Boating

Boating How-To

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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

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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

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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

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Skeeter SX210 Bay

When buying a new bay boat it might be helpful for a manufacturer to make most of your choices for you. This bay boat is available only one way from the factory, pre-packaged with a 150 horsepower outboard, electronics, Power Pole and trailer.

Center Consoles

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Contender 35ST

The large center console has a step down interior for additional storage and a marine head. The dash can accept twin large MFDs for your electronics. A one piece level deck from bow to stern lets you position your angler anywhere you want for battling offshore pelagics and the self-bailing cockpit can be washed down in a snap.

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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

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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.