Boat Engines and Systems

Boating with Weather Apps for Smart Phones

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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...]

VHF Radio Know-How Can Save Your Life

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Back in the day, a boat with a VHF radio on board had to have an FCC license, and anyone who used the radio was required to use the boat’s call sign … [Read more...]

Adding Trim Tabs

Bennett SLT6 self leveling tab

A buddy of mine bought a boat a while back that couldn’t keep its nose planted no matter how much negative trim he dialed in on his outboard. Hit a wave, … [Read more...]

Water Pump Repair: Cheap is a Mistake

Impeller kit

Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself down in the bilge of  boat, repairing a shredded water pump impeller. Then, a couple of days later, you could … [Read more...]

Marine Outdrive Flushing: The Right Way

Mercury’s 44537T-2 flush kit

The best way to flush your engine is by following the owner's manual, which is probably something that doesn’t come with a used boat, so let’s touch … [Read more...]

Sterndrive Engines: Big Block or Small?

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I might be overthinking this, but let’s just say for the sake of simplicity that the price difference among all three is negligible, the hours are comparable, … [Read more...]

Inboard Engine Alignment

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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

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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

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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...]

Test-Drive Trivia: Knock, Knock?

Mercruiser U-Joint

If you're ever test-driving a used stern-drive boat and you hear a knocking or thumping sound coming from the transom, but only when the drive is turned … [Read more...]



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