Classic Boat Insurance

This barrel back stern wooden lake runabout is worth protecting with an "agreed value" insurance policy

Most people have enough invested in their boats to want boat insurance to cover accidents and be able to recoup that investment. There are a few, just … [Read more...]

Boating with Weather Apps for Smart Phones

WeatherBug radar overlay

Eight of us are on  board, sailing on Narraganset Bay, RI, when a tremendous thunderclap gets our attention. A wicked looking massive black cloud arcing … [Read more...]

Budgeting Your Boat Bucks

boat budget spreadsheet

My friends and I use slang for the cost of boating—"boat bucks."  One boat buck is equal to $100. So when we say, “it was a couple of boat bucks," … [Read more...]

Boat Delivery: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?

Cape Hatteras

Anyone buying a boat via the Internet these days may want to consider the delivery aspect of getting the boat home. Trailering is one thing, but delivering … [Read more...]

How to Scare Off Boat Buyers

old boat under tarp

Maybe it’s the white beard and sunburnt face that encourages people to ask my opinion about boats they are interested in buying. I prefer to think … [Read more...]

Inboard Engine Alignment

engine alignment

If you have an inboard engine on your boat and have excessive vibration, it may be due to the engine not being properly aligned with the shaft. Worn cutlass … [Read more...]

Boat Vibration: Chasing Down the Culprits

pulling tail shaft

Fiberglass boats built in the 1980’s are numerous and, with routine maintenance, fun to own. The routine maintenance caveat is a cautionary tale. Let … [Read more...]

Marine Toilets: The Basics

marine sanitation

One  difference between a “guys” open boat and a boat intended for mixed company or the entire family, is a marine toilet or head. Graduating from … [Read more...]

DIY Fiberglass Boat Repairs

boat booboo

Most fiberglass boats today are made with a foam core sandwiched between layers of polyester resin. This building technique has proven strong and durable. … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Tires

trailer tires

Tire troubles are the number one reason for calls to BoatUS’s roadside assistance. When my buddy Lee asked me recently where he should get tires for … [Read more...]


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