Stuffing Box Maintenance

You can use a 3M kitchen pad (not metal) to help scour out the hreads of the packing nut. Doug Logan photo.

It happens every spring: Right after launching their inboard-engine-powered boats, owners are left wondering why they didn’t repack the engine shaft … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: New or Used?

boat trailer

Having a trailer for your boat  means that you can be independent of boatyards and haulers for launching, transport, and storage. Storing a boat in your … [Read more...]

Teleflex Steering: Maintenance

The drag link is to the right, and is attached by a nylon lock nut. After disconnecting that, remove the nut on the left side of the tilt tube to remove the cable from the engine. After cleaning and reassembly, use a fresh nylon lock nut.

In my blog from last week, I described how to replace an old worn out Teleflex steering cable for your outboard boat. This week, let's look at how to maintain … [Read more...]

Teleflex Steering: Cable Replacement

The drag link is to the right and is attached by a nylon lock nut, after disconnecting that, remove the nut on the left side of the tilt tube to remove the cable  from the engine

I didn’t know much about Teleflex steering cables until I bought a 13-foot Boston Whaler with a 40-hp outboard for my teenage son a dozen years ago. … [Read more...]

Hose Clamps for Boats: Below the Waterline

The lowly hose clamp is one of the most important items on any boat. Pay close attention to clamps below the waterline when looking at a used boat.

You’re buying a new or used boat, and while inspecting the engine space and below the floorboards you’re pleased to see new hoses on the through-hulls: … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Bad Boat Fuel

For diesel-powered boats, an inline fuel-polishing module can prevent a lot of woes.

Going through the frustrating process of dealing with bad marine fuel? Be it diesel or gas, you’ll want to know how to start fresh and completely eliminate … [Read more...]

Boaters: Who has the Right of Way?

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Boats are zipping past in all directions -- sailboats, powerboats, high-speed ferry-boats, tankers, and an occasional car-carrier, not to mention scores … [Read more...]

Beware Boat Buyer Blindness

Fun, fast, affordable, and trailerable, the Nacra 18 has a bit of a blind spot when the spinnaker is up, especially if it is your euphoric first ride and you are'nt vigilant.

Taking delivery of a new boat, whether it's used or off the shelf, can be a heady time -- sometimes too heady. Some years ago when I was managing a … [Read more...]

Boat Handling Basics: Prop Walk

Thr rotation of your boat's propeller can create prop walk and affect your boat handling

Engine-driven boats with a propeller generally suck water into the propeller ("suction screw current") and eject water from the propeller ("discharge screw … [Read more...]

Other People’s Boats

other peoples boats

I’ve owned a fair number of boats, but when people ask me what kind of boat I have, my answer is, “I currently sail on other people’s boats.”  That … [Read more...]



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