"Hot Today" Archive

Thursday, May 26, 2016 — An Eye for the Line

Boat Designs

Designers walk a tightrope between upholding tradition and breaking new ground, and the good ones have you forgetting what you think is more important. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: SI-TEX Vector Compact GPS Compass

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 — Tested: Fleming 58

Fleming 58

When an able cruiser like the Fleming 58 falls into the viewfinder of Capt. Bill Pike, you just know he’s going find a few things to say. Take a read of his test and think about what you would do with a boat like this. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: Boat Harbour Championship a Grand Slam for Uno Mas!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 — Talk of the Docks

Waterfront items

Stay up to date on the latest happenings in the boating world. Whether you’re headed for a stay at Marina Jack in Sarasota, Florida, curious to fish for a million bucks, or something else entirely. Check out the new updates here. ▶

Monday, May 23, 2016 — Video Update: Sanctuary Cove Boat Show

Dan Harding at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show

Senior Editor Dan Harding reports via video from the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. See what he has to say here. ▶

BONUS: The Stars of Sanctuary Cove

Friday, May 20, 2016 — Update from Down Under

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

New boats are the name of the game on day one of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in Australia. Senior Editor Dan Harding discovered some stunning new boats, and saw a few familiar faces. Come along for the ride. ▶

Thursday, May 19, 2016 — Breathing Easier

Exhaust System

Inspecting your boat’s exhaust system now might save your engine later. Or your life. Learn more here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Pershing P 5X.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 — Tested: Sabre 66 Dirigo

Sabre 66 Dirigo

Sabre’s largest, latest model, the 66 Dirigo, has made waves since the Maine boatbuilder released her initial designs. We joined the delivery crew for a leg on her way south to her new owner, to see if she lives up to the hype. See what we found here. ▶

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 — Get a Closer Look at the Vicem 72 Classic Flybridge

Vicem 72 Classic Flybridge

When it comes to fine joinery, it’s hard to beat the tradition of Turkey. Get a better understanding of what sets this boat apart in the market, by zooming in on the details of the Vicem 72 Classic Flybridge here. ▶

Monday, May 16, 2016 — Standing Watch


A new system from Hinckley Yacht Services called OnWatch connects clients’ boats to the service yard and head off problems. If it works, it will mean less downtime and more relaxed, stress-free boating. Get the whole story here. ▶

Friday, May 13, 2016 — Expert Take on Engine Rooms

Engine Rooms

We sent our Power & Propulsion columnist, Capt. Richard Thiel out across the boat show docks to find the best in new-boat engine rooms. Turns out these spaces have a lot to offer. See what he discovered here. ▶

Thursday, May 12, 2016 — New Boat: Axopar 37 T-top

Axopar 37 T-top

The Finnish builder Axopar has an altogether different approach to center consoles. It starts with a slippery running surface, light weight, and a low center of gravity to reduce power needs. And then smart engineering does more with onboard space. Check her out here. ▶

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 — All’s Fair at Fairline

Fairline Targa 53GT

Fairline is staying the course after facing down a financial headsea or two. The future looks bright indeed if the Targa 53GT is any indication, and this luxurious saloon layout is just the start. See what we mean here. ▶

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 — An Eye for the Line

Rockport Marine 44

The third-generation boatbuilders at Rockport Marine combine proven construction methods with an eye for the beauty of past builds to achieve modern luxury. You won’t want to miss the RM44 this team is designing. See and hear all about her in this video. ▶

Monday, May 9, 2016 — Upgrading Your Way to the Future

Arawak's helm

A new helm system can be a game changer for a proven old boat. Just ask the crew at MyBoatWorks, who took a Grand Banks 42 to the next level with a whole new navigation system from Simrad. See how the refit helped make the most of this trusty cruiser here. ▶

SPORTFISHING BONUS: Bringing in the Big Ones

Friday, May 6, 2016 — Exposed

Boating photos

Being on the water is a beautiful thing, though it may sound cliché. Ultimately that's why we're all out there—for a better view. But it takes a special eye to capture those special moments and places in photos. See some of our favorites here. ▶

Thursday, May 5, 2016 — Keep Your Gear High and Dry

Hydraulic Dry Pack

Boats leak. Tenders get wet. And it always seems to rain when you most need to trek into town for provisions. That's why having a quality dry bag like the Sea-to-Summit bag we tested is smart to have aboard. Watch the video here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Azimut 40 Verve.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 — Larger Than Life

