blank 10/13/15 08:03AM Boat Trips, Events, Muscle Boats, Offshore Poker Run

23rd Annual Key West Offshore Poker Run
Key West, Florida; November 10-16, 2015

Key West Offshore Poker Run
November 10-16, 2015

Florida Powerboat Club’s signature poker run event, attracts a global roster of participants and features scenic cruising from Miami to Key West, through the beautiful Florida Keys. Checkpoints along the way take participants to Florida Keys’ hot spots in Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, and Bahia Honda. Paceboats provide navigation through the winding backwaters of the Florida Keys, allowing participants to enjoy the ride in more protected waters, with the final 40-mile leg offshore and into the protected Key West Harbor.  A 4-day Key West Poker Run village acts as event headquarters, with entertainment every evening and great dining at the Conch Republic Seafood Company. Daily powerboat excursions and fun runs give participants a chance to explore local waters.

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blank 10/12/15 10:43AM Boat Expo, Boating Show, Events, Lake Havasu Marine

4th Annual Sand - Water - RV Expo
Lake Havasu City, Arizona; November 21-22, 2015

Outdoor Motorsports Recreation Enthusiasts to See It All, November 21-22, 2015

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona, a recognized mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of off-roading, RVing and boating is about to add another accolade to its resume with the return of the  “Sand – Water – RV Expo” at  Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 special event venue, Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22, 2015.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have the opportunity to bring this level of event back to Lake Havasu City,” commented Bob Brown, president of Media Direction, the producer of the exceptionally successful 2015 Lake Havasu Boat Show in April in conjunction with the Lake Havasu Marine Association.  “There has always been a close relationship between individuals who enjoy off-roading, RVing and boating, it’s just a matter of the time of year.  Southwest off-roading and RVing are the recreations of choice in fall and winter that give-way to boating and watersports in spring and summer and no where in the country is that fact more evident than Lake Havasu City. It’s a natural cross-over blend of similar interests.  Because of that, we plan to capture the spirit of these complementary markets by offering an opportunity to browse, compare and shop for the latest and greatest in offroad vehicles, trucks, Jeeps, sand cars, ATVs, UTVs, 4 X 4s, buggies, rock crawlers, motorcycles, electric vehicles, RVs, toy haulers, travel trailers, boats and all related accessory products and services in one convenient place.”

“We expect our exhibitor list to represent a mixture of local, regional and national brands,” continued Brown.  “There’s room for everybody at this Expo, no matter how big or small.  And what’s so appealing about the Windsor 4 venue is that it affords an enormous space to properly display these extraordinary products.  It’s the perfect environment at the right time of year for an outdoor Expo of this kind.”

As bonus attractions for 2015, the Sand – Water – RV Expo will also be the host venue for the “FAB 50″ Hot Boat” Show & Shine” featuring classic restored speedboats from yesteryear on Saturday, followed on Sunday by the new Havasu Street Scene Car Show plus a separate “Hot Lot” where privately owned off-road vehicles, boats, RVs, trailers, motorcycles and personal watercraft are for sale. Also new this year is the Danny’s Junkyard Motorsports Swap Meet on Saturday and Sunday, a great place to find bargains on all kinds of used parts and accessories for cars, boats, off-road vehicles, RVs, trailers, trucks and motorcycles.  And, for Expo attendees of all ages, don’t forget the Havasu Fall Classic Cornhole Tournament with classes for adults, seniors and juniors.

The Sand – Water – RV Expo will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, November 21 and on Sunday, November 22 from 9pm to 3pm.  Adult admission is only $3.00, children 6 and under are free and on-site parking is also free.  Food, beverage and beer garden concessions are on-site.  The Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 venue is located on London Bridge Road approximately one-half mile north of the London Bridge.

For additional information and the latest updates on Expo exhibitors and special attractions/entertainment, please visit
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blank 10/09/15 07:58AM Fishing Boats, Ranger Boats, Ranger Reata, Readers Pics

New for 2016: Ranger 190LS Reata®

The benchmark for quality fish 'n' play boats adds 175-horsepower model to its lineup.

Ranger 190LS Reata

The Ranger 212LS Reata®, introduced for the 2014 model year, continues to set the benchmark for quality and performance in family-oriented fish 'n' play boats. Based on the success and popularity of that introduction, Ranger is adding a more compact model to its acclaimed Reata® line, delivering a true family boat that can fish all morning and pull skiers all day. 

Measuring 18 feet, 8 inches in length, the new Ranger 190LS Reata® is rated for 175 horsepower and is exceptionally light on its feet. Available with a wide range of factory-installed, precision-matched outboards, the 100-inch beam of the boat delivers rock-solid stability and even more room for multiple passengers. Loaded with fishing features highlighted by spacious casting decks, a surplus of dry storage and a dedicated center locker for rods up to seven feet in length, the 190LS is equally at home chasing a morning topwater bite as it is tubing with family and friends. 

