Boat Maintenance and Upgrades

Does taking care of your boat seem like a never-ending process? Then we bet you’re on the right track. Boat maintenance and restoration are essential to ensuring that you enjoy every minute you spend on the water. When you know your boat is in great condition, you can spend your carefree days on the water listening to the waves instead of wondering, what is that noise? We will share some restoration stories and maintenance tips and tricks to help you along the way. Or share some of your own – everyone can use a helping hand!

Picking the Correct Boat Hose

Marine fuel hose. Note the "Type A2" rating on the side of the hose.

If you were to ask a group of boaters which type of marine hardware causes the worst case of sticker shock, most of them would probably think of electronics … [Read more...]

In-The-Water Winter Boat Storage: Yes, You Can

There's nothing wrong with keeping you boat at the dock all winter long, as long as you take the proper precautions. Photo courtesy of BoatUS

Having lived on a 30-foot sailboat and various powerboats year-round in northern climes for 12 years, I'm no stranger to winters afloat. It's been a way … [Read more...]

Winterizing Your Boat: Tip Collection

Snow on the dock and anti-ice bubblers at work. In-water storage can work in protected marinas, but engines and all water systems still have to be winterized.

If you live in one of those nice, warm places where you can take your boat out for a spin year-round…  well, congratulations. You can stop reading. … [Read more...]

Propane Safety for Boats

Propane tanks should be installed in a proper locker, not somewhere inside the boat. Note the pressure gauge, regulator, and solenoid.

Relatively speaking, propane is a fairly new fuel aboard boats. As recently as the 1970s, the majority of recreational boats relied on denatured alcohol, … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Latches and Locks

The new latch is installed -- and sealed better than the last one.

One of the hardest things to do when you buy a used boat is source replacement parts -- especially when things are out of warranty, or worse, when the … [Read more...]

Ventilation Basics: Keeping Your Boat Cool, Dry, and Smelling Fresh

A cowl vent on a sailboat. Photo: Gary Reich

Boaters often associate the term “ventilation” with keeping cool and comfortable below decks on a boat. But ventilation isn’t just about preventing … [Read more...]

Used Boats: Water Intrusion and Moisture Meters

Moisture meters can range in price from reasonable to you’ve-got-to-be-kidding, but none of them, regardless of price, is foolproof. Further inspection for water intrusion will be necessary.

When you're looking at a used boat, water intrusion into the hull, deck, or stringers is definitely not something you want to see. It's a telltale sign … [Read more...]

Check Those Exhaust Flapper Valves

The red arrow indicates the flapper valve in one side of the exhaust Y-pipe. These valves deteriorate over time, and quickly in engine-overheat conditions.

Recently, a buddy of mine called me with a problem he had with a new-to-him boat. He had removed the prop to send it out for repair, but when he did he … [Read more...]

Four Tips for Avoiding Marine Head Woes

A marine head can be your best friend or worst enemy. It all depends on how well you care for and maintain it.

We've recently talked about the various types of marine toilet that are available, and about the holding tank systems they discharge into. Now it's time … [Read more...]

Dealing With Waste Aboard: Holding Tank 101

A marine holding tank.

Back in the bad old days, having a marine head aboard was a relatively trouble-free proposition—you simply pumped the head and flushed the waste overboard. … [Read more...]



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