Sea Ray 400 Fly

Powered by twin Cummins QSB6.7s, Sea Ray’s new 400 Fly is a big 40-footer, its size is deceptive—she looks much larger than her LOA. But how does the V-drives, which free up all that interior space, affect her maneuverability? Find out here. ▶

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 — Ready, Willing, and Able

Nordhavn N96

The salty but luxurious Nordhavn N96 is the newest offering in the line that practically invented the passagemaker. Fully customizable and capable of traveling upwards of 4,000 nautical miles before refueling, she’s sure to satisfy any captain’s wanderlust. Learn more about her here. ▶

BONUS: Mercury & Navico: New VesselView Link and more

Monday, May 2, 2016 — Inside Look: Webb Institute and the Designers of Tomorrow

Webb Institute

Ray Hunt. Jack Hargrave. John Rybovich. Strike up a conversation about iconic yacht designers and you’ll likely hear these names tossed about—and rightfully so. But would you be able to name an up-and-coming designer under the age of 40? 30? What about 20? Who are the designers of tomorrow? We explore the Webb Institute to find out. ▶

Friday, April 29, 2016 — Ready for the World

Azimut Magellano 76

The Azimut Magellano 76 offers a host of features in a cruise-ready package. But it’s her flexible speeds and range that may make the deal too good to pass up. Get a closer look at her here. ▶

Thursday, April 28, 2016 — A GPS Misdirection

American sailors captured by Iranians

Helm electronics must be trusted to be effective tools to help you navigate and keep your boat safe. But what happens if the data is bad to start with? Get a load of what happened when such a problem arose for the U.S. Navy in Iran’s territorial waters. Read the analysis here. ▶

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 — Multiple Choices

Outboard engine illustration by John V. Turner

Putting more outboards on the transom or bracket may result in more speed—but it may not. There’s more to it than counting the horses. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: Cruising info apps and Cuba Ho!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 — Monte Carlo Yachts Hits the Big(ger) Time

MCY 105

If there was ever a company that showed superyacht style in its builds ranging from 65 to 86 feet, it’s Monte Carlo Yachts. Well the next yacht fulfills all superyacht requirements, starting with LOA. See what we found out when European Editor Alan Harper tested her here. ▶

Monday, April 25, 2016 — What’s in a Name?

Boaty McBoatface

Recent news of an online contest to name a British research ship made our Sightlines columnist Michael Peters think about the monikers he’s bestowed on his boats over the years. The upshot: Originality is hard to come by. Read what he has to say here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Jupiter 34 LX.

Friday, April 22, 2016 — Testing Electronics in the Real World


We put the ultimate refit test platform Arawak, a Grand Banks 42 Motor Yacht, through her paces to check out some new electronics. See how it went and what we found out here. ▶

Thursday, April 21, 2016 — The Latest Developments in Solid-State Radar

Solid-State Radar

When three major electronics companies roll out new radar technologies in the space of a month, there’s something going on. Find out what you need to know here. ▶

BONUS (ICYMI): The Prettiest Boats Of All Time

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 — Four to the Floor

Otam 80

The Otam 80 takes all the horsepower you could want and puts it to the water with surface drives. You don't know what this hot combination can do—until you take the wheel. See what happens here. ▶

BONUS: The Story of One Man’s Unquenchable Need for Speed

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 — Make the Most of Your Money

Inboard engine

While you relish the moment your boat comes out of the service yard, running just as she should, you know that bill is headed your way. How do you know you’re getting value for your investment? See how savvy boaters deal with service here. ▶

BONUS: Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod

Friday, April 15, 2016 — Hands-On Video Tested: Garmin EchoMAP CHIRP 74SV

Garmin EchoMAP CHIRP 74SV

Sometimes simple works, as in the case of the Garmin EchoMAP CHIRP 74SV. With it’s intuitive menus, handy charts, and a powerful sounder module built in, this multifunction display punches well above its weight when it comes to usability. Check out our video here. ▶

Thursday, April 14, 2016 — A 1969 Bertram Race Boat Rides Again After a Must-See Restoration

1969 Bertram Race Boat

Once abandoned in a field, this Bertram race boat from 1969 has been given new life by an owner who understood her history and value. You won’t believe the transformation of White Tornado. See the details here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 — BVI Escape

MarineMax 484

Here’s how one man breaks out of his cruising routine with a bareboat on a MarineMax 484 in the British Virgin Islands. Oh, and he’s done it a few times, so he knows what he’s talking about. Get his take here. ▶

BONUS: GOST Nav-Tracker 3.0 SM

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 — What’s the Brokerage Market for a Cruisers Yachts Express Cruiser?

