Boats

Bayliner Boats…back to function

by admin on July 30, 2015

Connecticut Boating

Lots and lots of people are re-thinking boats and getting back to simpler and more functional designs that allow a variety of activity’s on the water and don’t break the bank doing it. This wonderful new Bayliner Element XL really does the job…. a fun cruise with family and friends, some fishing, tubing with the kids or maybe it’s time to go water skiing.  click here to view boat test

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Photo by Hewitt Lifts

Boat lifts come in a number of different styles and sizes. Some are ideal for small boats, and others work better for larger crafts. The tie that binds them all, however, is the fact they tend to make routine maintenance and even docking a lot easier on their waterfront home owners.

Many boat owners invest in boat lifts for a number of reasons. Not only do they make it easier to fully inspect a boat for cleaning and maintenance, they also make dry docking simpler. When a lift is used, a boat can be stored just above the water rather than having to take it in and out on each outing. This cuts down not only on the damage some water can cause to a vessel, but also on the time involved in getting a boat in and out of the water.

The different types of boat lifts include:

Four-point lifts: These lifts provide support one all four sides to ensure a boat is steady out of the water. They can range from those designed for small to medium sized boats to those for slightly larger craft. In most cases, these lifts work by having the boat park above them and then a switch is turned or a crank is cranked to elevate a vessel out of the water. They can range in price greatly.

Freestanding lifts: These boat lifts tend to offer full frames that encase a boat for storage or inspection. They can work on hydraulics or might involve the use of winches to raise and lower the boat into and out of the water.

Floating boat lifts: This type of lift is ideal for storage of a vessel and even for some maintenance. The one thing they don’t tend to offer is access to the underbelly of the boat. Still, these can be great for those who want to ensure their boats don’t sit moored for long periods of time taking the damage sea water and even lake water can dish out.

Boat lifts just make it easier for lakefront boat owners to perform routine maintenance and provide their vessels with the benefits of dry docking without having to remove the vessels from the water entirely. They can cut down on the time involved in hauling a boat in and out of the water, too, which is always appreciated by boat owners. Those shopping for boat lifts will find the prices vary, but the benefits can make the investment quite worth every penny.

click here for boat lift video

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Connecticut boating

Sometimes you just want a smaller and simpler entry level boat for some fun fishing and a ride around your favorite Connecticut lake and this Crestliner is a great choice to consider. Take a look at the video and you just might agree.

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Retro Glastron “Bond” boat

by admin on December 11, 2013

 

Retro Glastron

First we had retro cars now it’s time for retro boats and this Glastron could well be that very special boat that so many of us dream about. It seems to be a very happy blend of James Bond style with some contemporary features. I thought Glastron did an especially nice job with the paint job, a blend of different without being over the edge.  click here for boat test

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Nordic Tug 34…. Dream Cruiser

by admin on September 16, 2013

Slow down take it easy, that’s the mind set and lifestyle with cruising on a trawler and the Nordic 34 is really at home on a long cruise. These folks have been building trawlers for a long time and they really know what they are doing with fit and finish, detail touches and down to earth real world design. If your dream is to sell everything and spend some extended time cruising, this could be the boat for you.

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Classic Wooden Yacht

by admin on March 12, 2013

Modern fiberglass boats are just great, practical, easy to care for and just plain fun to be on, but if you want to take boating to another level think classic wood. The elegance and charm of the older wooden boats just can’t be matched. This 1964 Whiticar sedan cruiser, is a great example of just how beautiful these boats can be click here to see video

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Cobalt R-5 on Candlewood Lake or Sould

by admin on March 2, 2013

As you look at new boats for 2013, there seems to be a new theme among many brands and the theme is detail engineering. This new Cobalt R-5 is a very good example of that, take a time tested hull and look at every detail and make it better with more storage, more walking room, more comfort, more seating and more visual appeal….take a look at the video and we think you will agree, it just might be time for a new boat.

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Lets Go Sailing On Long Island Sound

by admin on December 7, 2012

As most of our readers already know, we are mostly power boat folks but we certainly enjoy a good sail and often dream of selling everything and spending a few years cruising on a nice sail boat. If you have that dream, you might want to consider the Hunter 45cc This is a sail boat that I could stay on for a long time, a beautiful large bright salon, a real master stateroom with comfortable size head and this is an easy boat to sail. So what are you waiting for…lets go sailing, we can start on Long Island Sound. click here for boat test

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Home Built Boats can be rather silly and even dangerous but they can also be a great way to get started in boating and a wonderful way to help your dreams become reality. Take a look below at what some dreamers did, it just might inspire you to create your own boat.

The Duct Tape Boat … don’t laugh to hard this looks like a fun family project for kids to get involved in boating   click here to view

 Paddle Wheel Boat wow … this is a most ambitious project, to build a Mississippi River boat style house boat…wow!   click here to view

        Homemade wooden boat… kinda looks and sounds like a lawnmower  click here to view

 Hydroplane… a wonderfull little fun boat  click here to view

 Redneck  Jetski …. I really don’t know what to say, silly or cool, you decide  click here to view

 Homemade 3 sheets of plywood…. Another great way to get started  click here to view

 Amazing folding boat, this is a work of art   click here to view

 Coke bottle boat… more like a weird raft   click here to view

 Cardboard boat…. Who wouda thunk   click here to view

 Homemade Cat … inexpensive and uber fun  click here to view

 

 

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Connecticut Boating in a Riva Super 33

by admin on November 6, 2012

If  you are cruising around Long Island Sound or Candlewood Lake in your new Riva Super 33 you had better get used to lots of wide eyed looks in your direction and lots of thumbs up…oh and you better be ready to give a bigger tip at the gas dock, turn the key and listen to those big V-8′s purr, feast in the bright work and the dramatic gleaming wood craftsmanship, all done with that certain Italian style, that just is at level like no other boat

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