The Best of the Year

Best of the Year

The best of 2018

The tribe (you are part of the Southern Boating Tribe) has spoken!

Boats, boats and more boats. That’s what you wanted to see in 2018. Will that hold true in 2019? Only time will tell.

Here were your favorite stories from 2018:

Number Ten

Our annual holiday gift guide was a crowd pleaser. Did you purchase a gift for the boater in your life?

Ho Ho Holiday Gift Guide

Number Nine

History buffs, flying junkies, North Carolinians, and boaters alike flew (ahem) to this story about the Wright Brothers.

The Wright Brothers’ flight anniversary

Number Eight

A game-changing outboard takes the number 8 slot. Cox Marine debuted their CXO300 to the delight of boaters everywhere.

Cox Diesel Outboard: CXO300

Number Seven

It’s the largest in-water boat show in the world. What’s not to love about the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show? We preview the top brands and boats.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Number Six

Southern Boating readers LOVE The Bahamas, and so do we! We assume that’s why readers dove into this quick video. 16 Things You Didn’t Know About The Bahamas surprised even our saltiest cruisers.

16 Things You Didn’t Know About The Bahamas

Number Five

You liked boats! In particular, some of you really liked our powercat roundup. And why not? We checked out the best in the industry for all you cruisers out there.

Top Catamarans for Cruising: Powercat Roundup

Number Four

Told you it was all about the boats. Coming in at number four is the new kid on the block, the center console roundup. We cover everything from 17 to 65 (yes 65!) LOA. There’s something for everyone and every budget.

Center Console Roundup

Number Three

Oldie but VERY goodie. When mariners gather for a discussion about all things boating, the second topic that often comes up relates to boat generators. The first, of course, is about the quality of the drinks in the establishment.

Small Boat Generators

Number Two

But of course. Never does a year go by without a swimsuit video gracing the top pages of the year. It must be for the boats. Not sure what else it could be?

Swimsuit 2018 Behind the Scenes

Number One…drumroll please!

Taking the top spot: it’s the Top 15 Tenders and RIBS! We’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: RIBs are a do-it-all wonder that is easy to operate, gentle around other boats because of the rubber collar, and filled with features (like a head) that make them comfortable for all.

Top 15 Tenders and RIBS

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