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 stereo.
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 for a race or watersports session. Or you can craft it to be finely-tuned and functional for a fishing trip or family day.
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 alternatives that promise instant response.
If you plan to handle your own engine maintenance, check out the different engine types to figure out what’s best for you. And while the power available in stock form is undoubtedly impressive, those looking to push the performance envelope will find a wide variety of upgrades, from an easy-to-install electronic control unit to an extensive engine modification.
It’s the thrill you’ll experience with that first boat…and the one that follows it.
What You Should Know
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.