Tips for Boat Buyers

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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...]

Bow Riders: Top 10 Considerations Before you Buy

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Editor's Note: Thinking about buying a bow rider? Alex Smith explains what makes these boats so appealing for a wide range of uses. The ubiquitous bowrider … [Read more...]

Town Moorings

Mooring

Buying a boat is often easier than finding a suitable place to moor it. You'll need to consider this before purchase, because where and how your boat … [Read more...]

Transducer Thru-Hull Fittings

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My buddy Charlie and his brother Bill, co-owners of a 23-foot 1977 Slickcraft SS235, were given a new fish-finder as a present. While the brothers already … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Anti-Fouling Paint

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A search has been on for some years to find more environmentally friendly bottom paints and anti-fouling methods. Environmentalists have pushed scientists … [Read more...]

Seven Marine 557 Outboard: In-Water Debut

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http://youtu.be/BqGjLOeRPfk It’s alive! Seven Marine has breathed life into its 557 outboard. The monster motor -- powered by 6.2 liters of supercharged … [Read more...]

Cooking on Boats

grill in rodholder

A recent kitchen renovation project in my home got me thinking about cooking facilities on boats--or more specifically the usual lack thereof. What philosophical … [Read more...]

Used Boat Shopping: Caveat Emptor

If you’re not at the point where you can shop for a new boat, doing your homework can help you find the best of what’s on the used market. Photo courtesy Miami International Boat Show.

Having spent time at the Miami Boat Show this year, I still feel a bit dizzied from the shimmer of polished stainless and the intoxicating smell of fresh … [Read more...]

Paid Not To Fish: Mass. Study on Amateurs

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Many boaters’ sole reason for owning a boat is to be able to go fishing whenever time and tide moves them. Fishing is their hobby, their passion and … [Read more...]



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