Boating

Marine Battery Types and Charging Tips

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Most boats under 50 feet in length have 12-volt electrical systems. Yet many experienced boaters can’t tell you much about the batteries they have on … [Read more...]

Boat Repairs: When to DIY and When to Pay a Pro

Boating is about being on the water, not spending more time working on it. Find what service and repairs you are comfortable doing, and farm the rest out to a professional. Photo by Brett Becker.

If you’re a handy boat owner, you probably do a lot of your own maintenance and repairs. However, there are jobs that are best left to the professionals. … [Read more...]

G-10: The Secret Weapon of DIY Boat Repairers

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People who enjoy fixing old boats all have their favorite products. Some like working with wood, some on fiberglass boats, others with epoxy etc. Regardless … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Hatch Gaskets

Taking measurements when trying to identify the make and model of your hatch is very important. The most common identifying dimension is the hatch opening size, but you may also want to take other measurements, as well. Photo courtesy of Vetus.

One of the responsibilities of boat ownership is performing maintenance to keep your pride and joy in tip-top shape. After a few years out in the weather, … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Gas Struts

Gas struts, aka gas lifts or gas springs, help raise everything from bait-well covers to heavy engine hatches.

Among the parts that buyers and owners of used boats will probably have to replace at at some point are the nitrogen-filled gas struts (aka gas springs, … [Read more...]

Boat Transport: Shipping by Truck

This powerboat is shink-wrapped, strapped down on the trailer, and ready to roll to a new home in the sunnier south. Photo credit: Dave Pugsley

There was a time when I never would have bought anything I had to drive more than five hours to go and get, but the Internet has changed all that. I once … [Read more...]

The Boat Trader App: Who Knew?

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This is a story of the good things you can find right in your own back yard more than a shameless promotion of a site I write for. Honest. I was noodling … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Port Gaskets

Opening ports, like these models form Vetus, have gaskets that require replacing every now and then.

So you’ve recently acquired a new-to-you, previously loved boat. Well, good for you. If you’re extraordinarily lucky, there’s little to be done except … [Read more...]

Used Boat Detective Work: Diagnostic Tools

The Rinda TechMate diagnostic tool is pricy, but scans a lot of engine functions.

If you look at a lot of used boats or like to do you your own maintenance, it’s best to have a good selection of tools on hand. (I've mentioned compression … [Read more...]

What’s Inside That Center-Console? Five Surprises

The Chris-Craft Catalina 34 has impressive amenities below the console -- and lots of light. Note the horizontal window over the sunpad.

Time was when center-console boats were pretty small and had single engines, and the only things under the consoles themselves were engine batteries, wiring, … [Read more...]


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