Boating

Hurricane Preparation for Boaters

The cyclone Catarina, which made landfall in March 2004 in Brazil, was the first hurricane observed in the South Atlantic. Note the clockwise rotation. Photo courtesy NASA, from the International Space Station.

Sooner or later, anyone who keeps a boat for long in a hurricane zone will have to deal with the threat of a major storm, and possibly the reality of the … [Read more...]

Nine Ways to Beat the Summer Heat on Your Boat

An electric fan or two below can mean the difference between a sleepless night and a good night’s rest. Photo courtesy of Hella.

As a liveaboard who spent a decade’s worth of summers at anchor, I earned a PhD in dealing with heat on a boat. And we’re not talking your run-of- … [Read more...]

Marine Toilets: The Basics

A manual marine head. Note the hand pump on the right side of the bowl.

One  difference between a “guys'” open boat and a boat intended for mixed company or the entire family is a marine toilet or head. Graduating from … [Read more...]

Marine Battery Types and Charging Tips

There are all sorts of marine batteries, and each different type requires careful care. Learning which type you have on your boat is the first step to properly maintaining them. Photo courtesy of Optima Batteries.

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...]

Family Fishing: Essential Gear and Tips To Get You Going

Fishing with family and friends is a great way to make the most of a day on the water. The good news is that getting started is relatively easy. Photo courtesy of Lenny Rudow.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I fully embrace the old saying, “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office.” My addiction to … [Read more...]

How Big an Outboard Will Fit on My Boat?

Mercury's Four-Stroke series outboards are among the engines covered in their Certified Pre-Owned program.

In this world of bigger-is-better, I’ve often been asked, “Just how big an outboard can I put on my boat?” The answer, of course, depends on the … [Read more...]

Five Great Fishing Apps That Aren’t Fishing Apps

A Tide Graph Pro screenshot.

If you’re an angler, it’s certainly no secret that you can find and download literally hundreds of different smartphone and tablet apps that promise … [Read more...]

Fun Behind the Boat: Which Watersport Works for You?

Towable tubes have come a long way. Some are made for multiple riders. Photo courtesy of Rave Sports.

If you’re new to boating or simply not plugged into the watersports market, the array of fun things you can do behind your boat can be dizzying. There … [Read more...]

Fishing Boats

The Tracker Pro Guide V-16 is a great example of a common aluminum fishing boat.

Would you like to own a fishing boat? Since you’ve ended up here on this web page, we’re betting it’s crossed your mind. And we’re not surprised—there … [Read more...]

Boat Waxes and Polishes for Making Your Gelcoat Shine

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If there’s one thing that gets anyone with a boating affliction pumped up, it’s a glossy shine on a fine-looking boat. But if you’ve looked down … [Read more...]


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