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Tips for Buying a Tow Boat

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In the market for a new boat? There are a lot of options out there. So before you make the investment, know what you should look for with this comprehensive boat buying guide.

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Let's Give it Up For PWC's

Monday March 31, 2014

I know that a lot of you out there are attached like glue to your boats and the idea of riding behind a jetski is enough to make you cringe. However, there are a handful of reasons why you might consider owning a PWC, especially if you are a wakeboarder or wakeskater.

For me, the biggest advantage a PWC can lend is simply accessibility. The most pristine waters are often not easily accessed by a giant inboard boat, but you can usually launch a jetski and nimbly explore restricted waterways. You simply just don't get that experience on a boat. So if you have been on the fence about riding getting a jetski, I think you owe it to yourself to at least try riding behind one to see how you like it. What do you have to lose? And if you've already resolved to buy one but don't know where to start - I would highly reccomend checking out the SeaDoo Wake Pro 215, it's one of the only ski's designed specifically for wake based sports.

And as for the rest of you, who out there is already regularly riding behind a jetski? What made you choose a PWC and how do you think it compares to standard boat riding? Let us know in the comments below.

It's all Just Science

Monday March 31, 2014

Sometimes we take for granted all of the science and engineering that goes into the watersports we love. Whether it's the way our skis or wakeboards are shaped, the variables that affect our boat waves, or even how our boat hull, engine, and instruments come together -- we are riding on the backs of years upon years of research and development all dedicated to giving us the best riding experience.

As much as I dislike science classes, there is no doubt in my mind that taking the time to understand the various anatomic makeup of our watersports tools can help us become better riders. So next time you are riding in the water, look down at what's under your feet and think about the shape and the contours and all of the variables that came together to put you in your riding position. It's a sobering thought, but the illumination it can provide to your riding skills is limitless.

Boat Fever is Going Around Again

Thursday February 27, 2014

2014 Mastercraft NXTYes, it's a sickness that afflicts us every year. The symptoms include: zombie-like boat dealership drive-bys, stacks of boat catalogues strewn about your home, and an inability to talk about anything besides boats. If you or someone you know is exhibiting these symptoms, then they may have boat fever.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for the aforementioned fictitious disease. However, if you fancy yourself a marine hypochondriac of sorts, then take heart, I have a prescription that will work for you. In all seriousness, after looking at the previews for the 2014 Boat Season we are in store for some major innovations on the boating front.

First things first, Mastercraft is turning heads twice this year. First with their long awaited budget friendly NXT series of boats which will be available in Summer of 14, and second, the release of their GEN 2 Surf System. Both of these developments are nothing short of brilliant, but that's just status quo for Mastercraft.

After perusing all of the major boating events, I noticed that every company is amping up their game to make you a better, safer boat driver. I'm thoroughly impressed at how serious these companies are taking safety, and reminds me to brush up on water emergency procedures.

At any rate, it looks like 2014 is going to be yet another great year for the inboard boating industry.

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Feed Your Wanderlust for Watersports

Thursday February 27, 2014

As I type this blog post I am simultaneously packing my bags for a long overdue vacation. And it reminds me that traveling is one of the most underutilized functions of the watersports world. You can look in just about every country and find a competition ski lake or a cable park not far away.

The change of scenery may give you exactly the kick you need to have your next riding breakthrough. In fact, I can remember that it wasn't until I made a trip away from my home lake that I figured out the mechanics of raleys.

So if you're feeling restless on your home waters, then go out and grab a slalom ski bag or wakeboard bag, pack up your gear, and feed your inner wanderlust. Just make sure you come back and share your travels with the rest of us.

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