Boat Engines and Systems

Inboard Engine Alignment

engine alignment

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

pulling tail shaft

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...]

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...]

Marine Engines: EFI vs. Carbureted Models

The Volvo Penta 4.3-liter V6 with EFI

Say you’re looking at two lightly used runabouts with Volvo Penta propulsion. One is a 2011 model with a base 4.3-liter V6 with 50 hours on it. The other … [Read more...]

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...]

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

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...]

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...]


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