Boating

Troubleshooting a Manual Marine Head

A typical rebuild kit for a manual marine head, including discharge flapper valve, joker valve, inlet/outlet flapper, discharge flapper, and other critical seals. Photo courtesy of Groco.

Engines stall, pumps stop pumping, and lights stop working quite frequently on boats—it’s part of the game. But there’s perhaps no more troublesome … [Read more...]

Powerboats

The sheer variety of powerboat types can be bewildering.
The sheer variety of powerboat types can be bewildering.

This article originally appeared on uk.boats.com. Republished by permission. The world of powerboats can seem a bewildering one to a newcomer. Even … [Read more...]

Holiday Boat Parades

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but boating is so delightful. And since we’ve no place to go, let it glow! Let it glow! Let it glow! It’s … [Read more...]

Boat Parts

Every used boat will have parts that need replacement. Some parts will be easier to find than others. In this photo note the gas struts lifting the locker covers, the locker gaskets and latches, and the rubber covers on the rod holders. Where do you find such things?

Unless you’ve bought a new boat, or a used one that's been fully restored and updated by the previous owner, chances are you’ll inherit an annoying … [Read more...]

Black Friday 2016

Boaters, are you ready for holiday shopping? boats.com can help with our shopping guides for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, that can only mean one thing—holiday shopping is upon us. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday may not seem like … [Read more...]

How to Kneeboard

Avoid the wipeouts to discover the fun. Photo credit: Allison Richards.

An ode to kneeboarding… I have a love for water and a love for sport, Tubing, wakeboarding and others of the sort. Yet one true love still holds … [Read more...]

Living on a Houseboat

Feeling nostalgic? The design and style of many houseboats might give you the feeling that you've been transported back in time to the 1960s or 70s.

The 1960s and 70s was a time for hippies, disco, tie-dye, bell-bottom jeans, the fight for equality, and you guessed it, houseboats. OK, so maybe you didn’t … [Read more...]

Top 10 Nautical Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

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With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to get nautical. And who doesn’t love a good costume party? From the cutest little sailor outfits … [Read more...]

Winterizing Your Boat

Snow on the dock and anti-ice bubblers at work. In-water storage can work in protected marinas, but engines and all water systems still have to be winterized.

If you live in one of those nice, warm places where you can take your boat out for a spin year-round…  well, congratulations. You can stop reading. … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting Your Boat’s 12-Volt DC Lights

12-volt bayonet-style light bulb sockets and their negative and positive contact points. Photo courtesy of Perko.

Let there be light…or not. One of the most annoying and common problems you will encounter as a boat owner are lights that fail to work. At a minimum … [Read more...]


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