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...]

Saltwater Protection: Change Your Anodes, Flush Your Engine

By using a muff-style flush kit, you can get an idea how well your sea pump is working.

A lot of boats end up sitting in salt water all summer, and if yours is one of them — or you just bought one — there are a number of things to consider … [Read more...]

“Why I Boat” Photo Contest


We're kicking off boating season and the start of summer by highlighting you and your love for the water. During the month of June, share a photo of … [Read more...]

Boat Trailering Video Series: Expert Advice

Boat trailering gets easier with practice. Paul Cronin photo.

There are good things and bad things to say about boat trailering. For people who are used to it and have their systems down, the good far outweighs the … [Read more...]

Preventing Boat Leaks, Spills, and Discharges

Cleaning your boat may seem like an innocent enough process, but the cleaners you use can have significant environmental impacts. Photo by Gary Reich.

Back in 1995 when I was living aboard my 30-footer, I awoke one morning to the smell of diesel fuel wafting in through the cowl vents. As I popped my head … [Read more...]

Get Your Boat Ready for Summer: Checklist

Both inboard- and outboard-powered boats require sacrificial anodes. Make sure to replace your zincs at the start of the season. Doug Logan photo.

Any off-season is too long, but for everyone in those haul-out-and-hold-on zones, this past winter was a doozy, and a lot of us are running behind when … [Read more...]

Five Personal Essentials to Make Summer Boating Better

The Davis SoliCharger-SP not only plays tunes from a variety of devices, it uses the sun to charge them, too. Photo courtesy of Davis.

Any summer day is best spent on a boat -- we all know that. But a full day in a small or open boat, whether your own or someone else's, can be a lot more … [Read more...]