Boat Engines and Systems

Baby Boomer Boaters

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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...]

Boat Trailer Chains: The Art of Hooking Up

Even if your state doesn't require safety chains with closeout clasps, such as those pictured above, they are a good idea because they are less likely to fall off as you travel over over bumpy roads.

If you're thinking of buying a trailerable boat, remember that there are two types of people at the launch ramp – those who are prepared and those who … [Read more...]

Transducer Thru-Hull Fittings

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My buddy Charlie and his brother Bill, co-owners of a 23-foot 1977 Slickcraft SS235, were given a new fish-finder as a present. While the brothers already … [Read more...]

Propane-Powered Outboards by Lehr

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Ever imagine boating without gasoline? No pain at the pump. Fewer dollars for despots. No ethanol troubles. And less emissions that add to the climate … [Read more...]

Seven Marine 557 Outboard: In-Water Debut

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http://youtu.be/BqGjLOeRPfk It’s alive! Seven Marine has breathed life into its 557 outboard. The monster motor -- powered by 6.2 liters of supercharged … [Read more...]

Cooking on Boats

grill in rodholder

A recent kitchen renovation project in my home got me thinking about cooking facilities on boats--or more specifically the usual lack thereof. What philosophical … [Read more...]

Boat Wiring Is Not Car Wiring. Honest.

Boatowners who want to do some of their own wiring should at least have a basic kit with high-grade marine connectors, like the ones sold by Ancor.

Believe it or not, the electrical system in your boat faces a foe more sinister than the ravages of time or the harshness of the marine environment. Your … [Read more...]

Anodes for Outboards and Outdrives

Mercury sells replacement kits, which include all mounting hardware, for about $75. Just specify which drive or outboard you have to get the right parts.

Scientists discovered a couple of centuries ago that when you fasten two metals together in seawater, electrons will flow from the more active metal, the … [Read more...]



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