With only so much space onboard, sometimes it’s hard to know which tools to bring, and which to leave behind. Let our expert help you out with that.
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How well do you know Torqeedo, an innovator in the world of electric propulsion for boats? You'll know more after you read this.
Power is generated by pedaling, transferred via Gates Carbon Drive belts—designed to withstand corrosive environments—to twin oscillating props. Steering of the props is done via a rotating handlebar. Depending on the user’s fitness level, the Founder’s Edition can do up to 8 knots.
Gone are the days where waterskis and tubes were the most sought-after water toys. They’ve been replaced instead by jet-powered watercraft that send users soaring through the air at considerable altitudes.
The Hydra 720 from Liquid Image allows you to photograph the underwater world.
The electric bicycle from Gocycle is something you really need to see to believe. It works like a normal bike, except at the push of a button it can propel you to 20 mph thanks to a 250-watt electric motor. It’s a great way to get from the docks to town. Check it out here.
If you’ve got a boat, then you’ve got to keep it clean. Some products are better at helping you do that than others. We picked some of the best. Find out what they are here.
A boat fire can spread in minutes, and have dire consequences. Read one man’s tale of the time his boat caught on fire while at sea, and learn why a good life raft might be the most important piece of equipment on your boat.
A good drybag is a necessity on a boat. Whether you’re swimming in to the beach with your wallet and phone or just want to make extra-sure your new camera stays in working condition, a drybag is a must. We tried out a slew of them to see which is best. Here's what we found out.
We rounded up a variety of foul-weather jackets from some well-known brands and tested them.
When the wind picks up and the clouds get dark, it’s time to pull on the foulies. But not all foul-weather wear is created equal. We took five different jackets and put them through our own rigorous test to find out which is the best for you—better yet, we got it all on video. Read (and watch) more here.
I have used my Kobalt socket set on so many onboard projects (from rehabbing an inverter to changing secondary fuel filters) that I’d be hard pressed to count them all.
An athletic sneaker with plenty of support and cushioning, the SeaRacers have changed my boat-show experience drastically, and all of my joints thank them for that.
When you’ve got to fix something onboard having the right tool at the right time is a huge help.
The FLIR One mounts to the back of an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S and, in conjunction with an app, turns the phone into a pocket-size thermal-imaging device.
You know the Grundéns name from the thick rubber bib pants worn by fishermen the world over.
Capt. Bill Pike’s favorite piece of onboard gear for February 2014.
A technology called TANCS (Thermo Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation) might very well produce a cleaner, fresher-smelling boat interior, without resorting to bleach or other harsh chemicals.
Capt. Bill Pike's favorite bag...
Boating’s easier than ever before—pass it on. The changes that have had an impact on the marine scene over the past decade are legion. And whether you zero in on joystick engine control, the latest in kid-friendly PFDs, night vision, the ascendancy of the AIS-enabled Personal Locator Beacon, or any number of other glories, the rapid pace of innovation has undeniably engendered a jim-dandy result—powerboating today is easier to do and enjoy than ever before.
Fresh Take on an Old Staple
A Turks Head bracelet is a staple of nautical accessories, but there’s something about wearing one that says Hey look at me, I’m a 12-year old back from my first trip to the Cape! Well, not anymore...
Capt. Bill Pike's gear pick for patching a leak on his boat.
Many boat owners are looking for the simplicity and control of joystick maneuverability. But the pods or jet drives that were part of the deal may not always be welcome aboard. Learn more about new options that make slow-speed maneuvering easier here.
If you’re looking for a new pair of water-friendly boat shoes that you can wear from the beach to the boat deck to the yacht club, look no further than a pair of SWIMS.
Capt. Bill Pike's Pick
Royals are super-comfy and supple because they, unlike most PVC shrimp boots you see kickin’ around, reportedly have real rubber in them, thanks to an actual rubber plantation near the manufacturing facility in Bogotá, Colombia.
Capt. Bill Pike's Pick
A couple of months ago, after completing a sea trial on a big yacht that fairly glistened in the sun, I asked the captain, “Hey Frank, whataya use for soap? To keep your boat lookin’ like she does, I mean?”
While easing into West Palm Beach after a recent sea trial, I noticed a phenomenon of sorts—everybody onboard, the captain, the dealer, and myself, had iPhones with identical LifeProof cases. What caused me to notice this nifty coincidence was a moment, albeit a rather dispiriting one perhaps, when all three of us were simultaneously fiddling with our smartphones, either ogling Google, digging up work-related details, or talking with our bosses...
Sea Flush is a tool that facilitates winterizing, unclogging thru-hull fittings, flushing out saltwater and cleaning heat exchangers/exhaust manifolds/A/C hoses and Oil Coolers on your boat.