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!

Bleeding Boat Trailer Brakes: The Phoenix System

In the Phoenix System, fresh fluid is pumped in reverse up toward the master cylinder. Illustration credit: Phoenix Systems.

A buddy of mine called with a puzzling question. He had just bought a new-to-him boat, and the master cylinder on the surge-brake system on his trailer … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Bad Boat Fuel

For diesel-powered boats, an inline fuel-polishing module can prevent a lot of woes.

Going through the frustrating process of dealing with bad marine fuel? Be it diesel or gas, you’ll want to know how to start fresh and completely eliminate … [Read more...]

Boating Friendships: Above and Beyond

It's good to have a friend to help at the other end of a gnarly boat problem.

To the uninitiated, a weekend of boating seems like nothing more than a bunch of people out on the water, driving around and pulling people with ropes. … [Read more...]

Boat Propellers Simplified

Propellers are the most important pieces of the powertrain, but all the details about how and why they work could put you to sleep. In this case, a little less knowledge might be just the right amount. Photo courtesy of Mercury Marine.

I don’t know about you, but propellers have always mystified me. They still do. A lot of my boating buddies would swap one for another and back again, … [Read more...]

Beware Boat Buyer Blindness

Fun, fast, affordable, and trailerable, the Nacra 18 has a bit of a blind spot when the spinnaker is up, especially if it is your euphoric first ride and you are'nt vigilant.

Taking delivery of a new boat, whether it's used or off the shelf, can be a heady time -- sometimes too heady. Some years ago when I was managing a … [Read more...]

Boat Painting Tips

boat painting

Summer is here. Your boat is still on the trailer in the back yard. Or on stands in the boat yard. You're staring at the topsides. They're dingy and faded … [Read more...]

Adding Trim Tabs

Bennett SLT6 self leveling tab

A buddy of mine bought a boat a while back that couldn’t keep its nose planted no matter how much negative trim he dialed in on his outboard. Hit a wave, … [Read more...]

Water Pump Repair: Cheap is a Mistake

Impeller kit

Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself down in the bilge of  boat, repairing a shredded water pump impeller. Then, a couple of days later, you could … [Read more...]

How to Scare Off Boat Buyers

old boat under tarp

Maybe it’s the white beard and sunburnt face that encourages people to ask my opinion about boats they are interested in buying. I prefer to think … [Read more...]

Marine Outdrive Flushing: The Right Way

Mercury’s 44537T-2 flush kit

The best way to flush your engine is by following the owner's manual, which is probably something that doesn’t come with a used boat, so let’s touch … [Read more...]



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