High-Tech Towboat Electronics

Digital touch-screen controls, such as Malibu’s Touch Command system, have been available for several years, and are now finding their way into the used market. Photo courtesy Malibu Boats.

Over the last several years, a quiet revolution has been taking place on the dashboards of premium towboats, industry-wide. Virtually all of them, it seems, … [Read more...]

These Are a Few of My Favorite Boat Tools

Gear wrenches have box ends that ratchet. I take out my socket set less often now. All photos by Brett Becker.

Now that my tool box is well stocked, it’s getting difficult to take fulfilling trips to Sears. When a mechanical problem presents itself, it’s less … [Read more...]

Replumbing Your Used Boat Engine

High-performance engines such as this HP1200SCi from Mercury Racing, have used stainless-steel braided hose and AN fittings for years. They’re strong, reliable, and now they cost less than they used to. Photo Courtesy of Mercury Racing.

You never know what you’ll find when you open the engine hatch on a used boat. One thing you can count on finding is the need to replace a few items. … [Read more...]

Boat Transmissions: Shifty Issues

This PCM transmission is designed for ski and wakeboard boats.

Ski boats, some cruisers, and high-performance boats that don’t have shiftable stern drives use transmissions instead, and that particular piece of the … [Read more...]

Boat Buyers: Beware of Auto Parts

Any original or replacement alternator for a marine engine is required to have ignition protection.

As I mentioned a while ago in this blog, I used to be an auto parts parts guy. I worked in a parts store and a GM dealership, and I can’t even remember … [Read more...]

Boat Towing Safety: Secure That Bow Eye

On setups where the bow eye is above the roller, a fixed-length safety chain is a smart move.

I once bought a used boat that nearly landed in the back of my pickup. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but that’s what it felt like when it … [Read more...]

Running Boards at the Launch Ramp — Nice Accessory!

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If you’ve ever hung around a fisherman or spent any time in the truck they pull their boat with, you know they usually both smell. The fisherman smells … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Types: Freedom of Choice

This triple-axle trailer would be overkill for a light runabout. Whether its bunks are better than rollers depends on the boat it will rest on them,, and how it's launched and hauled.

When we shop for boats, we look critically at the boat.  We scrutinize its condition and whether it will meet our needs -- but we probably don’t pay … [Read more...]

Front-Wheel Drive for Boat Towing?

It's not ideal, but in this case, doing the numbers indicates that the front-wheel drive Ford Explorer should handle the job fine.

People tend to ask me a lot of questions. I guess I have them fooled into believing I know a thing or two about boats. Trucks, too, probably. So a buddy … [Read more...]

Ethanol’s Worst Enemy

Volvo-Penta's new treatment should be a potent ally in the war against water in marine fuel.

Alcohol has the power to ruin lives if you let it. It also has the power to wreak havoc on a boat’s fuel system. If you need a bit of background, … [Read more...]



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