Boating

Preventing Boat Leaks, Spills, and Discharges

Cleaning your boat may seem like an innocent enough process, but the cleaners you use can have significant environmental impacts. Photo by Gary Reich.

Back in 1995 when I was living aboard my 30-footer, I awoke one morning to the smell of diesel fuel wafting in through the cowl vents. As I popped my head … [Read more...]

Family Fishing: Essential Gear and Tips To Get You Going

Fishing with family and friends is a great way to make the most of a day on the water. The good news is that getting started is relatively easy. Photo courtesy of Lenny Rudow.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I fully embrace the old saying, “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office.” My addiction to … [Read more...]

Get Your Boat Ready for Summer: Checklist

Both inboard- and outboard-powered boats require sacrificial anodes. Make sure to replace your zincs at the start of the season. Doug Logan photo.

Any off-season is too long, but for everyone in those haul-out-and-hold-on zones, this past winter was a doozy, and a lot of us are running behind when … [Read more...]

Five Personal Essentials to Make Summer Boating Better

The Davis SoliCharger-SP not only plays tunes from a variety of devices, it uses the sun to charge them, too. Photo courtesy of Davis.

Any summer day is best spent on a boat -- we all know that. But a full day in a small or open boat, whether your own or someone else's, can be a lot more … [Read more...]

Cobalt Boats Gives Back to Military Families

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Cobalt Boats has initiated a program of giving that helps the children of military veterans killed or disabled in combat to achieve their dream of going … [Read more...]

What to Look for on a Sea Trial

On your sea-trial, take the boat through a series of left and right turns, checking for play or friction in the steering, prop cavitation, and any unusual sounds.

If you can’t afford a marine surveyor, you will need to rely on yourself to perform the sea trial. By the time you get to this stage of the buying process, … [Read more...]

Evinrude E-TEC G2 Series Outboards

Evinrude's E-TEC engine cowlings are pretty striking. You won't mistake them for anyone else's engines.

In a big move for American outboard engine development, Evinrude has introduced the E-TEC G2 series engines, in 200-, 225-, 250-, and 300-hp horsepower … [Read more...]

Choosing a Boat: The Versatile Walkaround

Walkaround boats like this Pro-Line offer a good combination of versatility, comfort, performance, and and economy.

The interminable question for boaters everywhere is, "What boat would you buy if you could only buy one?"  It’s the question we all deal with because, … [Read more...]

Remote Oil Filters Make Maintenance Easier

Oil filter relocation kits aren't very expensive and can make a dreaded but important chore much easier.

I used to have a toolbox that was so disorganized that I’d never want to work on anything because I didn’t feel like going through the hassle of finding … [Read more...]

Three Big Boat Problems — and How to Avoid Them

This little technical skiff may look innocent enough, but even a simple boat like this has systems that can scheme to ruin any boating day. Maintenance is the key to staying out of trouble and avoiding aggravation. Photo by Gary Reich.

Whether you know it or not, your boat is a crafty piece of work. That’s right, it’s constantly conspiring against you, whether it means leaving you … [Read more...]


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