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Why You Need a Life Raft on Your Boat

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.

Tested: Drybags for Boaters

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.

Tested: Foul-Weather Gear

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.

FLIR One

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.

Ladybug 2200S TANCS

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.

15+ Ways to Share the Gift of Boating

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.

Turks Head Bracelet

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...

Joystick Control without the Pods

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.

SWIMS

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.

Royal White Shrimp Boots

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.

Orpine Wash & Wax

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?”

LifeProof iPhone Case

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

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.

Book Recommendations

If your case of cabin fever has become chronic, or if you’re looking to spend some time with a good read while tugging at the anchor in warmer climes, we’ve put together four picks that should be on your saloon’s bookshelf.

AquaLens Underwater Viewing System

If a remote-controlled submarine’s too pricey for your budget, try a submersible on a stick.

For weeks, I’d been anticipating the arrival of an AquaLens (an underwater viewing system that mounts on an extendable boathook) from the folks at Aquabotix. While I have no trouble checking on the health of the transom zincs on my boat by simply lying prone on her swim platform and reaching underwater, checking the condition of the deeper, way-less-accessible propshaft zinc (as well as the prop itself) in wintertime North Florida is a chilly, virtually impossible task, unless you happen to own a wet suit and a scuba rig. So was a remote, waterproof video camera—a sort of miniature submarine on a stick—gonna be cool or what?

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