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!

Gelcoat Maintenance: Shiny Side Up

Proper gelcoat care can keep the finish from become chalky and oxidized. And it’s a lot less work to maintain a finish than it is to try to bring it back.

When it comes to caring for the finish on your boat, there are essentially five steps to the process and two approaches. The steps are, in order: Wash Clean Polish Protect Maintain The … [Read more...]

Boats by the Side of the Road

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I’m driving along and suddenly a boat appears for sale on the side of the road. I swerve a little as I tap the breaks and strain my neck to see. In less … [Read more...]

Painting Aluminum Boats

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You may be thinking of buying or selling an aluminum boat that needs some cosmetic updates, or perhaps you’re simply trying to improve the appearance … [Read more...]

Black Fin in the Rough

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Neglected boats seem to find me. People call to see if I’m interested in buying or can help to resurrect old wrecks. I try to give advice or direct them … [Read more...]

Wealthy Boaters All

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One of my favorite TV shows is HGTVs’ House Hunters International. They focus on traveling the globe looking for housing in exotic places. Last week … [Read more...]

Boat Equipment: Making a List, Checking it Twice

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As the Christmas holidays approach I’m sure you’ll hear the song about old St. Nick—“He’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out … [Read more...]

Roughing It Today

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I’m not sure how people who enjoy the great outdoors developed their affinity. Camping and boating trips with the family when I was young were the basis … [Read more...]

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...]



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