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!

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...]

Marine Heads: Portable and Pump-Through

A manual marine head. Note the hand pump on the right side of the bowl.

Figuring out what to do when nature calls on the water has been a problem since man started messing about in boats. At some point, we even decided to become … [Read more...]

Submersible Bilge Pumps: Installing One Like the Pros

A bilge pump/float switch combo.

If you’ve ever taken a close look at your bilge, you’d likely admit that it’s probably the nastiest place on your boat, even if you do your best … [Read more...]

Add a Sea Strainer to Ward Off Debris

A sea strainer with a see-through lid makes it easy to check for debris clogging.

One of the first things I do on a used boat is change all the fluids. The second thing I do is add a sea strainer. Here’s why. A sea strainer filters … [Read more...]

Restoring Gelcoat Like the Pros: Elbow Grease Required

A photo of a Makita angle grinder with buffing accesories.

Let’s say that the gelcoat on your boat looks less than stellar—as in chalky like a chalkboard less than stellar. Maybe your blue boat now has a purplish … [Read more...]

Boat Waxes and Polishes for Making Your Gelcoat Shine

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If there’s one thing that gets anyone with a boating affliction pumped up, it’s a glossy shine on a fine-looking boat. But if you’ve looked down … [Read more...]



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