Cruisers 420

We spoke to four brokers who have Cruisers Yachts express cruisers listed on BoatQuest.com, and here’s what they had to say about everything from inventory levels, to engine type, to the value of soft goods, and more. Learn more about a red-hot market and how the boat you want fits into it here. ▶

Monday, April 11, 2016 — Make Boating Great Again


Boating should take a back seat to no other sport or pastime. As true as that may be, we may not want our Sightlines columnist, Michael Peters, in the driver’s seat. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: Cruising with Man’s Best Friend

Friday, April 8, 2016 — Expanded Horizons

Horizon FD85

The Horizon FD85 won hearts at the Taiwan International Boat Show. Next stop: the world. Learn more here. ▶

BONUS: Take a photographic tour of this beauty here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 — Get Hooked on Anglers Journal

Anglers Journal

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the incredible stories that you’ll find in the spring issue of Anglers Journal. See more here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Fountaine Pajot MY 37.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 — Tested: Bavaria 450 Coupe

Bavaria 450 Coupe

Germany has come to be known for its engineering exports. A company called Bavaria has been building boats for Europe to enjoy for quite some time. And now they’re here. See for yourself. ▶

BONUS: Fighting Unjust Fishing Regulations

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 — VIDEO: Give Yourself an Edge

Cruising on Arawak

Having a good knife on board is hard to beat, as the editors learned first hand while cruising on Arawak, a Grand Banks 42 Motor Yacht. Get the full story here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Grady-White Canyon 271 FS.

Monday, April 4, 2016 — Hatching a Plan

Boat hatch

Boaters who are in the know notice the details. And when a fine finish is your goal, you need to look closely at your boat’s “problem areas.” Those old hatches with the dull finish may jump out at you. Here’s what to do to fix them. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Hinckley Talaria 34R.

Friday, April 1, 2016 — A Swift Delivery

Swift Trawler 50

There’s something to be said for setting the right speed for your needs. On a leisurely cruise, throttle back to take in the sights. But when you need to be someplace… well, Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 50 answers the call. See how here. ▶

Thursday, March 31, 2016 — The Sky's the Limit

Fairline Targa 53GT

Have a closer look at the Fairline Targa 53GT. You won't be disappointed to see what the latest model from this resurgent boatbuilder has in store. Check her out here. ▶

BONUS: (ICYMI) 15 engine rooms you absolutely have to see

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 — Catch up with the newest propulsion systems from the boat shows.

Cat C7 engine

The Miami and Ft. Lauderdale shows saw the introduction of some game-changing engines. Learn what they have to offer here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look of the Azimut Magellano 76.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 — EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Sabre 66 Dirigo

Sabre 66 Dirigo

Sabre’s largest model, the 66 Dirigo, has been making waves since the Maine builder released its initial designs. Comb through the images from our recent photo shoot and decide for yourself if she lives up to the hype. See it all here. ▶

BONUS: Lighting Redefined ▶

Monday, March 28, 2016 — Big Ideas for the Small Boat

Tender with electronics

Boaters today have a lot of ideas about what their tenders can do. Here’s how to help your little boat exceed expectations. Learn more here. ▶

BONUS: Boat Command: remote vessel monitoring for the app age

Friday, March 25, 2016 — Let There Be Light


Underwater lights aren’t just for fishing. They can serve many purposes from avoiding debris to improving your love life. See what we mean here. ▶

Thursday, March 24, 2016 — Master’s Degree

Ben Ellison

Senior Managing Editor Dan Harding climbed aboard Gizmo with Senior Electronics Editor Ben Ellison to help him deliver her home to Camden, Maine, and learn a thing or two about electronic navigation along the way. He got a lot more than that as you’ll read here. ▶

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 — Tested: Marlow 66E

Marlow 66E

Capt. Bill Pike takes a ride on the Marlow 66E with David Marlow, and discovers that the mindset of the man is key to the way his boats are conceived and crafted. Read more here. ▶

