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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 Yachts Miami Beach 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. But Sightlines columnist Michael Peters shares his take on what our country does best. Get his insight here. ▶

ICYMI: How to Buy the Best Boat (for You) 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. ▶