Top 10 Nautical Themed Halloween Costume Ideas


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.

Editor's Note: Hurricane Matthew is currently making its way through the Caribbean, striking Haiti as a Category 4 with 145 MPH winds. The Boat Trader team … [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...]

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 Republished by permission. Small motors like the new 2016 Suzuki DF6A are usually not big news, but … [Read more...]