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Before You Buy a Boat, Determine It's Real Price
The boat list price is not the only price consideration when buying a boat. When you purchase a boat, consider these three important items when budgeting to buy a boat.
Know Your Boat
Learn these common boat terms used for location, position and direction aboard a boat.
Boating Safety Rules for Boats 16 to Under 26...
The U.S. Coast Guard has different safety equipment requirements for recreational boats depending upon boat size. Find out the required equipment if your vessel is at least 16 feet but under 26 feet.
De-Winterize Your Boat
De-winterize your boat using these simple spring boat prep tips, and you will be ready for spring commissioning in no time.
Federal Boating Safety Laws
The U.S. Coast Guard is the federal regulating agency for recreational boats. As such, the Coast Guard issues boating safety recommendations and ensures the proper compliance with federal boating safety laws and equipment requirements. Here is a guide to the federal boating laws enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Gelcoat Restoration
If your boat's gelcoat shows signs of oxidation, follow these tips to restore the gelcoat to it's original shine.
Types of Boats
There are many types of boats, each designed with a specific activity or activities in mind. Learn distinguishing characteristic that set different boats apart and which boating activities are recommended for each.
Coast Guard Boating Safety Requirements by Boat...
The Coast Guard has different boating safety equipment requirements for recreational boats depending upon boat size. Find out the required equipment for your vessel.
Where Boat Registration Numbers are Placed on a...
Where are the registration numbers on the boat placed? The Coast Guard has certain regulations regarding the placement of registration numbers. Find out here.
How to Read a Nautical Chart - Part 1
Learning to navigate can seem like an insurmountable challenge, but when broken into manageable pieces, it becomes simpler. The first steps are to learn the basic components of a nautical chart, and how to interpret the information for safe navigation.
Plot a Navigation Course
Plot a course on a nautical chart, and use time, speed, and distance calculations to run the course to your destination.
Naming a Boat
Need inspiration for naming a boat? Andrew Canepari of Custom Boat Names has some suggestions.
New to Powerboating
When you are new to boating, knowing these basics and committing to deepen your knowledge of safe boating practices will serve you well.
Registering and Numbering Your Boat
The U.S. Coast Guard requires all recreational boats to be registered in the state of their use. They also require the numbers be displayed correctly. Find out how to register and number your boat properly.
Before Buying a Boat - Choose the Right Size
Besides considering the use and price of a boat, when you are buying a boat take into account the size of boat compatible with your needs.
Boat Gelcoat Maintenance Plan
Boat maintenance is as simple as maintaining your boat's gelcoat, which is essential to preventing oxidation and damage to the hull. Learn how by following this easy boat gelcoat maintenance plan.
Marine Engine Basics
A boat can have one of many different marine drive systems. Learn more about marine engines and systems that put the power into powerboat.
Coast Guard Boating Safety Equipment Requirements
The Coast Guard has different boating safety equipment requirements for recreational boats depending upon boat size. Find out the required boating safety equipment for your vessel.
Marine Navigation
Learn marine navigation - the art of navigating the world's waterways - using nautical charts, a compass, marine electronics and various marine publications.
How to Winterize Your Boat's Drive System
Winterizing your boat's drive system properly can save you thousands and dollars in repairs and headaches in the spring. Learn how to properly winterize a boat engine.
When is the Best Time to Buy a Boat?
Thinking about buying a boat? Know the best time to buy a boat and mark your calendar.
Boat Gelcoat Basics
Sometimes referred to as fiberglass, a boat's gelcoat is simply the outer skin of the hull. Find out how it protects your boat and why you should protect it.
Boat Maintenance - Gelcoat Oxidation
If your boat's gelcoat is not properly cared for, it could oxidize. Find out if your boat has gelcoat oxidation and the severity.
Boating Safety Rules for Boats Under 16 feet
The Coast Guard has different safety equipment requirements for recreational boats depending upon boat size. Find out the required equipment for vessels under 16 feet.
Basic Boat Cleaning Tips
Simplistic though it may seem, cleaning your boat after each use is the first step in boat maintenance. Follow these basic boat cleaning tips to maintain the look and value of your investment.
Boating Safety Rules for Boats 26 to under 40...
