Removing Vinyl Boat Lettering and Decals

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

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

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

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

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

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 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?

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...]

Top 10 Water Skiing and Wakeboarding Boats

Editor's Note: For a great ride, you need a great tow boat. Here (in no particular order) are the boats Brett Becker chose as the ten best tow boats available … [Read more...]

Water-Pump Impeller: Priority One

Unless you have proof in the form of a receipt or confirmation from the shop that did the work, replacing the water-pump impeller should be one of the … [Read more...]


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