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...]

Sterndrive Engines: Big Block or Small?

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I might be overthinking this, but let’s just say for the sake of simplicity that the price difference among all three is negligible, the hours are comparable, … [Read more...]

Test-Drive Trivia: Knock, Knock?

Mercruiser U-Joint

If you're ever test-driving a used stern-drive boat and you hear a knocking or thumping sound coming from the transom, but only when the drive is turned … [Read more...]

Marine Engines: EFI vs. Carbureted Models

The Volvo Penta 4.3-liter V6 with EFI

Say you’re looking at two lightly used runabouts with Volvo Penta propulsion. One is a 2011 model with a base 4.3-liter V6 with 50 hours on it. The other … [Read more...]



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