Brett Becker

Boat Trailers: How Much Hitch?

A Class III round receiver.

Hauling a boat to your favorite lake or river can be a challenge. Oftentimes, boats are some of the heaviest loads you can pull. The good news is that … [Read more...]

Choosing a Boat: Ski and Wakeboard Boat Pros and Cons

A purpose-built ski boat has the engine in the middle. This helps the boat get out of the hole fast and provides a flatter wake for the skier.

It has been said time and again that all boats are compromises. That logic applies probably most pointedly to tow boats: ski boats and wakeboard boats, … [Read more...]

How to Fix Gelcoat Gouges

Preval sprayers let you spray gelcoat without the need buy a compressor and professional paint equipment.

I wrote recently about how to about fix light scratches in gelcoat, and also outlined how to find gelcoat suppliers. But what if you’re looking at a … [Read more...]

Tow Boat Powertrains: Direct-Drive vs. V-Drive

A direct-drive setup helps center the weight in the boat and makes a smooth, flat wake at higher speeds.

Most boaters start out with the classic runabout as their first boat. It’s great to get the family out on the water together. Then it happens. Your kid … [Read more...]

Koul Tools for Stainless Steel Braided Engine Plumbing

The Koul Tools kit is available for a range of AN hose and fitting sizes.

I've worked with stainless-steel-braided hose on enough boats over the years to know that its benefits outweigh its drawbacks. The benefits come in the … [Read more...]

All About Boat Trailers

Wheel bearings are the most critical maintenance item on a boat trailer because they can strand you by the roadside and keep you off the water. Service your bearings with fresh grease before each boating season and replace them as necessary. Photio: Brett Becker

When we shop for boats, we look critically at the boat. We scrutinize its condition and whether it will meet our needs. On the other hand we probably don’t … [Read more...]

How to Fix Light Gelcoat Scratches

If the gelcoat scratches aren't too deep, you may be able to eliminate them with a combination of wet-sanding and compounding. 3M makes a variety of products used by the pros.

Used boats often have scratched gelcoat. If you've been shopping used boats for any length of time, you probably knew that already. The good news is that … [Read more...]

High-Tech Towboat Electronics

Digital touch-screen controls, such as Malibu’s Touch Command system, have been available for several years, and are now finding their way into the used market. Photo courtesy Malibu Boats.

Over the last several years, a quiet revolution has been taking place on the dashboards of premium towboats, industry-wide. Virtually all of them, it seems, … [Read more...]

These Are a Few of My Favorite Boat Tools

Gear wrenches have box ends that ratchet. I take out my socket set less often now. All photos by Brett Becker.

Now that my tool box is well stocked, it’s getting difficult to take fulfilling trips to Sears. When a mechanical problem presents itself, it’s less … [Read more...]

Replumbing Your Used Boat Engine

High-performance engines such as this HP1200SCi from Mercury Racing, have used stainless-steel braided hose and AN fittings for years. They’re strong, reliable, and now they cost less than they used to. Photo Courtesy of Mercury Racing.

You never know what you’ll find when you open the engine hatch on a used boat. One thing you can count on finding is the need to replace a few items. … [Read more...]



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