Boating

Selfie vs. Fishie? Easy Choice

Boaters tend to be outward-looking and adventure-seeking. This picture of a father and son is better than any bathroom-mirror selfie. Photo credit: Lenny Rudow.

A few days ago we posted a simple graphic on BoatTrader’s Facebook page. It showed an illustration of a runabout, and said "The world needs more people … [Read more...]

Used Boat Deals: Moderate Fixes, Big Savings

Replacing a drive coupler requires engine removal. The part alone is upward of $500. MerCruiser Marine Photo.

One way to get a deal on a used boat stems from someone else’s misfortune: divorce, death, job loss, and so on.  All of those those things can lead … [Read more...]

Cobalt A40: Sporty Comfort Under the Sun

Cobalt's new A40 cruises at planing speeds while providing a high level of comfort.

A 40-foot boat that combines a lot of hull volume and cockpit space with advanced styling -- while promising both speed and serious comfort -- has to accomplish … [Read more...]

Bottom Stripping Basics

A boat bottom encased in Coppercoat instead of bottom paint, after a post-season pressure-wash.

Scene 1: A kitchen, springtime. A couple sits drinking coffee. Man (looking miserable): “I can’t hold out any longer. It’s been years.” Woman: … [Read more...]

Used Boat Buying Quiz: Are You Ready for This?

You may locate a used boat you've been dreaming about, but take a deep breath and consider whether you're ready for the project list after you've made the purchase.

It’s probably safe to say not everyone is cut out for the rigors of used-boat ownership. Before you let your boat-buying fever get ahead of you and your … [Read more...]

Nautical Rules of the Road: Practice Like the Pros

The traffic separation scheme for San Francisco shows inbound and outbound lanes to and from the north, west, and south.

The nautical rules of the road can seem like pretty dry material to new boaters, but people who are experienced on the water know how valuable they are … [Read more...]

Exterior Marine Wood Finishes: Part Two — Oils, Sealers, Hybrids

A couple of coats of Amazon teak oil makes this teak deck shine, but without making the surface smooth and slippery like varnish or Cetol would. Photo courtesy of Teak Decking Systems.

It's a sign of spring: Boaters have been walking out of the marine supply shop where I fill in part-time with fistfuls of brushes, thinners, and wood finishes … [Read more...]

Small Cruise Ship, Shallow-Water Ops

Grande Mariner draws only seven feet, and can nose into a lot of places where larger vessels can't venture.

Most Boat Trader readers, whether they run on rivers and lakes or along coasts, can probably relate to boats that are purpose-built for their areas of … [Read more...]

Exterior Marine Wood Finishes: Part One, Traditional Varnishes

Varnish looks great and does a great job protecting wood, but getting it right requires a deft touch and some clever tricks. Photo by Gary Reich.

In recent years, real wood on new boats has definitely gone out of style. Unless you’re looking at a polished Chris-Craft launch, a 64-foot Jarrett Bay … [Read more...]

Tripping Your Anchor Free

Have your crew on the bow snub or make fast the anchor rode when it's "up and down," then let the boat's power break the anchor free.

While setting an anchor may have its challenges, getting it back aboard often proves the most difficult task -- especially if you're hauling it in by hand, … [Read more...]