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September 2022
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SEPTEMBER 2022 | Volume 27, Number 9
CONTENTS
Features
16
UNDENIABLE LUXURY
Bravada’s Obsidian Pontoon Boat
20
ENTERTAINING ON BOARD
Memory Making With A Little Bit Of Prep
24
D-I-Y-ING AT ITS FINEST
Improving And Customizing Your Boat
28
OUR 10 ROUNDUP
Upgrades For Your Boat
PDB TESTED
36
ANCHOR COMBO
Cat River Anchor With Anchor Bungee
37
INVOXIA
GPS Tracker For Your Boat
FROM THE BOW
DEPARTMENTS
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COVER PHOTO PROVIDED BY: Bravada Yachts
UPGRADE YOUR PONTOON BOAT
With innovative solutions from Teak Isle and Boat Outfitters
The innovative storage and table solutions from Teak Isle are customizable for pontoon OEM builders. Boat Outfitters offers dealers wholesale discounts on products designed and manufactured by Teak Isle that are standard on many pontoon brands as replacements or enhancements. Contact us for more information.
storage table with glasses, bottles, and snacks
storage cup holders
storage drawer and compartment
cup holder tray with bottle, phone, and can holders
gray storage tray with holders for crackers, small beer cans, and champagne bottles
storage trays for two sliver bowls
tan storage tray with two cup holders and a plate of crackers
storage bin for trash
small and large storage file cabinets
storage table with glasses, bottles, and snacks
storage cup holders
storage drawer and compartment
cup holder tray with bottle, phone, and can holders
gray storage tray with holders for crackers, small beer cans, and champagne bottles
storage trays for two sliver bowls
tan storage tray with two cup holders and a plate of crackers
storage bin for trash
small and large storage file cabinets
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Editorial

Executive Editor Brady L. Kay
Editorial Staff Nicole Richens, Heather Magda Serrano, Roy Sparks, Ryan Beaty, Iris Corbett, M.J. Hansen

Editorial Correspondents
Dan Armitage, Sky Smith

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By Brady L. Kay
Captain’s Chair
“I know I wasn’t the fastest boat on the water that weekend, but I do know I had the fastest boat…with a grill.”
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Brady L. Kay on his boat
By Brady L. Kay
Captain’s Chair
“I know I wasn’t the fastest boat on the water that weekend, but I do know I had the fastest boat…with a grill.”
Why I Love To Dock ‘N Dine
I count down the days to Thanksgiving the way a kid looks forward to Christmas. I’ve even considered making a paper chain to help me keep track. Thanksgiving has everything that I look for in a holiday—food, family and football. Plus you don’t get all the hype that you get from other holidays. When was the last time you heard of a “Thanksgiving in May” sale? I dread the day when Hallmark discovers a way to mess this one up.

There is one other holiday that I truly look forward to but it’s kind of bittersweet: Labor Day weekend. This September holiday sadly signals the end of boating season for most boaters including myself, yet I still enjoy celebrating it. The best part about this three-day weekend is the rest of my September is extremely busy with the new model boat tests and fall boat shows so in reality it’s my last good weekend to be on the water with my family before the weather turns.

Better Boater title
By Roy Sparks
Trouble-Free Trailering
Looking for a trailer for your pontoon or deck boat? First step is to figure out exactly what you need. For starters you’ll want a trailer that is weight-rated for 15 percent more than the maximum weight of your boat and its contents. If trailer springs are too stiff they do not give on impact, and indeed a trailer with very stiff springs can shake a boat to pieces. Stiffness is also important in other places. Your trailer should have both strength and stiffness in the frame. If the frame flexes too much it does not properly cradle the boat.
Selection
The frame of the trailer should be at least as long as the boat. It should support the transom and the weight of that big engine. You should keep the frame length a bit large and the weight rating close. A 20-foot boat should have at least a 21-foot frame length. A 2,500-pound boat should have springs for 2,800 pounds or certainly not more than 3,000 pounds.
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NO WAKE ZONE
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Where’s The Paddle?

