Monthly Archives: March 2016

  1. New Boats: Pontoon Edition

    New Boats: Pontoon Edition

    Spring is here at last! Can Summer be far behind? Sadly, we have to wait a few more weeks for real warm weather here on the Great Lakes. Until then, we're dreaming of lazy days spent on a true symbol of Summer: the pontoon boat. We love their versatility. The broad, flat deck was made for sunbathing and lounging, and most models can tow skiers and tube-riders, too. Here are three new pontoon boat models from three of the Skipper's favorite brands. We have parts for all three boat brands in stock right now!

    Bennington Pontoons SX24 Dinette

    Bennington Pontoons SX24 Dinette Bennington Pontoons' website has a nice "build-a-boat" tool, allowing you to choose among their many models based on which features you like best. We chose the SX24 Dinette model to show you. As its name suggests, the SX24 is twenty-four feet long, including an aft swim platform with ladder. The SX24 Dinette is designed for on-water entertaining with a corner galley that includes a wine rack and a sink, plus cushy seats placed around an LED-bordered table with three illuminated cup holders. Bennington SX24 dinette/bar Plush, pillow-top upholstery invites lounging, and there are cup holders throughout the boat to keep your drinks secure. The well-appointed cockpit includes an adjustable captain's chair and a stainless-steel wheel. Easy-to-read gauges are set in a one-piece fiberglass console with teak trim and a locking storage compartment. You'll find the
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  2. New Boats! Bayliner, Larson, and Carver Yachts

    New Boats! Bayliner, Larson, and Carver Yachts

    This year's boat show season has had tons of inspiration on offer, with mouthwatering boats in abundance. We thought we'd take a look at some new boats from three of our favorite brands: Bayliner, Larson, and Carver Yachts. The 2016 Bayliner VR5 replaces the popular 185 BR. In this video, Bayliner shows us how much more space this affordable runabout has compared to other similar boats. We love the convertible port seat and ample storage, and the boat's lines are simply beautiful. Also, the swim platform extends past the running surface, meaning that this time, an 18-foot boat is really an 18-foot boat; no usable interior space is lost! BoatTEST's review notes options like a removable table and SeaDek nonskid teak-look flooring, but we think the standard offering looks pretty darn good.   This Larson FX 2016 promo video is worthy of a fine travel documentary; we want to run away from home and spend our life doing what these folks are doing! Each FX model (2020, 1850, and 1750) is available with a simple tiller operation for the pure fisherman, or a versatile dual console setup for those who enjoy both fishing and towing friends on waterskis and tubes. Many features, like aerated baitwells and livewells, come standard. Choose your boat's color inside and out and make it truly your own. We're enjoying designing our "dream boat" and know you will, too.   Ready for some serious luxury? Here it is: the C50 Command

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