Bottom Stripping Basics

A boat bottom encased in Coppercoat instead of bottom paint, after a post-season pressure-wash.

Scene 1: A kitchen, springtime. A couple sits drinking coffee. Man (looking miserable): “I can’t hold out any longer. It’s been years.” Woman: … [Read more...]

Rinker Captiva 236 CC: Cockpit and Cabin Comfort

The Rinker Captiva 236 CC -- cuddy cabin -- builds on the success of their earlier 236 bow-rider.

Building on the success of their Captiva 236 Bow Rider, the boatbuilders at Rinker have introduced a cuddy-cabin version called the 236 CC. The company, … [Read more...]

Cypress Cay Cozumel 240: Fast and Fun

The Cypress Cay Cozumel 240 test boat ran at over 45 mph with a Mercury Verado 250.

Pontoon boats these days are built to satisfy more than one boating lifestyle, from lounging and picnicking to skiing and wakeboarding. Jeff Hemmel’s … [Read more...]

10 Tips on How to Tow a Disabled Boat

The red tow-boat is postioned on the hip of the disabled sailboat. This helps in maneuvering in close quarters and in calm conditions.

The time-honored law of the sea says you have to render assistance to a fellow boater in trouble. It makes sense – you might be in his shoes next time. … [Read more...]

Princecraft Sport 177: A Family Boat With a Fishing Pedigree

The Princecraft Sport 177 does a little of everything -- and can do it fast.

Last month we took a look at the Princecraft Nanook DLX WS, a dedicated fishing boat from the prolific Canadian aluminum boatbuilders. While boats.com … [Read more...]

Princecraft Nanook DLX WS: Aluminum Fishing Star

The Princecraft Nanook DLS WS is rated for 115 horsepower. With t he Mercury powerplant shown the boat cruises at over 30 mph. and tops out in the mid 40s.

The company has been through a lot of names and corporate incarnations over the years, but Princecraft, of Princeville, Quebec, has been building high-quality … [Read more...]

Depthsounder Transducer Cables: Airmar-Gemeco Retrofits

If you have a reliable old transducer, there may be no reason to rip it out and start over when you buy a new sounder.

One of  the first things people think about when they buy a used boat is whether and how to upgrade the electronics. These days, sounders, plotters, radars, … [Read more...]

Boat Buyers Beware Grimy Engines and Bilges

This diesel engine is not leaking fuel or oil, but dust residue from a loose alternator and water-pump belt coated the front of the engine and created a black mess in the catch-pan underneath.

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...]

How to Tie a Bowline: Remember the Two Loops

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A lot of people have tried and failed to learn how to tie a bowline, the most important knot in boating, and one of the most important knots anywhere. It’s … [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...]



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