Boating

Beware of Grubby Marinas and Boatyards

Asking for trouble: loose, sagging wires in the water, broken PVC conduit, splintery dock planks, untended fuel tank, and more.

Sometimes a dirty, dangerous, poorly kept marina or boatyard is the only game in town. Well, if you can keep your boat at a better place 30 miles down … [Read more...]

Top 10 Signs You Need a New-to-You Boat

When even Asian carp won't jump in for a ride, you know it's time for a change. (Photo: WikiMedia Commons)

Before you can fix a problem, you must first recognize you have one. Everyone knows that, but knowing something and doing something about it are two entirely … [Read more...]

Marine Heads: Portable and Pump-Through

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

Figuring out what to do when nature calls on the water has been a problem since man started messing about in boats. At some point, we even decided to become … [Read more...]

Google Earth for Cruise Planning

Google Earth lets you plan a simple route in nautical miles.

It feels a bit silly to be writing this, because I keep thinking everyone knows how great Google Earth is as a basic navigation tool when you're planning … [Read more...]

Used Boat-Buying Quiz, Part 2: Still Ready?

Good research takes serious patience. Jumping at the wrong boat can be worse than haing no boat at all.

A lot of people like the idea of going boating. They imagine sunsets quietly cruising across sun-dappled lagoons, pulling their children on water toys … [Read more...]

Submersible Bilge Pumps: Installing One Like the Pros

A bilge pump/float switch combo.

If you’ve ever taken a close look at your bilge, you’d likely admit that it’s probably the nastiest place on your boat, even if you do your best … [Read more...]

Used Cars, Used Boats: Big Differences

Unlike auto assembly lines, boatbuilding operations are almost all labor-intensive -- few things are stamped out and mass-assembled. Photo courtesy of Hornet Marine.

I’ve always been against comparing used cars with used boats, and I've written about some of my concerns here in Boat Buyers: Beware of Auto Parts and … [Read more...]

Bilge Pumps: Selecting One With the Right Stuff

A Rule submersible bilge pump. These submersible pumps are designed to be mounted where the action happens: right down in the bilge.

Whether we like it or not, boats leak. Yep, that’s right; even the finest, hand-built megayachts get water in their bilges for one reason or another. … [Read more...]

Used Boats and the Scarcity Principle

Classic Bertram 31s are sought-after boats. Newer Bertrams, too, have their followings. Some of them may even be "rare." But it takes research to know. Even then, is rare a good thing in this case?

Back in 2012, I highlighted some of the buzzwords and phrases to be wary of in ad copy for used boats. In that blog, I talked about the use of phrases … [Read more...]

Diesel Engine Maintenance: The Exhausted Exhaust

This clogged exhaust elbow led to severe breathing problems for the Yanmar 2GM.

  Internal combustion engines act like air pumps: They breath air in, mix the air with fuel, make a fire, then exhaust out the smoke. Diesel … [Read more...]



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