Boating

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Used-Boat Classifieds

When using Boat Trader’s Price Checker, try choosing “Any Distance” from your zip code to get an idea of the range of prices, then zero in on local boats.

I hate to break this to you, but everyone selling a used boat has something to hide. It might be something innocuous like a stain on the snap-in carpeting, … [Read more...]

Jake Owen: I Just Love Being on a Boat

Country singer Jake Owen has loved boating since he was a kid.

There's never a dull moment on boats, and yet there are a lot of peaceful and thoughtful moments, too. All this is well-known to experienced boaters -- … [Read more...]

Add a Sea Strainer to Ward Off Debris

A sea strainer with a see-through lid makes it easy to check for debris clogging.

One of the first things I do on a used boat is change all the fluids. The second thing I do is add a sea strainer. Here’s why. A sea strainer filters … [Read more...]

Restoring Gelcoat Like the Pros: Elbow Grease Required

A photo of a Makita angle grinder with buffing accesories.

Let’s say that the gelcoat on your boat looks less than stellar—as in chalky like a chalkboard less than stellar. Maybe your blue boat now has a purplish … [Read more...]

Boatbuilding Materials: Wood Can Be Good

Fiberglass-encapsulated wood stringers absorb a lot of energy from pounding through waves and chop.

  I see lots of manufacturers boasting that their boats have no wood used in their construction. There’s nothing wrong with that, and most … [Read more...]

Boat Waxes and Polishes for Making Your Gelcoat Shine

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If there’s one thing that gets anyone with a boating affliction pumped up, it’s a glossy shine on a fine-looking boat. But if you’ve looked down … [Read more...]

Bravo One or Alpha One: Which Would You Pick?

Bravo One drives were built to handle more power than an Alpha One. When used for lower horsepower applications, they are practically bulletproof.

Let’s say you’re looking at two boats that are identical except for two items. They both have V8s with roughly the same hours. One is more expensive … [Read more...]

Five Great Fishing Apps That Aren’t Fishing Apps

A full-fledged charting app in the palm of your hand--the Navionics Boating app.

If you’re an angler, it’s certainly no secret that you can find and download literally hundreds of different smartphone and tablet apps that promise … [Read more...]

Know Your Trailer Hitch

What I should have had: a Class IV hitch like this one, rated for 10,000 pounds. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

I made a small mistake last week. Well, maybe it wasn’t so small. OK, it was huge. As in a ton. A buddy of mine asked me if we could use my truck … [Read more...]

Boat Insurance: Part of the Deal

Fast boats are more expensive to insure than slower ones. Photo courtesy of Miss Geico Racing Team.

We have been told — over and over again, ad nauseum — that 15 minutes can save you up to 15 percent on car insurance. That slogan applies to Progressive … [Read more...]



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