Brett Becker

Cobalt Boats Gives Back to Military Families

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Cobalt Boats has initiated a program of giving that helps the children of military veterans killed or disabled in combat to achieve their dream of going … [Read more...]

Choosing a Boat: The Versatile Walkaround

Walkaround boats like this Pro-Line offer a good combination of versatility, comfort, performance, and and economy.

The interminable question for boaters everywhere is, "What boat would you buy if you could only buy one?"  It’s the question we all deal with because, … [Read more...]

Remote Oil Filters Make Maintenance Easier

Oil filter relocation kits aren't very expensive and can make a dreaded but important chore much easier.

I used to have a toolbox that was so disorganized that I’d never want to work on anything because I didn’t feel like going through the hassle of finding … [Read more...]

Engine Hours on a Used Boat: Trust But Verify

Rinda's TechMate diagnostic tool can help with determining engine hours on a used boaat with digital fuel injection.

If the boat you’re considering has an aftermarket hour meter, and it seems a bit too low to be true, is there a way to verify what it says? In some cases, … [Read more...]

Boat Shopping: Patience is a Virtue

No matter how tempting a boat dealer makes thes the view, you owe it to yourself to be patient and look at the deal with a clear perspective. Doug Logan photo.

We live in a time when there so many choices available to us every day that we often don’t have the “mental bandwidth” to process it all. The condition … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: Commitment and Consistency

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In social science research, much work has been done in "commitment and consistency," which can make their appearances as sales tactics  in day-to-day … [Read more...]

New Volvo Penta Forward Drive Could Be a Game Changer

With Forward Drive, wake surfing behind a stern-drive boat is now an option.

Sitting somewhat inconspicuously in the corner of the Four Winns booth at the Miami International Boat Show was a new model dubbed the TS222. It wasn’t … [Read more...]

10 Boating Lessons Kids Should Know Before Climbing on Board

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You can find boating tips for kids all over the Internet. BoatUS offers a bevy of them as do U.S. Power Squadrons, the American Boating Association, and … [Read more...]

10 Things to Ask Your Boat Dealer Before You Buy 

Does your dealership participate in any events with customers -- raft-ups, poker runs, or picnics? Events like that show a long-term commitment. Photo courtesy of boatinglakemead.com.

Buying any boat, new or used, is enough of a commitment to justify some really careful planning, including solid ideas of where you'll keep the boat, … [Read more...]

Boat Repairs: When to DIY and When to Pay a Pro

Boating is about being on the water, not spending more time working on it. Find what service and repairs you are comfortable doing, and farm the rest out to a professional. Photo by Brett Becker.

If you’re a handy boat owner, you probably do a lot of your own maintenance and repairs. However, there are jobs that are best left to the professionals. … [Read more...]



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