Repairing the Gimbal Housing in an Outdrive

GHR Kit from Tune Up Specialties and Marine

Say you just bought a used boat. It needs work, but you got it for a song, so you can afford to sink some money into it. Good thing, because little did … [Read more...]

Finding Leaks in a Boat

In addition to the U-joint bellows boot, the shift cable boot and the raw-water feed hose also should be replaced about every six years.

Not again... In my last blog entry (Engine Outdrives: Inspect Those Bellows), I told you about "a friend of mine" who discovered a leak in a little … [Read more...]

Removing Vinyl Boat Lettering and Decals

The 3M Stripe Off Wheel does a good job of removing vinyl decals and lettering. The underlying adhesive comes off with lacquer thinner.

A few posts ago, I wrote about how to remove a painted boat name. Vinyl boat names and decals are just as common these days, and removing them requires … [Read more...]

Engine Outdrives: Inspect Those Bellows

An exploded view of a Mercruiser Bravo 2 sterndrive assembly, showing the bellows aft.

A friend of mine — and I swear it wasn’t me, honest — bought a nifty little used runabout not too long ago, and got a pretty good deal on it. Or … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: Maintain Your Bearings

Kendall SHP is a high-temperature wheel-bearing grease with good resistance to salt water.

When I worked in an auto parts store, every so often a guy who had just bought a used boat would bring in a shop towel filled with pieces of exploded trailer … [Read more...]

How to Remove a Painted Boat Name: Try Easy-Off

For painted-on names, some people use Easy-Off over cleaner as a removal remedy.

True story: A guy brings home a used boat he just bought, and he is just beaming. His wife comes out, says nothing at first, then points to the boat and … [Read more...]

Marine Engine Oil: Avoiding Viscosity Breakdown

Oil in a marine engine, such as this 4.3-liter GM V6, must be changed at regular intervals to avoid viscosity breakdown, fuel dilution, and moisture contamination.

Complete service records for a used boat you are considering purchasing are a good way to judge how well it has been cared for. Changing oil at the proper … [Read more...]

Salt-Neutralizing for Marine Engines: Royal Flush

Volvo-Penta's QL Neutra-Salt Engine-Flushing System

Even before you buy your first boat, you know it’s essential to flush your engines after running in salt water. But even if you flush your engines religiously, … [Read more...]

Compression and Leak Down Testing: Squeeze Play

If you're mechanically inclined, you can use your own compression-testing kit, or you can hire a marine mechanic to go through the process.

If you're looking at a used boat with an older engine, or an engine that you think might not have been well-maintained, it makes sense to run a couple … [Read more...]

Tow Vehicles: How Big is Big Enough?

Sure, it's a mighty impressive truck, but you don't need that much might to pull the family runabout.

In addition to spending far too much time looking at used boats on BoatTrader.com, even though I don’t need another, I just as often look at gently used … [Read more...]



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