Boating is a fun and at times, challenging activity. It helps to have the best information from experienced boaters. Here is a collection of the best boating resources on the web that will help you get more enjoyment out of your boat.

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Boating Essentials

  • Buying a Used Boat – Our guide to buying a used boat. This should be required reading for any first time boat buyer.
  • Beginner Boating Checklist – A cheat sheet for new boaters to get the most out of the boating experience.
  • USCG Boating Safety – Best place to find the important safety skills and knowledge that every boater should possess.
  • Mercury Prop Selector – If you have a Mercury outboard, this tool is excellent for narrowing down your prop choices.
  • Yamaha Prop Selector – This tool finds outboard propellers for Yamaha engines. Not as slick as the Mercury tool, but it gets the job done.
  • Evinrude Prop Selector – Evinrude’s version of a prop selection tool. Once you narrow it down, you can get directions to the nearest dealer.
  • Lowrance – Popular fish finder manufacturer. Best known for touch screen fish finders.
  • Humminbird – Fish finder and lake mapping manufacturer. Best known for innovative sonar like Side Imaging and 360 Imaging.
  • Garmin – Huge electronics manufacturer getting more into the boating electronics market
  • Raymarine – Boating electronics manufacturer. Best known for their big boat “blue water” multi-function displays.
  • Sonar Wars – Provides helpful reviews of the latest fish finders. Good place to start when looking for your first depth finder.
  • Transducer Shield & Saver – Transducer mounts and brackets to protect your investment.

Boating & Fishing Forums

  • The Hull Truth – Huge boating and fishing forum, for both freshwater and saltwater boaters.
  • Bass Boat Central – The top forum for all things bass boats. Great for asking questions and learning about any possible topic you can imagine.
  • Crappie.com – A very active community of crappie fishing enthusiasts.

Fishing

  • Take Me Fishing – A great national non-profit organization dedicated to drive participation and growth in fishing and boating. They also do work in helping maintain and restore our nations waterways.
  • Kayak Bass Fishing – Kayak fishing is here to stay, and this site has everything you could ever want to learn about this increasingly popular way to fish.
  • Reel Rocket – A great resource for fishing gear reviews and information. This site also has in-depth instructional articles on a wide variety of fishing techniques.
  • Bass Resource – An oldie but goodie. There are tons of instructional articles and a an active forum of anglers of all experience levels.
  • Bassmaster – The authority for tournament fishing. Full of tournament results and strategies, as well as instructional videos and tips from the pros.