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Sneak Peek: The New and Improved P&H Aries

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P&H Aries

I recently got sent a couple photos of the updated P&H Aries that is just starting to arrive in North America from the UK factories. The Aries is the fibreglass (or Kevlar) model that is very similar to the rotomolded plastic and highly successful Delphin.
 
Though the Aries has been out for a couple years, they have made some design adjustments based on feedback from boat owners and P&H team paddlers (which I’m a member of).
 
Apologizes in advance as a couple of the photos are not the greatest but it will give you an idea of what to expect in the spring when the boats show up at your local paddling shop.  more...


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Standard Horizon HX280S VHF Radio

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Standard Horizon’s most affordable hand held radio is water-proof, exceeding IPX7 standards, which require the unit to remain waterproof for submersion to 3 feet for 30 minutes. It is made from a high impact resistant case. It also comes with a heavy duty belt clip which seems very sturdy in my estimation. I wore it clipped directly to my PFD during a couple of sails this past season when I was concerned about staying on the boat. It has a bright, easy to read LCD screen with back lighting which is engaged when ever any button, excluding the TX button is pushed.  more...



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PLB vs. EPIRB - which is right for you?

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Several years ago I interviewed an angler who had fallen overboard on a nighttime run offshore and whose friends didn't notice he was missing for more than an hour. The unlucky boater struggled to stay afloat and alive for more than 12 hours until he was finally spotted the next morning by a couple who just happened to be cruising past. He wasn't wearing a life jacket, and he had no way of signaling for help.  more...



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10 Best Boats of 2009

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We're just like you. We boat for fun. We pay bills to stay afloat. Both factors are at the heart of our selections for the year's best boats. Of the 100-plus boat models we've had our hands on, some have stood out for their departure from the norm. Others stayed with us because of their solid feel at the wheel. Another group heightened our interest when we found out how much they cost. The chosen few on the following pages grabbed us for doing all of the above.  more...



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10 Best Boats of 2009

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We're just like you. We boat for fun. We pay bills to stay afloat. Both factors are at the heart of our selections for the year's best boats. Of the 100-plus boat models we've had our hands on, some have stood out for their departure from the norm. Others stayed with us because of their solid feel at the wheel. Another group heightened our interest when we found out how much they cost. The chosen few on the following pages grabbed us for doing all of the above.  more...



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Tahoe Q7 SSF

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Tahoe Q7 SSFFish-and-ski boats are ambidextrous solutions to a boater's biggest dilemma: "Do I wanna fish or do I wanna boat?" Tracker Marine has both hands firmly around the solution in its Q7 SSF fish-and-ski boat. Who could bring more fish-catching and crowd-pleasing skill to bear on a fish-and-ski than the company founded in tournament bass angling and the unequivocal master of packaging boat, motor, trailer and fishing gear in a ready-for-the-water rig?  more...



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BoatU.S. Foundation Tests Handheld Flares So You Don't Have To

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 30, 2009 - Hand held flares are potentially explosive. They can generate searing heat and drip red-hot molten metal. And they can save your life.

However, try practicing with them on the water and you could draw a bunch of unwarranted attention from authorities. That's why the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water recently tested a range of handheld signaling devices on the water in both day and night conditions and put the entire video series of real-world tests at
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Self-Storing Emergency VHF Antenna

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sha-pic-18521hIn times of emergency, a spare VHF antenna needs to be simple to spot and fast to mount. Shakespeare comes to the rescue with its 5910 Emergency Stowable Whip. Its bright yellow storage tube doubles as part of the mounting system.

The compact 9″ metal tube stows easily until needed. A boat owner simply pre-installs the included mounting clip. If the emergency VHF antenna is called to service, the tube slides securely in the clip as part of the mount. Once fully assembled, the VHF antenna is 16″ long. This system includes 20′ of RG-174 mini coax cable and a pre-installed PL-259 connector for quick and secure use when timing is critical. more...



