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Boating April 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.

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2 min.
of boat speed and economy

Bruce Dearnley of Maryland dropped me a line a few weeks back with this question: “I’m curious how the ‘most economical cruising speed’ is selected in your boat tests. In some cases, a higher cruising speed at a higher rpm is selected rather than the highest nautical miles per gallon at a lower rpm.” It’s a good question—and sometimes a point of contention here at the HQ of the world’s foremost powerboat experts because some subjectivity is involved. The emphasis is on cruising speed rather than economical speed. Our intent is to show the speed that we think, based on our experience, an owner ought to be able to comfortably run the test boat on most days. Now, “most days” is a broad brush, but consider a couple of things. The equally broad…

1 min.
on board with…

Howard Tanner became the chief of fisheries in the Michigan Department of Conservation (now Natural Resources) in 1966. In that role, he created and launched the revolutionary introduction of coho (and later chinook) salmon into the Great Lakes. At age 95, he published a book, Something Spectacular: My Great Lakes Salmon Story. We caught up with him to chat. How did you become the father of the Great Lakes salmon fishery? I marvel at the opportunities I’ve had—so many things had to come into place almost simultaneously. How did the salmon program happen? My new boss (MDC director Ralph MacMullan) was a profane man. In my first conversation with him, he told me: “Fisheries Division hasn’t done a God-damned thing in 40 years. I want you to do something.” And as I walked out…

2 min.
boat cleaners

We live in an age of specialization, and the realm of boat cleaners is no different. Some cleaners work better for one specific type of job than they do for general cleanup assignments. Here are three different types of cleaners from one company—Star brite—and the best applications for them. STAR BRITE NONSKID DECK CLEANER BEST FOR: Well, it’s right in the name. Most boat soaps do a good job getting the general dirt and grime off your decks, but sometimes dirt gets ground in between the grooves of your nonslip surface. This cleaner uses surfactant agents to help lift the dirt out from the grooves so you can brush or rinse it away. Also, it does not leave a slippery residue on your nonskid. NOT GREAT FOR: Cleaning up the rest of your boat,…

2 min.
trailer spring commissioning

It’s time to get the boat ready for launch. Did you get your trailer ready too? Let’s see how well you’ve paid attention to all of our tips and advice in past issues and on boatingmag.com, and whether you can make the grade. (Answers on page 32) 1. To ensure your trailer tires are road-ready, you should: A. Refill the tires with helium.B. Check tires for excessive tread wear.C. Buy whitewalls.D. Check tire sidewalls for weather checking and rot.E. B and DF. None of the above 2. You should check your trailer’s bunks or rollers as follows: A. Get brighter-colored outdoor carpet to cover the bunks.B. Put Rhino Liner on the bunk wood.C. Ensure the bunk wood is not rotten.D. Ensure the rollers rotate freely and are not excessively loose.E. C and DF. None of…

1 min.
regulator 24xo

On the heels of the 26XO, which graced our cover in January, comes the Regulator Marine 24XO. This crossover boat’s layout, construction and design enable and enhance fishing in shallow waters, deliver a safe, sure ride on open water, and provide amenities that increase comfort during family boating outings. The standard T-top with wraparound windshield provides shade and protection. Inside the console, a stand-up head compartment ensures crew comfort and privacy. Wired into the electrical system with breakers is a Garmin 12 XO Fish Package, complete with a 12-inch GPSMap xsv Touch chart plotter/sonar display, a VHF radio and digital antenna, and an Airmar B150 CHIRP transducer, which all come standard. Available options include hull colors, a forward sunshade, transom shower, trolling motor, Power-Pole shallow-water anchor and more. Power options are either a…

1 min.
scarab 285

Scarab promises triple pleasure from its newest jet-powered boat. Twin 300 hp Rotax water jets propel the Scarab 285 to 55 mph. The touchscreen helm interface delivers easy monitoring and control of engines and systems. Aesthetically, the 285’s angular windshield, rich multi-shade upholstery, billeted aluminum details, and multicolor hull graphics rival that of top-end watersports boats. No surprise there, because with the optional Surf Package, riders can enjoy a full range of watersports thrills. Luxuries include a portside lounge that converts to a variety of seating configurations. To starboard, there’s a seat that houses a sink and electric-drawer refrigerator underneath. Aft, more convertibility comes into play, as crew can sit and face aft or stretch out in tanning mode. The swim platform looks massive in size. A unique feature incorporated into…