Brett Becker

Used-Boat Benefits: A Little Something Extra

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It would be easiest just to find a decent used boat with a good service history and the telltale signs of good upkeep -- but the savvy shopper would do … [Read more...]

Just One Boat: The Case for a 25-Foot Walkaround

The Grady-White Journey 258 walkaround.

My boating challenge is, I think, the same one a lot of other boaters face. I have a lot of things I like to do on the water. You probably do, too. The … [Read more...]

Boat Advertising Copy: Beware the Buzz

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There's a joke in real estate ads about certain watch words that don’t necessarily mean what the writer wants you to think they mean, but something else … [Read more...]

All About Octane: What’s in a Number?

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A neighbor of mine — who is a chronic used boat shopper — finally got himself a runabout with a V8 engine. After owning nothing but outboards, four-bangers … [Read more...]

Repairing the Gimbal Housing in an Outdrive

GHR Kit from Tune Up Specialties and Marine

Say you just bought a used boat. It needs work, but you got it for a song, so you can afford to sink some money into it. Good thing, because little did … [Read more...]

Finding Leaks in a Boat

In addition to the U-joint bellows boot, the shift cable boot and the raw-water feed hose also should be replaced about every six years.

Not again... In my last blog entry (Engine Outdrives: Inspect Those Bellows), I told you about "a friend of mine" who discovered a leak in a little … [Read more...]

Removing Vinyl Boat Lettering and Decals

The 3M Stripe Off Wheel does a good job of removing vinyl decals and lettering. The underlying adhesive comes off with lacquer thinner.

A few posts ago, I wrote about how to remove a painted boat name. Vinyl boat names and decals are just as common these days, and removing them requires … [Read more...]

Engine Outdrives: Inspect Those Bellows

An exploded view of a Mercruiser Bravo 2 sterndrive assembly, showing the bellows aft.

A friend of mine — and I swear it wasn’t me, honest — bought a nifty little used runabout not too long ago, and got a pretty good deal on it. Or … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: Maintain Your Bearings

Kendall SHP is a high-temperature wheel-bearing grease with good resistance to salt water.

When I worked in an auto parts store, every so often a guy who had just bought a used boat would bring in a shop towel filled with pieces of exploded trailer … [Read more...]

How to Remove a Painted Boat Name: Try Easy-Off

For painted-on names, some people use Easy-Off over cleaner as a removal remedy.

True story: A guy brings home a used boat he just bought, and he is just beaming. His wife comes out, says nothing at first, then points to the boat and … [Read more...]



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