"Ranger has and always will build fishing boats and the new Ranger 190LS Reata® is no exception - it's a boat designed to catch fish with the enhancements necessary to be an ideal family fun boat," Ranger Vice President Keith Daffron said. "Being in the 19-foot range allows us to rig this boat with a 175-horsepower outboard, perfect for families looking for moderate speeds while also providing a more accessible price point. It's loaded with features our Reata® Series is known for and should be a great fit for families looking for a truly versatile rig." 

The new 190LS sports a walk-thru windshield configuration and comes standard with a Lowrance Mark 5X Pro at the console, a Minn Kota Power Drive 70 trolling motor and an on-board Dual Pro charger. In addition to generous front-deck fishing space, the boat features room for large-screen electronics at the bow, along with an integrated chrome cupholder and built-in tool storage. A 17-gallon aerated livewell and insulated cooler are located forward of the rear deck and flanked by two folding jump seats. A fifth on-board seat is integrated into the lid of the cooler. The raised rear deck offers plenty of fishing space plus room for the included pedestal seat or an optional ski tow. 

At the helm, drivers will notice a redesigned console which features a full complement of gauges and loads of accessory storage. Equipped with the smooth, fluid feel of hydraulic steering, the new 190LS also sports redesigned and updated badging throughout, further enhancing the striking good looks and high-performance feel of this versatile fish 'n' play platform. Both driver and passenger seats are mounted on slides for easy adjustment and added comfort. The passenger-side console offers a wealth of additional storage and is home to the boat's Infinity Bluetooth-ready stereo system, while the portside gunnel includes additional rod storage capacity. The comfort features of the new Ranger 190LS are rounded out by the molded footrests for driver and passenger, chrome cupholders, generous 26-inch inside depth and snap-in carpet for easy removal and cleaning. 

The popular Family Fun Package is available for the new Ranger 190LS Reata® as well and includes a host of factory-installed options typically installed aftermarket. The upgrade includes a ski tow, front deck cushions, convertible top and a keel protector. 

With so much to offer both serious anglers and serious water sports enthusiasts, the new Ranger 190LS Reata® is destined to spend a lot of time on the water, as well as on the road trailering to and from destinations. Equipped with its own custom-built Ranger Trail® trailer designed specifically for the boat, each 190LS offers smooth, easy handling and proper weight distribution while on the road. Protected by a Road Armor finish and equipped with LED lights, aluminum wheels, COOL Hub® lubrication system; matching fiberglass fenders, torsion axles and a locking, swing-away tongue, the Ranger Trail® trailer is built in the same factory and to the same exacting specifications of every Ranger boat for added peace of mind and enhanced resale value. 


Overall Hull Length: 18 feet, 8 inches
Beam: 100 inches
Maximum HP: 175
Engine Shaft Length: 25 inches
Inside Depth: 26.5 inches
Fuel Capacity: 34 gallons
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,700 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,900 lbs.
Trailer GVWR: SF4500

About Ranger Boats
Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation's premier manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, which include series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play, waterfowl utility and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water. For more information, go to
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blank 10/06/15 02:24PM New Products, Outboard Boats, Readers Pics, Tahoe Boats

2016 TAHOE 550 TS Outboard
Key Features

2016 TAHOE 550 TS Outboard — Captain's Report by Test Captain Eric Colby

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Tahoe 550 TS Outboard
Key Features

Longer, wider, and deeper hull for bigger and better wakes
Powerglide II hull
Encapsulated transom with fiberglass-infused, high-density composite core
AM/FM Bluetooth-capable stereo with MP3 port and 4 speakers
Walkthrough tempered safety glass windshield with aluminum frame
Adjustable driver and passenger bucket seats with slide and swivel
2-tone high-density marine-grade vinyl upholstery with stain-resistant coating
Premium stainless steel hardware and fasteners
Factory-matched trailer with color-matched powder-coat finish

Tahoe 550 TS Outboard (2016-) Specifications
Length Overall    19' 10''
6.05 m    Dry Weight    2,395 lbs.
1,086 kg
Beam    94''
2.39 m    Tested Weight    3,099 lbs.
1,406 kg
Draft    15''
0.38 m    Fuel Cap    33 gal.
125 L
Deadrise/Transom    16-deg.    Water Cap    N/A
Max Headroom    open    Bridge Clearance    N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Engine Options

Tahoe 550 TS Outboard (2016-) Engine options
Std. Power    1 x 115-hp Mercury EXLPT 4-stroke
Tested Power     1 x 150-hp Mercury XL 4-stroke The Mercury 150-hp FourStroke outboard became available just 15 months ago, but word is already gett...
Opt. Power    1 x 150-hp Mercury XL 4-stroke
Tahoe 550 TS Outboard (2016-) Captain's Report

TAHOE carries the 550 TS high freeboard from bow to stern, creating deeper seating throughout.


