Boating

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...]

10 Tips on How to Tow a Disabled Boat

The red tow-boat is postioned on the hip of the disabled sailboat. This helps in maneuvering in close quarters and in calm conditions.

The time-honored law of the sea says you have to render assistance to a fellow boater in trouble. It makes sense – you might be in his shoes next time. … [Read more...]

Ethanol and Boat Fuel: Stay Vigilant

A combination fuel filter and water separator will collect water in a clear reservoir at the bottom. Keep a close eye on that reservoir and drain anywater out right away

If you're new to boating and are looking at used boats to buy, you might not be aware of the running battle boaters have been waging with ethanol-based … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Used Boat for Sale

If you're getting your boat ready to sell, a moderate amount of time and effort will add genuine value and help justify your asking price.

First impressions are everything when you are trying to attract buyers to your used boat for sale. Just as important as when selling a house, proper staging … [Read more...]

Safety Gear Checklists: Smart on Any Vessel

The safety checklist aboard Grand Mariner runs to 273 line items.

I sometimes write about the routines and challenges of running a charter schooner in busy Newport, Rhode Island. Now I'm reporting from  Belize city, … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers 101: Materials, Brakes, Hardware

If you do your boateing in salt water, an aluminum trailer is a better choice than steel.

You might think a trailer is a trailer is a trailer. Uh, no. Like so many other products, the quality of  trailers varies widely, and if you look closely … [Read more...]

Best Dog Breeds for Boaters

Standard poodles make excellent water dogs. They're natural swimmers and are easily trained.

Man’s best friend can be a great companion on land or at sea. There are many breeds of dogs that were bred to be on the water and are considered a natural … [Read more...]

Visiting a Boat Show: Game Plan!

Going to a boat show without a plan is like walking into fiberglass forest. You'll just get bewildered.

One of the best things you can do to kick out the winter doldrums and start getting psyched for spring is to visit a nice, big boat show. It doesn’t … [Read more...]

Towing Safety: The Art of Getting There

Start getting ready for your weekend of boating the night before you leave. That will lead to fewer mistakes. Photo Courtesy of General Motors.

Of course, we all want to get on the water as soon as possible. That leads to hurrying, which in turn leads to mistakes. So while the water is frozen (at … [Read more...]