Sea Chaser 24 HFC sets Standard for Serious Fish, Play Boat

 

 
Sea Chaser 24 HFC sets Standard for Serious Fish, Play Boat

By Craig Lamb

Are you a hardcore saltwater tournament angler? Will your family spend just as much time aboard the boat as you do fishing?

Finding a center console saltwater boat rigged and ready for fish and play isn’t that hard to find. What is though is finding a boat designed for comfort, safety and all the features you need for winning a tournament and keeping smiles on faces of family.

 

The boat that fills all those needs, and in luxury, comfort, and style, is the Sea Chaser 24 HFC by Carolina Skiff. Hybrid Fish & Cruise (HFC) truly means what it stands for in a boat. The revolutionary design of the HFC 24 is built from the bottom up with devoted fishermen and active families in mind.

Whatever the activity the 24 HFC is already rigged out with the features everyone needs to enjoy a long day on the water. Head out early for a long offshore run to catch pelagic species and then cruise a secluded island for an afternoon of beachcombing. You can do it all on the same trip with this features-loaded rig.

The 24 HFC delivers safety, comfort, style, and performance like no other boat in the class. The 24 HFC has a wide 101-inch beam, length overall of 23 feet, 9 inches, and a respectable gunwale height. You get that for safety, along with a fuel tank holding up to 100 gallons for long offshore runs and overnight trips to faraway destinations. The 24 HFC is rated for a maximum of 300 horsepower, providing plenty of transom space for dual outboards.

Comfort. That word sums up the interior family-friendly features of the 24 HFC. Up front is plush U-shaped bow lounge seating with forward facing backrest. Another bench seat can be folded down flush to the console for more cockpit roaming space.

Need storage space? There is more than you can ever need for watersports and other gear. Below the bow seating is a 208-quart/52-gallon compartment. Never loose sight of your cold beverage on this boat. There are eight stainless steel LED-illuminated cup holders throughout the boat. Additional bench seating is available, and a bi-fold console door leads to a marine head with standard Porta-Potti.

Tournament pros or weekend warriors will appreciate the blue-water setup for offshore fishing. Rocket launcher-style rod holders aft of the optional T-top and gunwale storage for six rods provide plenty of space to keep outfits at the ready. Eight top-gunwale mounted holders are positioned for trolling and drifting. Twin aerated live wells, a 25-gallon live well and 25-gallon baitwell built into the leaner seat, provide plenty of capacity for a long day of fishing.

Flip the cushioned helm seat and find the built-in live well, a prep sink with fold-down faucet and cutting board lid. Up front is a triangular-shaped deck hatch that can be used as a 32-gallong fish box. There’s even a molded recess to secure a bait bucket. Land your catch and store it in the in-floor fish box with bucket storage. Capacity is 128 quarts/32 gallons.

 

The 24 HFC has a large, open cockpit for setting tolling lines, a drift, or plenty of room when you double up with a partner on a trophy catch. There is a 15-gallon storage box extending across the transom bulkhead. Stern bench seating runs from beam to beam. Remove the plush cushions, and you have a built-in casting deck. Below the bench seating is a starboard hatch that opens to the insulated box for storing drinks or fish. The center hatch provides access to batteries and other operating systems of the boat.

For easy access, there’s a built-in side entry door and telescoping swim ladder. How’s that for upping your game for scuba diving, landing fish, or just boarding the boat with safety and ease.

The 24 HFC is built on Carolina Skiff’s legendary and trustworthy 30 years of boat design. Built with 100 percent composite construction, the 24 HFC is build solid and dependable for years of rugged use in saltwater environments. A quick-lift, high-performance step-hull provides quick hole shots to get the boat on plane for a smooth, dry ride.

You have a lot of options about finding out more about the HFC 24, Sea Chaser and Carolina Skiff models. There are 60 in all from which to choose and you can get started at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website.  Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Getting Started Saltwater Fishing

 

Getting Started Saltwater Fishing

By Craig Lamb

 

Stable, durable and fuel efficient. That sums up the DLX Series of flat-bottom skiffs. You can do it all from fish to work and play. And best of all the boats come with a 30-year legacy of quality design, construction and customer loyalty backed by Carolina Skiff.

The DLX Series can do it all because of it’s design. A patented hull design with bow splash guards keep passengers dry and protected from spray over the bow. A positive tracking keel on the running surface keeps the boat tracking true, even without sliding on tight turns like most flat-bottom skiffs.

