Tested: Tiara F44

Tested: Tiara F44

The Slikkers family, founders and owners of Tiara Yachts based in Holland, Mich., looked at the marketplace and saw a gap in their line. They had a comprehensive variety of sedans but no contribution to the substantial and growing flybridge cruiser market. With the...
Cruising the Quad Cities

Cruising the Quad Cities

There are a couple of odd things about the area on the Mississippi River called the Quad Cities. One is that it isn’t made up of four cities but five — Rock Island, Moline and East Moline (Ill.) and Davenport and Bettendorf (Iowa) — plus several satellite communities...
Boating With Man’s Best Friend

Boating With Man’s Best Friend

My first experience boating with a cat did not go well, and ended up as an exercise in the proper use of a landing net to get the panicked feline back aboard our pontoon boat. Twice. Same with a dog. After a calm afternoon float in the family center console, the...
Wake Management 101

Wake Management 101

I took my first course in wake management as a know-it-all teen. I had rebuilt and just finished breaking in the original engine of my 1948 Chris-Craft runabout and was itching to firewall the throttle, which I did on a narrow stretch of Florida’s Indian River. Now,...