For the performance enthusiast, boating is more often about your
newly purchased boat than it is about any on-water activities. A
new water toy provides the next hands-on experience and a fresh
canvas to create a machine in your own vision. As a bonus, you can
also escape to the water whenever you’re craving the g-forces
generated by a hairpin turn or the thump of an amped-up marine
Boats aren’t just about the speed. It’s all the cool tech and
equipment that comes with them…the innovative control systems, the
bells and whistles, even the riding gear that identifies you as
part of the crowd. You can make your boat flashy and loud for a
race or watersports session. Or you can craft it to be finely tuned
and functional for a fishing trip or family day.
Whatever modifications you tackle, a boat ride is a great way to
unburden yourself from a stressful workweek.
Making it Real
From bass boats and offshore fishing boats to bowriders and
pontoons, they all offer an almost endless variety of engines,
optional equipment, and after market upgrades that allow you to
make the machine your own.
For the gearhead, marine technology has never been more impressive.
Superchargers cool and compress incoming air to produce a
formidable boost in engine power. Digital dashboard displays
provide comprehensive system integration. Mechanical control
systems have given way to electronic, fly-by-wire” alternatives
that promise instant response.
If you’re planning to handle your own engine maintenance, check out
the different engine types to see which you’ll be most comfortable
working with. And while the power available in stock form is
undoubtedly impressive, those looking to push the performance
envelope further will find a thriving aftermarket ready and waiting
to deliver the adrenaline junkie’s next fix, whether it’s in the
form of a simple plug-and-play ECU (electronic control unit) or
extensive engine modification.
It’s the kind of stuff that you’ll dream of at night, research
endlessly online and swap stories about in forums, and come
together to share with like-minded friends.
It’s the thrill you’ll experience with that first boat… and the one
that follows it.
Top speed may grab the headlines, but arm-stretching acceleration
is often the most thrilling aspect of performance. Supercharged
personal watercraft can reach 30 mph in as little as 1.5 seconds.
Storage and functionality is the name of the game on any fishing
boat. How many creative ways can you come up with to maximize the
amount of rods, reels, tackle and other equipment your new boat can
A solidly-built pontoon is the ultimate platform for customization.
Arrange seating to your liking and make it pop with custom
upholstery or upgrade the electrical to create integrated systems
and custom lighting. A set of large outboard engines will deliver
Looking for advice? The answers are as close as your keyboard. The
internet is awash with forums, clubs, instructional videos, and
websites frequented by both current owners and industry experts.
A ride built for the adrenaline junkie doesn’t mean you have to
leave the family behind. Nearly all personal watercraft feature
convenient speed-governing features to tune down the performance
when desired. Hulls are also incredibly stable, and ready to handle
You don’t have to break the bank with a high-powered speedboat.
Today’s high-horsepower outboards, sterndrives and even
jet-propulsion engines put thrilling speeds on a variety of boat
types and are within reach of budget-conscious buyers.
It’s not just about the boat. Don’t forget the gear, the
accessories, even the water toys that will round out your
purchase…and increase your fun on the water. Think about how you’re
going to actual use the boat and make sure all your modifications
make sense based on your activities.