This stylish workhorse is laid out to please. Up front is lockable storage and a non-skid deck for sure footing. In the back is an 18-gallon baitwell and 19-gallon fuel tank and more storage to keep gear organized.

The console features full instrumentation and a lockable access door for storing small items like smartphones, keys and other personal items. Six flush mounted rod holders keep outfits at the ready. The windshield is removable for mounting of electronics.

The DLX Series makes the perfect platform for a saltwater fishing adventure. If you are new to the sport take these tips into consideration for a shopping list.

Rods and reels

Get a balanced rod-and-reel. Many outfits are sold as matched combos, which takes the guess work out of making sure the rod and reel are balanced. Choose a lightweight and medium spinning rig for shallow fishing and a medium action casting combo for deeper fishing.

You will appreciate the beefed up drag system of the casting combo when winching aboard a deep-caught snapper or grouper. The open-spool design of a spinning reel makes lightweight lures cast farther. That is a benefit when fishing over clear, shallow flats for spooky species like spotted seatrout (or speckled trout).

Line

Standing in front of the line display at a tackle store can be intimidating. Monofilament, braid and fluorocarbon lines line the walls. For saltwater fishing a universally good choice is fluorocarbon. The line is nearly invisible in the water and stronger than monofilament, making it last longer before needing to respool the reel.

Knots

The Bimini Twist is the only knot that maintains 100 percent strength under all conditions. Use it to double the line for a strong leader connection. The improved clinch knot is the all-around knot for just about any application. Although there are sleeker and stronger knots, this one is the classic. The improved clinch works well with both monofilament and fluorocarbon when properly tied, seated and tightened. It does not test a strong as some other knots, but many pros favor it because they can ties it quickly and more consistently than other, more complicated knots.

Baiting up

You can’t beat the real thing but the high-definition detail of today’s lures closely resembles live bait. Choose an assortment of fake baits that mimic the food forage of the fish you want to catch.

Soft plastic shrimp, eels, and minnows (soft plastic jerk baits) are the basics. To make rigging easy match those plastic bodied lures to jig heads. Let depth, current, and wind be your guide for size. An assortment of 1/4-, 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-ounce weights cover most situations.

Pre-rigged live bait rigs make baiting up easier. A selection of popping cork rigs and spreader rigs cover the water column from top to bottom.

See the full line of Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser boats at carolinaskiff.com. With 60 different options and models, you can use the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff fans and owners on Facebook.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is Essential for Anglers on the Road

 

Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is Essential for Anglers on the Road

ACCESS TO YOUR OUTBOARD’S INFORMATION AND NEAREST YAMAHA DEALER LOCATION ARE JUST TWO OF THE FEATURES YOU’LL USE ON A REGULAR BASIS.

By Dean Rojas

Yamaha Pro Staff

On my way to the last Bassmaster Elite Series event on Toledo Bend, I realized that I didn’t pack my back-up prop. I like to carry two props at all times, just in case I hit something and ding the prop on my boat, I can easily change it out right on the water. It can be the difference between just getting home or making the weigh-in in time, so it’s a standard practice for me.

When you’re on the road, you can’t just swing back by the house and get whatever you need, which is one of the reasons I have the free Yamaha Outboards Mobile App on my cell phone. One of the features of the App is that you can quickly access the location and hours of the nearest Yamaha dealer, which is what I did. I ran over to the dealer and picked up one of the props from their inventory and replaced it later. As a boat owner, the Dealer Locater feature is really nice, particularly when you’re on the road or travel to other towns to fish. It gives you a map from your location to the dealership, along with all their contact information and the products and services they provide. It can save you time and effort by keeping you from going somewhere that isn’t open or doesn’t handle your motor issue. 

The Dealer Locator is a really practical feature for all boat owners that are on the road, and if you drive to fish certain lakes on a regular basis, you can save the information, so you have quick access to the dealers if you need it. Before the season ever starts, I go through the Dealer Locater and save the contact information for all Yamaha Dealers in scheduled tournament areas. I’ll also use it to find a dealer anywhere else on the road.

The Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is free and works on Apple® or Android devices. You can visit iTunes® or Google Play to download.

When you open the App, it takes you to four options: My YamahaDealers, Performance and Stays Hooked. Each of these buttons has a unique feature for Yamaha owners. You can go into the My Yamaha option and register your outboard motor using your PID Number. From there, it will access the information on the motor and give you the start and end dates of your current warranty along with a countdown clock on how much longer you have to get an extended warranty before that option runs out. If it’s a new motor, you can log and track the break-in period along with scheduled maintenance.

