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Boating April 2018

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
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English
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Bonnier Corporation
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2 min.
moment of insight

I just returned from the Miami International Boat Show, where I underwent an epiphany. My position at this magazine affords me both a backstage pass to the latest boat and marine-engine projects in development as well as a front-row seat once those projects hit the water. For a boat nut and motorhead, it’s a dream job, but one that comes with some not-so-expected consequences. One of these consequences, apparently, is that the future can creep up on me while I watch it coming. Call it not seeing the fleet for the vessels, but boats now display a level of technical sophistication, design and build refinement, and systems integration that I did not envision even five years ago. In the same way that solar panels on residential roofs overnight (seemingly) went from notable…

1 min.
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,…

3 min.
spring commissioning

1. What’s the best way to remove shrink-wrap from your boat after winter’s layup? A. Use a utility knife to cut down the middle of the deck coverage. B. Rip the shrink-wrap with your hands to avoid the chance of cutting the boat with a utility knife. C. Carefully cut the retaining rope/ strap around the perimeter of the hull, then peel away the shrink-wrap from the boat. Dispose of/ recycle the plastic wrap properly. D. None of the above—don’t use shrink-wrap. 2. When checking life jackets and other PFDs after winter storage, you should check for: A. Expiration date B. Mold and mildew C. Torn or damaged clasps, belts and straps D. Worn, damaged covering and exposed flotation material E. All of the above F. B, C and D 3. Your spring trailer check-over and maintenance should include: A. Checking tires for…

2 min.
paracord bracelets

SURVIVAL STRAPS PARA-CLAW SURVIVAL BRACELET SAVING GRACE: Unsnap the buckle to reveal a 1 ½ -inch serrated stainless-steel hawksbill blade that’s as good as any pocketknife. The paracord bracelet is military-grade 550-pound-test. It has the best knife of the three choices. POSSIBLE PERIL: It’s not a good idea to wear this one through airport security. PRICE: $49.95; survivalstraps.com A2S K2-PEAK SERIES SAVING GRACE: This is equipped with a built-in compass and conceals an emergency knife, flint fire starter, and whistle to alert for help. It has 12 feet of 550-pound-test paracord to unravel if you need it for anything. POSSIBLE PERIL: The whistle produces sound to only 100 dBA. PRICE: $9.99 for a two-pack; all2shop.net GECKO ADJUSTABLE PREMIUM PARACORD BRACELET WITH SURVIVAL KIT SAVING GRACE: It’s basically a mini survival kit that includes fire tinder, a fire starter and a fire-starter rod; fishing line with hooks, floats, swivels and…

2 min.
get off the boat! we’re sinking!

I planned a short boat ride aboard my 330 Sea Ray Sundancer from the dock to a local waterfront restaurant located on Lake of the Ozarks. The water was a little rough but nothing that bad, though the boat did hit one big wave nearing the no-wake zone. Pulling into the dock, an alarm sounded. I tied up quickly and searched for its cause. Nothing on the helm looked funny, and the carbon-monoxide detector was not sounding. My friend Tim who was aboard suggested checking the bilge. We pulled up the hatches, looked, and I yelled to Tim and my wife, Kim, “Get the valuables. Get off the boat! We’re sinking!” The water was inches away from going over the bilge bulkhead and into the cabin. I decided I wasn’t going down…

2 min.
checkup time

Each year on my birthday (which occurs this month), 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 38-year member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and an approved vessel examiner in Southern California. “Participation is completely voluntary,” Jacobs says. If your…