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Boating September 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
R 57,76
R 216,99
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min
getting your boat serviced

Boating offers an experience to share time with family and friends that is unique among recreational endeavors. If it’s got a downside, it’s the hassle and frustration of getting service when something breaks and work needs to be done. This is no secret. And there are many reasons for it, including the seasonal nature of the sport, regular maintenance that’s deferred for too long and, unless one lives near the water, the often great distances between boat owners and service shops and dealerships. But there is good news to share. The National Marine Manufacturers Association awarded 62 boatbuilders and engine-makers the Marine Industry Customer Service Index award, a 15 percent increase from last year. CSI awardees are those that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve their customers.…

1 min
keith colburn deadliest catch, captain of f/v wizard

What’s the biggest mistake that captains make? Not preparing for a worst-case scenario. Boaters can apply this by having a float plan and a safety talk before you depart. I am also a huge advocate for wearing life jackets. What’s the biggest problem you’ve encountered? It comes down to crew and making sure they are competent. It is not a pleasant job, so it’s a challenge keeping morale up. You keep morale up by having a good boat and equipment. Are the verbal outbursts on the TV show real? On Wizard, anytime there is yelling, it is real. Things are super high-stress, so you’re already on edge. Add fatigue and danger, and yelling becomes common. Do you own recreational boats? I just bought a 36-foot Sea Ray Sundancer. I am really good at docking Wizard, but I…

3 min
trailering safety

1. What are the three popular sizes of trailer hitch balls in the US? What about Europe? A. ¾-, 1- and 2-inch for US and Europe. B. All hitch balls are 2 inches in the US and Europe. C. 1⅞-, 2- and 25/16-inch for the US; for Europe, 50 mm. E. None of the above 2. When you hitch up to go to the water, what are some areas to check before leaving for the ramp? A. Coupler connection to the hitch ball, trailer lights, and tire condition and inflation. B. Cooler of beer, sammies and beach towels. C. Boat tie-downs, engine-start battery condition, winch strap and bow-eye safety chain. D. A and C E. None of the above 3. You’re buying a used trailer. What are some critical areas to inspect before making your offer? A. Will the trailer fit your…

2 min
backpack coolers

YETI HOPPER BACKFLIP 24 THE CHILL: The most rugged (and expensive) of the three, the Yeti can withstand any bumps and bangs thrown its way on board. The DryHyde shell is both puncture- and UV-resistant. It includes a removable chest, and waist straps help distribute the load and make it more comfortable to tote around. Holds up to 24 cans plus ice. Keeps iced beverages cool for 24 to 72 hours. THE SPILL: Empty weight is 5.3 pounds, the heaviest of the bunch. Rugged frame doesn’t collapse for stowage. PRICE: $299.99; yeti.com ICE MULE PRO X-LARGE THE CHILL: This soft bag is totally waterproof and can be rolled up for stowage when not in use. It opens and closes by rolling and latching the top, so there is no zipper to corrode or jam due to…

1 min
chaparral 267 ssx ob

“The 267 SSX OB is a trendsetter in design, performance and function,” says Chaparral founder Buck Pegg. The features and styling of this new outboard-powered bowrider appear to back up Pegg’s statement. Equipped with state-of-the-art dual 7-inch touchscreen multifunction displays for ease of access to the data boaters demand, this boat’s cockpit is open and spacious, and features a multiposition aft seat that transforms into a large sun lounge. The 267 SSX OB is fitted with stereo speakers, stainless-steel beverage holders and concealed grab rails. On the port side, an L-shaped settee accommodates a cockpit table for entertaining. A full-width swim platform o. ers access around the outboard and is easy to board at the dock. Popular options include SeaDek flooring and an electric folding watersports tower. Choose either a 250 or…

1 min
brabus shadow 500 black ops

Based on the acclaimed Axopar 28, the Brabus Shadow 500 Black Ops delivers a custom boat experience. “In the time it takes us to hand-paint just one Brabus Shadow 500 Black Ops Limited Edition ‘1 of 28,’ we could have completed construction of 30 Axopar 28s,” declares Jan-Erik Viitala from Brabus Marine. Other touches include carbon-fiber structural reinforcement and dash trim, the intelligent steering module (ISM) with integrated trim tab, bow thruster and audio controls, and “black-ti” titaniumcoated hinges and latches. A 12-inch Garmin GPSMap 8412 is standard. The interior boasts illuminated aluminum plates, quilted leather carpet, a large cabin mirror, an Alcantara pocketsprung mattress, and cool-gray Brabus fine leather, with red contrast stitching overhead and on bulkheads. Available in T-top (pictured) and Cabin versions with twin 250 Mercury Pro XS outboards, it zooms…