Pack St. Clair launched Cobalt Boats in 1968 in an unlikely locale: landlocked rural Kansas. If you had no experience building fiberglass boats and wanted to start a company, where would you go? Michigan? Good idea. Florida? Another fine choice. Texas or North […]Read More
Hagadone Marine Group is the dealer for Malibu boats for North Idaho and Eastern Washington, offering some of the best new wake boats for sale. Our award-winning wakeboard and ski boats are sure to improve your ride and your style. We offer new and used boats for sale, serving the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas the […]Read More
Hidden away in Idaho is Duane Hagadone’s Sizzler, one of the most sophisticated daysailers ever built. Photographer Neil Rabinowitz takes us for a ride. In a distant corner of North America, in Kootenai County, Idaho, is a clear glacial lake, wedged between mountain ranges of Ponderosa pine and the western sky. Lake Coeur d’Alene, at 700 […]Read More
Harris FloteBote models are now available for demo at Hagadone Marine Center on Blackwell Island.Read More
For years there have been debates about whether sterndrives or inboards are better. In this post, we’ll present the facts and let you decide on the rest. Both have pros and cons and are two completely different machines.
First of all, let’s start by explaining what exactly sterndrives and inboards are.
A sterndrive is a marine propulsion system that is attached to a sterndrive, also known as an outdrive. The drive unit is both the transmission and propulsion. When the captain turns the steering wheel, the entire drive turns. No rudder is needed.
An inboard is a marine propulsion system that is enclosed within the hull of the boat — it is usually connected to a propulsion screw by a driveshaft. The driveshaft goes from the transmission to a propeller outside of the boat. The boat is steered with a rudder when the steering wheel is turned by the captain. The propeller then pushes the water past the turned rudder and turns the boat.
Now let’s look at the pros and cons of both.
- Sterndrive’s provide the boater with a versatile range of trim. This allows you to raise the sterndrive up when loading/unloading or when in shallow water. It also allows smoother rides when trimmed up. Trimming down allows quicker acceleration. However, inboards draw less than a sterndrive does if the sterndrive is all the way down (inboards need less water to float). Sterndrives draw less when slightly tilted up.
- Sterndrives will go faster than an inboard with the same horsepower and even use less fuel. On the other hand, inboards will hold a speed more easily than a sterndrive.
- Sterndrive’s put out great wakes for wakeboarding; inboards create flat wakes for waterskiing.
- Inboard boats go in one direction in reverse no matter what the position of the wheel. With a sterndrive boat, reverse thrust is directional.
- Sterndrive’s can, at times, have higher maintenance requirements than inboards. However sterndrive motors are easier to get to.
- Inboard propellers are tucked up underneath the boat, which can be much safer than a sterndrive tiled up; but without a tilt up mechanism, an inboard engine has a larger draft.
- Since a sterndrive boat has the equipment on the back of the boat, it allows more room onboard than an inboard boat.
- While sterndrive boats allow a smooth ride when trimmed up, larger boats with inboard engines can have a smooth and stable ride as well. Since the motor is deep in the hull of the boat, it improves stability because it lowers the boat’s center of gravity.
These are just a few examples, and as you can tell, there are plenty of pros and cons to each propulsion system. Depending on your budget and how you’re going to use your boat, either of these will get the job done and give you an enjoyable time on the water. Still have questions? Contact our sales team and we’ll get you going in the right direction.Read More
The new Carver 34 Fly is the essence of a Carver Yacht, merging durability and space with modern convenience and efficient design. This exciting new yacht will revolutionize expectations in its class with unmatched ergonomic and spacious layout complemented by forward thinking, design, innovation and styling. The first in an entirely new and exciting series of yachts from Carver, the 34 Fly is handcrafted with pride in the United States. Making its world debut in December 2012, the 34 Fly will raise the bar for yachts in this size class.
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It’s always best to be prepared when traveling on your boat. Carrying a first aid kit is a must, but carrying a tool kit with you is also a good decision. You never know when you might need to repair a canvas or tighten a bolt. First, make sure you have a waterproof marine tool box to keep your tools organized and handy, but also to protect your tools from water damage.
Now, what’s in your tool kit? Here are a few basic tools you should keep in your tool kit onboard at all times.
Canvas Snap Tool: Easily align and fasten inside and outside snaps. Ideal for unsnapping snaps without damaging the canvas. (pictured below)
Duct Tape: Because everyone knows that Duct Tape can fix anything! Electrical tape is another good thing to keep handy.
Manuals: Chances are, if you need your tool kit, you’ll also need your manual – whether for your engine, plumbing, ventilation, or just your boat in general. You should keep these manuals in your tool box with your tools so that you don’t have to search for them when you truly need them. Make sure you keep these in a large plastic zip lock bag so that they don’t get wet.
