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Fishability Test: Albemarle 31 DC…

A smooth and efficient rider, the 31 DC yields 1.24 mpg cruising at 30 mph and 4,000 rpm. (Albemarle Boats/) Festooned with rod holders, the hardtop legs appeared ready for a marlin tower. But, surprisingly, a change of perspective revealed a bow seating area forward of the walk-through windshield. The ...

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Fishability Test: Contender 44FA…

From a distance, the 44FA looks like a large center-console boat, but once behind the helm, the perspective changes. A sliding pocket door occupies the portside helm, providing access to the step-down cabin without limiting space on the dash, which accommodates a pair of Garmin 24-inch multifunction displays, networked with ...

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Small Dome Radars Grow in Capabilities…

The right side of the screen above shows a radar return of diving gannets (near the cursor) on a Simrad Halo-6 with an open array. On the left side, the birds can be seen, albeit more faintly (near the cursor), on Simrad’s Halo20+ dome radar. (Courtesy Simrad/) Glare from the ...

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How to Watch TV on Your MFD…

The next step is to select the video window on the MFD (you might have to choose the HDMI input in the menu), then watch streaming video from your phone via apps such as YouTube. For live sports, you will need an app such as Fox Sports Go, and you ...

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Global Connection…

If the itinerary involves the high latitudes or the South Pacific, there’s no question that satellite connectivity is key for safety communications, weather routing and staying in touch. The dilemma, however, is what kind of satcom system to buy. This, of course, is largely dictated by one’s data habits, and ...

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Privacy Ensured…

M.A.D.S. is the world’s first marine-­specific anti-drone system. (Courtesy M.A.D.S./) The advent of relatively inexpensive recreational unmanned aerial vehicles in 2014 effectively marked the dawn of a post-privacy world for yachts that cruise near shore or frequent popular anchorages. Fortunately, Martek’s Anti-Drone System allows properly equipped owners to electronically reclaim ...

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Trolling With Offset Spreader Bars…

An adjustable keel on the spreader bar allows lateral deployment to match conditions. (George Poveromo/) Consistently scoring on the troll requires far more than just staggering a half-dozen or so baits behind the boat. Orchestrating illusions of feeding frenzies is paramount for successful offshore trolling. The more convincing these perceived ...

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How to Use the Carolina Rig for Saltwater…

kuhn blog rig A Carolina rig for saltwater is not a crazy idea. Any inshore species that hits soft baits is likely to attack the rig. My topwater lure sloshed mindlessly until the waterlogged Spook muttered Uncle. Other “can’t miss” favorites followed with nary a nip. Seems I was staring ...

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Essential Skills for Fishing and Boating…

Short dock lines and tie-off lines are easily organized with a simple coil that stays in place and prevents tangling. (Mike Sudal/) Keep It Bristol Neat and tidy, but readily accessible, are key to housekeeping afloat. Short dock lines and tie-off lines are easily organized with a simple coil that ...

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New Boats From the 2020 Miami Boat Show…

The 2020 Miami International Boat Show was packed full of the latest and greatest boats, engines and technology. Take a look at just some of the amazing boats that were on display this year. Blackfin 240 DC Length – 24’6″ | Beam – 8’10” | Draft – 20″ | Weight ...

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