Boating

Five Tips for Ramp Launching

When it comes to launching a boat from a trailer—and recovering it—we realize that people's skills run the gamut from none to plenty. So we're walking … [Read more...]

How to Find Boat Launching Ramps

Lyle Lovett has a great song called If I Had a Boat. Maybe he should write a follow-up called If I Had a Ramp. Sure, it’s nice to have a boat, but … [Read more...]

Get Your Boat Ready for Summer: Commissioning Checklist

A good marine paste-wax will shine a hull better and last longer than labor-saving all-in-one products. All photos: Doug Logan

For boaters in the haul-out-and-hold-on zones of the chilly north, spring is a pretty exciting time. As soon as the weather breaks thousands of us start burrowing … [Read more...]

All About Boat Trailers

A sparkly clean boat in perfect working order won’t impress buyers if the trailer it’s sitting on is a mess. Make sure yours looks as good as this one before you put it up for sale. Photo courtesy of Shadow Trailers.

When we shop for boats, we look critically at the boat. We scrutinize its condition and whether it will meet our needs. On the other hand we probably don’t … [Read more...]

Fun Behind the Boat: Which Watersport Works for You?

Towable tubes have come a long way. Some are made for multiple riders. Photo courtesy of Rave Sports.

If you’re new to boating or simply not plugged into the watersports market, the array of fun things you can do behind your boat can be dizzying. There … [Read more...]

Selecting an Inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

An automatic inflatable life vest with integral harness. Note the D-ring attachment points. Photo courtesy of SOSPENDERS.

Most personal flotation devices (PFDs) have a major design flaw: the bulky flotation material makes them so cumbersome and uncomfortable that few boaters … [Read more...]

Selecting and Installing Marine Stereo Speakers 

These can/cannon-style speakers are designed to produce a lot of sound for wakeboarders and waterskiers. Photo courtesy of Liquid Audio.

Whether you’re down below listening to some smooth jazz tunes over an elegant meal or blasting your favorite ’80s hair band while trolling for billfish, … [Read more...]

Pocket Cruising: Small Boat, Big Dog

Falco and his friend Tiller, keeping an eye on water-skiers.

I’ve heard of boat dogs trained to pee over the gunnel and use a two-foot-square piece of Astroturf for everything else. Unfortunately, the dog we sailed, … [Read more...]

Selecting a VHF Antenna for Your Boat

A fiberglass VHF antenna, good for boats with structures that can help support their length. Photo courtesy of Shakepeare.

Can you hear me now? Good. You probably already know that a VHF radio—either handheld or fixed unit—is a vital piece of safety equipment every boater … [Read more...]

Inboard Boat Engines Are Not Car Engines

Ilmor's MV10 engine is based on the powerplant of the Dodge Viper, but has been completely reengineered for harsh marine use.

I've talked a lot in this blog about the differences between boats and cars -- how they're built and serviced differently, and how their wiring and other … [Read more...]


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