most common for today’s recreational boat is one that fits a 1-inch-diameter hole. Make sure there is enough surface around the hole to accommodate the size
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Sylvan L-3 Dlz
Sylvan rigged the L-3 DLZ with performance in mind, and boy, does it fly. With the 250 hp Evinrude G2 for power, it leaped from a standing start to 30 mph in just 6 seconds. Top speed was nearly 45 mph at just under 6,000 rpm. Sound levels, however,
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Insect Repellents
PLANT-BASED LEMON-EUCALYPTUS INSECT REPELLENT THE BUZZ: Repel’s active ingredient is all-natural oil-of-lemon eucalyptus, and it can repel insects for up to six hours. With a 30percent eucalyptus concentration, it has a strong citrus scent and is pop
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Self-draining Cockpits
A hot segment with fishing families, hybrid bay boats deliver more amenities than many hardcore bay boats. When testing several of these hybrids earlier this year, we got to thinking about the importance self-draining cockpits, especially on low-side
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Starcraft Cx 25 Dl Bar
This Starcraft CX 25 DL Bar provides an excellent example of what a triple-tube package can do for you. With a Yamaha F250 outboard bolted to the stout transom bracket, it rockets to 30 mph in a cat-quick 6.7 seconds, and tops out just under 44 mph.
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What To Look For
Need help checking out the latest PWC, pontoon boat or deck boat? We’ve got videos and articles that help show you what to look for in anything from a jet-powered boat, to boat brushes and grab handles, to barbecue grills. For expert information on t
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Break It In Right
For example, if the manual said to run the engine in gear at idle for the first 15 minutes, I’d run it at idle for an hour. And if it said to run at less than half-throttle for the next two hours, I extended that to three hours. That might have been
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Marine electronics brands continually advance “state of the art” in multifunction displays, often leapfrogging each other with new functionality and improved features. The latest brand to hit the market with new MFD technology is Raymarine with its A
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First Impression
Cutwater Boats dubs this lively vessel a “center walkaround.” A trailerable 8 feet, 6 inches wide, Cutwater’s C-24 CW boasts a double-stepped hull that planes readily, and helps deliver speed and efficiency. Integrating the builder’s proprietary lami
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Amazing Electric Marine Motors
You might be surprised to learn that electric boats have been around since 1838. Inventors from Prussia, England and America began making vessels with lead-acid batteries—tons of lead-acid batteries per vessel—to move passengers quietly and efficient
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