Boat Maintenance

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...]

G-10: The Secret Weapon of DIY Boat Repairers


People who enjoy fixing old boats all have their favorite products. Some like working with wood, some on fiberglass boats, others with epoxy etc. Regardless … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Hatch Gaskets

Taking measurements when trying to identify the make and model of your hatch is very important. The most common identifying dimension is the hatch opening size, but you may also want to take other measurements, as well. Photo courtesy of Vetus.

One of the responsibilities of boat ownership is performing maintenance to keep your pride and joy in tip-top shape. After a few years out in the weather, … [Read more...]

Used Boat Buying Quiz: Are You Ready for This?

You may locate a used boat you've been dreaming about, but take a deep breath and consider whether you're ready for the project list after you've made the purchase.

It’s probably safe to say not everyone is cut out for the rigors of used-boat ownership. Before you let your boat-buying fever get ahead of you and your … [Read more...]

Boat Wiring: Use Good Terminals and Tools

This ratcheting crimper places a precise amount of pressure on the crimp fitting while also making two crimps—one on the wire and one on the wire jacket—at the same time. Photo by Gary Reich.

Maybe you’ve seen this at your marina or boatyard before: an able-bodied weekend warrior hanging upside down in a bilge or wet locker mumbling obscenities … [Read more...]

Teleflex Steering: Maintenance

The drag link is to the right, and is attached by a nylon lock nut. After disconnecting that, remove the nut on the left side of the tilt tube to remove the cable from the engine. After cleaning and reassembly, use a fresh nylon lock nut.

In my blog from last week, I described how to replace an old worn out Teleflex steering cable for your outboard boat. This week, let's look at how to maintain … [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...]