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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...]

How I Escaped from Limbo: the Boat, that is

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Today I escaped from Limbo! Limbo the sailboat, not the other bad place—both seemed equally one step short of hell. My project boat, formerly called … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: Maintain Your Bearings

Kendall SHP is a high-temperature wheel-bearing grease with good resistance to salt water.

When I worked in an auto parts store, every so often a guy who had just bought a used boat would bring in a shop towel filled with pieces of exploded trailer … [Read more...]

How to Remove a Painted Boat Name: Try Easy-Off

For painted-on names, some people use Easy-Off over cleaner as a removal remedy.

True story: A guy brings home a used boat he just bought, and he is just beaming. His wife comes out, says nothing at first, then points to the boat and … [Read more...]

Buying a Boat with a Partner

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Partnering with someone else to buy a boat may be a good option for people with common interests. The partnering advantage comes from shared activities … [Read more...]



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