The outboard-powered 550 TS is designed as an alternative to a sterndrive-powered bowrider, and in fact outboards are becoming more popular in this boat class at the expense of sterndrives. It used to be that outboards were substantially more expensive to buy, but thanks to the EPA’s increasingly stringent emissions standards, sterndrives are catching up in cost. Outboard versions usually weigh less, making them easier to tow on a trailer while saving fuel, though they typically burn more fuel on the water.

With the base FourStroke 115-hp, this boat would struggle with a full load of eight passengers and gear, but that may be power adequate if the boat is kept light with just a couple of people and light gear on board. We recommend the optional 150-hp (hp up to 200 is available) Mercury for better acceleration onto plane, especially when towing a boarder or skier, and also to achieve a decent cruise speed.

For her 19'10" (6.05 m) length, the 550 TS cockpit feels deeper than some competitive boats. There’s seating for eight people in the cockpit and bow, and aft is a full-width sundeck over an empty storage compartment where a sterndrive engine would go. She comes standard with an AM/FM Bluetooth stereo, 36-quart (34 L) cooler, ten cup holders, six stainless steel cleats and a single-axle trailer.

Tahoe 550 TS Outboard floor plan

The TAHOE 550 TS doesn’t have the seating room in the bow of a deckboat, but it likely has a better ride with a sharper entry at the waterline, as well as improved weight distribution as a result of seating fewer people forward.

Features Inspection

The Cockpit

Forward in the cockpit, the 550 TS has bucket seats that swivel and adjust fore and aft so that the co-pilot can spin around to observe for watersports. There’s decent legroom between the forward and aft seats and the aft bench has space for at least four people. To starboard, the outboard seat cushion slides aft like a drawer beneath the sundeck base and the cushion for the sundeck folds over it, creating a walkway to the stern. This is smart because it keeps passengers from walking on the upholstery, saving wear and tear. On the stern to port, there’s a wet-storage locker, which drains overboard, and to starboard is a four-step ladder, which projects well under water for easier climbing than a three-step ladder provides.

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blank 10/01/15 04:15PM BoatUS, Used Boat Trailers

Four Tips for Buying a Used Boat Trailer
from BoatUS

ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 29, 2015 -- As the boating season ends in the northern climates, some boaters may be looking to find a trailer to store the boat for the winter. If you’re looking to buy a used boat trailer now or planning on buying a boat that comes with a used trailer, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has four buying tips:

BoatUS Used Boat Trailer

Is this used boat trailer a good deal?

Bring a measuring tape: With older trailers, the capacity plate or sticker may be long gone or too hard to read after being outside in the weather for years. But if you’d like to know a rough idea of a spring-axle trailer’s capacity, simply measure the diameter of the axle. An outer diameter (OD) axle tube size of 1.75” is typically rated for about one ton; 2.375” for 3,500 lbs.; and 3” for 5,200-7,000 lbs. – remember to subtract the weight of the trailer from the gross capacity.

Buying out of state: Trailers aren’t built the same because states’ trailering regulations aren’t the same. While most states require brakes for trailers rated to carry than more than 3,000 lbs., some states require brakes on trailers as light as 1,500 lbs., while a few others let you coast up to 4,500 pounds – although that’s not recommended. It can be expensive to retrofit brakes, and some states such as Florida require brakes on each axle. State-specific trailer registration information can be found at

Why tire diameter matters: After an hour at highway speeds, a 13-inch tire will have spun 10,000 revolutions more than a 15-inch tire, which means more heat, bearing wear and increased chance of problems. Having a fully serviced spare tire ready to go – and the tools to install it – will solve many of the most common reasons for a trailer breakdown. If all else fails, having an annual BoatUS membership with Unlimited Trailer Assist roadside assistance to safely tow both your boat trailer and tow vehicle up to a 100 miles will make a bad roadside breakdown suddenly get much better.

Watch out for paperwork snafus: Not having ownership documents can sink a sale faster than you can say, “Did you put the plug in?” If the trailer is missing the vehicle identification number (VIN), it cannot be legibly read or doesn’t match ownership paperwork, you may run into an issue with the DMV and have to apply for a replacement. It’s better to have the seller handle this before the sale.

For a full look at this topic, see “Buying a Used Trailer?” at

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blank 09/28/15 09:04AM Annapolis Boat Show, Events, Sailboat Show

Annapolis Sailboat Show to Giveaway Boat
October 8-12, 2015

Attendees who purchase tickets online will be automatically entered to win a Beneteau First 22 Sailboat, a $29,900 retail value.

