Boat Engines and Systems

Boat Fuel Prices: Crude Details

Gas prices always seem to rise during summer travel season, but there are actually logical reasons for it. Photo by Brett Becker.

Gas prices seem to be the subject of many a newscast as of late. Or as of always. Lots of people are outraged at fuel prices, especially as the summer … [Read more...]

Boat Transmission: Stuck In Gear

The switch momentarily interrupts the ignition power, which allows “dog clutch” gears to mesh easier at lower speed. In the case of shifting out of gear, the load is relaxed on the meshed gears, enabling them to disengage.

  An acquaintance of mine recently bought a new-to-him boat. He was out in it for the first time when he discovered he couldn’t get it out … [Read more...]

Used Boat Deals: Moderate Fixes, Big Savings

Replacing a drive coupler requires engine removal. The part alone is upward of $500. MerCruiser Marine Photo.

One way to get a deal on a used boat stems from someone else’s misfortune: divorce, death, job loss, and so on.  All of those those things can lead … [Read more...]

Spring Outboard Commissioning

A photo of an outboard engine with its cover off.

Getting your outboard ready for spring launch is often sort of a good news/bad news affair for boat owners. The good news is that if you properly winterized … [Read more...]

Small Cruise Ship, Shallow-Water Ops

Grande Mariner draws only seven feet, and can nose into a lot of places where larger vessels can't venture.

Most Boat Trader readers, whether they run on rivers and lakes or along coasts, can probably relate to boats that are purpose-built for their areas of … [Read more...]

AIS for Boaters: Part 2

These two VHF radios are integrated with AIS capabilities. Once networked with a GPS, the VHF units can be used to send and receive AIS information. Note the ship icons on the display. Photo courtesy of Standard Horizon.

In the first part of our discussion about the Automatic Information System (AIS), we covered the nuts and bolts about how the system works, why its use … [Read more...]

With EFI, No Use Pumping the Throttle

This late '70s outboard came with triple carburetors. We've come a long way: EFI is far superior to carbs in every way. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

A buddy of mine looking at used boats recently went on sea trial with a salesperson who recommended pumping the throttle while starting the boat. Well, … [Read more...]

AIS for Boaters: Part 1

This AIS transceiver not only broadcasts information about the vessel it’s installed on, but receives information about other AIS-equipped vessels as well. Note the various targets on the display, represented as circles with direction marks. Image courtesy of Furuno.

“When was the most scared you’ve ever been aboard a boat?” I get asked that question a lot, and every single time I remember a cold November evening … [Read more...]

Ethanol and Boat Fuel: Stay Vigilant

A combination fuel filter and water separator will collect water in a clear reservoir at the bottom. Keep a close eye on that reservoir and drain anywater out right away

If you're new to boating and are looking at used boats to buy, you might not be aware of the running battle boaters have been waging with ethanol-based … [Read more...]

Visiting a Boat Show: Game Plan!

Going to a boat show without a plan is like walking into fiberglass forest. You'll just get bewildered.

One of the best things you can do to kick out the winter doldrums and start getting psyched for spring is to visit a nice, big boat show. It doesn’t … [Read more...]



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