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...]

Choosing a Boat: Center-Console Pros and Cons

Center-consoles also come in catamaran form, like this Twin-Vee 29 Ocean Cat, powered by twin outboards.

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...]

Cruisers Sport Series 208 Bowrider: Little Big Boat

The Cruisers Sport Series 208 bow-rider is both fast and fuel-efficient.

Cruisers Yachts, known for…well, yachts, are now getting a lot of attention for their Sport Series smaller boats. The series includes eight models from … [Read more...]

Carolina Skiff Fun Chaser FGP 2100: Pontoon or Cat?

Deck boat and pontoon versions are both powered by single outboards.

If you’re searching for a boat to fit a lifestyle, as opposed to a particular make and model, it pays to look at what established builders are doing … [Read more...]

Sea Ray 250 SLX: Big Bowrider With Built-In Quiet

Nice lines, good layout, and quiet -- a nice combination in the Sea Ray 250 SLX.

The Sea Ray 250 SLX was introduced early in 2012 and promptly won an NMMA Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show. The boat has continued … [Read more...]

Boat Docking 101: Good Articles and Videos

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There’s plenty of information available online about how to dock your boat. Some of it’s even pretty good. Trouble is, when you multiply boat types … [Read more...]

Hurricane SunDeck 2690: Big Beam Brings Amenities

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Seems as if pontoon boats are getting a lot of headlines these days. (Well, OK, we’re giving them the headlines ourselves.) As versatile as today’s … [Read more...]



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