Boat Maintenance

Troubleshooting Your Boat’s 12-Volt DC Lights

12-volt bayonet-style light bulb sockets and their negative and positive contact points. Photo courtesy of Perko.

Let there be light…or not. One of the most annoying and common problems you will encounter as a boat owner are lights that fail to work. At a minimum … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Used Boat for Sale

f you’re getting your boat ready to sell, a moderate amount of time and effort will add genuine value and help justify your asking price.

First impressions are everything when you're trying to attract buyers to your used boat for sale. Just as important as when selling a house, proper staging … [Read more...]

Get Your Boat Ready for Summer: Commissioning Checklist

A good marine paste-wax will shine a hull better and last longer than labor-saving all-in-one products. All photos: Doug Logan

For boaters in the haul-out-and-hold-on zones of the chilly north, spring is a pretty exciting time. As soon as the weather breaks thousands of us start burrowing … [Read more...]

Buying a Used Boat? How’s the Access to Important Parts?

There's no easy access to this stuffing box to tighten or change the shaft packing. A fuel tank was installed above it. All photos: Doug Logan

Since the early days of fiberglass boatbuilding, techniques for making boats strong and leak-resistant — and cheaper and easier to build — have advanced … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? 10 Tips for Sprucing Up Your Engine

No used engine will look as good as this brand-new one, but a bit of time spent with cleaner, rags, and Q-tips can often get you pretty close.

It's hard to work on a boat when you're planning to sell it. You're busy with a million things, and you just want to move on. So it's tempting to overlook dirt, … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? Use the Winter to Get It Ready


Hopefully you’ve winterized and covered your boat by now. As temperatures drop, your hopes of selling your boat may also be depressed. The good news … [Read more...]

Steady Boat Maintenance Pays Off When It’s Time to Sell

Good, steady maintenance habits during the time you own your boat will make it much easier to sell when the time comes.

We cover a lot of maintenance issues on Boat Trader, and offer plenty of tips on how to sell your boat more easily online. But one reason for maintenance … [Read more...]

Three Big Boat Problems — and How to Avoid Them

This little technical skiff may look innocent enough, but even a simple boat like this has systems that can scheme to ruin any boating day. Maintenance is the key to staying out of trouble and avoiding aggravation. Photo by Gary Reich.

Whether you know it or not, your boat is a crafty piece of work. That’s right, it’s constantly conspiring against you, whether it means leaving you … [Read more...]

Five Boat Products With Corny Names That Actually Work


Ever buy a ShamWow only to find out that it didn’t have much “wow” factor? What about the Ginsu knife? And let’s not even get into Dump Dinners. … [Read more...]

Five Great Winter Boat Projects

Old, stiff hose and rusty hoseclamps are ideal targets for a winter project.

Admit it—you’re bored. The holidays have long gone and with the Super Bowl over the prospects for any chances at fun are pretty slim until spring comes … [Read more...]