The U.S. Coast Guard has different safety equipment requirements for recreational boats depending upon boat size. Find out the required equipment for a vessel at least 26 feet but under 40 feet.
Best Boats Review: Triumph Boats
If you’re in the market for a fishing or sport boat, the Triumph line of boats are a must-see.
The Best EPIRB or PLB to Buy
Any type of EPIRB or PLB is better than nothing, but find out which one the Coast Guard recommends for all boaters.
Should You Purchase an EPIRB or a PLB?
EPIRBs and PLBs are similar, yet different in important ways. Use this as a guide to decide the best EPIRB and PLB for you.
Coast Guard Navigation Rules - Operating at a...
The Coast Guard Navigation Rules, also known as the Rules of the Road or Nav Rules, are a set of rules governing the safe navigation of your boat, which includes proceeding at a safe speed. Learn what it means to operate your boat at a safe speed according the Navigation Rules.
Boat Maintenance - Maintaining or Restoring...
Your boat's gelcoat tells a story about your boat. If it has been well maintained, it will gleam like it did when you first bought it. If not, it may show signs of oxidation. In either case, a little TLC with keep your boat's gelcoat in top shape.
Cuddy Cabins
Cuddy cabins are fun boats and offer comfortable amenities such as sleeping berths, toilets and cooking facilities.
Bowriders
Ideal for day cruising, watersports and fishing, bowriders offer large seating capacity making it the most popular boat in the runabout category.
How to Properly Fit a PFD or Life Jacket
Learn how to fit a PFD, or life jacket, properly to maximize its effectiveness.
The Beaufort Scale
The National Weather Service uses this scale when issuing local marine forecasts. Be familiar with this scale when reading the local marine forecast to determine safe boating conditions.
Fishing Boats
There are many types of saltwater and freshwater fishing boats. Find out which type of fishing boat might be best for you.
Saltwater Fishing Boats
Used to pursue game fish inshore and offshore, there are many types of saltwater fishing boats. Find out which type of saltwater fishing boat might be best for you.
Use Vinegar to Maintain and Clean Your Boat
Vinegar is an effective and economical cleaning agent. Learn tips to use it aboard your boat for simple boat maintenance and cleaning, deodorizing and discouraging pests.
Buying a Boat at a Boat Show vs. a Dealer
Which is better: buying a boat at a boat show or buying from a dealer? Find out why even dealers say buying a buying a boat at a boat show may not be the best option.
Boating Supplies and Accesories - Dock, Mooring...
Rope, or line as it is called on a boat, is an essential boating accessory. Learn about line types, construction, size and uses aboard your boat.
Save Money Fueling Your Boat
Save money on boating gas by knowing your boat's design and economical speed.
Reasons to Wear a Life Jacket While Boating
Having life jackets aboard your boat is good, but since accidents can happen too fast to put it on, wearing a life jacket is best.
Boating Safety in Severe Weather - Waterspouts
An important part of boating safety is being aware of the dangers of severe marine weather. Find out what to do when you are boating and spot a waterspout.
Life Jackets Basic Training
Before choosing a life jacket, learn about the kinds and types of U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation devices, and the minimum requirements under federal regulations.
Top 5 Boating Magazines
Boating magazines are a fun way to get new information about boating, read the latest boat reviews, and pick up handy boating and boat maintenance tips. Subscribe to one of these top five boating magazines to stay in the boating know all year long.
Runabouts
Sporty, fun and roomy, there are three types of runabouts for the casual boater.
Choosing a Winter Boat Storage Method
Before winter arrives, choose which method of winter boat storage that best suits your wallet and your lifestyle.
Coast Guard Boating Safety Requirements - Law...
Learn about federal boating safety requirements and the authority of the Coast Guard to board your vessel, issue citations, terminate your voyage, and charge you with negligence, gross negligence or boating while intoxicated
Boating Safety Rules for Boats 40 to under 65...
The U.S. Coast Guard has different safety equipment requirements for recreational boats depending upon boat size. Find out the required equipment for a vessel at least 40 feet but under 65 feet.
Sea Ray
Sea Ray is top-ranked in the Express Cruiser, Large Runabout and Small Runabout segments of the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction survey.
Before You Buy a Boat
Buying a boat is big decision. Before you buy a boat, get five tips that will make choosing a boat that is right for you easier.
