The Future Of Boats & Boating

BoatUS Magazine editors predict what recreational vessels — and boating in general — will look like in the year 2044. Mark Corke, Associate Editor: I think that what we will see in the future is more and more integration. The world of boat electronics is changing at a head-spinning pace, and I see the boat of the […]

Amp Up Your Boat’s Performance

Everyone wants to get more out of their boats. Here’s a look at 4 common ways you can improve your boat control and efficiency. Everyone likes to be in control, and operating a boat is no exception. Satisfy your inner cruiser and turn your sled into a glide-ride by adding a GPS-regulated cruise control, such […]

J/Boats Goes Electric

Iconic sailboat maker J/Boats has introduced its new J/9 daysailer with an optional factory-installed electric pod drive. “In recent years, we have seen growing interest in electric propulsion as a sustainable alternative to diesel inboards or gas outboards,” says Jeff Johnstone, president. “Torqeedo’s electric outboards have been popular as add-ons to our popular J/70, but […]

Small Outboard Innovations

Improvements in small outboards may pass under the radar. But they also make today’s under-100-hp class more reliable and efficient than ever before. When it comes to outboard engines, the big, powerful models get all the glory. Manufacturers pour research and development efforts into creating blockbusters like the new Mercury 600-hp V12 Verado, the Yamaha […]

Get ‘Smart’ With Blue Guard Innovation

Smart Skipper offers remote monitoring, systems control, and oil/fuel detector. Remote monitor and control systems for boats have become quite popular, and a new one just hitting the market, Smart Skipper from Blue Guard Innovations, features a few perks we haven’t seen before. Like most others, you get to enjoy monitoring and alarm systems with […]

If Your Outboard Could Talk

Yamaha Outboards partners with Siren Marine to develop technology that includes automotive-like remote monitoring. Outboard manufacturer Yamaha has formed a strategic alliance with Siren Marine, the maker of remote monitoring and control systems for boats. Siren systems use cellular connectivity to provide its data stream, which until now has been used to keep track of things like boat location, […]

5 Ways To Embrace E-Boating Efficiencies (Without Buying A New Boat)

Eyeing an electric boat but not quite ready to take the plunge? Here are some ways to “electrify” your current cruiser. The benefits of electric boating are clear: silent motors, increased torq, renewable recharging, and reduced fossil fuel consumption. Fortunately, you don’t need an electric boat to take advantage of many of these benefits. Here […]

Meet OSCAR, Your Virtual Lookout

Move over Siri and Alexa! Meet the new artificial intelligence gear designed to help boaters avoid collisions. There’s nothing more unsettling than the sound of your boat going bump in the middle of the night — or day, for that matter. While technologies like AIS and radar can anticipate oncoming traffic, nothing rivals the human eye for spotting partially […]

The 600-HP Outboard Has Arrived

Mercury Marine achieves horsepower milestone the new V12 600-hp Verado engine — redefining outboard performance. Remember when 200-hp outboard engines were incredibly powerful? Then 300s? Now Mercury Marine has introduced its new 7.6‑liter V12 600-hp Verado outboard. “With boats continuing to grow bigger and performance expectations continuing to rise, boaters have been asking for a better, more […]

Boating Apps: There’s An App For That

Power your smartphone or tablet with powerful apps for navigation, weather forecasting, fishing, diving, and safety. Shorebound during COVID-19 quarantine, I realized that being confined to land didn’t mean I couldn’t satisfy my love of being on the water. So I spent some time researching and testing out some boating apps, which I used as […]