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The man called ‘Connie’

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With American boat manufacturers currently unveiling their ’09 model year range, the thought occurred that for Sea Ray it represents 50-years of recreational boating.

What better excuse than to contact the man called ‘Connie’, Cornelius Nathaniel Ray.

Perhaps the name does not ring a bell?

How about C.N.Ray? Ok, ‘Connie’ Ray? Well, what about C.Ray = Sea Ray?

That’s him, the man who in 1959 established Sea Ray Boats, quite understandably recognised nowadays as an American icon.    more...

 



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Great Tips While Shopping for a Boat

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  1. Choose the right boat. Narrow your choices to a short list of boat categories and make short lists of features that you require, features that you would like, and features that you want to stay away from. Take a look at our Boat Selector tool and find the boat that will be right just for you and your family.

  2. Visit a boat show and choose the right dealer. Once you have narrowed your category choices down, then the real fun begins. It\’s time to go shopping. Visit a local boat show and board as many boats as you can. Consider all available options.  more...


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Skibsplast 730 HT: Norway’s Mini-Cruiser

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Skibsplast730HTI mentioned last week a boat I saw at the Boats Afloat Show. I wrote thusly: “a 23′ powerboat that could be described as the Norwegian version of my little C-Dory.” I can almost hear you saying “What?! That doesn’t look like a C-Dory!” No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t look like most American-designed boats. But it’s a compact, all-weather cabin cruiser, and it packs a lot of cruising features into a small package, much like the C-Dory, Sea Sport, and Arima boats do.  more...

 



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Cruisers 520 Sports Coupe

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I don't remember seeing so many curves since the last time I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Barbara, California, to Big Sur, or the corniche winding above Monte Carlo. Or seeing so much usable space for easy living on anything short of a 60-foot motoryacht.

But here I am on a gorgeous, blue-sky summer afternoon on Lake Michigan, skimming along at an easy 25 knots on the new Cruisers 520 Sports Coupe (view photo gallery) with two other people on board, thinking there was room for many, many more — not only to enjoy the beauty of the day but also to bask in the styling of the boat. more...

 



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Holland man builds World War I fighter plane in home workshop

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When Jason Petroelje first scanned the plans for the Italian World War I fighter plane he hoped to build, this is what greeted him:

"Idrovolante a scafo e galleggiantini laterali, biplano, monomotre, monoposto ..."

Petroelje is Frisian, not Italian. And although he spent a couple of years in post-WWII Italy serving with the U.S. Army, he was hardly an expert at the language.

Ten years later, though, his dream-come-true was launched from the shores of Muskegon County's Little Black Lake and took to the skies for a maiden flight that delighted Petroelje and his friends, family members and onlookers.   more...

 



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Introducing the Hyper-SubTM by Marion Hyper-Submersible Powerboat Design

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Marion Hyper-Submersible Powerboat Design is proud to introduce the Hyper-SubTM Submersible Powerboat, a revolutionary new vessel with a design flexible enough to open the seas to industry and to individuals in ways never before thought possible. The Hyper-Sub is the first small craft built with the horsepower, sea-keeping, and range to allow operation on the high seas, which also functions as a self-charging, autonomous, one-atmosphere submarine.    more...

 



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Boat Testing Basics

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When sea trialing a boat, you should be at the wheel — not a salesman.: LENNY RUDOWSo you want to buy a new boat? No doubt, you want to buy a quality vessel that will best fit your needs. But how will you know exactly what you're looking at? Even experienced mariners may have a tough time looking at a new boat and accurately judging how it will stand the test of time and rough seas.

Having tested hundreds of boats ranging in size from 13 feet to 72 feet for marine magazines, and being brought in as a consultant to boat builders, I've developed a few check lists, tests and sea trial tricks that help expose whether a boat is top–quality. You too can apply these techniques to boats you have in your sights, whether they are new or used.   more...

 



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