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...]

How to Winterize a Small Outboard

Time to rake leaves and winterize engines. This 8-hp Merc is standing on its skeg in trash barrel full of clean fresh water.

Let’s say you run your small outboard in salt water all summer and don’t flush it as often as you should during the season. (For a lot of us who leave … [Read more...]

Hurricane Preparation for Boaters

The cyclone Catarina, which made landfall in March 2004 in Brazil, was the first hurricane observed in the South Atlantic. Note the clockwise rotation. Photo courtesy NASA, from the International Space Station.

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...]

Choosing a Boat: Center-Console Pros and Cons

Boats that were brand new a few years ago, like this 2014 Stamas 289 Tarpon, are now showing up on the used market at reduced prices.

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...]

Boat Buyers Beware Grimy Engines and Bilges

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If you’re looking at a used boat, pay close attention to the outward appearance of the engine. Is it clean or grimy with oil? Are there rusty areas under … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat: Emphasize the Extras

Try reading Boat Prices with NADA Guides for ideas on how to value extras in good condition.

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? Mimimize Your Personal Stuff

Empty, clean lockers will be a draw. No need for the five-gallon bucket, though.

"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...]

How to Find Boat Launching Ramps

Lyle Lovett has a great song called If I Had a Boat. Maybe he should write a follow-up called If I Had a Ramp. Sure, it’s nice to have a boat, but … [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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