The New MerCruiser 4.5-liter V6: Worth the Wait


For the longest time, Mercury has been taking automotive engines and “marinizing” them for use in inboard and stern-drive applications. They were and … [Read more...]

Propane Safety for Boats

Propane tanks should be installed in a proper locker, not somewhere inside the boat. Note the pressure gauge, regulator, and solenoid.

Relatively speaking, propane is a fairly new fuel aboard boats. As recently as the 1970s, the majority of recreational boats relied on denatured alcohol, … [Read more...]

A Video Series with Great Angling Lessons: Got Bait?

Lenny Rudow with a favorite lure.

Ask anyone who knows Lenny Rudow, a senior editor at, and they’ll tell you that he’s a fishing nut. Nothing, but nothing, makes him happier … [Read more...]

Shore Power Basics: Get Plugged In

A shore power adapter. Photo courtesy of Cablemaster

Electricity–it might make you think of Benjamin Franklin flying a kite with a metal key attached during a lightning storm, but to boaters it means using … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Boat Trailer Tires

Boat trailer tires suffer from a lot of abuse, often though sheer neglect. This one is shot, right down to the belt.

If you're shopping for a used boat, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be shopping for trailer tires sooner or later. No other tires withstand so … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Latches and Locks

The new latch is installed -- and sealed better than the last one.

One of the hardest things to do when you buy a used boat is source replacement parts -- especially when things are out of warranty, or worse, when the … [Read more...]

International Coastal Cleanup: Let’s Do It!

This particular concerted cleanup effort gets tons -- literally -- of good work done. Click on the image to see the cleanup results by the numbers.

Saturday, September 20th, is International Coastal Cleanup day. It's an annual event, started and promoted by The Ocean Conservancy. If you've never participated, … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales: The Sudden Buddy Influence

Nice guy! Should that make a difference in how much you pay for used boat?! No!

I recently introduced you to a couple of sales techniques you need to be aware in an effort to get the best deal you can on a used boat. The Scarcity Principle and … [Read more...]

Ventilation Basics: Keeping Your Boat Cool, Dry, and Smelling Fresh

A cowl vent on a sailboat. Photo: Gary Reich

Boaters often associate the term “ventilation” with keeping cool and comfortable below decks on a boat. But ventilation isn’t just about preventing … [Read more...]

Used Boats: Water Intrusion and Moisture Meters

Moisture meters can range in price from reasonable to you’ve-got-to-be-kidding, but none of them, regardless of price, is foolproof. Further inspection for water intrusion will be necessary.

When you're looking at a used boat, water intrusion into the hull, deck, or stringers is definitely not something you want to see. It's a telltale sign … [Read more...]