Boating

What’s Inside That Center-Console? Five Surprises

The Chris-Craft Catalina 34 has impressive amenities below the console -- and lots of light. Note the horizontal window over the sunpad.

Time was when center-console boats were pretty small and had single engines, and the only things under the consoles themselves were engine batteries, wiring, … [Read more...]

Scarab 215 HO Impulse: Two Jets, No Waiting

The 215 HO Impulse is Scarab's top-of-the-line model.

The scarab beetle was revered in ancient Egypt as a symbol of life’s eternal cycle. Its image decorated architecture and was carved into amulets. It … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: Rejection, Retreat, Revision

A seller's revised offer may be an improvement over the first, but it doesn't mean it has reached a level where it's to your advantage.

You will face a number of sales tactics when buying a used boat from a dealer or even when buying from a shrewd private owner. I've already mentioned some … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Boat Trailer Tires

Boat trailer tires suffer from a lot of abuse, often though sheer neglect. This one is shot, right down to the belt.

If you're shopping for a used boat, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be shopping for trailer tires sooner or later. No other tires withstand so … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Latches and Locks

The new latch is installed -- and sealed better than the last one.

One of the hardest things to do when you buy a used boat is source replacement parts -- especially when things are out of warranty, or worse, when the … [Read more...]

International Coastal Cleanup: Let’s Do It!

This particular concerted cleanup effort gets tons -- literally -- of good work done. Click on the image to see the cleanup results by the numbers.

Saturday, September 20th, is International Coastal Cleanup day. It's an annual event, started and promoted by The Ocean Conservancy. If you've never participated, … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales: The Sudden Buddy Influence

Nice guy! Should that make a difference in how much you pay for used boat?! No!

I recently introduced you to a couple of sales techniques you need to be aware in an effort to get the best deal you can on a used boat. The Scarcity Principle and … [Read more...]

Used Boats: Water Intrusion and Moisture Meters

Moisture meters can range in price from reasonable to you’ve-got-to-be-kidding, but none of them, regardless of price, is foolproof. Further inspection for water intrusion will be necessary.

When you're looking at a used boat, water intrusion into the hull, deck, or stringers is definitely not something you want to see. It's a telltale sign … [Read more...]

Yamaha WaveRunners Add RiDE Systems for 2015

Yamaha's latest VX-Series WaveRunners carry a dual-throttle system called RiDE to solve the low-speed steering problems faced by most jet-drive boats.

In the boating world, Yamaha has staked a lot on jet-drive power, both for their PWCs and their runabout models. It allows them to mate their well-engineered, … [Read more...]

Check Those Exhaust Flapper Valves

The red arrow indicates the flapper valve in one side of the exhaust Y-pipe. These valves deteriorate over time, and quickly in engine-overheat conditions.

Recently, a buddy of mine called me with a problem he had with a new-to-him boat. He had removed the prop to send it out for repair, but when he did he … [Read more...]



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