Boat Engines and Systems

Lehr 9.9-hp Propane-Powered Outboard

Lehr 9.9

Back in March 2012 we let readers know about 2.5- and 5-hp propane outboards from Lehr, fueled by one-pound camp bottles. There were some serious advantages … [Read more...]

Outboard Joystick Control: It’s a Brave New World

The Yamaha Helm Master in action.

Boaters and builders with twin and triple outboard rigs have been introduced to a whole new concept in steering control in recent months, thanks to advanced … [Read more...]

Boat Trailering: Tongue Weight

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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...]

When Buying a Used Boat, Check That Trailer

Beaten-up trailers and cheap trailers are a hidden cost of a used boat.

There are lots of good deals on used boats on BoatTrader.com. I have to deny myself many of them. Well, almost all of them, but that’s not the point. … [Read more...]

Favorite Tools For Used-Boat Maintenance

Working on used boats calls for a dedicated set of trusted tools.

If you’re looking for a used boat, I’m going to assume you’re handy with tools. If not, you will be soon. I have a few tools I can’t do without, … [Read more...]

Video: Sunstream Float Lift in Action

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Sunstream has been building innovative boat lifts for sixteen years, and we're here at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show today to demonstrate their brand new … [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...]

Performance Upgrades: 4 Ways to Buy Better Speed

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Not long after people get a new-to-them boat out on the water, they begin to wonder how they can make it go faster. Well, after you've eliminated needless … [Read more...]



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