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Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in US, Video | 7 comments

Video Bio: Lenny Rudow

Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including, BoatTrader, and

With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWi and OWAA writing awards.

Here’s a quick video we took after finishing up a recent video boat review. In it Lenny tells us about his favorite—and least favorite—part of working on the water.



  1. Dear Lenny
    We want to buy a new motor for our 10 ft tinny which we use for coastal day trips.

    We are looking at the Parsun 5hp 2 stroke, Sail 5 hp 2 stroke and possibly Mercury 5 hp 2 stroke although we are concerned about availability of spare parts – we are in New Zealand.

    Can you please suggest an independent website/review/article we could look at – for example does Consumer digest review small engines. Happy to pay for an article.

    Or any other suggestions are where to get advice?

    Many thanks
    Juliet Ashton

  2. Hi Juliet – well, first things first, make sure you read through the article Buying the Right Outboard on Though it’s mostly about larger outboards it does have a section on the little guys. This also serves as an example of a problem you’re surely running into – most of the info out there focuses on high horsepower models, and little attention seems to be paid to the small outboards of the size you’re interested in. Actually, there’s very little out there on this class of motor. Your best bet for getting additional info is to troll some of the chatter on sites like Sailnet, The Hull Truth, and Wooden Boat forums. Remember to take everything you find in these forums with a graIn of salt, as you’ll often come across folks who have an ax to grind, and try to identify patterns of positive and/or negative feedback. Good luck!

  3. Hi Lenny,can you please tell me if a Garmin echo 550c is compatible with a Humminbird 160, will one interfere with the other in the same boat?


  4. Hi Lenny,
    In your Wax On, Wax Off article in the Oct/Nov BoatUS magazine you recommended using a beeswax -based paste wax. Can you recommend a brand? We appreciate your help:)

  5. Hi David – sorry I didn’t see this earlier! If you don’t see carnauba on the label, you’re safe. And, many that contain carnauba are OK, most have it to some degree – you just want to make sure it’s not all that’s in there.

  6. Hey Joe – The Garmin and the Humminbird both run on 200kHz in high frequency, so the potential for interference is high. In low frequency mode the Garmin uses 77 kHz and the Humminbird is 83 kHz, so they should be OK.