May 2015 – Quimby's Cruising Guide
Marker One M27

The current trend in pontoon boat design is luxury, performance and hybridization — or to put it another way, a blurring of the lines between pontoon boat and high-end runabout. Who better to help set the course than Cobalt Boats? The company has been building superior quality sport boats and cruisers in Neodesha, Kansas, since […] Read More

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Scarab 255

This new 25-footer puts an exclamation point on a powerful line of jet boats launched by Scarab over the last 18 months. It’s both the largest and the most powerful in the series, available with twin 150-, twin 200- and twin 250-horsepower options for a quick hole shot, nimble performance, and plenty of oomph to […] Read More

Review: Tiara 44 Coupe

Leon Slikkers, founder of Tiara Yachts, began building fiberglass boats in 1955. That was before nearly anyone else in the industry. In fact, that was before most current boat manufacturers were established. It was even before many of his competitors were born. The Tiara trademark, specifically, emerged in the late 1970s. Over the course of […] Read More

Dardenne Slough: Hiding in Plain Sight

  It’s a great irony that the city of St. Louis, known for over two centuries as a center of riverfront commerce and culture, today has no marinas or docks for pleasure boaters. In fact, if someone described a 6.8-mile stretch of waterway with 10 marinas and 1,167 slips, rack storage for hundreds of boats, […] Read More

Getting Tubular

Tubing is the most popular tow sport enjoyed on the water today, with the nation’s leading manufacturer of marine “inflatables” offering more than 100 models designed to be pulled behind a boat. Mike Pleiss of Kwik Tek, which makes the Airhead and Sportsstuff brands, claims the popularity is due to how easy and enjoyable tubes […] Read More

Preventing Anchor Drag

Recently, two 40-foot cruisers left a delightful anchorage in Michigan’s Suttons Bay because they couldn’t set their anchors. They came to a full stop, dropped their hooks, deployed what should have been sufficient scope, backed off — and kept going. The most common anchoring error is just that. Essentially, the anchors and rodes formed massive […] Read More

Cruising Through History on the James River

  Several years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, English settlers were already living on a tract of land nestled on the James River near Richmond, Va., establishing a plantation that would become known as Shirley. By 1619, tobacco was being harvested on that land, and today, farming continues, making Shirley America’s oldest business. […] Read More

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Profile: Island Cove Marina & Resort in Harrison, Tennessee

Island Cove Marina Manager Terry Kelley had just been served lunch on March 2, 2012, when he answered his phone to hear “We have been destroyed!” A few minutes later he arrived at the marina to find tornado devastation. “Docks sunk, turned upside down, boats blown off trailers, boats destroyed, nine docks lost, power lines […] Read More