Storm Damaged Boats—Part 1

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It’s Christmas week and a storm front is moving through the Northeast with torrential rains and 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts, reminding me of my colleague … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Boat to Sell: Winter Work Is Worth It

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Hopefully you’ve winterized and covered your boat by now. As temperatures drop, your hopes of selling your boat may also be depressed. The good news … [Read more...]

Choosing a Tow Vehicle for Your Boat

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A few years back I identified the boat I would buy next. It’s a trailerable boat that I can store in my yard and launch with either a yacht club hoist … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Repowering your Boat

Lack of engine access on some boats can add significant cost to any repower project.

I have estimated and overseen dozens of repower jobs—mostly on inboard powerboats over 30 feet, but also on I/O’s, sailboats, and outboard boats. Replacing … [Read more...]

Rod Holders: Fishing Boat Accessories

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My buddy Ed enters the garage and immediately sees the stack of fishing rods and reels leaning in a corner. “Hey, mind if I borrow a few of those for … [Read more...]

How Big an Outboard will Fit on my Boat?

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In this world of bigger-is-better, I’ve often been asked, “Just how big an outboard can I put on my boat?” The answer, of course, depends on the … [Read more...]

Boat Handling Basics: Docking in Breeze

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The day-long parade to the dock of boats unloading equipment at the end of the season got my attention. It was a windy day, and many skippers had trouble … [Read more...]

Price Assessment: How Boat Brokers and Surveyors can Help

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Most people would prefer to sell their boats without a broker and not have to pay the broker’s fee. For smaller boats, less expensive boats, and common … [Read more...]

2012 Newport International Boat Show Report

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I am usually a little skeptical of “new” boats being last years’ models with a touch more freeboard, another foot in length, or a few more bells … [Read more...]

Fall: Best Season for Fishing

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The weekly “hump day” gathering of friends for a beer after work is in full swing in my neighbor’s garage. The trades are well represented: a mechanic, … [Read more...]