Tips for Boat Buyers

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AIS for Boaters: Part 2

These two VHF radios are integrated with AIS capabilities. Once networked with a GPS, the VHF units can be used to send and receive AIS information. Note the ship icons on the display. Photo courtesy of Standard Horizon.

In the first part of our discussion about the Automatic Information System (AIS), we covered the nuts and bolts about how the system works, why its use … [Read more...]

Rinker Captiva 236 CC: Cockpit and Cabin Comfort

The Rinker Captiva 236 CC -- cuddy cabin -- builds on the success of their earlier 236 bow-rider.

Building on the success of their Captiva 236 Bow Rider, the boatbuilders at Rinker have introduced a cuddy-cabin version called the 236 CC. The company, … [Read more...]

Understanding Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings

Factory hitches usually have the class and tongue weight capacity written right on them.

When shopping for a used boat, assuming you already have a tow vehicle, it’s important to know how much the boat you’re interested in weighs on its … [Read more...]

With EFI, No Use Pumping the Throttle

This late '70s outboard came with triple carburetors. We've come a long way: EFI is far superior to carbs in every way. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

A buddy of mine looking at used boats recently went on sea trial with a salesperson who recommended pumping the throttle while starting the boat. Well, … [Read more...]

AIS for Boaters: Part 1

This AIS transceiver not only broadcasts information about the vessel it’s installed on, but receives information about other AIS-equipped vessels as well. Note the various targets on the display, represented as circles with direction marks. Image courtesy of Furuno.

“When was the most scared you’ve ever been aboard a boat?” I get asked that question a lot, and every single time I remember a cold November evening … [Read more...]

Five Resources Every Used-Boat Buyer Should Use

Boats.com recently published this interactive PDF with links to all 204 of their boat reviews in 2013. It won't be long before these boats will appear on the used market.

If you're shopping for a new boat, you have it pretty easy. There's a multitude of boat builders out there ready to do your bidding. There are hundreds … [Read more...]

EPIRBs: Your Lifeline to Search and Rescue

This is a top-of-the-line 406 MHz Category II EPIRB with supplemental GPS. Category II units are manual release; Category I units automatically deploy. Photo courtesy of ACR.

OK, first of all, what the heck is an EPIRB, and why do you need one? Let’s get the acronym out of the way first. EPIRB is short for “emergency position-indicating … [Read more...]

Ethanol and Boat Fuel: Stay Vigilant

A combination fuel filter and water separator will collect water in a clear reservoir at the bottom. Keep a close eye on that reservoir and drain anywater out right away

If you're new to boating and are looking at used boats to buy, you might not be aware of the running battle boaters have been waging with ethanol-based … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers 101: Materials, Brakes, Hardware

If you do your boateing in salt water, an aluminum trailer is a better choice than steel.

You might think a trailer is a trailer is a trailer. Uh, no. Like so many other products, the quality of  trailers varies widely, and if you look closely … [Read more...]

Visiting a Boat Show: Game Plan!

Going to a boat show without a plan is like walking into fiberglass forest. You'll just get bewildered.

One of the best things you can do to kick out the winter doldrums and start getting psyched for spring is to visit a nice, big boat show. It doesn’t … [Read more...]



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