Boating How-To


Applying Non-Skid

As I get the opportunity to test many boats throughout the year, one thing I see all too often is manufacturers that don’t spend enough time on the water using their own products. If they did, switches would be easier to see and systems would have better access. Along these same lines some boat builders use anti-skid as more of a design pattern instead of its intended use of a secure place to step.

Boating Gear


Accon Quick Release Hinges

Bimini tops are a great addition to a boat, but they’re not always easy to install and remove. Accon Marine’s Quick Release Hinges provide boat owners with a hassle-free way to connect and detach this accessory.

Flats Boats

Spyder FX19

Spyder FX19

The large forward casting deck has an anchor locker, two dry storage compartments and a round live baitwell. The flat area to port accepts a trolling motor and it’s pre-wired. The forward mounted fuel tank helps to offset the weight of the outboard motor and gives the hull a shallower draft.

Bay Boats


Shearwater 23LTZ

The low sheer and sleek looks of this bay boat match its high-speed performance. The forward casting deck is recessed which provides a nice toe kick. Twin rod lockers, which can handle up to a 10-foot rod, flank an anchor locker and dry storage compartments.

Center Consoles

The roomy bow deck is perfect for kite fishing.

Contender 35ST

An offshore center console, with a performance-enhancing double-stepped hull, will require less horsepower to push but the big advantage will be fuel economy, something not normally associated with a large bluewater boat.

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World Cat Dual Console 2740 Glacier Bay Edition

Sometimes family features take precedence over center console fishing features and that’s where a dual console interior layout will shine. When you open up the center of the boat’s cockpit the amount of usable deck space is incredible.

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Dream Boats


FS Dreamboat Contest Winner Heads to Costa Rica

Capt. Charlie Phillips, winner of the Fishing NoSara Prize Package given away as top prize for the Florida Sportsman Dreamboat Contest earlier this year, returns from his fishing vacation this week.