Add a Sea Strainer to Ward Off Debris

A sea strainer with a see-through lid makes it easy to check for debris clogging.

One of the first things I do on a used boat is change all the fluids. The second thing I do is add a sea strainer. Here’s why. A sea strainer filters … [Read more...]

Boatbuilding Materials: Wood Can Be Good

Fiberglass-encapsulated wood stringers absorb a lot of energy from pounding through waves and chop.

  I see lots of manufacturers boasting that their boats have no wood used in their construction. There’s nothing wrong with that, and most … [Read more...]

Bravo One or Alpha One: Which Would You Pick?

Bravo One drives were built to handle more power than an Alpha One. When used for lower horsepower applications, they are practically bulletproof.

Let’s say you’re looking at two boats that are identical except for two items. They both have V8s with roughly the same hours. One is more expensive … [Read more...]

Know Your Trailer Hitch

What I should have had: a Class IV hitch like this one, rated for 10,000 pounds. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

I made a small mistake last week. Well, maybe it wasn’t so small. OK, it was huge. As in a ton. A buddy of mine asked me if we could use my truck … [Read more...]

Boat Insurance: Part of the Deal

Fast boats are more expensive to insure than slower ones. Photo courtesy of Miss Geico Racing Team.

We have been told — over and over again, ad nauseum — that 15 minutes can save you up to 15 percent on car insurance. That slogan applies to Progressive … [Read more...]

Boat Fuel Prices: Crude Details

Gas prices always seem to rise during summer travel season, but there are actually logical reasons for it. Photo by Brett Becker.

Gas prices seem to be the subject of many a newscast as of late. Or as of always. Lots of people are outraged at fuel prices, especially as the summer … [Read more...]

Boat Transmission: Stuck In Gear

The switch momentarily interrupts the ignition power, which allows “dog clutch” gears to mesh easier at lower speed. In the case of shifting out of gear, the load is relaxed on the meshed gears, enabling them to disengage.

  An acquaintance of mine recently bought a new-to-him boat. He was out in it for the first time when he discovered he couldn’t get it out … [Read more...]

Used Boat Deals: Moderate Fixes, Big Savings

Replacing a drive coupler requires engine removal. The part alone is upward of $500. MerCruiser Marine Photo.

One way to get a deal on a used boat stems from someone else’s misfortune: divorce, death, job loss, and so on.  All of those those things can lead … [Read more...]

Used Boat Buying Quiz: Are You Ready for This?

You may locate a used boat you've been dreaming about, but take a deep breath and consider whether you're ready for the project list after you've made the purchase.

It’s probably safe to say not everyone is cut out for the rigors of used-boat ownership. Before you let your boat-buying fever get ahead of you and your … [Read more...]

Top 5 Used Boat Caveats

Before getting overexcited about a boat deal, review these words of wisdom.

Shopping for a new-to-you boat is an exciting time, one filled with emotion. The excitement is good. The emotion, not so much. Emotion can get in the way … [Read more...]



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