Boating

Choosing a Tow Vehicle for Your Boat

There are more considerations and calculations to make when choosing a tow vehicle than just boat and trailer weight.

The ability to haul your boat to launching ramps in far-flung places is one of the thrills of boat ownership. But if you're new to the game, be aware … [Read more...]

Boat-Gating for Football Fans

Sitting on the shore of the Allegheny River, Heinz Field is a natural destination for boat-gating. Photo by Justin Goetz.

Hallelujah! The time has come! Somebody grab the frozen pizza rolls and fill the cooler with ice and beer. Dust off the team jersey that’s been suffocating … [Read more...]

Nine Ways to Beat the Summer Heat on Your Boat

An electric fan or two below can mean the difference between a sleepless night and a good night’s rest. Photo courtesy of Hella.

As a liveaboard who spent a decade’s worth of summers at anchor, I earned a PhD in dealing with heat on a boat. And we’re not talking your run-of- … [Read more...]

Marine Toilets: The Basics

A manual marine head. Note the hand pump on the right side of the bowl.

One  difference between a “guys'” open boat and a boat intended for mixed company or the entire family is a marine toilet or head. Graduating from … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Fourth of July by Boat

The Potomac River is an excellent spot to enjoy the Washington, D.C., July 4 fireworks from. Photo courtesy of National Park Service
The Potomac River is an excellent spot to enjoy the Washington, D.C., July 4 fireworks from. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

The Fourth of July holiday is the granddaddy of summer boating weekends in the United States, are if there’s one occasion an owner uses his boat during … [Read more...]

Marine Battery Types and Charging Tips

There are all sorts of marine batteries, and each different type requires careful care. Learning which type you have on your boat is the first step to properly maintaining them. Photo courtesy of Optima Batteries.

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...]

Family Fishing: Essential Gear and Tips To Get You Going

Fishing with family and friends is a great way to make the most of a day on the water. The good news is that getting started is relatively easy. Photo courtesy of Lenny Rudow.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I fully embrace the old saying, “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office.” My addiction to … [Read more...]

How Big an Outboard Will Fit on My Boat?

Mercury's Four-Stroke series outboards are among the engines covered in their Certified Pre-Owned program.

In this world of bigger-is-better, I’ve often been asked, “Just how big an outboard can I put on my boat?” The answer, of course, depends on the … [Read more...]

Five Great Fishing Apps That Aren’t Fishing Apps

A Tide Graph Pro screenshot.

If you’re an angler, it’s certainly no secret that you can find and download literally hundreds of different smartphone and tablet apps that promise … [Read more...]

Fun Behind the Boat: Which Watersport Works for You?

Towable tubes have come a long way. Some are made for multiple riders. Photo courtesy of Rave Sports.

If you’re new to boating or simply not plugged into the watersports market, the array of fun things you can do behind your boat can be dizzying. There … [Read more...]


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