Author: John Sampson

John is an experienced journalist and veteran boater. He heads up the content team at BoatingBeast and aims to share his many years experience of the marine world with our readers.

Are you thinking about investing in a pontoon boat? There are several different models and styles of pontoons, from ten-person dive boats that launch through waves to two-story party boats that are more like floating restaurants or bars than boats. Pontoon boats are one of the more popular choices for freshwater boating. They make ideal houseboats, and the stability offered by the dual or single pontoons make for stable living out on the water. Pontoon boats aren’t as maneuverable as other designs like center consoles and bay boats. However, they don’t suit the same purpose as these boats. Pontoons are…

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Are you closing the deal on a new boat? Boating is a thrilling experience for the family. Getting out onto the water at the local lake for a cruise or going deep sea fishing offshore is a great way to enjoy nature and the benefits of spending time in the great outdoors. If you’re a newbie boat owner, you’re probably wondering how to drive a boat and how the experience differs from driving a car. The reality is that learning to drive a boat is a simple transition from driving a vehicle, and most people adapt easily. However, while you…

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Are you looking for a boat? We get it, boating is a fun pastime, and there’s nothing like getting out onto the water for some watersports, fishing, or just a relaxing drift across the lake or river. However, buying a boat is an expensive purchase. Like a car, there are plenty of models available, and you could end up spending anything from $10,000 to millions of dollars for a boat, depending on the model, brand, and length. Why spend the money buying a new boat when you have options for pre-owned models. Buying pre-owned could save you up to 75%…

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What do you see when you close your eyes and imagine the perfect boating experience? Chances are you’re dreaming about sunny, cloudless skies, calm, clear waters, and not a breath of wind in the air. While we get plenty of these days in our boating careers, every captain eventually faces a situation involving bad weather. When the skies turn dark and stormy, you need to know how to handle the situation. For instance, if you don’t know anything about Great White shark behavior, you’ll probably panic if you spot one while swimming in the water. As a result, you start…

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Spending time out on the water with the family is a great way to enjoy the long, lazy days of summer. Teaching your son to fish or towing your daughter around on the wake tube offers you a way to have fun and bond with your kids. However, kids are not adults, and they are ignorant of safety rules. As a parent, it’s your job to ensure that your kids have a safe and enjoyable experience out on the water. Whether you’re at the local lake or going to deep waters offshore, parents must have everything they need on hand…

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If you enjoy fishing in lakes and estuaries, you need a boat that can access shallow water without running aground. The bay boat and flats boat offer you the best options for fishing in the shallows. Many people confuse the flats boat and bay boat design. However, there are subtle differences between these boats, and they impact the performance and utility of the boat. This post unpacks everything you need to know about bay boats and flats boats. What is a Bay Boat? The flats and bay boat both serve the same mission – to get you into hard-to-reach fishing…

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Are you a boat owner? Do you understand the importance of antifouling your watercraft? Selecting the right antifouling for your boat is critical to ensuring you keep it maintained and seaworthy. Having the latest model outboard motor or sails and rigging is pretty useless to you if you have half of the Great Barrier Reef growing in the bottom of your boat. Fouling on the hull reduces the performance of your boat. Even the smallest amount of fouling creates drag in the water, reducing the speed and handling of your watercraft. So, how do you antifoul your boat? This post…

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Are you a new boat owner? Whether you bought a jet ski or a 40-foot cabin cruiser, you’re going to need to understand the lingo while you’re out on the water. Here’s a glossary of basic nautical terms to have you sounding like a sailor. A Abaft Toward the stern of the vessel. Aback A sail position with the wind striking on its leeward side. Aft Around or near the stern of the vessel. Abeam At a right-angle to the boat’s center-line. A-hull Lashing the helm to the leeward side to ride out bad weather without the sails set. Amidships…

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Are you thinking about buying a boat? The thought of getting out onto the water for some fun is exciting. Boating is a great pastime for families and friends and a great way to strengthen your relationships while you enjoy the fresh air and natural surroundings. However, choosing a boat is like buying a car. Some manufacturing brands have a better reputation in the market than others. For instance, we all know the prestige of buying a Mercedes-Benz versus a VW Golf or an F150 truck. It’s the same with boats; some brands offer you a more premium boating experience…

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Getting out onto the water for some fun on your boat is a great way to enjoy good weather and the “life aquatic.” However, when the day is over, and it’s time to rack the boat back on the trailer, your obligations to your boat only just begin. Like your car, your boat needs a wash from time to time to keep it in its best working condition. Cleaning your boat is an absolute necessity for any owner, and it’s crucial if you enjoy spending time out on the ocean. The reality is that saltwater is aggressively corrosive. While you…

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