Tips for Boat Buyers

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Baby Boomer Boaters

swim platform

No one likes the idea of growing old. And the physical reality for the seventy-six million Americans that the U.S. Census Bureau estimates were born during … [Read more...]

Water-Pump Impeller: Priority One

On larger inboard engines, an impeller remover like the one made by Jabsco shown here, helps get the old unit out without damaging the pump housing.

Unless you have proof in the form of a receipt or confirmation from the shop that did the work, replacing the water-pump impeller should be one of the … [Read more...]

Boat Speed vs. Fuel Economy

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Given the current level of fuel prices and their volatility, it’s a good idea to be aware of fuel economy when shopping for a new or used boat. Then … [Read more...]

Right-sizing Your Boat

boat right-size

Right-sizing in the corporate world means the elimination of jobs, but in the boating world it merely reflects a smart choice by boat owners matching their … [Read more...]

Buying a Boat? Where Will You Keep It?

Rack storage can be efficient and cost-effective. Make sure the operators are responsive to haul and launch requests..

Boatbuying can be accompanied by a sort of weird, narrow-focus fever, and it’s common for fever-bright buyers to get way down the purchase path without … [Read more...]

Preseason Outboard Maintenance

Seaswirl 2301

In early May, I asked my buddy Lee if he had launched his 2005 24 foot Seaswirl with its 250 hp Yamaha outboard yet. “Not yet,” said Lee. “I’m … [Read more...]

Owning a Trailerable Boat: Hidden Costs

A simple trailer ramp can make wheel chores simpler.

One thing they won’t tell you—and whatever “they” you have in mind is fine with me—is that there are a number of ongoing costs associated with … [Read more...]

Boating Spring Fever

hull staging

My friends and sailing buddies are calling to see if I can give them a hand as they prep their boats for the spring launch. Bottom painting, rigging, … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Brakes: Surge vs. Electric-over-Hydraulic

A typical surge-brake actuator. Photo courtesy of Atwood.

There are plenty of advantages to owning a trailerable boat as opposed to one that you keep in a slip or on a mooring. If you're shopping for such a boat, … [Read more...]

Prop Primer: A Short Course in Propeller Terminology

Driven by an inboard diesel, is a left-handed 16x16 propeller. The numbers mean that both its diameter and pitch are 16 inches.

If you’re new to boating, or you're considering buying a boat that's unfamiliar to you, you’ll need to devote some attention to the matter of propellers … [Read more...]