Because the App stores information such as the Hull ID# and Yamaha Outboard PID, I’ll use it when I’m filling out information for my boat insurance or registration. It’s just a quick access system to everything about your boat.

As I said before, the Dealers option will help you find the nearest dealer if you’re ever in a jam and need parts or service, or provide you with contact information if you’re just looking to call and order something.

The Performance option allows you to access all the Yamaha Performance Bulletins, which are records of boat and motor combinations that Yamaha Application Engineers test and evaluate, like speed and fuel burn at different RPMs, along with other pertinent data, such as the prop they were using. It’s great to be able to quickly access the criteria the Yamaha Technicians utilized to help get maximum performance from the boat and motor combination they tested.

I know a lot of guys who look at Performance Bulletins regularly just to know what prop they should buy. You can bookmark any of the Bulletins for future reference or share them with friends who may want to utilize that information as well.

The last button on the Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is the Stay Hooked option, which basically provides quick access to all the Yamaha Social Media sites, which I check on a regular basis, because people are always sharing information about their boats and motors. I’ve gotten some really great tips from Yamaha Outboard owners on those sites.

There’s also a list of Frequently Asked Questions and the Answers to those questions so that you can keep track of any news related to your Yamaha Outboard. This feature is really cool because if there’s an issue with an outboard model or new way to troubleshoot a problem, you’ll hear about it first in this section.

It’s kind of funny, but when I first downloaded the Yamaha Outboards Mobile App I figured I’d never use it, but it’s something I refer to on a regular basis and use to track my maintenance on my motor. When I sold my last boat and motor (I get a new one every year), I could show anyone who was interested all the information about the break-in and maintenance, so I had a great source of information about my personal outboard motor. When I’m at a tournament and filling out the paperwork, I’ll refer to the App for my boat and motor numbers.

The Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is super simple and easy to use, and if you get in the habit of playing with it on a regular basis, you’ll find inputting the information really takes only a few minutes of your time. But when you need information, the answers are right there in your pocket. Check it out. It’s free and really does have some great features. 

Visit Yamaha Outboards and get your Mobile App Today!

 

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Original Source: Yamaha Outboards.com 

 

Tidewater 230 LXF Combines Luxury, Family Friendly Features

 

Tidewater 230 LXF Combines Luxury, Family Friendly Features

By Craig Lamb

Are you looking for a family friendly, center console fishing rig in the 23-foot class? Your search is over with the 230 LXF from Tidewater Boats.

The all-new 230 LXF has a centerline of 23’ with a wide beam spanning 8’ 10.” The boat weighs 3,200 pounds and has a fuel capacity of 95 gallons for peace of mind on long trips. Best balance of performance and fuel economy is with a 250 horsepower outboard, with a maximum rating of 300 h.p.

 

Click here for the spec sheet.

This beauty is decked out from bow to stern with the luxury that defines all Tidewater models. Comfortable, plush upholstery, family friendly cushioned bow seating, and a large transom door are just a few of the luxury features.

What else makes the 230 LXF a standout in its class is the attention to detail made by the designers. When it comes time to rig up for a fishing trip, the 230 LXF delivers with many standard features, all made from high-quality materials. You get a boat with good looks and features that make moving about the cabin easier, safer and more convenient for the angler.

LED lighting in the 30-gallon aerated live wells with insulation for those and the fish box keep bait and catches cooler all day long. Vertical and recessed rod holders made of stainless steel keep rigs at the ready when it comes time to cast.

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Tidewater owners appreciate the choices of options to create the perfect boat to fit their needs. The list of options is long for the 230 LXF. For convenience, you can add a Porta Potty, pump out head, raw water washdown, ski pole and more. T-Tops, Taco Outriggers, Garmin electronics, on board 12-24 volt charging system and hydraulic steering upgrades are just a few of the fishing options.

Family friendly features also mean peace of mind in design and quality construction of all Tidewater Boats.

Top off the above features with foam floatation, all composite, no wood construction and a hand-laid fiberglass boat, and you get the most reliable, dependable boat in its class.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

 

The 230 LXF delivers everything and more in a 23-foot class boat with a family-friendly design, luxury appointments, and peace of mind from Tidewater’s commitment to build the most dependable, reliable and safe saltwater boat available.  Visit Tidewater Boats Today for Adventure of a Lifetime

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Living the ‘Skiff Life”

 

Living the ‘Skiff Life”

By Craig Lamb

Fishing hard. Playing harder. Cruising the skinniest of water, or heading out miles away from shore into the blue water. Doing the heavy lifting and transporting the goods for a job. Spending quality time with family and friends on a secluded beach. Watersports? Yep, you do that too. Scuba diving over a wreck in the bay. Snorkeling over a reef on the lookout for a lobster dinner.

