Boats galore and more at the big show

Boats galore and more at the big show

The Houston Boat Sport and Travel show has once again delivered the latest in boats and motors. It continues through Sunday, Jan. 11. While there last weekend, I got a good look at the all new Evinrude E-TEC G2, and I also checked the array of boats that Texas Marine had on display.

While talking Mike Hebert, owner of Beaumont’s Texas Marine, he pointed out that they have a variety of boats to purchase that will work on just about any type of water adventure you can find on the right side of Texas. Plus, their boats are powered with the very, very popular line of Yamaha outboards.

“Our Nauticstar center console boats are perfect for fishing on Sabine Lake for trout and reds,” said Hebert. “They are also good crossover boats for bass fishing on lakes like Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn. If you’re looking to access some of the shallow water fishing on Sabine and on East Galveston Bay, we’ve got the Shoalwater center console boats that’ll float and run in just a few inches of water.”

Something I picked up on in a hurry at this show is the popularity of pontoon boats. The show floor was packed with them.

“The great thing about pontoon boats is that they can be used for fishing or for an afternoon cruise,” said Hebert. “They are the perfect boating adventure for the entire family.”

Pontoon boats are the absolute best boats for scenic tours on the Neches River. But they make excellent fishing rigs for both the coast and on inland lakes. Texas Marine had the very popular Avalon pontoon boats on display at this show.

“There is a reason why pontoons are one of the most popular boats on the market,” says Hebert. “They are fantastic for entertaining, fishing, skiing, sunbathing, picnicking, wakeboarding, or just cruising around. They don’t have many limitations. The Avalon quality is well known for its durability. They are also very generous with their features, and have well thought out deck plans.”

One of the craziest outboard motors that I’ve ever seen is the all-new Evinrude E-Tec G2. They are direct-injection two-stroke motors that are available in 200 to 300 horsepower. The top and front panels come in five different colors – blue, silver, black, red and white. They also have what is called a dual axis rigging system that routes engine cables through just one tube, giving you more useable space at the transom. Odd looking is an understatement for these outboards.

Aside from boats, there are many other things to check out at this show like RVs, fishing tackle, hunting and fishing outfitters and lots of art. The Houston, Boat, Sport and Travel Show runs through Jan. 11 at the NRG (Reliant) Center.


Robert Sloan can be reached by e-mail at sloan288 [at] aol [dot] com.