In-The-Water Winter Boat Storage: Yes, You Can

There's nothing wrong with keeping you boat at the dock all winter long, as long as you take the proper precautions. Photo courtesy of BoatUS

Having lived on a 30-foot sailboat and various powerboats year-round in northern climes for 12 years, I'm no stranger to winters afloat. It's been a way … [Read more...]

Propeller Tuning? Really?

Having a stainless steel propeller “tuned” can produce real performance and efficiency gains.

If you’re looking at buying a used boat with a stainless propeller, but you’re a little concerned that it’s dinged up and needs to be replaced, be … [Read more...]

Engine Cleanliness: Use High-Quality Detergent Motor Oil

Using low-grade engine oil and delaying oil changes leads to sludge, and sludge can be a deal-breaker when it's time to sell your boat.

I once went to check out a used boat with a buddy of mine. He had owned boats before so, he was pretty comfortable looking over the boat himself, but he … [Read more...]

Winterizing Your Boat: Tip Collection

Snow on the dock and anti-ice bubblers at work. In-water storage can work in protected marinas, but engines and all water systems still have to be winterized.

If you live in one of those nice, warm places where you can take your boat out for a spin year-round…  well, congratulations. You can stop reading. … [Read more...]

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...]