Boat Propellers Simplified

Propellers are the most important pieces of the powertrain, but all the details about how and why they work could put you to sleep. In this case, a little less knowledge might be just the right amount. Photo courtesy of Mercury Marine.

I don’t know about you, but propellers have always mystified me. They still do. A lot of my boating buddies would swap one for another and back again, … [Read more...]

What Marine Surveyors Look For

Hiring a marine surveyor might be money well spent. Photo courtesy of Performance Marine Surveyors.

If you’re choosy enough to hire a surveyor, it would be helpful to know what they’re looking for. I asked Edward R. Cozzi, president, CEO and professional … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Maintenance Priorities: What to Fix First

When replacing items like brakes or lighting, spend a little extra and get good components. Photo courtesy of West Marine.

Chances are, the used boat you buy will be sitting on a trailer. Odds also are good that any money the previous owner spent to make the boat more appealing … [Read more...]

A Good Time to Buy a Used Go-Fast Boat?

Donzi center console

The secret is out. Go-fast boats are expensive, maintenance-intensive, more prone to break than any other kind of vessel, and good for, well, not much … [Read more...]

MerCruiser and Chevy: Marine Power Couple

Chevrolet small block

  Look under the hatch and on the transom of most stern-drive runabouts and you will almost invariably see black, as in MerCruiser. And where … [Read more...]

Cleaver Props and Nose Cones: No Use on Slower Boats

Cleaver prop

  Look through the listings on BoatTrader.com long enough and you’ll find a recreational boat fitted with a Cleaver-style propeller or a … [Read more...]

Summer is a Good Time for Boat Buying

boat ramp

I have a friend in western Pennsylvania who regularly posts pictures on Facebook. This year, she was updating with pictures of snow on the ground until … [Read more...]

Adding Trim Tabs

Bennett SLT6 self leveling tab

A buddy of mine bought a boat a while back that couldn’t keep its nose planted no matter how much negative trim he dialed in on his outboard. Hit a wave, … [Read more...]

Water Pump Repair: Cheap is a Mistake

Impeller kit

Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself down in the bilge of  boat, repairing a shredded water pump impeller. Then, a couple of days later, you could … [Read more...]

Marine Outdrive Flushing: The Right Way

Mercury’s 44537T-2 flush kit

The best way to flush your engine is by following the owner's manual, which is probably something that doesn’t come with a used boat, so let’s touch … [Read more...]



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