Wrenches: Make sure you have several different sizes with you if you aren’t quite sure of the exact sizes that you’ll need.
Screwdrivers: Pick up one of those handy dandy 11-in-1 screwdriver sets at your local hardware store – you’ll thank yourself later.
Canvas Repair Kit: This kit should include small pieces of canvas, needles and string.
Super glue: Because just like Duct Tape, it can fix anything when you’re in a pickle.
Multi-tool: Having a small multi-functional tool on board, such as Swiss army knife, can definitely come in handy. Many of these tools include small screw drivers, scissors, knives of all sizes, etc.
Socket set: If you have the room for a complete set, perfect. If not, find out the sizes you need and keep them on board at all times.
Spare Flashlight: with fresh batteries. Make sure your flashlight is waterproof and floats in case of an emergency.
There are several other things to consider keeping on board in your tool kit (depending on the size of your boat and add-on equipment) such as extra fuses, impellers, spare keys, wire cutters, spare electrical wiring, etc.
Make sure you keep your tool kit in a place where you can easily access it, especially in a time of emergency. If you have to use something in your tool kit (such as a spare part) or if something in your tool kit breaks, be sure to replace it as soon as you get back to dock. Remember, keep calm and carry a tool kit. Happy boating!Read More
Gorgeous shimmering water, a clean sleek boat, sun rising over the horizon – every boat lover wants that perfect picture of their boat. But capturing that ‘perfect picture’ is easier said than done.
First, consider what exactly you’re looking to take a picture of. Your boat, obviously. But do you want to take a picture of it while docked or do you prefer a friend on another boat take a photo of you driving offshore? Maybe you want both. Either way, once you’ve established a plan, there are some other very important things you need to consider.
Lighting is everything
The best time to take photos of anything, especially a boat in glistening water, is in the early morning or late evening. In the summertime this is usually around 7-7:30am and 6:30-7:30pm. You can take semi-decent photos at anytime if there is overcast. If you think you’re going to defy the laws of the sun high in the sky at lunch time though, you are sadly mistaken, my friend. Once the sun has risen it creates harsh light and shadows. It also reflects off of the surface of the water which creates many unwanted shadows across your boat.
When taking a photo of your boat, make sure the sun is always positioned behind it or at an angle from the boat. This illuminates your boat and also guarantee’s that it isn’t in a direct sunlight position (again, harsh light is the worst when taking photos). This is also true for when you’re taking photos of people on board – always make sure the sun is behind them. Avoid using a flash if possible as it can cause a glare on the side of your boat.
If you’re shooting with a DSLR camera (not a point and shoot), make sure your photo isn’t overexposed by checking the histogram. It’s better to make your photo darker than lighter – you can fix underexposed photos easier than you can fix extremely overexposed photos. Also, make sure you know how to use your camera. Learning how to shoot in manual mode before you try to take amazing photos of your boat will be quite helpful.
The Best Angle and Position
Don’t be scared to get creative and wild with the angle in which you’re taking a photo. Standing on a dock taking a photo of your boat head level isn’t going to cut it – you won’t be able to catch the details and the curves in the body. Try standing on a chair or ladder, or even squatting or lying down to get a few low photos of your boat by positioning the camera in a low position and pointing the camera upward (capturing the bottom to the top of your boat). Standing beside the boat at an angle (front to back) also creates a nice feel to the photo.
Don’t forget that there’s more to a photo than just your boat. Offsetting your boat to one side or the other in the viewfinder creates a dramatic effect and adds layers to the photo. You can also use this time to capture a beautiful sunset or other boats in the distance. There is beauty in depth.
Don’t forget about the details on your boat such as the reel on your favorite fishing pole, the gauges on your dash, or even something as simple as an old rope lying in the corner. All of these things are part of your boat and your love for it. Detailed and abstract photos not only make unique hangings for your wall, they also help you capture memories. You’ll be able to look back and smell that salt water air, feel mist against your face, and remember the exact sunset on that evening….all by looking at the photo hanging in your den.
You can take perfect photos of your boat, whether you’re using a point-and-shoot camera or a more complicated DSLR camera. When in doubt, you can always hire a professional to do it (and they might even consider bartering a session for a boat ride). In any case, remember to get out of the ‘norm’ and shoot at different angles. Don’t shoot in harsh sunlight. Have a friend take photos of you in the middle of the lake while you’re cruising around with your family. Or capture the essence of that gorgeous memorable sunset in the background. Remember, you’re not just taking a cool picture of your boat, you’re taking a cool picture of your boat while making memories that will last a lifetime.Read More