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An electric-powered pontoon boat skims across Lake Mission Viejo, past the homes and private docks

The Most Common Reasons to Not Buy a Pontoon Boat

Lakes across the country are getting ready for the arrival of avid boat owners to signal the start of the summer boating season. If this is your first year heading out on the water, it’s crucial to understand the responsibility of boat ownership. Boats come in all shapes and sizes. While a pontoon boat may seem like an appealing option, …
A couple holds hands while looking at a pontoon boat on Pine Lake in La Porte, Indiana

Why Are Pontoon Boats So Popular?

Enjoying a boat is easy, but finding one that will offer what you need for a long time is harder to do. That is unless you know exactly what kind of boat you need. Finding a deal is certainly a plus, but will it serve you well in the long run? Pontoon boats might be …
Test engineer William MacDonald, in sunglasses, taking his new Boston Whaler motor boat for a spin

Can a Boat Really Be Made Unsinkable?

Most readers have heard about the British passenger liner RMS Titanic. At the very least, you’ve seen or heard of the 1997 film Titanic. On April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. The vice president and chairman of International Mercantile Marine Company (IMM), Philip Albright Franklin, famously told worried …
A man works on launching his boat.

The Do’s and Dont’s of Good Boat Launch Etiquette

Every boater should know the do’s and don’t of good boat launch etiquette. After all, a boat launch can make for a busy place, especially during the summer months. The good news is that having good boat launch etiquette can make navigating a busy launch site an easy feat.  Don’t: Take over the courtesy dock …
A yacht owner tries to start the engine in Tenby Harbour where Pleasure and Working boats are being returned to the sea on Spring High Water

Boating Doesn’t Have to Mean Weak Cell Service Anymore

These days, most of us like to stay connected. Maybe we don’t want to hear from the office when we’re out on the water, but the Internet is more easily accessible with a hotspot on your cell. Boat owners can go further than before without losing their hotspot signal with a wireless booster. While Shakespeare’s …
A Yamaha engine propels a boat near marshlands on the Harry Bourg Corp. preserve in Louisiana, U.S.

The Most Common Boat Engine Problems

“There’s no bad day on a boat.” Owning a boat is a dream many people have, wanting the freedom and solitude or wanting to tow family and friends around the lake on inner-tubes trying to get them to flip over because it is more fun that way. As fun as owning a boat can be, …
A large crowd gathers to watch students from the Landing School christen newly finished boats in Kennebunkport

Center Console Boats Only Have 1 Big Drawback

‘Tis the season, and whether it’s the lake, river, or the ocean you love, you know it’s calling your name. You might be browsing the boats for sale and in the market for a new toy this year to enjoy some fun in the sun or the quiet of a fishing cove. One of the …