Boat Engines and Systems

2012 Newport International Boat Show Report

hydroview

I am usually a little skeptical of “new” boats being last years’ models with a touch more freeboard, another foot in length, or a few more bells … [Read more...]

VHF Radio Protocol

VHF Radio

The other day, while working my part-time launch-driver’s job, I got a call from a young child requesting a ride to shore from his family’s boat. The … [Read more...]

Buying a Used Boat: Accessories Count

sabre 36

I know a couple who own a Sabre 36 sailboat. It is a well-maintained boat they’ve owned for five years. They’re trying to sell it and downsize to a … [Read more...]

The Right Boat Tool for the Job

You never know what you may find when digging through a soft tool bag to find that hidden tool.

Plunk goes the soft tool bag filled with old tools on the deck of the launch. Time to change a clogged Racor fuel filter on the boat’s diesel, which … [Read more...]

Salt-Neutralizing for Marine Engines: Royal Flush

Volvo-Penta's QL Neutra-Salt Engine-Flushing System

Even before you buy your first boat, you know it’s essential to flush your engines after running in salt water. But even if you flush your engines religiously, … [Read more...]

Boat Canvas: Increased Value and Comfort

flybridge enclosures

Buying a used boat has one big advantage over buying a new one: all that expensive equipment a new owner purchases to outfit his boat comes standard on … [Read more...]

Tow Vehicles: How Big is Big Enough?

Sure, it's a mighty impressive truck, but you don't need that much might to pull the family runabout.

In addition to spending far too much time looking at used boats on BoatTrader.com, even though I don’t need another, I just as often look at gently used … [Read more...]

Baby Boomer Boaters

swim platform

No one likes the idea of growing old. And the physical reality for the seventy-six million Americans that the U.S. Census Bureau estimates were born during … [Read more...]

The Boat-Tow Truck I Wish Someone Would Build

If some car company would take the engine out of the Touareg TDI and install it in a half-ton pickup, they’d create the ideal vehicle for towing the kind of boats most people own. Build it. They will come.

After towing a 4,200-pound boat trailer with Volkswagen’s fantastic Touareg TDI, I was amazed at the fuel economy. By keeping the cruise engaged at 60 … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Brakes: Surge vs. Electric-over-Hydraulic

A typical surge-brake actuator. Photo courtesy of Atwood.

There are plenty of advantages to owning a trailerable boat as opposed to one that you keep in a slip or on a mooring. If you're shopping for such a boat, … [Read more...]



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