One lucky sailor will win a Beneteau First 22 at the United States Sailboat Show, October 8 - 12, 2015.

Show goers who purchase their tickets online and are eligible to win will be automatically entered. On-site participation will be available during show hours, October 8-12. A random drawing will determine the winner of the grand prize: a Beneteau First 22 Sailboat with a retail value of $29,900.

"This is our grandest prize yet and will add to the excitement of the 2015 United States Sailboat Show," said Paul Jacobs, general manager and president of the Annapolis Boat Shows.

"An astonishing array of activities are slated for this year's show. In addition to premiering sailboats and the largest collection of multihulls anywhere in the world, there will be sailboat lessons on the First 22 and more than 40 courses for cruisers. Plus the America's Cup trophy will be on display Thursday and Friday. There is truly something for everyone," Jacobs added.

The official rules are on the Annapolis Boat Shows website.

United States Sailboat Show
Annapolis City Dock. Maryland
October 8-12, 2015


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blank 09/24/15 10:10AM Evinrude E-TEC G@, Evinrude Outboard Engines, Houghton Powersports, Readers Pics

New Evinrude E-TEC G@ Engines
BRP Provides More Opportunities for Evinrude Buyers

BRP’s new Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines continue to draw interest of top dealers and boat builders. © BRP 2015

Evinrude E-TEC G2 Outboard Pontoon Boats
Sturtevant, Wis., August 31, 2015 – 
BRP (TSX:DOO) has added 15 new dealers and five boat builders in North America in the second quarter of fiscal year 2016. The impact of the award-winning Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine continues to draw the interest of top dealers and boat builders.

“We’re very excited to carry the Evinrude line and especially the Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboard,” said Todd Royce, sales manager of Houghton Powersports, a new dealer and one of the largest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. “Our boating customers will definitely get to their fishing holes faster with this engine. The sleek design and low-end performance of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine is excellent. We’re already familiar with the industry-leading innovation of BRP products, as we carry Can-Am off-road vehicles and Ski Doo snowmobiles. Adding the Evinrude outboard lineup is an exciting new chapter for us and our customers.”

The Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines range from 200 to 300 hp, delivering up to 20% more torque, up to 15% better fuel efficiency and up to 75% fewer total regulated emissions than leading competitive four-stroke engines*. In addition, The Evinrude E-TEC G2 offers great value backed by one of the industry’s best warranties and five years or 500 hours of no dealer-scheduled maintenance

“Since February, we’ve signed a total of 36 new dealers and 13 OEMs in North America,” said Greg Heichelbech, vice-president, sales, Parts, Accessories and Clothing and Network Development with BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division. “The latest signings are evidence that the Evinrude line-up is in demand. The performance benefits of our E-TEC technology and the addition of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine provide a superior choice for discerning boat owners.

BRP received a coveted 2015 red dot design award for its Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines. BRP’s Evinrude engine line-up, from 3.5 to 300 hp, offers customers superior value across a full range of applications. Engines are available at authorized Evinrude dealerships worldwide. Become part of the online Evinrude community, and follow us on Facebook at

BRP’s stated objective of expanding its powersports network by 75 to 85 new dealers in fiscal year 2016, and by 200 to 300 by fiscal year 2017, does not include BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division. For a complete list of new and existing Evinrude dealers, visit

* Based on BRP internal tests.

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blank 09/21/15 09:07AM Drag Boats, Drag Boats World Finals, Events, Readers Videos

Lucas Oil Drag Boats - Next Event:
Chandler, Arizona; November 6-8,2015


Open Competitor Test and Tune 8:00AM – 12:30PM Round 1 Qualifying TFH-PWC 12:30PM-4:00PM


Round 2 Qualifying: PWC, RR, SE, ME, TE, PE, QE, PM, PO 9:00AM
Round 2 Qualifying: TFH, TAH, TAF 10:30AM
Round 3 Qualifying: PM, PO, PWC, RR, SE, ME, TE, PE, QE 1:00PM
Round 3 Qualifying: TAF, TAH, TFH 3:00PM


Eliminations, Round 1 PM-PO 9:00AM
Eliminations, Round 1 PWC, RR, SE, ME, TE, PE, QE 9:30AM Eliminations, Round 1 TFH, TAH, TAF 10:30AM

Eliminations, Round 2 PM, PO 12:00PM
Eliminations, Round 2 PWC-QE 12:30PM
Eliminations, Round 2/3 TFH-PO 1:00PM

Eliminations, Round 3 PWC-QE 2:00PM
Eliminations, Round 3/4 PM-TFH 3:30PM
Eliminations, Round 4 PWC-QE 4:30PM

(Times may be adjusted for any class with 4 OR 5 rounds of eliminations)

* All Schedules are Subject to change
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