Boating

Tying Up Boats: Mooring Basics

Does this boat look securely moored, to your eyes?

This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission. Aside from knowing how to safely run a boat out on the water, being able … [Read more...]

Submersible Bilge Pumps: Installing One Like the Pros

A simple submersible bilge pump setup. Illustration courtesy of ITT Jabsco

If you’ve ever taken a close look at your bilge, you’d likely admit that it’s probably the nastiest place on your boat, even if you do your best … [Read more...]

Choosing a Tow Vehicle for Your Boat

There are more considerations and calculations to make when choosing a tow vehicle than just boat and trailer weight.

The ability to haul your boat to launching ramps in far-flung places is one of the thrills of boat ownership. But if you're new to the game, be aware … [Read more...]

Boat-Gating for Football Fans

Sitting on the shore of the Allegheny River, Heinz Field is a natural destination for boat-gating. Photo by Justin Goetz.

Hallelujah! The time has come! Somebody grab the frozen pizza rolls and fill the cooler with ice and beer. Dust off the team jersey that’s been suffocating … [Read more...]

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...]


Archives