Every highly engaging sport or hobby has the built-in capacity for escalation—that’s what makes it so engaging. From the moment you buy a boat, you’re thinking of your next boat, a bigger one, right? As soon as you learn to water ski, you’re looking for a slalom course. After that, you’re looking at trick skiing or maybe ski jumping, or more likely, you’re looking to go barefoot water skiing. Barefoot skiing is probably the most extreme version of the sport.
GPS, or Global Positioning Systems, are satellite-based navigation systems developed by the U.S. Department of Defense for military purposes—but they’re familiar to most of us as the navigational system used by our phones and cars. Whether you’re talking about the GPS on your phone, in your car, or a marine GPS for boats, all these units receive radio signals from multiple orbiting satellites to determine your position.
Making a list of the best sailing and boating books is like making a list of the best food on the planet: everybody is going to have opinions, and there are going to be arguments.
Day cruising is an activity that will be fun for virtually everyone stepping aboard a boat, whether you’re probing the quiet coves of one of the 10 best lakes in America, or the plan is to visit one of the best coastlines for cruising in a saltier climate. And truth be told, you can use virtually any boat for day cruising. But, which will be the best?
Even if you live in an area that enjoys a warm climate all year round, you’ll want to download our Spring Start-Up Checklist before the next boating season begins. It lists out all the chores that need to take place, from fuel systems to safety gear inspections, which should happen on an annual basis whether you winterize your boat or not.
Family runabout boats up to about 26 feet in length may be powered by a sterndrive or jet drive propulsion system. Both are great systems, and each offers advantages and disadvantages.
The same company qualities that make Viking the No. 1 boatbuilder in the world and define “The Viking Difference” also apply to our new sister company, Valhalla Boatworks.
Eighteen beautiful yachts from 33 to 93 feet were showcased at last weekend’s 24th Annual VIP Boat Show. A pair of new Billfish and three Valhalla Boatworks V Series center consoles generated plenty of excitement with over 1,000 enthusiasts taking part in this exclusive event. Seventy-five sea trials took place with lots of enthusiasm and activity in both the Viking and Valhalla Boatworks product lines. In conjunction, almost 60 of Viking’s preferred vendors set up shop at the Viking Yacht Service Center, the host of the VIP. Viking subsidiaries Palm Beach Towers and Atlantic Marine Electronics were on hand and spent plenty of time with customers creating packages for new deliveries as well as for current vessels.
This weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Starts this Friday, March 6 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The 42 Cantius is the ultimate relaxation destination. Bask in state-of-the-art amenities and set your sights on the horizon through 360 degree windows and retractable roof. Satisfy your appetite in the full galley, play and sunbathe on the spacious deck, and retreat the the tranquil staterooms to slumber after sunset.