Drinking While Boating - Don't Do It!
Drinking while boating is a bad idea for operators and passengers. Avoid hefty fines, losing your operator's license, or jail time by not drinking and boating.
Bennington Pontoon boats
Bennington won the 2009 J.D. Power and Associate and Associates Customer Satisfaction survey in the Pontoon Boat segment.
Choosing and Using a Life Jacket While Boating
New life jacket designs remove common excuses boaters give for not wearing a life jacket while boating. Choose the right style for your activity and be comfortable - and safe - while you boat.
Regal Boats
Regal ranked at the top in the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction survey in the Express Cruiser, Large Runabout and Small Runabout segments.
What is an EPIRB or Emergency Position...
What is an EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon? Definition of EPIRB.
EPIRBs
EPIRBs and PLBs are designed to save your life. Find out what they are, how they work and why every boater needs one.
Before Boating, Know Your Marine Weather Forecast
Your local weather report may predict sunny skies and blissful temperatures, but you need to know the marine weather forecast before you decide whether or not to take the boat out.
Tips for Better Boat Handling Skills
When it comes to being an expert boat handler, practice is the name of the game. Follow these tips while you are boating, and you’ll master your craft in no time.
Boat Show Tips
Whether you are in the market for a new boat or not, boat shows are fun. If you plan to buy a boat, boat shows can help you make the best boat buying decision possible.
Grady-White Boats
Grady-White is winner of the J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction award eight years running.
Boating Safety Best Practices
Boating safely takes discipline and awareness. Follow these boating safety best practices and you will be well on your way to safer boating.
VHF-FM Marine Radios
Calling for help on VHF Channel 16 should be your primary means of making a maritime distress call. If you don't own a VHF-FM marine radio, find out compelling reasons why you should.
Before Buying a Boat - When Buying a Boat...
When you are buying a boat, there isn't a single boat that fits all water activities. Use these guidelines to narrow your choice of boats to the type that will suit your needs the best.
What Exactly is an EPIRB?
EPIRBs and PLBs are designed to save your life. Find out what they are, how they work and why every boater needs one.
Waterspouts
Severe marine weather, especially waterspouts, can be unpredictable. Find out what they are and how to spot them while you are out on the water.
Understanding How Serious a Gale Warning is in...
What is a gale warning? Find out the meaning or definition of a gale warning in marine weather.
Coast Guard Navigation Rules - Maintaining a...
The Coast Guard Navigation Rules, also known as the Rules of the Road or Nav Rules, are a set of rules governing the safe navigation of your boat, which includes maintaining a proper lookout. Learn how to maintain a proper lookout while boating for the sake of safety.
What is a Bearing?
What is a bearing in marine navigation? Find out the meaning or definition of the boating term bearing.
Cobalt Boats
Cobalt boats ranked at the top in the 2009 J.D. Power and Associate and Associates Customer Satisfaction survey Large Runabout segment for the eight year running.
Boating Gifts
Looking for a gift for the boater in your life? Look no further than this extensive list of boating gift ideas.
Deck Boats
Deck boats are in the runabout category of boats and are known for their seating capacity.
How to Register an EPIRB or PLB
If you purchased an EPIRB or PLB, it must be registered with NOAA. Here's how to do it.
SailorBags
SailorBags are the perfect boating accessories. Made of durable sail cloth, SailorBags are a stylish way to tote all of your boating supplies and gear, and they make great gifts for the boater in your life!
Boat Names
Boat names are a fun way to personalize your boating experience. Learn how to name your boat and get boat name ideas.
Personalized Boating Gifts
Boating gift ideas with a practical yet personal touch.
Optional Safety Equipment for Your Boat
A list of the top five optional – but highly recommended – safety equipment you should consider for your boat. The Coast Guard safety rules require recreational boaters to have basic safety equipment on board at all times. While the boat supplies listed below are not required, I highly recommend them as added aids in your arsenal of boating safety equipment.
Evinrude
Profile of the 100 year old giant marine outboard manufacturer.
Deck Boats
Deck boats are in the runabout category of boats and are known for their seating capacity.
Gadget and Tech Boating Gifts
Great gadgets boating gifts for the tech-minded boater in your life.
File a Float Plan
Filing a float plan with friends or family before you leave the dock is an important aspect of boating safety. If things take a turn for the worse, they can relay important information to rescuers.
