Boat Maintenance

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...]

Boat Maintenance: The Satisfaction of Hard Work

It's a fact: fixing up and maintaining boats can be hard, painful work. It's also some of the most satisfying work you can find.

As I begin to type this blog, I look down at the backs of my hands, and they look like they’ve been put through a cotton gin. My hands ache from tugging … [Read more...]

Anodes for Outboards and Outdrives

Mercury sells replacement kits, which include all mounting hardware, for about $75. Just specify which drive or outboard you have to get the right parts.

Scientists discovered a couple of centuries ago that when you fasten two metals together in seawater, electrons will flow from the more active metal, the … [Read more...]

Cabin Top Handrails: New Life for Your Old Boat

Old Fire trucks are the best source for metal handrails for your boat.  They've already been polished to a fair the well.  Notice the back of this truck and the longer handles than near the cab, making customizing for your project easy.

Adding new or replacing old cabin top handrails on your boat is a great upgrade that will give you confidence when moving about your boat.  If your boat … [Read more...]

Rotten to the Core: Fiberglass Core Repair, Part Two

Exposed Rotten core with test holes showing the extent of the damage

In my last post, I explained how to identify where the core of a fiberglass boat needs repair. When repairing core problems it is important to find the … [Read more...]

Fiberglass Core Repairs, Part One

Foam Core is serated on the left to conform to curves while on the right is the material on the backside that holds the sheet together

If you are considering buying an older fiberglass boat that your marine surveyor has indicated has water in the hull, don’t be put off-- this is fairly … [Read more...]

G-10: The Secret Weapon of DIY Boat Repairers

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



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