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Safe at Sea: Get your ‘boating fix’ online

By Staff | Jul 14, 2020

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Life has reshaped itself over the past months for everyone. For boaters, this is equally true. For a while, with marinas closed and public-private accesses closed, folks had to discover new ways to get their “boating fix.”

For this columnist, the Website BoatTest.com has become my means of acquiring my daily fix regarding all things boating-related. The online resource produces a daily newsletter that provides a range of topics; there is, in short, something for everyone.

Undoubtedly, its primary focus is on showcasing the newest boats on the market. On any given day, there will be a spotlight on several vessels: a Flybridge Cruiser or a RIB Inflatable or a PWC or a Motoryacht, et cetera. The range is impressive.

For example, tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has been a longtime yacht lover. A recent BoatTest article toured his 34th birthday preset (to himself) – a fully-customized, brand new, Sunreef 80′ Power catamaran. Sigh. This yacht is nothing short of spectacular.

Fortunately, the typical boats featured are geared to the typical recreational boater; it is a “virtual boat show” that all captains should enjoy. Also featured are the newest designs of boat hardware. To illustrate, there has been an article on the newest anchor design in the last month, while another article zeroed in a newly-designed propeller and its benefits.

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In addition, the site periodically contains articles that help boaters with the maintenance of their vessels. Just recently, one article discussed how to address water build-up in gas tank(s) – very helpful in the rainy season here in Southwest Florida. Occasionally, an article will present information helpful to captains on the water; a recent article, for example, dealt with watching (and reading) the impending weather.

BoatTest.com is a unique Website for all boaters. Certainly, if you are considering buying a new boat, you will want to check it out and subscribe to its newsletter. For the reminder of us, it’s a great site to simply enjoy (and covet) the many new models of boats coming on the market daily.

Pat Schmidt is a member of America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva. For more about the chapter and its boating education courses, visit www.sancapboating.club or contact education@sanibelcaptivasps.org or 612-987-2125.

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