Monterey Boats
Monterey boats rank third in the Small Runabout segment of the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction survey.
Boating Safety - Take a Boating Safety Course
Statistics show taking a boating safety course reduces the amount of boat accidents and fatalities. Take a boating safety course with one of these organizations that offer boater education classes.
Bass Cat
Bass Cat is winner of the J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction award four years running.
What is Gelcoat?
What is gelcoat? Definition of boat gelcoat.
Boat Winterizing Checklist
Winterizing your boat is easy when you use this checklist when you prepare to winterize your boat.
Powerboating for Dummies
One of the clearest, most informative books on Powerboating you can read, Powerboating for Dummies is a perfect book for people interested in boating or for novice boaters.
Cold Weather Boating Gear
If you plan to go boating in cold weather or in perpetually cold waters, stock up on essential cold weather boating gear.
Regal 1900 Bowrider Photo Gallery
J.D. Power and Associates chose the Regal 1900 Bowrider as the 2008 Best Boat in the small runabout category of its 2008 Boat Competitive study.
Cell Phone vs. VHF-FM Marine Radio
When it comes to relaying a distress call to the Coast Guard, a cell phone call to 911 works in a pinch, but the Coast Guard prefers mariners use Channel 16 on a VHF-FM marine radio.
How do you get the name on the boat?
Wondering how to put the name on the stern of a boat? Find the answer here.
How EPIRBs Work
EPIRBs and PLBs are designed to save your life by transmitting a distress signal to international search and rescue satellites. Find out how they work and why every boater needs one.
Hurricane Boat Preparation
Nobody can promise your boat will make it through a hurricane unscathed, but by following these guidelines, your boat will have a greater chance of surviving a storm.
Best Gifts for Boaters - Books and Magazines
Give the gift for boaters that will never grow old - books and magazines. When you give books and magazine as gifts for boaters, you guarantee a gift that will keep on giving year after year.
Marine Electronics Review: ACR ResQFix 406...
The ACR ResQFix 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon has an integrated GPS to transmit your location faster and pinpoint your location better.
Marine Weather Advisories, Watches, and Warnings
What is an advisory, watch or warning? The National Weather Service issues marine weather advisories, watches and warnings to warn mariners of unsafe boating conditions.
Marine Electronics Review: SPOT Satellite...
EPIRBs and PLBs can save your life. The SPOT Satellite Messenger has many unique features, including alerting rescue agencies if you are in distress.
How to Winterize a Boat
Winterizing your boat is not just about preparing the drive system to weather the cold. It's also about properly caring for the hull and interior, which together with winterizing the drive components of your boat, can save you thousands and dollars in repairs and headaches in the spring.
Boston Whaler
Boston Whaler ranks second in the Coastal Fishing segment of the 2009 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction award.
Marine Electronics Review: ACR AquaFix 1/0 406...
A mid-priced PLB, the ACR Aquafix PLB is a solid choice for mariners.
Hurricane Preparation Plan - Trailered Boats
If a hurricane watch has been issued, follow these steps to prepare your boat and trailer to weather the storm.
Century
Century ranks third in the Coastal Fishing segment of the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction survey.
Premier Pontoon Boats
Premier ranked third in 2009 J.D. Power and Associate and Associates Customer Satisfaction survey in the Pontoon Boat segment.
Seafair
Seafair is Seattle's summer celebration that includes fun in the sun for boaters on Lake Washington.
What is a Heading?
What is a heading in marine navigation? Find out the meaning or definition of the boating term heading.
Manitou Pontoon Boats
Manitou ranked second in the 2009 J.D. Power and Associate and Associates Customer Satisfaction survey in the Pontoon Boat segment.
What is the COSPAS-SARSAT Satellite System?
What is the COSPAS-SARSAT Satellite System? Definition of COSPAS-SARSAT Satellite System.
Before You Leave the Dock: File a Float Plan
One important aspect of boating safety is to file a float plan before you leave the dock. Filing a float plan simply means telling you family or friends your location and intended time of return, as well as your boat's descriptive information. Find an easy-to-use template and important information to include in your float plan.
What is the GEOSAR Satellite System?
What is the GEOSAR Satellite System? Definition of GEOSAR Satellite System.
