Boating

Nautical Sound Signals: The Prolonged Blast

Horns can be mouth-powered, hand-held, or fixed-mount, like this one, which has a DC-powered compressor to produce a 126 dB blast.

It’s a clear, sunny day, and you hear a 4- to 6-second blast of a ship’s whistle or horn. What should you do? Please, look for the source! This signal … [Read more...]

Stuffing Box Maintenance

You can use a 3M kitchen pad (not metal) to help scour out the hreads of the packing nut. Doug Logan photo.

It happens every spring: Right after launching their inboard-engine-powered boats, owners are left wondering why they didn’t repack the engine shaft … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Types: Freedom of Choice

This triple-axle trailer would be overkill for a light runabout. Whether its bunks are better than rollers depends on the boat it will rest on them,, and how it's launched and hauled.

When we shop for boats, we look critically at the boat.  We scrutinize its condition and whether it will meet our needs -- but we probably don’t pay … [Read more...]

Front-Wheel Drive for Boat Towing?

It's not ideal, but in this case, doing the numbers indicates that the front-wheel drive Ford Explorer should handle the job fine.

People tend to ask me a lot of questions. I guess I have them fooled into believing I know a thing or two about boats. Trucks, too, probably. So a buddy … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: New or Used?

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Having a trailer for your boat  means that you can be independent of boatyards and haulers for launching, transport, and storage. Storing a boat in your … [Read more...]

Ethanol’s Worst Enemy

Volvo-Penta's new treatment should be a potent ally in the war against water in marine fuel.

Alcohol has the power to ruin lives if you let it. It also has the power to wreak havoc on a boat’s fuel system. If you need a bit of background, … [Read more...]

A Primer on Towing Safely

A tow vehicle, boat, and trailer are a trio of valuable moving parts. It pays to develop skills and habits to keep them -- and you -- safe.

While towing, you can almost measure acceleration with a sundial, and you can forget about passing anything — especially a gas station. You can’t stop … [Read more...]

Cruisers Sport Series 208 Bowrider: Little Big Boat

The Cruisers Sport Series 208 bow-rider is both fast and fuel-efficient.

Cruisers Yachts, known for…well, yachts, are now getting a lot of attention for their Sport Series smaller boats. The series includes eight models from … [Read more...]

Teleflex Steering: Maintenance

The drag link is to the right, and is attached by a nylon lock nut. After disconnecting that, remove the nut on the left side of the tilt tube to remove the cable from the engine. After cleaning and reassembly, use a fresh nylon lock nut.

In my blog from last week, I described how to replace an old worn out Teleflex steering cable for your outboard boat. This week, let's look at how to maintain … [Read more...]

Carolina Skiff Fun Chaser FGP 2100: Pontoon or Cat?

Deck boat and pontoon versions are both powered by single outboards.

If you’re searching for a boat to fit a lifestyle, as opposed to a particular make and model, it pays to look at what established builders are doing … [Read more...]