Tips for Boat Buyers

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Plan Your Annual Boat Budget, Plus Money-Saving Tips

Boats idling at a dock because you didn’t anticipate operating costs are in a sad state. Don’t be boat poor, use the guidelines in this article to control and plan your annual operating expenses.

There is no doubt that the boating lifestyle can be expensive.  Just how expensive depends on the size of the boat, where you keep it, and what you do … [Read more...]

Princecraft Sport 177: A Family Boat With a Fishing Pedigree

The Princecraft Sport 177 does a little of everything -- and can do it fast.

Last month we took a look at the Princecraft Nanook DLX WS, a dedicated fishing boat from the prolific Canadian aluminum boatbuilders. While boats.com … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: How Much Hitch?

A Class III round receiver.

Hauling a boat to your favorite lake or river can be a challenge. Oftentimes, boats are some of the heaviest loads you can pull. The good news is that … [Read more...]

Boat Wiring: Use Good Terminals and Tools

This ratcheting crimper places a precise amount of pressure on the crimp fitting while also making two crimps—one on the wire and one on the wire jacket—at the same time. Photo by Gary Reich.

Maybe you’ve seen this at your marina or boatyard before: an able-bodied weekend warrior hanging upside down in a bilge or wet locker mumbling obscenities … [Read more...]

Choosing a Boat: Ski and Wakeboard Boat Pros and Cons

A purpose-built ski boat has the engine in the middle. This helps the boat get out of the hole fast and provides a flatter wake for the skier.

It has been said time and again that all boats are compromises. That logic applies probably most pointedly to tow boats: ski boats and wakeboard boats, … [Read more...]

How to Fix Gelcoat Gouges

Preval sprayers let you spray gelcoat without the need buy a compressor and professional paint equipment.

I wrote recently about how to about fix light scratches in gelcoat, and also outlined how to find gelcoat suppliers. But what if you’re looking at a … [Read more...]

Tow Boat Powertrains: Direct-Drive vs. V-Drive

A direct-drive setup helps center the weight in the boat and makes a smooth, flat wake at higher speeds.

Most boaters start out with the classic runabout as their first boat. It’s great to get the family out on the water together. Then it happens. Your kid … [Read more...]

Koul Tools for Stainless Steel Braided Engine Plumbing

The Koul Tools kit is available for a range of AN hose and fitting sizes.

I've worked with stainless-steel-braided hose on enough boats over the years to know that its benefits outweigh its drawbacks. The benefits come in the … [Read more...]

All About Boat Trailers

Wheel bearings are the most critical maintenance item on a boat trailer because they can strand you by the roadside and keep you off the water. Service your bearings with fresh grease before each boating season and replace them as necessary. Photio: Brett Becker

When we shop for boats, we look critically at the boat. We scrutinize its condition and whether it will meet our needs. On the other hand we probably don’t … [Read more...]

How to Fix Light Gelcoat Scratches

If the gelcoat scratches aren't too deep, you may be able to eliminate them with a combination of wet-sanding and compounding. 3M makes a variety of products used by the pros.

Used boats often have scratched gelcoat. If you've been shopping used boats for any length of time, you probably knew that already. The good news is that … [Read more...]



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