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Boating January/February 2021

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
boat buyer’s vocabulary

Whether you call it jargon, or a language, lexicon, parlance, patter or patois, boat buying utilizes a code of communication all its own. The specialized lingo facilitates and streamlines the activity, allowing participating parties to convey precise meaning with a single word or a simple phrase, rather than voicing a barrage of blather. Some examples, to wit. Let’s say that the boat you are trading in or selling as part of buying a new boat boasts a top you ruggedly constructed of plumbing pipe, or a bait-rigging station you created by using a discarded restroom baby-changing table. There’s no need for you to describe these features in minute detail to the potential buyer. Instead, you can use a one-word prefix: “custom.” Now, suppose the boat that’s caught your eye is touted as…

1 min
kilea-ann kleckner, drag racer

ON BOARD WITH… CAPTAIN’S TEST FOR COMPARISON’S SAKE ONLINE THIS MONTH FIRST IMPRESSION GEAR HEAD How did you get interested in drag racing? They say I went to my first race when I was 2 months old. My grandfather, Rick Conklin, is a racer, and he always let me tag along. I started drag racing a Sea-Doo when I was 12 years old, and was high-point champ in the Kentucky Drag Boat Association in 2017. My grandfather and I are a team. What’s the biggest challenge in drag-boat racing? For me, it’s learning to keep my composure when something goes wrong. At one race this summer, the safety boat cut the course and made a wake, and I had to let off the throttle. Another time, there was a strong crosswind, and our boat is so light, I had…

3 min

1. What are some careful considerations that should be made when choosing a new outboard? A. Older engines are sometimes lighter, so added weight on the transom could be a problem for some hulls. B. The neighbors might not like that shiny new engine. C. Your boating friends might be jealous and unfriend you on Facebook. D. None of the above 2. What about horsepower? If your boat is rated for more than your old engine puts out, should you buy the maximum-size engine possible for your boat? A. No. The capacity plate has nothing to do with max-rated power. Go with the engine you want. B. If your boat’s capacity plate allows more power, go for it—but confer with your dealer first. He has the experience and knowledge to help. C. If your boat is older, be very…

1 min
winter boating coats

OFFSHORE MUSTANG ANSI HIGH VISIBILITY FLOAT COAT THE HEAT: If you plan to lose sight of land, it’s good to wear a coat that doubles as flotation. It’s a Type III flotation device that protects from hypothermia. It has 62square inches of reflective tape to help searchers find you in a search and rescue situation. THE CHILL: Protective hood is sold separately. PRICE: $482.99; mustangsurvival.com INSHORE GILL WINTER ANGLER THE HEAT: This two-layer jacket, consisting of a vinyl shell and a polyester liner, features taped seams and is 100 percent waterproof. It has adjustable cuffs and a two-way front zipper to help seal out water. The hood has drawstrings to pull it tight on your head. It comes in a graphite color. THE CHILL: Not as breathable as some other jackets. PRICE: $325; gillfishing.com COASTAL GRUNDÉNS WEATHER BOSS JACKET THE HEAT: This is a waterproof…

2 min
fi first impression

HINCKLEY 35 Due out in summer 2021, the new Hinckley 35 marks another stellar design from the desk of Michael Peters Yacht Design. The 35 incorporates wider chines and strakes to provide more lift and stability to match the standard twin 300 Mercury Verados on the transom. Thus powered, the boat is expected to achieve a top speed of 48 mph while exhibiting deft handling and seakindliness along the way. Construction is top-level, with a resinin-fused carbon-fiber hull laminated with post-cured epoxy. The all-new single-pane Clear View windshield ensures excellent visibility from the 35’s enclosed helm. The teak-varnished helm station sports Mercury Joystick Piloting to help the captain slide in and out of any slip or docking situation. The layout remains true to the picnicboat style that Hinckley is known for, with both aft-…

3 min
gh gear head

GOPRO ZEUS LIGHT Now you can add video light exactly where you need it with this self-contained, lithium-powered Zeus utility light and its GoPro-compatible mounting system. But its superpowers are in the field as a boating, fishing or hunting light, or a magnetically mounted trouble light that sticks to a fender or under the hood. Its clip-on base fits to a ball cap for hands-free outdoor use. $70 each, $100 per pair; go pro.com FLOW-RITE REMOTE DRAIN The Remote Drain Plug from Flow-Rite operates from inside the boat and shows whether the plug is in or out. It consists of the plug, plus a 6-, 8- or 10-foot cable and control knob. Components feature durable polymer construction. Easy to install with household tools on most fiberglass or aluminum hulls, the system requires a…