Boating

Tripping Your Anchor Free

Have your crew on the bow snub or make fast the anchor rode when it's "up and down," then let the boat's power break the anchor free.

While setting an anchor may have its challenges, getting it back aboard often proves the most difficult task -- especially if you're hauling it in by hand, … [Read more...]

Top 5 Used Boat Caveats

Before getting overexcited about a boat deal, review these words of wisdom.

Shopping for a new-to-you boat is an exciting time, one filled with emotion. The excitement is good. The emotion, not so much. Emotion can get in the way … [Read more...]

AIS for Boaters: Part 2

These two VHF radios are integrated with AIS capabilities. Once networked with a GPS, the VHF units can be used to send and receive AIS information. Note the ship icons on the display. Photo courtesy of Standard Horizon.

In the first part of our discussion about the Automatic Information System (AIS), we covered the nuts and bolts about how the system works, why its use … [Read more...]

With EFI, No Use Pumping the Throttle

This late '70s outboard came with triple carburetors. We've come a long way: EFI is far superior to carbs in every way. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

A buddy of mine looking at used boats recently went on sea trial with a salesperson who recommended pumping the throttle while starting the boat. Well, … [Read more...]

AIS for Boaters: Part 1

This AIS transceiver not only broadcasts information about the vessel it’s installed on, but receives information about other AIS-equipped vessels as well. Note the various targets on the display, represented as circles with direction marks. Image courtesy of Furuno.

“When was the most scared you’ve ever been aboard a boat?” I get asked that question a lot, and every single time I remember a cold November evening … [Read more...]

Five Resources Every Used-Boat Buyer Should Use

Boats.com recently published this interactive PDF with links to all 204 of their boat reviews in 2013. It won't be long before these boats will appear on the used market.

If you're shopping for a new boat, you have it pretty easy. There's a multitude of boat builders out there ready to do your bidding. There are hundreds … [Read more...]

EPIRBs: Your Lifeline to Search and Rescue

This is a top-of-the-line 406 MHz Category II EPIRB with supplemental GPS. Category II units are manual release; Category I units automatically deploy. Photo courtesy of ACR.

OK, first of all, what the heck is an EPIRB, and why do you need one? Let’s get the acronym out of the way first. EPIRB is short for “emergency position-indicating … [Read more...]

Cypress Cay Cozumel 240: Fast and Fun

The Cypress Cay Cozumel 240 test boat ran at over 45 mph with a Mercury Verado 250.

Pontoon boats these days are built to satisfy more than one boating lifestyle, from lounging and picnicking to skiing and wakeboarding. Jeff Hemmel’s … [Read more...]

Where Old Boats Go to Die

This tired old boat and its tired old trailer will be stripped for parts and pieced out, but the hull is likely to end of in a landfill.

When I was younger, one of my hobbies was going to junkyards, and if you saw the heaps I drove in those days, you’d understand why. Junkyards are … [Read more...]

Rafting Up: Tips and Tricks

Rafting up with friends is one of the big pleasures of boating, but there are procedures and protocols that make it safe and enjoyable.

Rafting up with other boats can serve two purposes – it can either provide you a docking place when the boat slips are already full, or it can be strictly … [Read more...]