All of the above describes the Skiff Life. Carolina Skiff owners have been doing it now for 30 years and counting. After three decades of building loyal customers, those owners define what fishing, playing and working mean in a skiff-designed boat.

Carolina Skiff continues responding to the needs of its loyal owners by designing and evolving with what it takes to live The Skiff Life. Need proof? Here you go.

For novices and skilled boaters, the J-Series is the perfect skiff for entry-level boaters or anyone looking for an affordable boat. The J-Series is the perfect skiff for just knocking around the marina or in the skinniest of sloughs, backwaters or mangroves. With 100 percent composite construction the J-Series doesn’t have an expiration date when it comes to rugged durability and a long lasting finish.

 

A pillar of the brand is the DLX Series, tracing its roots back to the first model built in 1983. Since then the DLX has built a loyal following as one of the most durable, versatile and stable boats on the water. Plain and simple, you just can’t beat it as a runabout, commercial workboat or for just about any activity on the water.

Could the DLX get even more versatile? Yep, and the proof is in the DLX Tunnel Series. The DLX is known for shallow draft, and that gets even more of a lift with the Tunnel Series.

What gives tunnel hulls an advantage is the higher outboard motor mount. Water is dispersed from the hull into a tunnel. Undisturbed water is then funneled to the prop for better bite and less cavitation. Throttle the outboard and the boat quickly gets on plan and stays there without porpoising. What else happens with a tunnel is better performance and even fuel economy. Less hull in the water means less drag, which also means less fuel consumed.

High payload capacity, extra wide body, tough and reliable. Reads like the advertising tag line for a pickup truck, right?

The reality is those words also describe the DLX Extra Wide Series. The DLX-EW draws very little water while remaining stable. You can carry more weight further and faster using less horsepower. Those unique qualities come from a patented hull design with bow splash guards to keep you dry from spray over the bow. And positive tracking keels on the running surface keep the boat tracking true while maneuvering without the typical flat-bottom slide when making turns. Go extra wide with three models with 103” beams with lengths overall from 23’ 2” to 27’ 1.”

A top choice for fishing in shallow water is the JVX Series. A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower. You get excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash-guards provide the smooth, dry ride. Choose from nine models in center console, side console or stick steering.  

Fishermen have plenty of options from which to choose. Nine different models are in the JVX Series lineup, and you can customize the rig to fit angling needs.

What’s in a name? When the boat is the Ultra Elite Series. The proof is in the name. Ultra means extreme. Superior defines elite. The Ultra Series delivers with three boats in one. Equally at home inshore lake or river, in the bays along the coastline, fishing the tidal creeks and offshore exploring. Whatever the adventure the Ultra Series can do it all. Choose between four models from 19’ to 24.’

Are you ready to live the Skiff Life? Get started using the the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff Life fans and owners on Facebook.

 

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Versatile, affordable Sea Skiff

 

Versatile, affordable Sea Skiff

By Craig Lamb

Carolina Skiff is known for making the pickup trucks of the skiff world. They can go anywhere, do anything and provide years of dependable, reliable boats at an affordable price.

What can be made better? Upgrades and improvements matter at Carolina Skiff. The Sea Skiff Series from Sea Chaser is a result of that mission for 30 years and growing.

Durability, versatility, affordability, combined with a 100% composite construction and quality materials all come together in the Sea Chaser 21 Sea Skiff.

Abundant storage is immediately noticeable in the 21 Sea Skiff. Stow, all that gear and there is a cockpit area free of clutter and open for fishing and fun.

Up front are two spacious bow hatches and anchor box with LED light. Entry is made safe and easy with LED-lit molded steps on the front deck. A 12/24-volt trolling motor plug is pre-wired for easy, clean rigging.

The cockpit features a newly designed console with plenty of space to flush-mount today’s wide-screen electronic units. A removable windshield creates more options for mounting electronics. Flush mount rod holders for six outfits keep them at the ready, and a console live well, and removable 70-quart cooler makes it convenient for storing drinks and fish.

