Troubleshooting a Manual Marine Head

A typical rebuild kit for a manual marine head, including discharge flapper valve, joker valve, inlet/outlet flapper, discharge flapper, and other critical seals. Photo courtesy of Groco.

Engines stall, pumps stop pumping, and lights stop working quite frequently on boats—it’s part of the game. But there’s perhaps no more troublesome … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Jarvis Newman, Sea Ray, Bertram

1962 Bertram 31 with Yanmar Diesels

It's the time of year when a lot of us have a bit of wanderlust rolling around our souls. Some folks may like ice fishing, but you’ll be able to tell … [Read more...]

Robalo R300: Comfort and Confidence

With a pair of Yamaha F300 V6 outboards on the transom, the Robalo R300 has plenty of pep.

This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission.    We were in good company as we blasted across Biscayne Bay … [Read more...]

Boat Parts

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?

Unless you’ve bought a new boat, or a used one that's been fully restored and updated by the previous owner, chances are you’ll inherit an annoying … [Read more...]

Six Great New Boats Under 25 Feet from the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Four Winns HD220 is a deck boat unlike many other deck boats. And you can get it in inboard or outboard-powered flavors. Photo courtesy of Four Winns.

With literally thousands of boats on display in several locations both on land and in the water at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, picking … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Premier, Parker, Scarab

2014 Scarab 195 HO

Winter is coming, but while some folks are busy shuffling their boats away safely for the cold season, others know that late fall and winter represent … [Read more...]

Five Things to Do to Prepare Your Boat for Sale

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but it also helps boats sell. Make your boat as clean as a whistle before listing it for sale—inside and out. Photo by Gary Reich.

While it’s about as cliché as boat sayings get, this one certainly has some truth to it: “The two happiest days of boat ownership are the day you … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting Your Boat’s 12-Volt DC Lights

12-volt bayonet-style light bulb sockets and their negative and positive contact points. Photo courtesy of Perko.

Let there be light…or not. One of the most annoying and common problems you will encounter as a boat owner are lights that fail to work. At a minimum … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Pathfinder, MJM, Sun Tracker

2011 Sun Tracker 25 XP3

Like it or not, the 2016 summer boating season will soon fade into memory, at least for most of us folks above 32º north latitude. Still, don’t be depressed; … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting a Faulty Submersible Bilge Pump

Bilge pumps live in deep nooks that naturally collect dirt, hair, and general grunge. They have to be robust, and they have to be maintained. All photos: Doug Logan

Not long ago we wrote about how to install a submersible bilge pump, that thankless piece of gear primarily designed to keep nuisance water from collecting … [Read more...]


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