Boating

Submersible Bilge Pumps: Installing One Like the Pros

A bilge pump/float switch combo.

If you’ve ever taken a close look at your bilge, you’d likely admit that it’s probably the nastiest place on your boat, even if you do your best … [Read more...]

Used Cars, Used Boats: Big Differences

Unlike auto assembly lines, boatbuilding operations are almost all labor-intensive -- few things are stamped out and mass-assembled. Photo courtesy of Hornet Marine.

I’ve always been against comparing used cars with used boats, and I've written about some of my concerns here in Boat Buyers: Beware of Auto Parts and … [Read more...]

Bilge Pumps: Selecting One With the Right Stuff

A Rule submersible bilge pump. These submersible pumps are designed to be mounted where the action happens: right down in the bilge.

Whether we like it or not, boats leak. Yep, that’s right; even the finest, hand-built megayachts get water in their bilges for one reason or another. … [Read more...]

Used Boats and the Scarcity Principle

Classic Bertram 31s are sought-after boats. Newer Bertrams, too, have their followings. Some of them may even be "rare." But it takes research to know. Even then, is rare a good thing in this case?

Back in 2012, I highlighted some of the buzzwords and phrases to be wary of in ad copy for used boats. In that blog, I talked about the use of phrases … [Read more...]

Diesel Engine Maintenance: The Exhausted Exhaust

This clogged exhaust elbow led to severe breathing problems for the Yanmar 2GM.

  Internal combustion engines act like air pumps: They breath air in, mix the air with fuel, make a fire, then exhaust out the smoke. Diesel … [Read more...]

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...]



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