Valerie Mellema

Valerie Mellema is a writer, published author and avid bass angler who lives on the shores of Lake Fork in East Texas — the top bass lake in Texas and the fifth in the nation. For the past 10 years, she and her husband have enjoyed the pontoon boat lifestyle while fishing a lake that not only has bass but beautiful wildlife as well. She holds a BS in Agribusiness/Equine Business and regularly contributes articles to, YachtWorld and Boat Trader.
tracker vs ranger
We take a close look at Tracker Boats versus Ranger Boats.
fishin gboat depth finder
Learn how to choose the best depth finders of 2022.
duck hunting boat
Certain boats are designed specifically for duck hunting, or water fowling, and this guide takes a look at the best most popular features, models and manufacturers.
mako pro skiff
Skiffs are easy to afford, easy to run, and easy to love.
Bowrider boats are a great option for many mariners; check out our bowrider guide to find out if they're right for you.
bowfishing boat
A roundup of some of the best bowfishing boats of 2022.
bayliner deckboat
Deck boats offer a combination of speed and space you won’t find on just any boat.
How to ensure you don't overload your boat and cause a potentially dangerous situation.
Cape Craft 19 V Skiff Boat
A roundup of some of the best fishing skiffs on the market in 2022.
The helm is a rewarding place to be. It’s laid out simply, with a tilt column, a stereo control head and depthfinder, a row of switchgear, then the vital analog gauges and space for an optional GPS chartplotter.
Valerie Mellema helps new boaters understand modern boat navigation systems.
Boat Speakers And Audio Systems
Choosing the best sound system for your boat is vital to enjoying your time on the water.
Raymarine Axiom 7 Fish Finder with Built in GPS, WiFi, Chirp Sonar and Downvision with Transducer and Navionics+
Valerie Mellema explains how chartplotters work and reviews the best chartplotters on the market.
Garmin GPS With Dual 24 Inch Displays
Primer on GPS systems and the best marine navigation tools for boats in 2021.
Boat Air Conditioning Marine Ventilation
A basic guide to onboard climate control for boats and why it matters
Waterhaul Sunglasses Best Boat Shades

Boaters have a unique need when it comes to sunglasses. Buying the right pair can come down to a choice between fashion and function, but when you know what’s out there, it might be easier for you to...

2020 Scout 300 LXF. Photo by Scout via MarineMax.
Here are some of the best family boats including five different styles for you to consider.
Driving A Boat Safely
Pro advice on the most useful boating habits that you can adopt
Custom Fishing Boat Wrap on a Freeman Power Cat
How to apply lettering, custom boat wraps and other decals or graphics to your boat.
Self-Docking Automated Smart Boats
Innovative self-docking technology is changing the way boaters enjoy their time on the water.
DutchCraft DC25 Electric Boat. Photo by DutchCraft.
Get to Know the DutchCraft Electric DC25: The New Eco-Friendly Boating Option