 

In the back an 18-gallon baitwell with LED lighting for quick access to live bait. Rear jump seats with storage compartments and battery storage feature LED lighting for safety and convenience. For water sports fun the swim platform with stainless steel ladder makes boarding safe and easy.

Hulls are constructed with 100 percent composite materials, and a high-density fiberglass transom core. Patented Box Beam Construction forms each fiberglass stringer as with fiberglass, pre-cast foam logs laminated into the hull one by one. The process allows for an unsinkable wood free hull.

See the full line of Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser boats at carolinaskiff.com. With 60 different options and models, you can use the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff fans and owners on Facebook.

 

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

 

Versatile 2500 Custom Carolina from Tidewater Boats

 

 
Versatile 2500 Custom Carolina from Tidewater Boats

By Craig Lamb

There is so much more to like about the new 2500 Custom Carolina Bay from Tidewater Boats than its head-turning good looks.

Tidewater Boats is known for designing boats for serious anglers, with serious features, using luxury appointments you find in a fine yacht. Wrap luxury around a performance hull and you have the newest model, 2500 Custom Carolina Bay.

As the name implies, this customized Tidewater is loaded from bow to stern with standard features.

This new Carolina Bay is a full-featured high-end, family-friendly bay boat with high-performance features. Fishermen will appreciate the open cockpit with abundant storage and plenty of room to move about the cabin to rig up and fight big fish.

2500 Custom Carolina Bay has a centerline of 25′ 2″ and a 9-foot beam. The boat has a fuel capacity of 74 gallons and rates for a maximum of 350 horsepower.

Here are standard features for the boat.

Electronic Power Steering

Pull up cleats

Raw water wash

Tilt steering

Wrap around seating with cushions

Aluminum Leaning post with backrest standard with 6YC

Information Station Digital Gauge

Compass

Windshield

Hydraulic Jack Plate

Trim Tabs

2 (30) gallon live wells

Built-In “Icehouse Cooler.”

Lockable rod storage for (8) 7.5’ rods

Under gunwale rod storage for over 8-foot rods

Console with room for a Porta Potty

Rear deck with jump seats

Rear deck with storage

Rear deck with pump/bilge access

Bow deck storage

Bow deck anchor locker

Floor bucket storage

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

Carolina Flair and the Dry Chine Ride are enhanced by another feature adding to the smooth, dry ride. The Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra absorbs the shock of waves against the hull in choppy water. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks, and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferrable warranty that covers the hull.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Yamaha Marine Endorses Ocean Debris Cleanup Bill

 

Yamaha Marine Endorses Ocean Debris Cleanup Bill
SAVE OUR SEAS ACT IS GOOD FOR BOATERS, ANGLERS, AND COASTAL COMMUNITIES

Yamaha Marine Group today announced its endorsement of S. 756, the bipartisan Save Our Seas Act, which was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ.)  The bill aims to strengthen research and international coordination of anti-debris efforts to protect America’s oceans, coastlines, and inland waterways.  In addition to reauthorizing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA®) Marine Debris Program, the bill allows for additional funding to assist with debris cleanup, and encourages the executive branch to engage with the nations responsible for the majority of marine debris.

sea polluted with plastic garbage

“When Senator Sullivan told us about the Save Our Seas Act in mid-March, we were eager to support it,” said Martin Peters, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Yamaha Marine Group. “Keeping America’s oceans and waterways clean is very important to boaters and anglers, and we encourage the entire industry to send letters in support of this bill to their Congressmen through Yamaha Marine Advocacy or BassforSalt.com.”

Boaters and anglers are encouraged to send prewritten letters of support to their legislators through Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation, which can be found at BassforSalt.com.

The Save Our Seas Act was unanimously passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee on April 5, 2017, and now awaits action on the Senate floor. It has also been endorsed by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Thom Tillis (R-NC.)

“The Charm of Fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope” John Buchan

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only and are not intended to be an endorsement. * Helm Master available on select new twin, triple and quad Yamaha outboards installed on new boat packages manufactured by participating boat builders and sold by authorized dealers only.

Original Source:  Yamaha Outboards.com 

Yamaha’s Helm Master Takes Guesswork, Stress Out of Docking

 

Yamaha’s Helm Master Takes Guesswork, Stress Out of Docking

By Craig Lamb

Seasoned boaters know all too well the nuances of maneuvering a big boat in tight spaces. Running longer distances, handling big waves, and more room and storage for gear and passengers are advantages of a big boat.

