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!

How to Fix Gelcoat Gouges

Preval sprayers let you spray gelcoat without the need buy a compressor and professional paint equipment.

I wrote recently about how to about fix light scratches in gelcoat, and also outlined how to find gelcoat suppliers. But what if you’re looking at a … [Read more...]

Koul Tools for Stainless Steel Braided Engine Plumbing

The Koul Tools kit is available for a range of AN hose and fitting sizes.

I've worked with stainless-steel-braided hose on enough boats over the years to know that its benefits outweigh its drawbacks. The benefits come in the … [Read more...]

How to Fix Light Gelcoat Scratches

If the gelcoat scratches aren't too deep, you may be able to eliminate them with a combination of wet-sanding and compounding. 3M makes a variety of products used by the pros.

Used boats often have scratched gelcoat. If you've been shopping used boats for any length of time, you probably knew that already. The good news is that … [Read more...]

These Are a Few of My Favorite Boat Tools

Gear wrenches have box ends that ratchet. I take out my socket set less often now. All photos by Brett Becker.

Now that my tool box is well stocked, it’s getting difficult to take fulfilling trips to Sears. When a mechanical problem presents itself, it’s less … [Read more...]

Depthsounder Transducer Cables: Airmar-Gemeco Retrofits

If you have a reliable old transducer, there may be no reason to rip it out and start over when you buy a new sounder.

One of  the first things people think about when they buy a used boat is whether and how to upgrade the electronics. These days, sounders, plotters, radars, … [Read more...]

Replumbing Your Used Boat Engine

High-performance engines such as this HP1200SCi from Mercury Racing, have used stainless-steel braided hose and AN fittings for years. They’re strong, reliable, and now they cost less than they used to. Photo Courtesy of Mercury Racing.

You never know what you’ll find when you open the engine hatch on a used boat. One thing you can count on finding is the need to replace a few items. … [Read more...]

Boat Buyers Beware Grimy Engines and Bilges

This diesel engine is not leaking fuel or oil, but dust residue from a loose alternator and water-pump belt coated the front of the engine and created a black mess in the catch-pan underneath.

If you’re looking at a used boat, pay close attention to the outward appearance of the engine. Is it clean or grimy with oil? Are there rusty areas under … [Read more...]

Dripless Shaft Seal Installation

The PSS dripless shaft seal from PYI works by mechanically compressing a carbon to "float" against the shaft

Tired of leaky shaft seals filling the bilge with water or having to replace the packing? The solution is to replace the old stuffing box with a new dripless … [Read more...]

How Long Will a Fogged Outboard Last in Storage?

Spraying fogging oil into the engine's carb and cylinders prevents corrosion -- but for how long?

This is the time of year that people start thinking about pulling their boats and winterizing them. Part of that routine is the so-called fogging of outboard … [Read more...]

How to Winterize a Small Outboard

Time to rake leaves and winterize engines. This 8-hp Merc is standing on its skeg in trash barrel full of clean fresh water.

Let’s say you run your small outboard in salt water all summer and don’t flush it as often as you should during the season. (For a lot of us who leave … [Read more...]



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