A paddle is hiding inside each issue of PDB and the names of the first readers to find it are printed in an upcoming magazine! In our July issue the paddle is on page 23 (shown in the photo on the left) near the leg of the driver. Here are the readers who spotted it first:

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Dennis Rome, Heber Springs, Ark.
Jimmy Baker, Lake Harding, Ga.
Danny Criner, North Chesterfield, Va.
Richard Burchill, Budd Lake, N.J.
Frank Gunther, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Jason Prince, Dadeville, Ala.
Mike Gilly, Pascagoula, Miss.
Terry & Kathy Smith, Lake Bruin, La.
Todd Weaver Weldon, Ill.
Dave Groner, Vacaville, Calif.
As soon as you find the paddle, email its location, your name, and hometown to paddle@pdbmagazine.com. Paddle on!
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Outboard-Mounted Stern Thruster
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Wireless Joystick & Keyfob Control
Wireless Joystick & Keyfob Control
Joystick docking
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Retractable Bow Thruster
Retractable Bow Thruster
Outboard-Mounted Stern Thruster
Outboard-Mounted Stern Thruster
Wireless Joystick & Keyfob Control
Wireless Joystick & Keyfob Control
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Undeniable: Beauty and luxury
By Heather Magda Serrano
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When you think of Bravada Yachts, chances are you picture luxury houseboats drifting lazily along the red-rock background of Lake Powell. It’s a pretty sight, isn’t it? Anyone who’s laid eyes on one of these houseboats can attest to their undeniable beauty and presence. And if you’ve been on one, you know all about the luxury this boat builder offers.

As it happens, Bravada has been hard at work designing a pontoon boat. Clearly flowing with Bravada DNA, the Obsidian pontoon will truly stand out on the water.

PDB magazine had a chance to sit down with Giancarlo Espinosa, the Chief Design Officer for Atlatl Group (Bravada’s parent company). Espinosa does everything from high-concept designs to assisting on the floor, and he was able to give us the full scoop on the new Bravada Obsidian.

Entertaining
On BoarD
Memory making with a little bit of prep
By M.J. Hansen
Entertaining
On BoarD
Memory making with a little bit of prep
By M.J. Hansen
When you live in north country in winter, it can be excruciating to wait for the lake ice to melt. Our summertime boating life occurs on Big and Little Detroit Lakes, in Detroit Lakes, Minn. The number one goal is making the absolute most out of the boating season once the ice is out, the docks are in, and the pontoon is ready to hit the water.

I use my spare time in the winter to gather new and creative food and recipe ideas, shop sales for holiday and party decorations, and assemble theme ideas that look fun for hosting family and friends on the water. In addition, I take stock of my supplies to ensure we have the necessary items for entertaining, so we are always prepared with minimal effort to board the boat once the warming sunshine arrives in May.

I like to think of our pontoon as a floating living room and find joy in extending invitations to folks to join us for a day of relaxation and cruising. We always provide guests the updated weather predictions and a heads-up on items to bring, but as the host, we make sure there is always an ample supply of extra towels, sunscreen and straw hats for those in need.

By Heather Magda Serrano
D-I-Y-ing at its Finest
Improving And Customizing Your Boat
There’s nothing like rolling up your sleeves and getting to work on renovating and improving your pontoon yourself. Sure you could take it into the shop (and sometimes you really should if you’re tackling some complicated issues), but you’ll learn a lot more doing it yourself while saving yourself unnecessary expenses.

We recently caught up with some pontoon owners who all know a thing or two about improving their boats themselves. Check out the awesome renovations they’ve done!

Rebuild With A Bar
Ian MacDonald rebuilt his Sweetwater pontoon boat this past winter. He bought the boat a couple of years ago and joined the Facebook group, Pontoon Junkies!!!, where he soon learned of many resources including one of his favorite stores, pontoonstuff.com.
By Heather Magda Serrano
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Upgrades
for Your Boat
Features that come standard on your boat are awesome, but there’s also nothing like upgrading. With upgrades you can customize and enhance your experience to match your specific boating lifestyle. Check out these fun upgrades you can do for your pontoon or deck boat!
Corinthian Glue Down
If you’re looking to upgrade your flooring, be sure to check out Corinthian Marine’s Glue Down application. This marine carpet and flooring will be sure to exceed your expectations. It’s already used by some of the world’s leading boat builders. You can choose from a variety of colors and styles to accommodate your specific taste, style, and budget. You can also convert the Glue Down to a custom AquaMat, which would be used for a finished fiberglass deck.

Corinthian Marine offers some of the finest marine flooring available on the market. Their extensive fabrication experience makes it so their products stand apart in the marine flooring segment. Be sure to browse through their options if you want to upgrade the flooring on your pontoon or deck boat. You’ll have one of the best walks on the water.

