Brett Becker

Boat Transmission: Stuck In Gear

The switch momentarily interrupts the ignition power, which allows “dog clutch” gears to mesh easier at lower speed. In the case of shifting out of gear, the load is relaxed on the meshed gears, enabling them to disengage.

  An acquaintance of mine recently bought a new-to-him boat. He was out in it for the first time when he discovered he couldn’t get it out … [Read more...]

Used Boat Deals: Moderate Fixes, Big Savings

Replacing a drive coupler requires engine removal. The part alone is upward of $500. MerCruiser Marine Photo.

One way to get a deal on a used boat stems from someone else’s misfortune: divorce, death, job loss, and so on.  All of those those things can lead … [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...]

Top 5 Used Boat Caveats

Before getting overexcited about a boat deal, review these words of wisdom.

Shopping for a new-to-you boat is an exciting time, one filled with emotion. The excitement is good. The emotion, not so much. Emotion can get in the way … [Read more...]

Understanding Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings

Factory hitches usually have the class and tongue weight capacity written right on them.

When shopping for a used boat, assuming you already have a tow vehicle, it’s important to know how much the boat you’re interested in weighs on its … [Read more...]

With EFI, No Use Pumping the Throttle

This late '70s outboard came with triple carburetors. We've come a long way: EFI is far superior to carbs in every way. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

A buddy of mine looking at used boats recently went on sea trial with a salesperson who recommended pumping the throttle while starting the boat. Well, … [Read more...]

Five Resources Every Used-Boat Buyer Should Use

Boats.com recently published this interactive PDF with links to all 204 of their boat reviews in 2013. It won't be long before these boats will appear on the used market.

If you're shopping for a new boat, you have it pretty easy. There's a multitude of boat builders out there ready to do your bidding. There are hundreds … [Read more...]

Where Old Boats Go to Die

This tired old boat and its tired old trailer will be stripped for parts and pieced out, but the hull is likely to end of in a landfill.

When I was younger, one of my hobbies was going to junkyards, and if you saw the heaps I drove in those days, you’d understand why. Junkyards are … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers 101: Materials, Brakes, Hardware

If you do your boateing in salt water, an aluminum trailer is a better choice than steel.

You might think a trailer is a trailer is a trailer. Uh, no. Like so many other products, the quality of  trailers varies widely, and if you look closely … [Read more...]

Towing Safety: The Art of Getting There

Start getting ready for your weekend of boating the night before you leave. That will lead to fewer mistakes. Photo Courtesy of General Motors.

Of course, we all want to get on the water as soon as possible. That leads to hurrying, which in turn leads to mistakes. So while the water is frozen (at … [Read more...]



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