Boat Engines and Systems

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...]

Tow Boat Powertrains: Direct-Drive vs. V-Drive

A direct-drive setup helps center the weight in the boat and makes a smooth, flat wake at higher speeds.

Most boaters start out with the classic runabout as their first boat. It’s great to get the family out on the water together. Then it happens. Your kid … [Read more...]

High-Tech Towboat Electronics

Digital touch-screen controls, such as Malibu’s Touch Command system, have been available for several years, and are now finding their way into the used market. Photo courtesy Malibu Boats.

Over the last several years, a quiet revolution has been taking place on the dashboards of premium towboats, industry-wide. Virtually all of them, it seems, … [Read more...]

Replumbing Your Used Boat Engine

High-performance engines such as this HP1200SCi from Mercury Racing, have used stainless-steel braided hose and AN fittings for years. They’re strong, reliable, and now they cost less than they used to. Photo Courtesy of Mercury Racing.

You never know what you’ll find when you open the engine hatch on a used boat. One thing you can count on finding is the need to replace a few items. … [Read more...]

Boat Buyers Beware Grimy Engines and Bilges

This diesel engine is not leaking fuel or oil, but dust residue from a loose alternator and water-pump belt coated the front of the engine and created a black mess in the catch-pan underneath.

If you’re looking at a used boat, pay close attention to the outward appearance of the engine. Is it clean or grimy with oil? Are there rusty areas under … [Read more...]

Dripless Shaft Seal Installation

The PSS dripless shaft seal from PYI works by mechanically compressing a carbon to "float" against the shaft

Tired of leaky shaft seals filling the bilge with water or having to replace the packing? The solution is to replace the old stuffing box with a new dripless … [Read more...]



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