Gary Reich

Troubleshooting a Rough-Running Outboard

A set of fresh spark plugs can often smooth a rough-running outboard engine, but make note of any severely fouled or damaged spark plugs. This can point to problems inside your engine. Photo courtesy of NGK.

With the advent of solid-state ignition, fuel injection, and a host of other technologies, today’s two- and four-stroke outboards are more reliable … [Read more...]

Four New Center-Console Fishing Boats for 2017

The Everglades 273cc is a stretched version of the builder’s venerable 243cc model, and every bit as good. Everglades photo.

One resolution we’re committed to keeping this year is to spend more time fishing. If you feel the same, you probably already know that center-console … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Greenline, Everglades, Lakeview

2012 Greenline 40 Diesel Hybrid

We’ve got some interesting boats lined up for this installment of Best Boat Deals. Since it’s cold and snowy outside we had some extra time this month … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting a Manual Marine Head

A typical rebuild kit for a manual marine head, including discharge flapper valve, joker valve, inlet/outlet flapper, discharge flapper, and other critical seals. Photo courtesy of Groco.

Engines stall, pumps stop pumping, and lights stop working quite frequently on boats—it’s part of the game. But there’s perhaps no more troublesome … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Jarvis Newman, Sea Ray, Bertram

1962 Bertram 31 with Yanmar Diesels

It's the time of year when a lot of us have a bit of wanderlust rolling around our souls. Some folks may like ice fishing, but you’ll be able to tell … [Read more...]

Robalo R300: Comfort and Confidence

With a pair of Yamaha F300 V6 outboards on the transom, the Robalo R300 has plenty of pep.

This center-console fishing boat is more than merely capable. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission.  We … [Read more...]

Boat Parts

Every used boat will have parts that need replacement. Some parts will be easier to find than others. In this photo note the gas struts lifting the locker covers, the locker gaskets and latches, and the rubber covers on the rod holders. Where do you find such things?

Unless you’ve bought a new boat, or a used one that's been fully restored and updated by the previous owner, chances are you’ll inherit an annoying … [Read more...]

Six Great New Boats Under 25 Feet from the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Four Winns HD220 is a deck boat unlike many other deck boats. And you can get it in inboard or outboard-powered flavors. Photo courtesy of Four Winns.

With literally thousands of boats on display in several locations both on land and in the water at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, picking … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Premier, Parker, Scarab

2014 Scarab 195 HO

Winter is coming, but while some folks are busy shuffling their boats away safely for the cold season, others know that late fall and winter represent … [Read more...]

Five Things to Do to Prepare Your Boat for Sale

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but it also helps boats sell. Make your boat as clean as a whistle before listing it for sale—inside and out. Photo by Gary Reich.

While it’s about as cliché as boat sayings get, this one certainly has some truth to it: “The two happiest days of boat ownership are the day you … [Read more...]


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