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Cream of the crop

The AIM Marine Group Editor’s Choice Awards recognized the ‘best of the best’ in boats and more. And the winners are …

Ocean Alexander 120The editors and writers of Active Interest Media’s Marine Group recently selected more than three dozen boatbuilders for special recognition.



AIM Marine Group Editor’s Choice Award winners

Complete list of AIM Marine Group Editor's Choice Awards presented at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October



The Smart Buyer - Sea-trialing a sailboat part I

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series about sailboat sea trials

A sea trial often is just an excuse for a pleasurable boat ride. Instead, it should be a disciplined and thorough test of how a prospective boat performs in the real world. It can be fun, but it should be work, not play. You and your surveyor will have crawled through the boat ashore, but there are many things about a boat that you can’t learn sitting at a dock.



Joysticks everywhere

They’re at the core of a propulsion revolution, bringing fingertip control to a fast-growing range of boats

Mercury Marine's Joystick Piloting for outboards is a helm control system.Innovation continues to drive all facets of the propulsion field today, with major introductions over the past 12 months in joystick systems, diesel and gas inboards, and sterndrives, as well as the continued advancement of 4-stroke outboards and pod drives.



Giant strides in inboards and I/Os

GM Vortec 6.0L V-8 base engineTechnology in the diesel and gasoline inboard and inboard/outboard arenas really surged forward this year, with lighter, more efficient, quieter and cleaner power plants. Cummins, Mercury, Volvo Penta and Yanmar all have been touting new engines and/or drives at the fall boat shows.



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