BONUS: Never Turn Your Back on The Ocean

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 — Step Aboard the Otam 80

Otam 80

If you don’t know Otam, you’re missing out on a combination of speed and luxury that you don’t often see: Usually she’s passing by in a blur of surface-drive horsepower thanks to her four MTU engines. But we’ve got some still images here. Have a look for yourself. ▶

BONUS: Power & Motoryacht Tested: Sirius Signal Distress Light

Monday, March 21, 2016 — Worth a Visit

Palm Beach International Boat Show

The Palm Beach International Boat Show just wrapped up and if you weren’t there you missed a great combination of sublime boats, exciting events, and a terrific vibe that makes this one of the most enjoyable boat shows of the year. Catch a glimpse of what you missed here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Neptunus 650

Friday, March 18, 2016 — Smart Through-Hull Management

Smart Through-Hull Management

Keeping through-hull fittings exercised is a simple way to make sure they work. But that’s only the beginning of what you should be doing. Learn more about these critical components here. ▶

Thursday, March 17, 2016 — Tested: Beneteau Gran Turismo 40

Beneteau Gran Turismo 40

French boatbuilder Beneteau has created the next version of its Air Step Hull. And then the company fills it with all sorts of goodies to help make your time on the water more fun. Have a look at the new GT40 here. ▶


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 — Update from Taiwan

Taiwan Boat Show

Taiwan has a long and rich boatbuilding history, but the island nation is in a transitional period. See how the boat show put the country’s best foot forward as it highlighted efforts to get Taiwan’s people involved in the sport. Read our up-to-the-minute report here. ▶

BONUS: News Flash: C-Map and Navico become sister companies

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 — What’s the Brokerage Market for the Hatteras 6300 RPH?

Hatteras 6300 RPH

We spoke to three brokers who each had Hatteras motoryachts listed on BoatQuest.com. Here’s what they each had to say about a proven cruiser that was ahead of her time in comfort and performance. Here’s what they had to say. ▶

Monday, March 14, 2016 — What Happens to Forgotten Old Boats?

Forgotten boat

Our yacht designer like our Sightlines columnist Michael Peters takes a pause to look at what happens to old boats. This is an interesting perspective from someone who has made his living thinking about creating new boats all the time. See what he has to say here. ▶

VIDEO BONUS: Dan Harding reports from the Taiwan International Boat Show

Friday, March 11, 2016 — Get to Know Your GPS

Glass helm

The voodoo that GPS does is pretty simple, actually. Understanding why it fails means you’ll be ready when it happens. Have a closer look at this key navigation device here. ▶

Thursday, March 10, 2016 — Update from Taiwan

Taiwan International Boat Show

Join Senior Managing Editor Dan Harding as he scopes out what's new and what's happening at the Taiwan International Boat Show, where boatbuilding has been big business for a long time. If your boat, or your next boat, is made in Taiwan, you may be interested to see what's going on here. ▶

BONUS: New NMEA 2000 stereos

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 — Tested: Everglades 435

Everglades 435

Florida-built center consoles are not all the same. Some claim pure speed, while some claim rough-water performance. Everglades is ready for action with its new 435. See why here. ▶

BONUS: Overboard During Shark Week

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 — Comfort and Clear Views on the Bavaria 450 Coupe

Bavaria 450 Coupe

The Bavaria 450 Coupe sheds new light on life on the water, engineered with the crew—and their views—in mind at every turn. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: Forgive Me

Monday, March 7, 2016 — Law of the Letter

Boat names

Naming your boat is a personal experience and a great way to express yourself. Learn the best ways to share it with the world here. ▶

BONUS: Reflecting on the Arawak Adventure

Friday, March 4, 2016 — The Way to Charter the BVI

the BVI

We took a crewed charter through the BVI on a Moorings 514 PC. And we may have figured out the secret to real relaxation. See how we did it here. ▶

Thursday, March 3, 2016 — Live from the field:

fishing boat

Day 2 of the “Arawak Adventure” introduces the editors to some special people and the true meaning of southern hospitality. Read more here. ▶

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 — Tested: Azimut 72 Fly

Azimut 72 Fly

A 72-foot, four-stateroom motoryacht that tops 33 knots? Meet the Azimut 72 Fly, and learn what it means to travel in Italian style. Get the full lowdown here. ▶

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 — The Electric Bill


You probably don’t even think about the cost of electrical power on your boat. But fuel and maintenance costs for engines and gensets can add up. Get expert advice and get more efficient here. ▶