What’s not so great about boats powered by multiple outboards is when it comes time to return to the dock. Maneuvering the big boat into tight spaces, and into waves and current, takes years of experience. Unless you are a seasoned boat captain that is not an option, at least for the average boater.

Those challenges—and the stress and intimidation that comes with docking a boat at the marina—are no more thanks to Yamaha’s Helm Master. What is more, the system and technology can even put more fish on your line.

Helm Master, Yamaha’s first fully integrated boat control system, makes you a seasoned helmsman with the touch of a button and twist of a joystick. Simply move the joystick in the direction you want the boat to go. Helm Master does the rest. Forward, reverse, sideways or pivot the boat on its axis.

Click here to see the convenience features of Helm Master.

Helm Master works using Real Time Response. The force exerted by the outboards mirrors the input by the operator on the joystick. A light push or gentle twist of the joystick delivers a slower paced movement with minimal thrust. More joystick movement is translated into greater thrust and direction of motion of the boat.

Click here to see more about Real Time Response and how it controls the boat using Helm Master.

Wind and waves are no match for Helm Master. Select High Mode and the result is more RPM for even more power. There is no need for a bow thruster.

Helm Master makes docking easier and less stressful due to its position at the center axis of the boat. Traditional steering systems place the axis point at the transom. Like the name implies, the axis position is at the helm of the Helm Master system. As a result, you get more precise control and faster response time of the outboards.

Not every boat has the same helm axis. Yamaha engineers worked directly with participating boat builders to tailor the system to the hull on select models. The result is navigation that is precision tuned to each boat and very pilot-centric.

A new, fishing-centric feature is now part of Helm Master, and as a result, you can use it to stay on fishing areas more accurately. You can do that with the touch of a switch, just like docking the boat.

The feature is called Helm Master Set Point, a new suite of control modes that utilize pinpoint GPS technology. The system allows you to pick up a point, a heading, or both. Helm Master’s GPS navigation feature and automation keeps the boat in that position. Get to where you are going, stay in position, and go fishing.

Set Point has three unique modes. Using Stay Point the boat holds a position and heading. Stay in position while kite fishing, setting a drift with the wind or current using the Drift Point Mode. Fish Point allows setting a fishing position using low power to prevent spooking a fish.

Click here to learn more about Helm Master compatibility, training and more at YamahaOutboards.com

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Go Skiing With Tidewater

 

Go Skiing With Tidewater

By Craig Lamb

Thumbs up. Thumbs down. Those hand gestures mean more than acknowledging that you like something.

In skiing terms, the thumbs up gesture means the skier wants boat speed to increase. Back off the throttle when thumbs go down. Those are just two of the seven skier hand signals that are fundamentals of learning the original powerboat watersport.

First timers will do well learning the fundamentals of skiing on land. Learning the hand signals, placing feet in and adjusting bindings and holding the handle properly are on the list. So is proper body position for starting and body position while skiing.

Learning the basic safety codes before jumping in is another good idea. Topping the list is wearing a properly fitting personal flotation device. Choose a PFD that is designed for skiing and put it on before getting into the water. Don’t give the starting signal until ready. Make sure all slack is out of the towline, and you are clear of any dangerous obstacles.

Falling is a given until your practice instills the confidence you need to stay up. When a fall is inevitable, try to go backward or to either side. A forward fall, obviously, increases the chances of hitting the ski.

Remember those diving board cannonball plunges you made as a kid into the swimming pool? That is also the proper body position for starting. First, practice it on land, wearing skis. Grip the handle, knuckles up, and have a partner pull on the rope to help pull you up. This will give you the feeling of being pulled up by the boat.

While practicing, make sure the knees are together at all times. Let the boat do the work for you. Once up remain in a chair position with the arms straight, shoulders and knees flexible. Once comfortable, bring your hips underneath your shoulders, and away you go!

Watersports, cruising, and fishing all go together. You can it all aboard the all-new Tidewater Boats 220 CC Adventure. Like all Tidewater Boats, this beauty is where luxury meets functionality. A yacht-style helm station, backlit aluminum carbon fiber dash panel, wrap-around bow seating with flip-out backrests, and so much make this a dream boat for a family outing.

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The 220 CC Adventure is loaded with popular options that put smiles on faces. A bow table with cushions, TH Marine LED Underwater Lights, Taco 270 Series Outriggers and a Fusion Stereo prove the point.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks, and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

Add it all up, and the 220 CC Adventure makes the perfect boat for water skiing, fishing, cruising and anything else a family likes to enjoy on the water.

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com