Boating Skills

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...]

Nautical Sound Signals: The Prolonged Blast

Horns can be mouth-powered, hand-held, or fixed-mount, like this one, which has a DC-powered compressor to produce a 126 dB blast.

It’s a clear, sunny day, and you hear a 4- to 6-second blast of a ship’s whistle or horn. What should you do? Please, look for the source! This signal … [Read more...]

A Primer on Towing Safely

A tow vehicle, boat, and trailer are a trio of valuable moving parts. It pays to develop skills and habits to keep them -- and you -- safe.

While towing, you can almost measure acceleration with a sundial, and you can forget about passing anything — especially a gas station. You can’t stop … [Read more...]

Boating Friendships: Above and Beyond

It's good to have a friend to help at the other end of a gnarly boat problem.

To the uninitiated, a weekend of boating seems like nothing more than a bunch of people out on the water, driving around and pulling people with ropes. … [Read more...]

Boaters: Who has the Right of Way?

Click here for an app that will test your knowledge of the rules of the nautical road

Boats are zipping past in all directions -- sailboats, powerboats, high-speed ferry-boats, tankers, and an occasional car-carrier, not to mention scores … [Read more...]

Boat Docking 101: Good Articles and Videos

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There’s plenty of information available online about how to dock your boat. Some of it’s even pretty good. Trouble is, when you multiply boat types … [Read more...]

Boat Handling Basics: Prop Walk

Thr rotation of your boat's propeller can create prop walk and affect your boat handling

Engine-driven boats with a propeller generally suck water into the propeller ("suction screw current") and eject water from the propeller ("discharge screw … [Read more...]

Accon Marine Uses YouTube To Show Customers How To Install Hardware

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Accon Marine now has installation videos for its most popular products. With each clip about two minutes long, viewers can see just how simple it is to … [Read more...]

Prepare Your Boat For Hurricane Season Now

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With the start of hurricane season, the BoatUS homepage offers tips that can help your boat make it through this storm season.  Among the suggestions … [Read more...]

Read charts in the dark with Weems & Plath’s Light Dividers

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The 7” Light Dividers by Weems and Plath allows the user to read charts at night without losing night vision at the helm. The LightDivider also provides … [Read more...]