Monday, February 29, 2016 — Come aboard the MCY 105

MCY 105

The MCY 105, the new flagship for Monte Carlo Yachts, takes the boatbuilder into the superyacht realm, where it has always seemed to belong. See what we mean here. ▶

Friday, February 26, 2016 — Lessons from the El Faro Tragedy

The El Faro Tragedy

When the cargo ship sank near the eye of the hurricane, many questions were raised. Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike shares his thoughts here. ▶

Thursday, February 25, 2016 — The Pleasure Dome

satellite-TV dome on 42 Grand Banks Arawak

The idea of making things look good as they function well is behind the whole philosophy of boatkeeping. The new Intellian i5 satellite-TV antenna shows the company understands that. Get all the details here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Mares 45 Yacht Fish.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 — Tested: Horizon V80

Horizon V80

Gather together, everyone, and check out the Horizon V80. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of room. See what we’re talking about here. ▶

BONUS: Cruising With Capt. Creel

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 — Where to Cruise

Crusing map

We put together a list of some of our favorite under-the-radar cruising grounds in the western hemisphere. Did your favorite one make the grade? Learn more here. ▶

BONUS: Sea Woooo!

Monday, February 22, 2016 — Jello and Shoeboxes

Bertram 35 mold

When you think back to the way boatbuilders used to put boats together during the 1960s, ’70s, and ‘80s, you’ll realize how far we’ve come. See what Sightlines Columnist Michael Peters thinks of the evolution of boatbuilding techniques. ▶

BONUS: PMY Tested: Bird Repellents

Friday, February 19, 2016 — Showing Off in Miami

2016 Miami boat shows

If you made it to the boat show, we can show you a few things you may have missed. If you didn’t come to Miami at all, you’ll want to check out everything you missed—and there was a lot going on. See what we saw here. ▶

VIDEO BONUS: ICYMI Three editors share hot takes at the show.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 — Tested: Nordhavn 52

Nordhavn 52

For cruisers who are in it for the long haul, the Nordhavn 52 is built to last. Get the lowdown on what sets this cruising boat apart from the crowd in our full test here. ▶

BONUS: Clean and Green

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 — Technology Improves Marinized Gasoline Engines

Volvo Penta V8-300C

If you’re a cruiser with a boat of a certain size, you haven’t looked at gasoline-fueled power for a long time. But the engines are making significant leaps soon. See what we’re talking about here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Delta 400

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 — Broker Insight: What’s the Brokerage Market for the Westport 112?

Westport 112

We spoke to a pair of brokers about what they see in the Westport 112 they have listed, to get a sense of what these superyachts have going for them. See what we discovered here. ▶

Monday, February 15, 2016 — The Way to Get Weather

Theyr’s GRIBview iPad

Everyone loves a good storm story when everyone’s safe on dry land. But learning to avoid bad weather means making the most of available data. Some of it is even free! See how to get the best setup here. ▶


Friday, February 12, 2016 — Wish You Were Here—The Boats Are Beautiful

2016 Miami Boat Show

Yachts Miami Beach and the Miami Boat Show are in full swing in Miami right now. Join us for a closer look at some of the boats, gear, and goings-on we are seeing on the docks. Check out a close look here. ▶

VIDEO: A look at the beautiful Chris Craft Corsair 28. ▶

VIDEO: A look at the bad-ass 53 Suenos. ▶

A look at the show through Capt. Bill Pike’s eyes. ▶

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we’re posting and streaming live from both of the Miami shows!

Thursday, February 11, 2016 — The Tradition of American Boatbuilding Innovation

The Maine Boatbuilders Show

It’s good to remember where America’s strengths lay—our boatbuilding may not be as specific as that of some countries have. But Sightlines columnist Michael Peters shares his take on what our country does best. Get his take here. ▶

ICYMI: How to Buy the Best Boat at the Miami Show

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 — Tested: Elandra 53 Sport Yacht

Elandra 53 Sport Yacht

See what happens when some experienced Australian boatbuilders start a new brand of sport yacht. Or just get a load of the Elandra 53. Either way, your eyes will open. See why here. ▶

BONUS: ICYMI—Top Chef Tom Colicchio’s Perfect Day in Miami

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 — The BBC Is Back, Plus Two Cuba Events

The Bahamas Billfish Championship

The Bahamas Billfish Championship will return to form with four exciting tournaments this spring. And the BBC also brings you a new pair of marlin contests in Cuba—the Gamefish Grande Tournament. Check out the details here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Prestige 680.

