Boating

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...]

The 10 Best College Football Towns for Boating

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Cue the Sports Center music and set aside the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls—these are the power rankings that really matter. We’re breaking down our … [Read more...]

Four Reasons to Keep Boating Right Into Autumn

Fall is a fine season for fishing, exploring, cruising, and getting away from the crowds of summer.

It was another great summer, whether you were partying on the docks or rafted up with your friends by the side of the lake, or towing your kids on tubes … [Read more...]

2016 Suzuki DF6A Outboard: Lightweight Champ

Ultimate portability is what the 2016 Suzuki DF6A outboard is all about. Also new this year is its little sister, the DF4A.

This story originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission. Small motors like the new 2016 Suzuki DF6A are usually not big news, but … [Read more...]

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...]


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