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Video: Hunt Harrier 36 Jet Drive Boat Review

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The Boats.com review team tested three versions of the Hunt Harrier 36. Here's their review of the third propulsion system, a jet drive that reduces the … [Read more...]

Fall: Best Season for Fishing

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The weekly “hump day” gathering of friends for a beer after work is in full swing in my neighbor’s garage. The trades are well represented: a mechanic, … [Read more...]

Boat Advertising Copy: Beware the Buzz

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There's a joke in real estate ads about certain watch words that don’t necessarily mean what the writer wants you to think they mean, but something else … [Read more...]

All About Octane: What’s in a Number?

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A neighbor of mine — who is a chronic used boat shopper — finally got himself a runabout with a V8 engine. After owning nothing but outboards, four-bangers … [Read more...]

Boat Registration vs Documentation

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Recreational boat owners in the U.S. are required to register their vessels with their respective state governments unless they have documented their boats … [Read more...]

Buying a Used Boat: Accessories Count

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I know a couple who own a Sabre 36 sailboat. It is a well-maintained boat they’ve owned for five years. They’re trying to sell it and downsize to a … [Read more...]

Finding Leaks in a Boat

In addition to the U-joint bellows boot, the shift cable boot and the raw-water feed hose also should be replaced about every six years.

Not again... In my last blog entry (Engine Outdrives: Inspect Those Bellows), I told you about "a friend of mine" who discovered a leak in a little … [Read more...]

Removing Vinyl Boat Lettering and Decals

The 3M Stripe Off Wheel does a good job of removing vinyl decals and lettering. The underlying adhesive comes off with lacquer thinner.

A few posts ago, I wrote about how to remove a painted boat name. Vinyl boat names and decals are just as common these days, and removing them requires … [Read more...]

Catamaran Powerboats: Offshore Fishing in a Small Package

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Driving a launch around a harbor with over 1,200 moorings gets you acquainted with many kinds of boats. I’ve come to know several avid recreational fishermen … [Read more...]

Engine Outdrives: Inspect Those Bellows

An exploded view of a Mercruiser Bravo 2 sterndrive assembly, showing the bellows aft.

A friend of mine — and I swear it wasn’t me, honest — bought a nifty little used runabout not too long ago, and got a pretty good deal on it. Or … [Read more...]



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