Monday, February 8, 2016 — Check Out the Proven Westport 112

Westport 112

The Westport 112 has managed to stay new and fresh by doing certain things very well—and she’s made in America too. Have a closer look at the details of this All-American superyacht. ▶

BONUS: Lowrance & Simrad StructureScan 3D, hello interferometry

Friday, February 5, 2016 — Countdown to Miami

Miami Show

If you plan on going to Miami for the boat shows—or even if you don’t—it’s good to know what’s going on. Our panel of experts weigh in on what to look for at the Miami shows. See what they had to say here. ▶

Thursday, February 4, 2016 — Think About Selling the Way the Pros Do

Selling a boat

Selling a boat may have more to do with timing and location than the boat itself. Put your boat’s best foot forward by following the simple steps outlined here. ▶

BONUS: Solar panels—especially foldable ones—aren’t just for sailors anymore.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 — Tested: Tiara Q44

Tiara Q44

Who better to take you through the capabilities (substantial) and amenities (plenty to go around) of Tiara’s new Q44 than Leon Slikkers of Tiara Yachts. Join Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike as he joins Slikkers and his team on the Great Lakes. See what happened here. ▶

BONUS: SL Fridge Optimizer, smart new product from a new company

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 — Marlow 66E: Get a closer look

Marlow 66E

Marlow Yachts make the most of each hull with constant improvements, design that is well thought out, and beginnings in a philosophy that serves their cruising owners well. See what we’re talking about here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Riviera 57.

Monday, February 1, 2016 — Assess Your Engine Room

Capt. Richard Thiel in an engine room

Take a good hard look at your engine room. Editor at Large (and former diesel mechanic) Richard Thiel shows you how to look at your engine room, and what to look for on your next boat. See what he has to say here. ▶

BONUS: Memory Lane

Sunday, January 31, 2016 — Gold Fever

Illustration by Andy Warner

When the idea of finding sunken treasure entered the agile mind of a problem-solving phenom, there’s no telling what will happen next. Our excerpt of Gary Kinder’s Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea will introduce you to the tale. Enjoy the engrossing story here. ▶

Saturday, January 30, 2016 — Tested: Viking 80

Viking 80

The builder decided to take the Viking 80 in a different direction, one that fits in very well with what we look for in a fishing-ready performer. See what we found out when we put her through her paces here. ▶

Friday, January 29, 2016 — Update from the Enormous Boot Düsseldorf Boat Show

Boot Düsseldorf

If you’ve never attended  Boot Düsseldorf, the huge boat show going on now in Germany, then you’re missing out on a great opportunity to see much of what Europe’s boatbuilders have to offer. And it’s all held indoors, in a gigantic fairground comprising 17 exhibit halls. Get a look at what we’ve seen here. ▶

Thursday, January 28, 2016 — Expansive Horizon

Horizon V80

Wait till you see the Horizon V80. This boat somehow puts comfort above all else, and it comes across in such a way that you may think you’re on a much larger yacht. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: ICYMI The Ten Commandments of Troubleshooting

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 — Converting the Convertible

Viking 80

If you're watching the boatbuilding industry as we do, then you will have seen the rise of innovation—these days you can’t succeed if you continue to do the same old thing. Case in point, the new Viking 80. This is a boat that takes the convertible design in a new direction. See the details up close here. ▶

BONUS: One Crafty Cat

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 — Stopping Onboard Fires Fast

Boat on fire

An onboard fire is a nightmare for every boater--smoke, heat, and with toxic fumes to boot--that can become an abandon-ship situation. What kind of fire extinguishers should you have to protect your boat and loved ones? Find out here. ▶

BONUS: Electric Boats: Steyr HDS+, LTS Marine, Torqeedo, windmills & more

Monday, January 25, 2016 — Cruising with a Crew

Moorings 514 PC

A crewed charter on the Moorings 514 PC was just the ticket for Deputy Editor Jason Wood and his family to escape. Get a look at what they saw on their island-hopping itinerary through the British Virgin Islands here. ▶

Friday, January 22, 2016 — Tested: MJM 50z

MJM 50z

There are those who will tell you displacement speed is the most fuel-efficient way to travel. But back-of-the-envelope calculations may show you that the MJM 50z is the solution for the way you cruise. See what we mean here. ▶

