Boat Engines and Systems

Talking Boats with Al Herum

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Our sister site Boats.com frequently posts stories that originally appeared in Soundings Magazine. We thought you'd enjoy this profile of Al Herum, who … [Read more...]

Boat Equipment: Making a List, Checking it Twice

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As the Christmas holidays approach I’m sure you’ll hear the song about old St. Nick—“He’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out … [Read more...]

Roughing It Today

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I’m not sure how people who enjoy the great outdoors developed their affinity. Camping and boating trips with the family when I was young were the basis … [Read more...]

Boating Safety: Lifejackets are the New Seatbelts

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Your intrepid boating journalist found some news about lifejackets that will likely affect you. Did you know that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) … [Read more...]

Boat Storage Stands

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Almost all boats spend time on dry land sitting on their trailers or boat stands—especially during winter storage. Having operated a boatyard that routinely … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Maintenance

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A third of the 100,000 plus boats for sale on this website are listed with trailers. That's no surprise because according to BoatUS, nearly 7 million Americans … [Read more...]

Marine Battery Types and Charging Tips

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Most boats under 50 feet in length have 12-volt electrical systems. Yet many experienced boaters can’t tell you much about the batteries they have on … [Read more...]

Sun Power: Solar Battery Chargers for Your Boat

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Like many boaters, and particularly sailboaters, I have always been cognizant and even enamored by wind power, but I didn’t give much thought to solar … [Read more...]

Shore Power

A 30 amp 125v cordset are not your only options for connecting to shore power

One of the modern conveniences of life is that we can bring our electronic devices practically anywhere—even to sea. New marinas are made more attractive … [Read more...]

Boat Trailering: the Tow Vehicle

What boat fits behind this tow package and how far will it go

Driving down the road the other day I noticed a pick-up truck pulling an empty boat trailer. I started to wonder what kind of boat would fit on the trailer. … [Read more...]