Can you name your second boat the same as the...
Wondering if you can name your second boat the same as the first? Find the answer here.
Hurricane Preparation Plan - Moored Boats
If a hurricane watch has been issued, follow these steps to prepare your boat to weather the storm in it's moorings.
Operate Your Boat at a Safe Speed at Night
In this Live & Learn article learn from a real-life experience why operating your boat at a safe speed at night can save lives and ways to implement this smart boating safety practice.
Hurricane Preparation Plan - Anchored Boats
If a hurricane watch has been issued, follow these steps to prepare your boat to weather the storm at anchor.
What is a PLB or Personal Locator Beacon?
What is a PLB or Personal Locator Beacon? Definition of PLB.
What is a Category II EPIRB?
What is a Category II EPIRB? Definition of a Category II EPIRB.
Hurricane Boat Preparation Kit
Be ready to prepare your boat to weather a hurricane with the basic items in this boat preparation hurricane kit.
Chapman Piloting and Seamanship 65th Edition
Boating books help boaters to increase their knowledge of boating, and there is no better book than Chapman Piloting and Seamanship. If you won one boating book, this should be it.
9th Annual Chicago Scene Boat Party
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Regal 1900 Dedicated Cooler Storage
J.D. Power and Associates chose the Regal 1900 Bowrider as the 2008 Best Boat in the small runabout category of its 2008 Boat Competitive study. . Page 3.
Water Survival Techniques
If you end up in the water, follow these vital instructions to increase your chances of surviving.
Complete Winter Boat Maintenance Plan
Winterizing your boat is not just about preparing the drive system to weather the cold. It's also about properly caring for the hull and interior, which together with winterizing the drive components of your boat, can save you thousands and dollars in repairs and headaches in the spring.
Life Jackets - Life Jacket, Personal Floatation...
Before choosing a life jacket, learn about the kinds and types of U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation devices, and the minimum requirements under federal regulations.
PFDs and Life Jackets
PFDs, or life jackets, are an essential piece of boating safety equipment. Learn how to choose the best PFD for your boating activity, buy one that fits properly and why wearing a life jacket while boating is important.
Do You Have Enough Time for a Boat?
Boat ownership is not only a financial investment, but an investment of your time. Before you buy a boat, determine how much time you have to devote to boating and caring for your boat.
What is a Category I EPIRB?
What is a Category I EPIRB? Definition of a Category I EPIRB.
Nautique Ski/Wakeboard Boats
Nautique won the 2009 J.D. Power and Associate and Associates Customer Satisfaction survey in the Ski/Wakeboard Boat segment.
What is a Line of Position?
What is a line of position in marine navigation? Find out the meaning or definition of the boating term line of position.
Tropical Storms
A Tropical Storms are the precursor to hurricanes, but they can be just as deadly. Learn more about these powerful storms.
Is is bad to rename a boat?
Ever wondered if it is bad to rename a boat? Find the answer here.
Regal 1900 Bolster Helm Seat
J.D. Power and Associates chose the Regal 1900 Bowrider as the 2008 Best Boat in the small runabout category of its 2008 Boat Competitive study. . Page 2.
Stratos Boats
Stratos boats are built for fishing. They offer a classic line of tournament bass boats and their Excursion series fishing boats for the whole family. Stratos boats were voted third in customer satisfaction in the 2009 J.D. Power Boat Competitive Study.
What is a Course?
What is a course in marine navigation? Find out the meaning or definition of the boating term course.
Coast Guard Navigation Rules Book Review
The official Coast Guard Navigation Rules, Inland and International. Keep this book aboard your boat as a handy reference for the sailing and steering rules, lights and shapes and sound signals essential for safely navigating the waterways.
Regal 1900 Mooring Cover
J.D. Power and Associates chose the Regal 1900 Bowrider as the 2008 Best Boat in the small runabout category of its 2008 Boat Competitive study. . Page 7.
Book Review: My First Picture Book of Boating...
Children ages 4 - 8 will love this little book that helps them explore the exciting world of boats.
Ranger Boats
Ranger Boats is a world-renowned manufacturer of quality freshwater boats and saltwater fishing boats. Ranger boats was selected as the runner up to Bass Cat in the 2009 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction award.

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