Brett Becker

Top 10 Water Skiing and Wakeboarding Boats

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Editor's Note: For a great ride, you need a great tow boat. Here (in no particular order) are the boats Brett Becker chose as the ten best tow boats available … [Read more...]

Water-Pump Impeller: Priority One

On larger inboard engines, an impeller remover like the one made by Jabsco shown here, helps get the old unit out without damaging the pump housing.

Unless you have proof in the form of a receipt or confirmation from the shop that did the work, replacing the water-pump impeller should be one of the … [Read more...]

Boat Speed vs. Fuel Economy

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Given the current level of fuel prices and their volatility, it’s a good idea to be aware of fuel economy when shopping for a new or used boat. Then … [Read more...]

The Boat-Tow Truck I Wish Someone Would Build

VW's 3.0-liter TDI diesel deserves a home in half-ton tow vehicles.

After towing a 4,200-pound boat trailer with Volkswagen’s fantastic Touareg TDI, I was amazed at the fuel economy. By keeping the cruise engaged at 60 … [Read more...]

Owning a Trailerable Boat: Hidden Costs

A simple trailer ramp can make wheel chores simpler.

One thing they won’t tell you—and whatever “they” you have in mind is fine with me—is that there are a number of ongoing costs associated with … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Brakes: Surge vs. Electric-over-Hydraulic

A typical surge-brake actuator. Photo courtesy of Atwood.

There are plenty of advantages to owning a trailerable boat as opposed to one that you keep in a slip or on a mooring. If you're shopping for such a boat, … [Read more...]

Prop Primer: A Short Course in Propeller Terminology

Driven by an inboard diesel, is a left-handed 16x16 propeller. The numbers mean that both its diameter and pitch are 16 inches.

If you’re new to boating, or you're considering buying a boat that's unfamiliar to you, you’ll need to devote some attention to the matter of propellers … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Chains: The Art of Hooking Up

Even if your state doesn't require safety chains with closeout clasps, such as those pictured above, they are a good idea because they are less likely to fall off as you travel over over bumpy roads.

If you're thinking of buying a trailerable boat, remember that there are two types of people at the launch ramp – those who are prepared and those who … [Read more...]

Propeller Choice: A Lesson in the Basics

Going from a three blade propeller to a four blade might require dropping down an inch in pitch, and vice versa.

The speed bug bites everyone, and it will bite you. Your boat does 48 mph and you want it to top 50 mph, if for no other reason than to be able to brag … [Read more...]

High-Altitude Boating: Where Did the Power Go?

Grand Lake in Colorado is at an elevation of over 8,000 feet. Boaters there can expect a 24-percent decrease in engine power compared to performance at sea level, because of the reduced oxygen at that altitude..

All but two of highest lakes in the United States are in Colorado. The highest, for information’s sake, is Lake Muriel in Washington, but it’s more … [Read more...]



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