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Boating November/December 2020

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.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the bright spot

I don’t know that I can add much. The dek—that’s publishing-speak for “subheadline”—pretty much says it all. Let’s take a tally: COVID-19, civil unrest, the “new normal,” societal changes, layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts, struggling businesses, an election year, and as I keyboard this, Cat 4 Hurricane Laura is steamrolling Louisiana and east Texas. Then, just before press time, the record-setting 18th named storm in the Atlantic Basin, Hurricane Sally, devastated parts of Alabama and Florida. Forests in the western United States are ablaze, the smoke from the fires now coloring sunsets in Nova Scotia and beyond, while residents in California and Oregon have lost everything—some, their lives. A few of those things were necessary, some were avoidable, and still others were acts of God. All of them pushed us to the…

1 min
brook s.

Every issue, some of the best boats of the year grace our cover. They are shot from a helicopter to get the perfect vantage point, and every one features a cover model who highlights the features of that boat. At the end of every year, we let our readers vote for their favorite model on our website and social media. This year, you chose Brook S., who rode aboard the Regal 36 Grande Coupe, our October cover boat, as our Icom Cover Model of the Year. How was your day aboard the Regal shooting for us? You couldn’t ask for a better job. Our day was spent cruising beautiful Lake Keowee, in South Carolina, with photographer Tom King riding in a helicopter capturing shots. I couldn’t stop smiling that this was a…

1 min
handheld boat lights

There are times when you’re on board where you need a light, such as a spotlight to look for channel markers or a flashlight to illuminate repairs down in the bilge. Here are three types of handheld lights to consider keeping on board, all available from West Marine. SPOTLIGHT WEST MARINE WATERPROOF 3000 LUMEN THE BEAM: This rechargeable spotlight shines a robust beam that lasts up to seven hours, depending on the mode (high, low or SOS). The IP67-waterproof-rated handheld floats and is submersible. Its three powerful LEDs shine through a 4-inch-diameter prism reflector to produce a light that works well on the water. THE BLIND SPOT: The big light is not ideal for using in tight spaces and, while it does have an SOS mode, it does not last long for rescue. PRICE: $109.99; westmarine.com STROBE…

3 min

Wintertime is nearly here; if you live in the North, your boat’s covered and asleep for the long snooze, or resting and waiting for those occasional warm, sunny days when you can ride. In the South, you’re boating less frequently but still want to ride. What are some things you can do in the meantime? Let’s find out. 1. You live in the South; your boat is not winterized, but the forecast is calling for subzero temps the next four days. What should you do to prepare? A. Keep the outdrive tilted all the way down and ensure any water runs out, so if it does freeze, there’s no water in the gear case to freeze and potentially crack it. B. Decorate the outboard with a winter theme. C. Drain the block and exhaust…

1 min
baby on board

Could you imagine being on your boat this summer and turning your head to say to the crew, “Look at that baby water-ski!” But that’s exactly what you would have seen had you been on Lake Powell over the summer, when little Rich Casey Humpherys went water-skiing shortly after his 6-month birthday. In the process, he set the world record for the youngest water-skier ever, at age 6 months and 4 days old. Little Rich took to the water on a homemade water skiing contraption built by his father to be comfortable, safe and stable. How’d he do it? “Rich is very physically advanced for his age,” says his dad, Casey Humpherys. “He was able to stand on his own at 3 months.” Still, it took a lot of planning and training…

1 min
women of wake

This past summer, Body Glove announced its sponsorship of the first-of-its-kind women’s wakeboarding series, dubbed the Moxie Pro (moxie-pro.com). The Moxie Pro features three events designed for women wakeboarders around the world. “This is a huge step for women’s wakeboarding, and I’m excited to see what this opportunity brings for women in the industry,” says Meagan Ethell, a professional wakeboarder and current holder of the wakeboarding world title. “We’ve been working toward an event like this for as long as I can remember. It’s amazing to finally see it come together.” The first two events, held in September included a digital cable-park event and a digital boating event. In those events, contestants from around the world competed online for a shot to win the competition. They had to register and submit a…