Thursday, January 21, 2016 — Check the Specs

Engine Spec Sheets

There’s a ton of data contained on the spec sheets created by the engine manufacturers. But only certain parts of it are relevant to the needs of the boater. Learn how to find what you should know here. ▶

BONUS: ICYMI: The Prettiest Boats Of All Time

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 — Beyond the Fishfinder

Marine electronics for fishing

Pro anglers use every tool in their arsenal to improve their catch rate. Learn how they look at their helm to make the most of their fishing time. See their expert tips here. ▶

BONUS: Keeping Hope Afloat

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 — BoatQuest.com Quiz: Are You a "Good Man on a Boat?"


In the short story One Trip Across, Ernest Hemingway wrote, “Eddy was a good man on a boat once, before he got to be a rummy, but he isn't any good now.” Every skipper knows what it means to have a “good man” on a boat with him, whether the shipmate is actually a man, a woman, or a precocious kid. It's just a relief to share the voyage with someone who “gets it,” and can be trusted to manage tasks and lighten the load. What kind of shipmate are you? Find out by taking our 8-question quiz here. ▶

Monday, January 18, 2016 — The Thermal Detective

infrared sensors

Find potential problems in the very structure of your boat with the help of thermal imaging. Click here to find out what you need to know. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Southport 33 FE center console.

Friday, January 15, 2016 — Leaders of the Industry

Marine leaders

There are plenty of great ideas out there to improve boating for us all. But the people who really innovate are the ones who take those ideas and make them real, and have a palpable impact on the on-the-water experience. These are the leaders of the industry. Learn more here. ▶

Thursday, January 14, 2016 — Production Values

top production boats

ICYMI How much do you love your boat? We may love it too. Have a look at our list of the 90 top production boats of all time, and see if your favorites made the list here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 — Behind the Scenes: Derecktor Shipyard

The megayacht Sorcha

An impromptu walk-through of Derecktor Shipyards’ Ft. Lauderdale location proves that the yard is a boat nut’s field of dreams. See more here. ▶

BONUS: Help for those poor Powerball winners ▶

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 — Tested: Riva Florida 88

Riva Florida 88

European Editor Alan Harper tests the fast, glamorous Riva 88 and finds a yacht that’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with. Find out why here. ▶

Monday, January 11, 2016 — Banana Boat

Grand Banks 32

Here’s the tale of a dedicated boat nut who nearly lost his mind trying to buy a boat that was a long, long way from home. Click here to see his story. ▶

BONUS: After a high-speed, nighttime boat accident, one lucky captain is thankful just to be alive.

Friday, January 8, 2016 — Tested: Pearl 65

Pearl 65

The Pearl 65 is a cruiser with a lot to like. With a smooth-riding hull and mouthwatering amenities, the Pearl 65 really does make the world your oyster. Read our full test of her here. ▶

Thursday, January 7, 2016 — Azimut 72 Fly

Azimut 72 Fly

The Azimut 72 Fly is a sleek all-purpose cruiser that has a focus on getting the whole family excited about being on the water. Plus she has some cool onboard features that warrant a very close look. Fortunately you can do that by checking her out here. ▶

BONUS: Raymarine Quantum, solid-state CHIRP pulse compression radar in radome form!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 — The Man from Nantucket

Nantucket's Great Point Light

Nantucket is one of America’s best cruising grounds, with a unique charm that’s all its own. Perhaps that’s why the author of this article can’t stop himself from going back again and again. Ride along with him on one of his recent trips to the island by clicking here. ▶

BONUS: FLIR Ocean Scout 640 Handheld Thermal-Imaging Camera

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 — Get Hooked on the Winter Issue of Anglers Journal

Anglers Journal

Here is an exclusive sneak peek at the winter issue of Anglers Journal, which lands on newsstands January 5th. See more here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Viking 80 EB

Monday, January 4, 2016 — The Need for Speed

White Tornado

There’s nothing like a really fast boat. And the thrills they can bestow may just be the ticket to being young again. See what we mean by clicking here. ▶

BONUS: Fish or Cut Bait

Friday, January 1, 2016 — (ICYMI) 50 skills every boater needs to know

boating skills

How many of these essential boating skills do you know? Click here to put yourself to the test. ▶