Aquapalooza 2011 is wrapped up

After how fun Aquapalooza on Lake Travis was last year, I think it’s safe to say that I’m hooked and completely jealous of those readers on Lake Havasu who got to attend. As much as the sponsors assert that it was a family boating event, I’m sure the Havasu crowd found a way to kick it up several notches. Craig Morgan of “Redneck yacht club” fame was the headliner and I’m sure that was absolutely fitting. They claim that it is now an annual thing at Havasu, but I’ll be waiting to see. They said something similar on Lake Travis.

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Posted on: September 22nd, 2011 at 1:44 pm

A September Century Coronado Restoration update

Here it is September and so many days have gone bye since I had a chance to update my Old Timer. The work on my 1972 Century Coronado has been slowly on going. But with a transfer for my job while still living in the same place almost put a stop to the restoration. I still was able to get a few things done and almost had to get part ways with my pride and joy. Read more…

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Posted on: September 22nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Lake Travis down to the last two ramps

Lake Travis is the Lake Boss’ local lake, so we keep a close eye on things here. The Texas drought has been going strong and it shows no signs of slowing. The lake is now down to the very last two ramps. Jones Brothers Park ramp is barely open at that, I certainly wouldn’t launch there. So that leaves Mansfield Dam or one of the privately owned launches such as Highland Lakes Marina.

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Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 at 9:23 pm

MarineMax Outboard Invitational Series

MarineMax has sponsored an outboard fishing series along the coast of Alabama and Florida this summer with the proceeds going to support the Fisher House military charity. The event will be held on these dates:

July 2, 2011 – Destin, Florida Tournament
July 30, 2011 – Panama City, Florida Tournament
August 13, 2011 – Gulf Shores, Alabama Tournament
August 27, 2011 – Pensacola, Florida Tournament

Here’s some more specifics:

Each tournament will include a captains meeting and weigh in, as well as possible other events such as dinners
(depending on location). Tournament species include wahoo, king mackerel, mahi-mahi, snapper, grouper, red
fish, trout and more. No experience is necessary, and the tournaments are all-inclusive. See the website for
complete rules and regulations.

For more information, visit the website here.

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Posted on: June 7th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Dave’s Custom Boat’s awesome M35 video

This new video of the DCB M35 is really well done. It shows the M35 tearing through the water well past the mid-100s mark. It is a cat hull powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350s.

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Posted on: May 23rd, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Add a battery switch – don’t get stranded in the cove

If you don’t already have a battery switch for your boat, it’s a really great idea. It’s a pretty common thing to spend a few hours in the cove with the music cranked. Then when it’s time to call it a day, you hit the ignition and you don’t have enough juice left to turn the engine over.

Go ahead and side step that by installing a battery switch for a second battery. This will allow you to keep the music playing and always get home.

Check out this article on installing your own.

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Posted on: February 24th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Boat goes vertical in the water…and rocks it

This guy is definitely sporting a pair of huge rocks in his pants, he sends his Thundercat boat vertical and rides it out for quite a while. Awesome to watch.

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Posted on: February 11th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Feeling guilty about your super yacht?

I know, you were probably just thinking to yourself that you felt guilty about the excess of your super yacht. You feel like you need a yacht, but also somehow you’re a hippie with a yacht and feel guilty about your environmental impact.

Enter the Ocean Empire LSV. This 144-foot catamaran super yacht features a vast array of sustainable equipment. Here’s the major selling points from the Engadget article:

[It] features not only “all of the hotel amenities of a luxury global voyager” but two hydroponic farms and fishing facilities and three sustainable power sources: a 400 square meter 70kw solar array, an auxiliary 80 square meter (200kw) automated SkySail that drives the ship to 18+ knots and charges her battery systems, and a Motion Damping Regeneration (MDR) system developed with Maurer Sohnes Gmbh that can produce up to 50kw of electricity as it steadies the ship on rolling seas.

You can get this bargain cruiser for $17 million green backs.

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Posted on: January 18th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

46′ Rough Rider with Mercruiser 1350s and #8 drives

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Posted on: January 13th, 2011 at 9:32 am

New year, new boat restoration update!

It is hard to believe that it is a new year. I finally had time to finish the wiring and put away the nightmare. all it took was eight switches, one push button, and one power socket. Now all the wires and nice, neat, and the correct length. The alternator is also hooked back up correctly. I took time to put the windows back in the sides. Repacked the stuffing boxes. Added four enclosed speaker boxes. now all I have is to put the seat back in and she is ready for a water test. I also picked up a hot foot throttle control that I plan to install when I get a chance.

Pictures after the jump: Read more…

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Posted on: January 3rd, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Put some Corvette ZR1 power in your boat

Want to add some of this ZR1 brutality to your boat?

If you do, GM has a marine version of the supercharged LSA engine that you find in the Corvette ZR1. It puts down 530 horsepower and and 545 foot pounds of torque. It features a marine electronic fuel injection computer system that changes this road pounding monster to a wave smashing powerhouse through a completely different tune adapted to the needs of boats.

Click here for all the dirty details.

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Posted on: December 22nd, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Is it summer yet? Girls and boats slideshow

We are firmly in the grip of winter now, I’m definitely feeling the itch to get back out on the lake. Coming across videos like this make the wait much harder.

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Posted on: December 14th, 2010 at 12:11 am

Boss Boats: Ebbtide 2240 Extreme

This model from Ebbtide is perfect for anyone who wants a performance boat look, but still needs the practicality of a standard layout bow rider. The aggressive lines, low slung tinted windshield and eye-catching colors make for a really attractive boat. It still has all the features you would expect from a 23 foot boat in this class.
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Posted on: December 8th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

New feature: Boss Boats

The lake season has slowed down to a crawl or has gone in to hibernation for winter. Because of that, I’m spending less time on the lake and more time on the computer which can be a dangerous thing. That makes my eyes wander to various boat manufacturers to see what great boats they are offering with an eye towards a future upgrade.

You will read about great new boat models and maybe some existing models that warrant some attention. I’ll post reviews from other sites, my personal thoughts and any media that you should see. Let me know if there’s any boats you think should be featured!

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Posted on: December 7th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Caravelle Powerboats under new ownership

If you’re in the market for a “cost conscious” boat, then Caravelle Powerboats going under new ownership is good news to you. They will be specializing in 18′-23′ inboard boats.

The brand was purchased by Eugene Sak and Duane Sak of Florence, Alabama. They are known for their elevator and metal fabrication businesses.

Bottom line, it’s nice to see a boat company going forward with production and not closing their doors. The more options the better, especially if you are in the market for a value priced boat.

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Posted on: December 3rd, 2010 at 7:13 pm

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