July 2015 – Quimby's Cruising Guide
High Water on Mississippi River Leads to Dangerous Currents

The Coast Guard urges anyone going out on the Mississippi River to understand the risks associated with high water and strong currents. Higher than average water levels create very strong and swift currents, which result in large amounts of debris, and can lead to dangerous situations on the Mississippi River. The stronger than normal currents […] Read More

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The Complete Listing of Marinas and Locks on the Inland and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways

Sea Ray 19 SPX

I wouldn’t exactly call the new Sea Ray 19 SPX entry level, and neither would they, but this affordable bowrider is definitely aimed at getting active families on the water. So, sure, it’s a great deal at under $30K. However, it’s also a product of one of the industry’s leading builders of quality boats and […] Read More

Cobalt R7WSS

It seems like now more than ever new boats are reflecting contemporary automotive design — the deluxe styling, intuitive technology, custom packages and special editions. The Cobalt R7WSS could be a poster child for the movement; imagine the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe in watercraft form, ready to go from the road to the track, or in […] Read More

Tested: Crownline E6 XS

Making a good first impression is important, and Crownline corners that market with its new Cross Sport E6 XS. Overall, it has sleek, go-fast look and also a layout conducive to comfort and enjoyment. Immediately noticeable is the ample seating all around. Crownline dubs the forward U-shaped bow area as the “hot tub,” with padded […] Read More

Fuel Dock Etiquette

So this guy skids up to our fuel dock, wide-open exhaust bypasses rumbling away — the attendant had to ask him to shut down before handing him the nozzle — and casually wraps a line around a cleat and begins fueling. There was a bit too much slack, and the boat eased off the dock. […] Read More

Boating Among the Apostle Islands

  Locals say, when speaking of Lake Superior, “The lake is the boss!” There’s good reason for this. Lake Superior is generally considered to be the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, stretching approximately 350 miles west to east and 160 miles north to south. It’s the coldest and deepest of the […] Read More

A Secret History of American River People

Ten years ago, Wes Modes of Santa Cruz, California, was reading about a group of kids who were making whacky, homemade boats and then cruising them down the Mississippi River. That type of adventure resonated with Modes, a computer programmer and artist with a love of the water and an appreciation for the lyrical qualities […] Read More

2024 Quimby's Cruising Guide

The Complete Listing of Marinas and Locks on the Inland and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways

Destination: Grand Lake, Oklahoma

  Its official name is Grand Lake of the Cherokees, but Grand Lake suits it just fine. This is a big body of water — 59,000 surface acres and 1,300 miles of shoreline — meandering through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in northeast Oklahoma. The lake was created in 1940 with the completion of […] Read More