Troubleshooting Your Boat’s 12-Volt DC Lights

12-volt bayonet-style light bulb sockets and their negative and positive contact points. Photo courtesy of Perko.

Let there be light…or not. One of the most annoying and common problems you will encounter as a boat owner are lights that fail to work. At a minimum … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Used Boat for Sale

f you’re getting your boat ready to sell, a moderate amount of time and effort will add genuine value and help justify your asking price.

First impressions are everything when you're trying to attract buyers to your used boat for sale. Just as important as when selling a house, proper staging … [Read more...]

Five Great Winter Boat Projects

Old, stiff hose and rusty hoseclamps are ideal targets for a winter project.

Admit it—you’re bored. The holidays have long gone and with the Super Bowl over the prospects for any chances at fun are pretty slim until spring comes … [Read more...]

Dripless Shaft Seal Installation

The PSS dripless shaft seal from PYI works by mechanically compressing a carbon to "float" against the shaft

Tired of leaky shaft seals filling the bilge with water or having to replace the packing? The solution is to replace the old stuffing box with a new dripless … [Read more...]

Stuffing Box Maintenance

You can use a 3M kitchen pad (not metal) to help scour out the hreads of the packing nut. Doug Logan photo.

It happens every spring: Right after launching their inboard-engine-powered boats, owners are left wondering why they didn’t repack the engine shaft … [Read more...]

Boat Yard Etiquette for DIY Boaters

This boat was jacked up off its keel so the owner could fair the bottom of the keel and left that way for a week until a storm blew it over.

The trend in boat yards is to not allow do-it-yourselfers to do any work on the outside of your vessel. With high storage fees for a relatively small patch … [Read more...]

A Scribe’s Scribe or How to Make Replacement Bulkheads

An Architectural Drawing Compass will reproduce your vessels curves when making repairs

I’ve hired a few house carpenters and tried to train them to be boat carpenters and the first thing the yard foreman would always tell them was to throw … [Read more...]