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!

Boat Project Destroyed by Winter Storm

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Most shipwrecks happen at sea and involve loss of life. Mine happened in my yard and no one died. Anyone familiar with my blog knows that I like to fix … [Read more...]

Boat Storage Stands

power boat stands

Almost all boats spend time on dry land sitting on their trailers or boat stands—especially during winter storage. Having operated a boatyard that routinely … [Read more...]

Outboard Performance: Upgrade Your Propeller

stainless outboard propeller

Changing the prop on your outboard may be the least expensive yet dramatic way to fine tune and customize your boat’s performance for your use.  There … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Maintenance

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A third of the 100,000 plus boats for sale on this website are listed with trailers. That's no surprise because according to BoatUS, nearly 7 million Americans … [Read more...]

Boat Service Is Not Car Service

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Many boat owners expect the same type of service on their vessels from boat yards as they get on their automobiles. And some yacht yards are even trying … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of an Old Boat

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Buying a new or used boat is difficult for any prospective owner who already has an old boat. The presence and backlog of used boats is actually hindering … [Read more...]

Marine Battery Types and Charging Tips

flooded or wet type battery

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...]

LED Lights For Your Boat: Green Boating Upgrade

LED cabin lighting

New boat builders have had to improve their products to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. High-end builders like Sabre, Trinity, Morris Yachts, … [Read more...]

Plotting Positions on a Paper Chart

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Many boaters today prefer to use electronic navigation tools such as GPS rather than traditional position fixing techniques. While I use and appreciate … [Read more...]

Navigation: How to Identify Hazards on a Chart

A hazard such as a wreck can have multiple symbols to indicate the type of hazard

I mentioned in last week’s blog, How to Judge the Tide and Not Run Aground, that to become a competent boater there are three basic things you will … [Read more...]



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