The high-performance marine industry scratched its collective head last year when Source Interlink, the Southern California-based publisher of more than 100 magazines including Motor Trend and Hot Rod, launched Sportboat magazine.  The high-performance boat world was hurting as it never had before, and it seemed like exactly the wrong to time launch a new magazine related to the market.

The Sea-Doo 210 is one of the 'Smokin' Hot Twins' shown in the inaugural issue of Sportboat.

The Sea-Doo 210 is one of the 'Smokin' Hot Twins' shown in the latest issue of Sportboat.

Now, with five issues published and its primary competitor Powerboat magazine gone, the folks behind Sportboat, a quarterly publication that focuses on V-bottoms and catamarans primarily from 24 to 34 feet long and includes an array of useful features from do-it-yourself installations to lifestyle getaways, are looking pretty smart -- especially because they've chosen experienced go-fast boat journalist Matt Trulio as editor-in-chief.

The value-themed spring issue of Sportboat reached the newsstands in mid-January and will remain there for several weeks. Approximately 100,000 copies have been distributed to major magazine outlets and bookstores around the country.

boatsblog4-sportboat-cover-250Features in the spring issue include:

  • Another Way to Skin a Cat—The story of how the owner of an Elminator 27’ Daytona catamaran saved $100,000 by acting as the “general contractor” on the boat as it was being built.

  • Smokin’ Hot Twins—A roundup of twin-engine jetboats for less than $55,000 from Yamaha and Sea-Doo.

  • Go With the Flow—An easy, how-to feature on installing a low-cost raw-water flow measuring system from Livorsi Marine.

  • Prepping for Power—An inside look at affordable IMCO stern drive installations for a Cigarette 38’ Top slated for engine upgrades.

  • Blueprint for Success—A look at affordable fine-tuning and adjusting techniques for hulls and drives to improve performance.

  • Proper Attitude Adjustment—An in-depth guide for drivers on the basics of trimming their performance boats.

  • Down by the River—A then-and-now perspective on the Parker Enduro, one of the last great powerboat endurance races on freshwater.

Additional features include a Gear & Gadgets production section, a news section and a truck review—this issue features a Dodge 5500 Long Hauler—from the editors of Truck Trend magazine.

Sportboat is only offered on newsstands—the publisher will not offer subscriptions until the magazine goes bi-monthly. But raising the frequency of publication is part of the Sportboat plan, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out the spring issue.

And don't worry -- Matt's just multitasking -- he'll still be writing go-fast features and blogs for

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