Boating

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...]

Yamaha 240 Series Runabouts: Turn on the Jets

Yamaha engineers have worked hard on noise reduction and steering control in their 240-series boats for 2015.

New for 2015 are four models in Yamaha’s 240 series – all built on the same 24-foot hull and all featuring dual jets drives mated to four-cylinder, … [Read more...]

Are Boats Built in the Recession Holding Their Value Better?

Fewer boats were built during the Great Recession. Are those boats -- now used -- holding their value better than boats built during boom years?

Something occurred to me when I was looking at motorhomes on RVTrader.com. Not that I’m in the market right now, but if I were, I’d be looking for … [Read more...]

Where are the Runabout Diesels? Come On! 

This MerCruiser V6 is based on the proven Volkswagen TDI diesel.

OK, it's time for my annual appeal to the boatbuilding industry: Where are the diesel runabouts? Hello? How can I buy a used one in a couple of years if … [Read more...]



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