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...]

Man Overboard Electronics: DSC Radios

vhf dsc radio

My friend Lee came back from a boat show recently, and started asking me questions about VHF marine radios he’d seen there -- ones with with “man-overboard" … [Read more...]

Storm Damaged Boats, Part 3: Buying from Liquidators


This is the last part of a three-article series. Read the first two parts here: Storm-Damaged Boats, Part 1 Storm-Damaged Boats, Part 2 What happens … [Read more...]

Boat Trailering: Tongue Weight

weight distribution

In my continuing search for the perfect tow vehicle for my 5,000-pound boat and trailer combo I’ve been concentrating on tow vehicle suspension systems. … [Read more...]

Storm-Damaged Boats, Part 2: Untangling the Mess

storm-damaged boats

What happens to storm-damaged boats? The initial answer depends on if you have your boat insured and the particulars of that policy. I’ll discuss what … [Read more...]

Storm Damaged Boats—Part 1

atlantic highlands marina

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


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

boat tow

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


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...]