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Boating Boating Buyers Guide 2019

Boating is the world's foremost magazine for boating enthusiasts. Written by experts for those who love the sport, the editorial covers the waterfront -- from runabouts to sportfish convertibles to luxury showpieces, and everything in between.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
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always the water

Boats represent a discretionary expense and are a reward we give to ourselves. Nobody needs a boat. Certainly not we recreational boaters. Boats do make us happy — perhaps, afford us the means to create happy occasions might be more accurate. For instance, boats afford us time together with family and friends. Boats deliver an escape from the humdrum, whether the locale is a coastal city or an alpine lake, and whether the goal is to be seen, see the sights, or go to sea. Boats provide us with a lifestyle, with weekend and holiday plans being made around the boat and the weather and the water. Always the water. All of this is great until it comes time to buy the darned thing, and instead of approaching it with our heads, we…

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lucas oil marine fuel treatment fights ethanol’s failures

Ethanol in fuel has been proved to be destructive to marine engines, Gunn says. “Most outboards made since 2000 can handle E10, or 10 percent ethanol, but not E15. And there are difficult challenges even with E10.” The flame temperature is actually a little cooler in ethanol than in gasoline, and ethanol will cool the incoming charge of air more than gasoline; however, lean fuel-air mixtures burn much hotter than rich ones, and running an engine designed for gasoline on ethanol mixtures causes the engine to run very lean, and thus, hotter. This is because ethanol requires less air to burn than gasoline, so increasing the ethanol content in fuel will cause the engine to run still leaner and hotter. Gunn is referring in part to the lower energy in E10…

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lucas oil has a broad variety of products for the marine enthusiast, including cleaners, waxes and special-purpose lubricants

1. RED ‘N’ TACKY SPRAY GREASE Ideal for the marine enthusiast, Red ‘n’ Tacky is accurately applied via a spray can and nozzle, and adheres to the surfaces treated, even in repeated dunking. That makes it ideal for Power Poles shallow-water anchors, trailer rollers and winch stands. $10.99 2. PENETRATING OIL Apply this oil with pinpoint accuracy using the foldable spray-tube nozzle. It penetrates to dissolve corrosion and has anti-seize agents, ideal for keeping fasteners functioning. There is no chlorine, silicone or fluorocarbon in the low-odor formula, making it ideal for use around the house or marina. $6.99 3. REEL OIL A drop or two of this oil unseized a corroded Boga Grip for me in a matter of minutes, saving me from shipping it for repair. Its needle applicator makes it easy to put…

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jacob degrom, pitcher, new york mets

Have you always been into fishing and boating? Growing up in Florida, we went fishing every chance we got. Mostly fresh water for largemouth, but we’d also go a little bit in Mosquito Lagoon. What’s the biggest largemouth bass you’ve ever caught? It was 6 pounds. I caught it on a Zoom Horny Toad. Do you get to fish during the season? During spring training, I fish quite a bit, but it’s hard to get out during the regular season. I try to fish a lot during the offseason. Do you own a boat? I own a 21-foot Back Country with a Mercury Pro XS 250. What’s a typical day? I like to take my 2-year-old out fishing. It’s tough fishing, but I grew up going out with my dad, and I still love it to this day. Hopefully,…

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checkup time

Each year on my birthday (which occurs in spring), I schedule a physical exam with the family physician and endure the indignities that go with it. When you think about it, a vessel safety check (VSC) is like a physical exam for your boat, and the doctor is a U.S. Coast Guard-approved vessel examiner — all volunteer members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons. Unlike a physical, a VSC is free. This 15-point exam takes about 20 to 30 minutes and is designed to ensure that boaters have the appropriate safety equipment, it’s in working order, and the skipper knows how to use it, says Harry Jacobs, a 39-year member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and an approved vessel examiner in Southern California. “Participation is completely voluntary,” Jacobs says.…

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failure analysis

Over 50 percent of boats don’t pass a VSC on the first try, says Harry Jacobs, long-standing Coast Guard Auxiliary member and an approved vessel examiner. Jacobs points to six of the most common reasons for a boat not to pass the 15-point exam. • No boat registration • Discharged fire extinguisher • Malfunctioning navigation lights • Lack of age-appropriate life jackets (when children are aboard) • Improper letters/numbers or spacing of the state registration number on the boat • Expired or insufficient number of signal flares…

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