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  • Boating in Bad Weather

    Summer! It's finally time for long, sunny days, warm weather - and storms, which can cause more damage than just wet clothes and dampened spirits. Strong winds can whip up waves to dangerous heights, and lightning can be lethal.

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  • Merci, Monsieur Pitot!

    In 1732, an engineer named Henri Pitot got the job of measuring the flow of the Seine, the famous river that bisects the city of Paris. A late bloomer, Pitot seems to have been an unremarkable student until age 19, when he fell in love with geometry after picking up a book on the subject in a shop. Pitot went on to accomplish many feats of engineering in his career, but it's the contraption he devised to measure the speed of water flow that has made his name famous among boaters.

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  • Trust, But Verify, Part 3: Speedometers

    When boaters talk speedos, they don't mean the cheeky swimwear (well, not usually). The speedometer enjoys pride of place on a boat's dashboard, and when it goes bad, it's pretty obvious. Finding and fixing the problem can take a little detective work, but it's not difficult.

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  • Trust, But Verify, Part 2: Basic Gauge Troubleshooting

    Nobody enjoys bad news, especially not from one of the boat's gauges. If you're getting a reading that doesn't seem right (or no reading at all), it's not difficult to figure out the problem.

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  • Trust, But Verify, Part 1: Fuel Gauges

    With certain parts exposed to the elements, your boat's gauges and their sensors can take a beating. If you suspect that your gauge is not giving you an accurate reading, we have some hints for how to figure out the problem and how to fix it.

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  • Why Use A Jack Plate?

    Save 10% off jack plates and motor mounts through June 9, 2018!

    What the heck is a jack plate, anyway? It's a movable plate that mounts to the transom and lets you raise and lower your boat's outboard motor. Here are a couple of reasons you might want to be able to do that.

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  • Rudders and Wheels

    Nowadays, steering a boat doesn't require much thought; the boat goes where you turn the wheel. Those of us who use an outboard motor know that steering with a tiller is not like steering a car. You want the rudder to point the way you want to go, which means pointing the tiller in the opposite direction. After the invention of the ship's wheel about 1703, the transition from rudder orders to wheel orders was not without difficulty, and sometimes resulted in tragedy.

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  • Great Fishing Gifts

    Got your shopping done yet? Yeah, neither have we. If you're stumped about what to give your favorite fisherman (or woman!), the Skipper has a few suggestions.

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  • 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 stereo here, too, with Bluetooth capability to pump music through the boat’s four speakers. Put up the bimini for shade or rain protection, or leave it down for some serious sun worship.


    Sun Tracker 22 DLX Fishin’ Barge®


    Fishing from a pontoon boat? Yes, please! The Sun Tracker Fishin’ Barge® line adds fancy fishing gear to a roomy pontoon design for a fishing platform everyone can enjoy, and the 22 DLX includes many nice features at an affordable price. Two aerated livewells with rulers built into their lids, removable fishing seats, a trolling motor with foot-pedal control, fishing rod holders, and rod lockers are some of the features available on all 2016 Fishin’ Barges®. We haven’t even mentioned the QuickLift™ bimini top, Bluetooth-compatible stereo system, or comfortable lounge seating. The nonskid swim platform off the stern has a fold-down ladder. You’ll find plenty of cup holders on this boat, too. Here’s the Fishin’ Barge® 22 DLX in action. Doesn’t this look like fun?

    This particular video highlights one thing that a lot of us never have to think about: with their spacious, flat decks and wonderful stability, pontoon boats are much easier for people with disabilities to board and enjoy than other powerboats.


    Avalon Pontoons Windjammer Funship



    We shared the double-decker Windjammer Funship from Avalon Pontoons on our social media earlier in the week. Let’s take a closer look at this ultimate party platform. The standard cockpit, with its wood-grain dash panels and soft-grip steering wheel, is worthy of a high-end yacht; it features a Garmin depthfinder/fishfinder and a Bluetooth-capable stereo system with lighted speakers and USB and auxiliary ports. At the helm of the Funship, you’ll sit in an admiral’s chair with self-leveling arms while your guests relax in the bow lounge or sip wine at the smoked-glass table in the shade of the upper deck. Speaking of which, the upper deck offers stereo speakers, a queen-size lounge, and of course, a waterslide. The pop-up privacy enclosure in the Funship’s stern makes it easy to change into swimsuits or dry clothes. Check out this video by Avalon and spot the Funship at 2:54.

    Options for the Funship include full and half camper covers, a livewell, saltwater anodes, a wine rack, and several different floorings. Also offered is a rub rail lighting package (available at Great Lakes Skipper now for retrofitting) and dozens of other upgrades. The Funship really has something for everyone, of all ages.

    Hurry up, Summer!