MSRP: $2 – $7.40/square foot
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Corinthian Glue Down
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Bass Fishing Looking Up
September surface tips from two pros
By Dan Armitage
Working the edges of weeds and reeds with topwater baits can net you explosive hits from largemouth bass this time of year.
Bass Fishing Looking Up
September surface tips from two pros
By Dan Armitage

When the “dragonflies are buzzing” bass start looking skyward for food, according to Northland Tackle pro Travis Peterson. As in many waters across North America this time of year, the dragonfly hatch is underway, frogs thrive and weeds are reaching their peak growth in his home waters of Minnesota. Where lakes vary from moderately fertile mesotrophic to more lived-in, weedier eutrophic varieties, the emergent vegetation is infused with largemouth bass. To catch them, Peterson fishes fake frogs in conventional lily pad fields, as well as wild rice, bullrushes and reeds. Faux frogs elicit explosions in shallower coontail and milfoil as well, places where the angler concentrates his surface presentations atop waters four feet or less in depth in late summer.

Within these jungles, he focuses energy on “anything different.” In pads, that means pockets and places where submerged vegetation comingles with the surface weeds. He never passes on clumps of mixed weed types. Dense clusters of pads often produce, too.

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Anchoring
Combo

Patrol We pair the Cat River Anchor with the Anchor Bungee from Boat Lines & Dock Ties
By Brady L. Kay
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Anchoring Combo
Patrol We pair the Cat River Anchor with the Anchor Bungee from Boat Lines & Dock Ties

By Brady L. Kay

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Our PDB Tested section is compiled of pontoon and deck boats, new products, gear, tools, aftermarket accessories and more. Simply put, if it can be tested and it applies to our favorite type of boating, you’ll find it in this section. And the one thing each review has in common is they were all tested and evaluated by one or more of our qualified PDB staff members.

#20 Anchor HD
PRODUCT94
  • PORTABLE18/20
  • FUNCTION48/50
  • DURABILITY10/10
  • DESIGN10/10
  • PRICE8/10
Anchor Bungee
PRODUCT95
  • PORTABLE20/20
  • FUNCTION48/50
  • DURABILITY10/10
  • DESIGN10/10
  • PRICE7/10
When it comes to reviews for this section, we typically don’t pair up products together but prefer to test everything individually. However, sometimes it just makes too much sense not to bend this rule.
Cat River Anchors
We’ll start with a unique anchor that we’ve found a lot of success with this summer. It’s the 20# Anchor HD from Cat River Anchors that is specifically designed for boats 18 feet or longer. Designed on the river by two South Dakota catfish anglers, Cat River Anchors are game changers in the world of anchor setting and retrieval.
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An inexpensive option to finding a stolen boat
By Roy Sparks
I get that stealing has been around for centuries, but am I alone in thinking it feels like crime is getting worse these days? When I’m just inside a marina with my boat tied up at the dock I don’t necessarily worry about it being stolen. Maybe somebody swiping loose sunglasses off the helm is a possibility, but you’d have to be brave (and extra stupid) to steal a boat that is just out for the day.

However, if the boat spends time unattended at a marina – and especially when it’s in storage regardless of the time of year, I do worry about it getting swiped. I take extra precautions to keep it safe, but I’ve never considered investing in some type of a tracking system in case it was stolen over the fear of long-term contracts or prices I couldn’t justify.

By Sky Smith
STAYING IN ‘TOON
Boating Tips and Observations with Sky Smith
Playing By The Rules
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By Sky Smith
STAYING IN ‘TOON
Boating Tips and Observations with Sky Smith
Playing By The Rules

We enjoy relaxing on our pontoon while tied up at the local floating restaurant bar. It’s actually the only restaurant/bar on our lake; Army Corps of Engineer flood control lakes are like that. The Army doesn’t allow private parties to own lake shore property, but we are lucky that the only marina we have has a floating restaurant bar.

The bar brings in live music and we boat owners can tie up in a few slips provided and listen to the music. If we get there early enough, we can get a good slip (seat) for the band and have food and drink from the restaurant so we can enjoy the show.

Awhile back we were docked about six slips down from the spot that the Lake Patrol has reserved for their boat. The officers tied up their boat and came ashore. As they were walking towards the bar area, they stopped by a boat that was a couple slips away, talked to the people on board, and promptly pulled out what looked like a ticket book and either gave them a ticket or a warning, I never heard which.

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