Many boat and boating gear reviews are extremely positive. A bit too positive in my mind. All boats and gear reviewed cannot be that good. I can understand the positive attitude though. It may be hard to get new boats for review if the previous boat got a negative review. Also getting free gear for review may be harder if you are known to give a lot of negative comments about bad gear, even if honest.
Boat reviews are different from, for example, car reviews. There are less things to measure and test on boats and even the things that can be measured, will be dependent on many factors like weather and and, for example, boat loading. Let’s take an example of fuel consumption, with cars, there are standardized tests to measure it. There are also standards on how to present the consumption data. With boats, nothing really is standardized, and on most parts cannot even be standardized as there are too many variables that affect the results. Handling is another example, with cars there are test tracks and all cars, at least in one specific test, can be tested in the same conditions. Boat tests are typically done for one or a maximum of few boats at the time. And conditions change all the time. Therefore boat reviews are much more subjective than car reviews.
Having said that, I wanted to start a blog series which I call Reviews with Brutally Honest Opinions™. In this series I mainly review gear that I own myself, but let’s see if someone offers me something for review. Naturally the gear I own, at least in principle, should get a good review as I have personally selected them after a careful consideration. However, that is not always the case as you will see.
Below are the Reviews with Brutally Honest Opinions™ published so far.