When I was a kid learning the ropes through the pages of every fishing magazine I could get my hands on, marine propulsion systems were somewhat limited. If you were a boat manufacturer or owner repowering a serious sportfish destined to battle big seas, reliable single or twin diesel or gasoline inboard engines were the first viable options. The classic Robalo 29 is a good example. This brawny center console was propelled by twin inboards and built like a tank.
With Florida Sport Fishing – Television For The Avid Angler in full production mode, our crew was in desperate need of an inshore skiff. Even though our 37 Strike provides the perfect platform for our offshore adventures, Florida's numerous shallow water venues are no place for a triple-outboard powered walk-around.
With the introduction of E-10 gasoline, and the threat of increasing concentrations, a functional fuel filter is an absolute must-have for any outboard powered fishing boat. But despite aftermarket canister-type fuel filters, your outboard powered craft might have a few others that you didn't even know were onboard.
A cowling, often referred to as an engine "hood" or "cover," conceals an outboard marine engine and protects its internal powertrain and vital components from sun, sand and sea. A cowling provides drag reduction, substantially reduced noise and diminished vibration, in addition to increased engine cooling by effectively channeling airflow through specialized vents and ports.
For those of us who enjoy being out on the water long before dawn, or beating the heat and fishing under the cover of darkness for snook, snapper and swordfish, reliable lighting is an important concern. Whether it's courtesy lights, floodlights or deck lights, we need to see. And for the foreseeable future in the marine industry "seeing" means LED lights.
Whether you're a novice boater, weekend warrior or full-time guide, there are a variety of aftermarket additions that can greatly elevate your boat's performance. As a professional inshore guide I'm always looking for the latest innovations and must-haves that will increase my efficiency and enhance my time on the water. Offering my clientele the best chance of success is the name of the game. However, one thing I lacked was the ability to get my customers into really shallow water. I knew a hydraulic jack plate was the answer. While increasing my skinny water performance and reducing my impact on the environment, a hydraulic jack plate also offers a noticeable increase in fuel economy.