Boating

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...]

How to Fix Light Gelcoat Scratches

If the gelcoat scratches aren't too deep, you may be able to eliminate them with a combination of wet-sanding and compounding. 3M makes a variety of products used by the pros.

Used boats often have scratched gelcoat. If you've been shopping used boats for any length of time, you probably knew that already. The good news is that … [Read more...]

High-Tech Towboat Electronics

Digital touch-screen controls, such as Malibu’s Touch Command system, have been available for several years, and are now finding their way into the used market. Photo courtesy Malibu Boats.

Over the last several years, a quiet revolution has been taking place on the dashboards of premium towboats, industry-wide. Virtually all of them, it seems, … [Read more...]

These Are a Few of My Favorite Boat Tools

Gear wrenches have box ends that ratchet. I take out my socket set less often now. All photos by Brett Becker.

Now that my tool box is well stocked, it’s getting difficult to take fulfilling trips to Sears. When a mechanical problem presents itself, it’s less … [Read more...]

Fairhaven Memorial to Fishermen and Their Families

New Bedford/Fairhaven harbor in Massachusetts lands more pounds of seafood than any other port in America and deserves a tribute like the whaler memorial to all sailors lost at sea--fisherman included.

Just the other day I discovered a lady working on tribute to lost fisherman in my hometown of Fairhaven, Mass. Debbie Charpentier works at the town’s … [Read more...]

Boating Weather: Thermal Sea and Land Breezes

As sunlight warms the land during the day, the air above the land rises. and cooler air from over the water is drawn inland.

All summer long I’ve been describing the southwesterly sea-breeze conditions typically found on Narragansett Bay to my boating guests. While the shape … [Read more...]

Depthsounder Transducer Cables: Airmar-Gemeco Retrofits

If you have a reliable old transducer, there may be no reason to rip it out and start over when you buy a new sounder.

One of  the first things people think about when they buy a used boat is whether and how to upgrade the electronics. These days, sounders, plotters, radars, … [Read more...]

Replumbing Your Used Boat Engine

High-performance engines such as this HP1200SCi from Mercury Racing, have used stainless-steel braided hose and AN fittings for years. They’re strong, reliable, and now they cost less than they used to. Photo Courtesy of Mercury Racing.

You never know what you’ll find when you open the engine hatch on a used boat. One thing you can count on finding is the need to replace a few items. … [Read more...]

Boat Buyers Beware Grimy Engines and Bilges

This diesel engine is not leaking fuel or oil, but dust residue from a loose alternator and water-pump belt coated the front of the engine and created a black mess in the catch-pan underneath.

If you’re looking at a used boat, pay close attention to the outward appearance of the engine. Is it clean or grimy with oil? Are there rusty areas under … [Read more...]



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