On the Water

From fishing to boating to docks to water-skiing, you'll find your floating fun here.

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How to get the boat cover that's right for you
By John Tiger
Published: April 16, 2014
A wave of new technology in the world of paddle sports
By Emily Hare
Published: March 25, 2014
Pontoon Mania 2014
Cabin Life readers love cruising around on their pontoons
By Emily Hare
Published: March 20, 2014
Sea-Doo Spark 3-Up PWC
BRP launches an innovative new watercraft for affordable family fun on the water
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: October 4, 2013
Budsin Wood Craft Lightning Bug Launch
All of the versatility, none of the gas
By Julie Kuczynski
Published: June 6, 2013
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From floats to towables, make waves with these cool products for water fun at the cabin
By Emily Hare
Published: March 22, 2013
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Whether you're making waves or catching some rays, life on a pontoon is a "party in slow motion"
Published: March 22, 2013
Peek inside the shops of four wooden-boat restorers to see their project antique wooden boats, or “woodies.”
By Kristin Sutter
Published: June 1, 2012
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Learn about a kayak that lets you move fast while you’re exploring

By Berne Broudy
Published: April 27, 2012
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Preseason fishing prep
By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: February 1, 2012
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The pros’ prize picks for landing lunkers
By Dan Armitage
Published: December 16, 2011
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Cabin neighbors welcome the new year with a chilly dunk in the lake

Photos by Jill Neimon
By Karl Schimmel
Published: October 7, 2011
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Hook some whoppers at the surface – a fantastic autumn angling fight you don’t want to miss!

By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: August 3, 2011
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An angling rookie catches his first keeper with a little help from the pros

By Andy Bennett
Published: June 6, 2011
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Tandem Kayaks

By Berne Broudy
Published: March 24, 2011
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These four picks all make a perfect floating home away from home


By Allan Tarvid
Published: March 24, 2011
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Boats made for both family fun & fishing are a breed apart

By Allan Tarvid
Published: February 17, 2011
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Fish love structure, and if you want to catch them, you should too

By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: February 17, 2011
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4 Perfect Paddlers for your Cabin
By Berne Broudy
Published: January 20, 2011
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I Can Lift That Boat With One Finger
By Andy Bennett
Published: January 20, 2011
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Get Out and Ride!        
By Jeff Hemmel
Published: January 20, 2011
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From seating to storage, get the most from your favorite cabin accessory.

By Andy Bennett
Published: December 17, 2010
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A skeptic experiences a fine winter tradition and becomes a convert

By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: November 8, 2010
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By Mike Portugue
Published: August 20, 2010
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Barefoot skiing tips from a pro

By Zenon Bilas
Published: August 20, 2010
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Explore & Fish in a Canoe or Kayak
By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: June 18, 2010
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Wakeskating tips & tricks from an expert!

By Zenon Bilas
Published: April 16, 2010
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What to do when you flip your canoe or kayak
By Berne Broudy
Published: March 26, 2010
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That is the angler's eternal question
By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: March 26, 2010
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Wet your line in the most tranquil time of the year
By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: November 1, 2009
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Cool weather makes for some hot fishing
By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: September 1, 2009
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Tips for catching monster fish
By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: July 1, 2009
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Explore more with less effort!
By Berne Broudy
Published: July 1, 2009
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A match made in heaven
By Andy Bennett
Published: May 1, 2009
10 tips from a world-champion skier & instructor
By Brad Kovach
Published: May 1, 2009
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Create angling memories without leaving the dock!
By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: April 1, 2009
5 essential items to have on-board
By Andy Bennett
Published: April 1, 2009
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Wakesurf's up! Catch some gnarly waves – on your lake
By Tim McKercher
Published: April 1, 2009
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10 tips for better spring fishing
By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: March 1, 2009
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4 perfect picks for your waters
By Zenon Bilas
Published: February 1, 2009
Kids Fishing
Your best catches are waiting just underfoot
By Dan Armitage
Published: July 1, 2008
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6 tips to choose the best kayak or canoe for you
By Berne Broudy
Published: July 1, 2008
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A simple recipe for success!
By Dan Armitage
Published: April 1, 2008
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In no time you can be paddling a beautiful boat you built with your own hands.
By Berne Broudy
Published: March 1, 2008
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By Beth Erickson
Published: March 1, 2008
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Two-way radios make communications easy
By David G Brown
Published: March 1, 2008
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Gear up for boating with a new PFD
By David G Brown
Published: March 1, 2008
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By David G Brown
Published: March 1, 2008
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The joy is in the journey
By Dan Armitage
Published: March 1, 2008
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Tips for safely towing inflatable water toys behind your boat

By Brad Kovach
Published: March 1, 2008
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By Berne Broudy
Published: February 1, 2008
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Advances in ergonomics say "YES!"
By Berne Broudy
Published: February 1, 2008
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Dock, Deck & Denial Parties

For one Chicago-rooted Italian family, the Coliannis, there is no easy way to say “so long” to summer, “farewell” to friends and “arrivederci” to one another. So, minus an easy way, they say it like so many other lake-goers and cabin owners say it: with a party.

By Brady Slater
Published: September 1, 2007
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By Dan Armitage
Published: June 1, 2007
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By Dan Armitage
Published: April 1, 2007
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Angling On-the-Go
By Dan Armitage
Published: April 1, 2007
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With the right dock, you've got great fishing at your fingertips
By Dan Armitage
Published: March 1, 2007
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By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: February 1, 2007
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Tips for getting you and your boat ready for winter

By Tim McKercher
Published: October 1, 2006
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By Mark R. Johnson
Published: May 1, 2006
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When conventional bait isn't working, try burgers, hot dogs – even bubble gum
By Dan Armitage
Published: May 1, 2006
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A family vacation for fishing and fun
By Dan Armitage
Published: April 1, 2006
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What you need to know so that fish will live to be caught another day
By Dan Armitage
Published: April 1, 2006
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By Mark R. Johnson
Published: February 1, 2006
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How to use navigation lights after dark

By Wayne Spivak
Published: February 1, 2006
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How to get out of a sloppy situation
By Rob Bick
Published: February 1, 2006
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First, you have to know your family.
Are you: Fishing Fanatics, Wild for Watersports or Multi-use?


By Dave Kelley
Published: February 1, 2006
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Published: February 1, 2006
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By Butch Williams
Published: December 1, 2005
Question and Answer Article
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End-of-season care tips for a healthier, happier craft

By Dan Armitage
Published: October 1, 2005
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What can a fish finder teach you that Uncle Louie can’t?

By Dan Armitage
Published: August 1, 2005
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Yes! Another excuse to take out the canoe

By Lou Dzierzak
Published: June 1, 2005
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To keep them hooked

By Diana Faherty, Mark R. Johnson
Published: May 1, 2005
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How to find a PFD that's really comfortable
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: February 1, 2005
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Just because the calendar says it’s December ...
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: October 1, 2004
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The objective is simple: Have fun!
By Dan Armitage
Published: April 1, 2003
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By PJ Marks
Published: August 1, 2002
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Six steps to success, and key teaching points
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: June 1, 2002
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