Yamaha WaveRunners Add RiDE Systems for 2015

Yamaha's latest VX-Series WaveRunners carry a dual-throttle system called RiDE to solve the low-speed steering problems faced by most jet-drive boats.

In the boating world, Yamaha has staked a lot on jet-drive power, both for their PWCs and their runabout models. It allows them to mate their well-engineered, … [Read more...]

Check Those Exhaust Flapper Valves

The red arrow indicates the flapper valve in one side of the exhaust Y-pipe. These valves deteriorate over time, and quickly in engine-overheat conditions.

Recently, a buddy of mine called me with a problem he had with a new-to-him boat. He had removed the prop to send it out for repair, but when he did he … [Read more...]

Yamaha 240 Series Runabouts: Turn on the Jets

Yamaha engineers have worked hard on noise reduction and steering control in their 240-series boats for 2015.

New for 2015 are four models in Yamaha’s 240 series – all built on the same 24-foot hull and all featuring dual jets drives mated to four-cylinder, … [Read more...]

Four Tips for Avoiding Marine Head Woes

A marine head can be your best friend or worst enemy. It all depends on how well you care for and maintain it.

We've recently talked about the various types of marine toilet that are available, and about the holding tank systems they discharge into. Now it's time … [Read more...]

Are Boats Built in the Recession Holding Their Value Better?

Fewer boats were built during the Great Recession. Are those boats -- now used -- holding their value better than boats built during boom years?

Something occurred to me when I was looking at motorhomes on Not that I’m in the market right now, but if I were, I’d be looking for … [Read more...]

Where are the Runabout Diesels? Come On! 

This MerCruiser V6 is based on the proven Volkswagen TDI diesel.

OK, it's time for my annual appeal to the boatbuilding industry: Where are the diesel runabouts? Hello? How can I buy a used one in a couple of years if … [Read more...]

Dealing With Waste Aboard: Holding Tank 101

A marine holding tank.

Back in the bad old days, having a marine head aboard was a relatively trouble-free proposition—you simply pumped the head and flushed the waste overboard. … [Read more...]

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...]