What is a Center-Console Boat?

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Every boat is a compromise. It's a fact of life. So when you’re trying to find a boat that fits your on-water lifestyle you know there’s no such thing … [Read more...]

How to Sell Your Used Boat

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So, the time has come to put your boat on the market. Maybe you want to cash out of your investment to finance a bigger boat. Maybe you’re downsizing. … [Read more...]

Winterizing Your Boat

Snow on the dock and anti-ice bubblers at work. In-water storage can work in protected marinas, but engines and all water systems still have to be winterized.

If you live in one of those nice, warm places where you can take your boat out for a spin year-round…  well, congratulations. You can stop reading. … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? 10 Tips for Sprucing Up Your Engine

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It's hard to work on a boat when you're planning to sell it. You're busy with a million things, and you just want to move on. So it's tempting to overlook dirt, … [Read more...]

Hurricane Preparation for Boaters

Hurricane Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast in 2012. There's little time left to prepare at this point. Photo courtesy of the National Hurricane Center.

Sooner or later, anyone who keeps a boat for long in a hurricane zone will have to deal with the threat of a major storm, and possibly the reality of the … [Read more...]

Visiting a Boat Show? Make a Game Plan

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One of the best things you can do to stave off the winter doldrums and start getting psyched for spring is to visit a big boat show. (Here's a list of … [Read more...]

Volts, Watts, Amps, and Ohms: 12-Volt Terms for New Boaters

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If you’re new to boats, or even if you’ve been around them for a while but have been avoiding the electrical bits, sooner or later you’re going to … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? Emphasize the Extras

This boat has an extra-big inventory of PFDs, including several for visiting kids and infants, and even one for a dog. This could be noted in a seller’s ad copy.

One of the pleasures in buying a good used boat is knowing that previous owners have absorbed most of the depreciation. Another is knowing that they’ve added … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? Minimize Your Personal Stuff

Every used boat will have parts that need replacement. Some parts will be easier to find than others. In this photo note the gas struts lifting the locker covers, the locker gaskets and latches, and the rubber covers on the rod holders. Where do you find such things?

"Do unto others" is a commandment that works well when it comes time to sell your boat. Put yourself in the potential buyer's shoes. Figure out what would … [Read more...]

Get Your Boat Ready for Summer: Commissioning Checklist

A good marine paste-wax will shine a hull better and last longer than labor-saving all-in-one products. All photos: Doug Logan

For boaters in the haul-out-and-hold-on zones of the chilly north, spring is a pretty exciting time. As soon as the weather breaks, thousands of us start burrowing … [Read more...]


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