Tips for Boat Buyers

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Grady-White Freedom 192: Good Thinking

Grady-White 192 Freedom

There’s a reason why Grady-White stays at the top of the charts, as this versatile, well-planned little Freedom 192 demonstrates. It's a 19-foot dual-console … [Read more...]

Budgeting Your Boat Bucks

boat budget spreadsheet

My friends and I use slang for the cost of boating—"boat bucks."  One boat buck is equal to $100. So when we say, “it was a couple of boat bucks," … [Read more...]

Pontoon Boat Roundup

Cypress Cay LE250

People who do their boating on lakes and other inland bodies of water have long known something that coastal boaters have only recently begun to find out: … [Read more...]

Boat Delivery: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?

Cape Hatteras

Anyone buying a boat via the Internet these days may want to consider the delivery aspect of getting the boat home. Trailering is one thing, but delivering … [Read more...]

Adding Trim Tabs

Bennett SLT6 self leveling tab

A buddy of mine bought a boat a while back that couldn’t keep its nose planted no matter how much negative trim he dialed in on his outboard. Hit a wave, … [Read more...]

How to Scare Off Boat Buyers

old boat under tarp

Maybe it’s the white beard and sunburnt face that encourages people to ask my opinion about boats they are interested in buying. I prefer to think … [Read more...]

Sterndrive Engines: Big Block or Small?

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I might be overthinking this, but let’s just say for the sake of simplicity that the price difference among all three is negligible, the hours are comparable, … [Read more...]

Inboard Engine Alignment

engine alignment

If you have an inboard engine on your boat and have excessive vibration, it may be due to the engine not being properly aligned with the shaft. Worn cutlass … [Read more...]

Boat Vibration: Chasing Down the Culprits

pulling tail shaft

Fiberglass boats built in the 1980’s are numerous and, with routine maintenance, fun to own. The routine maintenance caveat is a cautionary tale. Let … [Read more...]

Cruisers Sport Series 238: Can Do.

Cruisers Sport Series 238

The Wisconsin boatbuilders at Cruisers Yachts have been mighty busy lately, celebrating 60 years in business by creating a bunch of new models in all sizes, … [Read more...]