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10 Biggest Yachts in the World

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The biggest yachts on Earth are absolutely incredible machines. While size does not always equate with luxury when it comes to boating, these mega yachts certainly prove that bigger is better. While the list is always changing, here are the current top ten largest yachts in the world.

10. Al Salamah

Built in 1999, the Al Salamah may be tenth on this list, but its no rowboat. With a length of 456’, and beam of 71’, this is a huge boat. A crew of up to 96 served the Crown Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia and 40 guests.

9. Ocean Victory

This 2014 Italian super yacht features a thoroughly modern design and advanced features.… Read the rest

Buying a Used Boat

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Boating can be a hugely fun hobby or it can be a “hole in the water” that you endlessly throw money into. Buying a used boat can offset some of the costs of a new boat, but you have to make sure you are buying a quality boat and not someone else’s problems. Whether you’re a newcomer to boating or just looking to save a few bucks, here’s a solid guide for buying a used boat.

Decisions, Decisions

First, like all big financial decisions, have a plan. Know what kind of boat you want. The easiest way to help you decide is to know how you are going to use it.… Read the rest

Get Your Boat Ready for Summer

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Spring means boating season, but before you head out onto the water, make sure you and your boat are ready. A little bit of work now will help prevent a stalled boat sitting useless in the middle of the water. With minimal work, you can be ready for fishing, cruising, or just enjoying the water.

First off, check to make sure your battery is in solid working condition. Ideally, you should have gone through winter prep, but if you didn’t, and your battery is dead, it’s usually an easy fix. Remove the battery to recharge, first taking note of any corrosion, or if the water level is low.… Read the rest

2015 Boat Shows

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With the new year upon us, a whole new season of boat shows begins anew. Whether you are looking for a new or classic boat, equipment, or just nautical novelties, a local boat show will have it all. Take a look around your area and head to one soon. If you don’t have one nearby, consider attending one of these fantastic options.

San Francisco Boat Show

“Northern California’s Most Complete Boat Show!” as they cheerfully advertise, is arguably the best show on the west coast. The SanFran show is a little more organized than most, and allows you to see inventory and vendors online now.… Read the rest

Boating Gifts for Every Budget

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Have you got a boater on your “nice” list, but don’t know what to get them? Boating is a large pastime with many participants, and the market has responded to fill catalogs with everything from the super useful or whimsical, to the downright stupid. This quick list has everything from super cheap, to less so, and none of it is junk. Take a look, for the best boat gifts this holiday season.

Under $25

Clothing – Everyone loves a T-shirt with a witty saying, and there are plenty out there for boaters. Check Amazon for “Captain Awesome,” “What happens on the boat, stays on the boat,” and “I’d rather be boating.” Classic captain’s hats run all of about $10, and add a fun feel to any boat, and of course, everyone loves a good boat shoe.… Read the rest

The Best US Lakes for Boating

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There are over 100,000 lakes in the USA. If you tried every single one of them for a day, you would need over 270 years to visit them all. Not a bad way to live. However, since we don’t have that kind of time, just be sure to visit this list of the most awesome boating lakes in the country. Try for one or two during boating season and eventually you’ll see them all.

Lake Washington, WA

This oblong lake is minutes from downtown Seattle, and has tons of access points. The location offers city backdrops on the west, forested hills on the east, and you can see Mount Rainer to the south.… Read the rest