The 2018 414 CC Review

 Mako 414 CC

The 2018 414 CC is one apex predator of a fishing boat, the largest ever built by Mako Marine. And this year Mako went thermonuclear. It launched the 414 CC—the largest boat built in the company’s 50-year history—a fishing machine we just had to take a peek at.

The 2017 Sea Ray SLX 400 Review

SLX 400

Well! Here's our review of the new Sea Ray SLX 400. To be honest, when the new Sea Ray SLX 400 debuted at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, I was onboard with Outboard Expert Charles Plueddeman. His thoughts? “This boat is about the floating as much as it is about the boating.” And I agreed—let’s see if you will, too.

Tips for Captaining a Pontoon Boat

captaining a pontoon boat

Are you going to swap out that V-hull for a pontoon boat? If so, you need to know these three tips. Captaining a pontoon boat isn’t exactly complex in comparison to captaining a V-hull, but there are some distinct differences. That’s why we put together this short video, which outlines three simple but important things all pontooners need to know. So, watch the video below to get these three tips for captaining a pontoon boat. Check out,below.

Cobalt 25SC Review

Cobalt 25SC

There was once a time when outboard power was reserved for the likes of fishing boats and center-consoles, but as noted in Outboard Engines on Runabouts; a Match Made in Heaven, that’s been changing. Way back when the noise, smoke, and exposed rigging weren’t dignified, and they might spoil the fun and sophistication of taking guests to dinner on your boat. Thankfully, those days are over, and Cobalt has taken full advantage of outboard power with its new 25SC. And here's our review of the Cobalt 25C. Check out, below.

Simrad NSS evo3 with IPS Screen Technology

Simrad NSS evo3 with IPS Screen Technology

IPS screen technology makes viewing your MFD far better, in more ways than one. When Navico, the parent company of Simrad, invited us down to Florida to view all of their new for 2017 products, one we took a special interest in was the NSS evo3. MFD units have become the “brain” of a boat, and now it’s more important than ever that we be able to view their LCD screens at all times. Simrad claimed the IPS (in-plane switching) screen on the evo3 made it possible to see the screen while wearing polarized sunglasses, even from a 170-degree angle. Could it be true?

Six Key Tips To Rewiring Your Boat Trailer


Well! Here are six key tips to make your boat trailer wiring job hold up over time. Check out below.

New Grady-White Freedom 235 Review

Grady-White Freedom 235

Grady-White has been building fishing outboards with Yamaha for decades and is no stranger to the advantages of Yamaha’s engineering advantages. Swift acceleration, smooth, quiet power, low emissions and a long, reliable running life are properties Grady captured in mating outboards to its transoms.

Simrad S5100 Black-Box Fishfinder Module Review

Simrad S5100 Black-Box Fishfinder Module

Traditional fishfinders have been more or less supplanted by CHIRP units, but even CHIRP has its limitations. One of the reasons why is simply size and space; the more you jam-pack into a MFD unit the larger it becomes, and we all want a svelte unit to install at the helm. You can, however, give your fish-finding abilities a shot in the arm by adding a black-box finder which has gobs of power and additional channels. That’s why Simrad has introduced the S5100. Before we dig in and check out the details, let’s take a quick look at the unit in action.

The New Bryant 223X Surf Edition Review

new Bryant 233X Surf Edition

The new Bryant 233X Surf Edition is a new model from Bryant Boats, and it's a very different sort of runabout. This boat has the new Volvo Penta Forward Drive, and is rigged to the teeth for wake surfing, wakeboarding, and other watersports. And here's our review of the Bryant 233X Surf. Check out, below.

MJM 35z Review

MJM 35z

Whether you’re trading stocks or forecasting weather, the old saying goes, “The trend is your friend,” and with the MJM 35z this builder gets on board with modern developments. Boatbuilders have been leveraging the advantages of potent and compact outboards to drive designs that were traditionally powered by inboard engines—everything from express cruisers to bowriders. That trend has even boiled down to the traditionally inboard-dominated Downeast powerboat market.


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