Boating

Winter Layup Tips for Your Boat

Winterizing engines and fuel systems is a top priority, especially with the ethanol demons ready to wreak havoc during the cold season.

In many parts of the country, this is transition season, time to haul and winterize your boat.  Fall haul-out nearly matches the urgency level of spring … [Read more...]

International Coastal Cleanup — See You Out There!

Mylar balloons travel far and wide over the world's waters. They don't give up easily, but you can gaff 'em and boat 'em if you're quick.

Not that we shouldn’t be picking up butts and bags and balloons all year long from the waters we like to boat and swim in, but September 19th is the … [Read more...]

Five Simple Habits That Make Your Boat Engine Last Longer

It's tempting to hit the throttle early, but resist the urge and let your engine warm up to operating temperature first. Enjoy the view for a while at a nice, slow idle.

Everybody is looking for ways to make things last longer, whether it’s our cars, appliances, baseball games, or yes, our boats. What if I told you there … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Consider an Extended Warranty on a Used Boat

Weigh your own skills, time, and money against the complexity of systems on the boat. The more complex they are, the more an extended warranty might make sense.

If you're considering a used boat that's new enough to qualify for an extended warranty, it might be worth considering the extra expense. Here are five … [Read more...]

Yamaha VMAX SHO 115 vs. Evinrude E-TEC 115

Ranger’s RT188 aluminum bass boat, equipped with the new Yamaha four-stroke VMAX SHO 115 outboard. All photos by Gary Reich.

Anyone who has been in powerboating for at least 20 years likely has some experience with two-stroke outboard engines. You probably know about the great … [Read more...]

Trailering Your Boat: Seven Items to Check Every Time

New truck, new trailer, new boat. The trailer may be the least sexy part of that trio, but it still needs to be monitored just as carefully.

Yes, I know, a headline like that can come across as a pedantic wet blanket. You could read it that way -- I get that, but here’s the way it was intended: … [Read more...]

Mercury Alpha Drive to Bravo One: a Worthwhile Conversion

The Bravo One drive uses a different transom assembly than the Alpha, but the bolt pattern is the same except for two additional holes for the Bravo assembly.

Say you’ve found the perfect used boat. Well, almost. It has all the equipment and amenities you were looking for, right down to the V8 engine, except … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Make Your Outboard Engine Perform Better

Today’s modern outboards are the epitome of performance and reliability -- unless you fail to maintain them. Photo by Gary Reich.

If you're a boater who was born before 1980, your first outboard engine memories probably resemble this: An adult male relative (your father, most likely) … [Read more...]

Measure Boat Speed Precisely with a Radar Gun

Radar guns have come down in price over the last few years, and they are still the best way to measure the top speed of a boat.

One of the first questions people ask you while you’re filling up at the gas station — even if your boat looks just a little sporty — is how fast … [Read more...]

Between Prop Pitches

By tuning in a little extra cup at the trailing edge of the propeller blades, you might be able to avoid having to move up a size in pitch.

There’s a seldom-spoken-of situation in the world of propellers, and it's the phenomenon of being “between pitches.” That’s when one prop isn’t … [Read more...]


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