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Black Friday 2016

Boaters, are you ready for holiday shopping? boats.com can help with our shopping guides for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, that can only mean one thing—holiday shopping is upon us. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday may not seem like … [Read more...]

How to Kneeboard

Avoid the wipeouts to discover the fun. Photo credit: Allison Richards.

An ode to kneeboarding… I have a love for water and a love for sport, Tubing, wakeboarding and others of the sort. Yet one true love still holds … [Read more...]

Living on a Houseboat

Feeling nostalgic? The design and style of many houseboats might give you the feeling that you've been transported back in time to the 1960s or 70s.

The 1960s and 70s was a time for hippies, disco, tie-dye, bell-bottom jeans, the fight for equality, and you guessed it, houseboats. OK, so maybe you didn’t … [Read more...]

Top 10 Nautical Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

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With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to get nautical. And who doesn’t love a good costume party? From the cutest little sailor outfits … [Read more...]

Winterizing Your Boat

Snow on the dock and anti-ice bubblers at work. In-water storage can work in protected marinas, but engines and all water systems still have to be winterized.

If you live in one of those nice, warm places where you can take your boat out for a spin year-round…  well, congratulations. You can stop reading. … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting Your Boat’s 12-Volt DC Lights

12-volt bayonet-style light bulb sockets and their negative and positive contact points. Photo courtesy of Perko.

Let there be light…or not. One of the most annoying and common problems you will encounter as a boat owner are lights that fail to work. At a minimum … [Read more...]

How to Winterize a Small Outboard

Time to rake leaves and winterize engines. This 8-hp Merc is standing on its skeg in trash barrel full of clean fresh water.

Let’s say you run your small outboard in salt water all summer and don’t flush it as often as you should during the season. (For a lot of us who leave … [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...]

What Type of Boat is Right for You? Top 10 Choices for Boaters

Is a bowrider the best bet? Could a cruiser be in your future? Or, is a trawler at the top of your list?

Whether you’re a beginner boater who’s still trying to figure out basic boat terminology or an old salt who stays in tune with the latest boat design … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting a Faulty Submersible Bilge Pump

Bilge pumps live in deep nooks that naturally collect dirt, hair, and general grunge. They have to be robust, and they have to be maintained. All photos: Doug Logan

Not long ago we wrote about how to install a submersible bilge pump, that thankless piece of gear primarily designed to keep nuisance water from collecting … [Read more...]


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