Doug Logan

Buying a Used Boat? How’s the Access to Important Parts?

There's no easy access to this stuffing box to tighten or change the shaft packing. A fuel tank was installed above it. All photos: Doug Logan

Since the early days of fiberglass boatbuilding, techniques for making boats strong and leak-resistant — and cheaper and easier to build — have advanced … [Read more...]

Pocket Cruising: Small Boat, Big Dog

Falco and his friend Tiller, keeping an eye on water-skiers.

I’ve heard of boat dogs trained to pee over the gunnel and use a two-foot-square piece of Astroturf for everything else. Unfortunately, the dog we sailed, … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? 10 Tips for Sprucing Up Your Engine

No used engine will look as good as this brand-new one, but a bit of time spent with cleaner, rags, and Q-tips can often get you pretty close.

It's hard to work on a boat when you're planning to sell it. You're busy with a million things, and you just want to move on. So it's tempting to overlook dirt, … [Read more...]

How to Sell Your Used Boat

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So, the time has come to put your boat on the market. Maybe you want to cash out of your investment to finance a bigger boat. Maybe you're downsizing. … [Read more...]

Volts, Watts, Amps, and Ohms: 12-Volt Terms for New Boaters

Fuses are rated for a certain maximum amperage flow, above which they will 'blow,' interrupting the circuit. Amp ratings are shown on the fuses above. Circuit breakers work the same way but 'trip' when they're overloaded.

If you’re new to boats, or even if you’ve been around them for a while but have been avoiding the electrical bits, sooner or later you’re going to … [Read more...]

International Coastal Cleanup — See You Out There!

Mylar balloons travel far and wide over the world's waters. They don't give up easily, but you can gaff 'em and boat 'em if you're quick.

Not that we shouldn’t be picking up butts and bags and balloons all year long from the waters we like to boat and swim in, but September 19th is the … [Read more...]

Stingray 192SC: Covering All the Bases

The Stingray 192sc offers a lot in 20 feet -- swimming, fishing, tow-sports, and two great lounging zones. The bimini, with stainless fittings, is standard.

Stingray Boats, of Hartville, South Carolina, has been building small powerboats since 1979. As of 2015 the company is making 26 models, ranging from 18 … [Read more...]

Boat Trailering Video Series: Expert Advice

Boat trailering gets easier with practice. Paul Cronin photo.

There are good things and bad things to say about boat trailering. For people who are used to it and have their systems down, the good far outweighs the … [Read more...]

Get Your Boat Ready for Summer: Checklist

Both inboard- and outboard-powered boats require sacrificial anodes. Make sure to replace your zincs at the start of the season. Doug Logan photo.

Any off-season is too long, but for everyone in those haul-out-and-hold-on zones, this past winter was a doozy, and a lot of us are running behind when … [Read more...]

Four Winns TS222: Safer Stern-Drive for Watersports

Water ballast and trim tab controls create great wakes, and the Forward Drive minimizes prop threat to riders.

Not long ago Brett Becker alerted Boat Trader readers to the new Volvo-Penta Forward Drive system, calling it  game-changer for water-sports runabouts. … [Read more...]


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