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!

Marine Battery Types and Charging Tips

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Most boats under 50 feet in length have 12-volt electrical systems. Yet many experienced boaters can’t tell you much about the batteries they have on … [Read more...]

Boat Repairs: When to DIY and When to Pay a Pro

Boating is about being on the water, not spending more time working on it. Find what service and repairs you are comfortable doing, and farm the rest out to a professional. Photo by Brett Becker.

If you’re a handy boat owner, you probably do a lot of your own maintenance and repairs. However, there are jobs that are best left to the professionals. … [Read more...]

G-10: The Secret Weapon of DIY Boat Repairers

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People who enjoy fixing old boats all have their favorite products. Some like working with wood, some on fiberglass boats, others with epoxy etc. Regardless … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Hatch Gaskets

Taking measurements when trying to identify the make and model of your hatch is very important. The most common identifying dimension is the hatch opening size, but you may also want to take other measurements, as well. Photo courtesy of Vetus.

One of the responsibilities of boat ownership is performing maintenance to keep your pride and joy in tip-top shape. After a few years out in the weather, … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Gas Struts

Gas struts, aka gas lifts or gas springs, help raise everything from bait-well covers to heavy engine hatches.

Among the parts that buyers and owners of used boats will probably have to replace at at some point are the nitrogen-filled gas struts (aka gas springs, … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Port Gaskets

Opening ports, like these models form Vetus, have gaskets that require replacing every now and then.

So you’ve recently acquired a new-to-you, previously loved boat. Well, good for you. If you’re extraordinarily lucky, there’s little to be done except … [Read more...]

Used Boat Detective Work: Diagnostic Tools

The Rinda TechMate diagnostic tool is pricy, but scans a lot of engine functions.

If you look at a lot of used boats or like to do you your own maintenance, it’s best to have a good selection of tools on hand. (I've mentioned compression … [Read more...]

Upgrading Used-Boat Gauges

New gauges or even gauge faces can freshen up a used boat’s tired looking dash. Refinishing the dash panel and adding color-accented bezels takes it up a level.

One of my favorite ways of refurbishing an older used boat is to reface the gauges and replace the dash panel. It usually requires a couple afternoons … [Read more...]

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...]



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