Boating

Boat Wiring: Use Good Terminals and Tools

This ratcheting crimper places a precise amount of pressure on the crimp fitting while also making two crimps—one on the wire and one on the wire jacket—at the same time. Photo by Gary Reich.

Maybe you’ve seen this at your marina or boatyard before: an able-bodied weekend warrior hanging upside down in a bilge or wet locker mumbling obscenities … [Read more...]

Choosing a Boat: Ski and Wakeboard Boat Pros and Cons

A purpose-built ski boat has the engine in the middle. This helps the boat get out of the hole fast and provides a flatter wake for the skier.

It has been said time and again that all boats are compromises. That logic applies probably most pointedly to tow boats: ski boats and wakeboard boats, … [Read more...]

How to Fix Gelcoat Gouges

Preval sprayers let you spray gelcoat without the need buy a compressor and professional paint equipment.

I wrote recently about how to about fix light scratches in gelcoat, and also outlined how to find gelcoat suppliers. But what if you’re looking at a … [Read more...]

Tow Boat Powertrains: Direct-Drive vs. V-Drive

A direct-drive setup helps center the weight in the boat and makes a smooth, flat wake at higher speeds.

Most boaters start out with the classic runabout as their first boat. It’s great to get the family out on the water together. Then it happens. Your kid … [Read more...]

Boating Weather: Clouds

Rough weather can pop up quickly. Using your own understanding of clouds along with local forecasts from the pros will keep you safer on the water.

Boating when it’s nice out is fun; boating when the weather conditions aren’t perfect is challenging. Boaters who most easily adapt to the conditions … [Read more...]

Koul Tools for Stainless Steel Braided Engine Plumbing

The Koul Tools kit is available for a range of AN hose and fitting sizes.

I've worked with stainless-steel-braided hose on enough boats over the years to know that its benefits outweigh its drawbacks. The benefits come in the … [Read more...]

Princecraft Nanook DLX WS: Aluminum Fishing Star

The Princecraft Nanook DLS WS is rated for 115 horsepower. With t he Mercury powerplant shown the boat cruises at over 30 mph. and tops out in the mid 40s.

The company has been through a lot of names and corporate incarnations over the years, but Princecraft, of Princeville, Quebec, has been building high-quality … [Read more...]

Boating Weather: Atmospheric Pressure

Pressure changes in our atmosphere are due to uneven heating of air. Wind flows from high pressure toward low pressure.

“Man lives at the bottom of an ocean of air,” reads the opening of the chapter on the atmosphere and its circulation in Knight’s Modern Seamanship. … [Read more...]

All About Boat Trailers

Wheel bearings are the most critical maintenance item on a boat trailer because they can strand you by the roadside and keep you off the water. Service your bearings with fresh grease before each boating season and replace them as necessary. Photio: Brett Becker

When we shop for boats, we look critically at the boat. We scrutinize its condition and whether it will meet our needs. On the other hand we probably don’t … [Read more...]

Boating Weather: A Bit of Oceanography

Over many thousands of years, the outflow of the Hudson River has created the well-known undersea canyon.

I was fortunate to go to sea right after high school on a Woods Hole Oceanographic vessel, the Lulu, sub-tender for the deep submersible Alvin. I was only … [Read more...]