Boating

Winterizing Your Boat

Snow on the dock and anti-ice bubblers at work. In-water storage can work in protected marinas, but engines and all water systems still have to be winterized.

If you live in one of those nice, warm places where you can take your boat out for a spin year-round…  well, congratulations. You can stop reading. … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting Your Boat’s 12-Volt DC Lights

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...]

How to Winterize a Small Outboard

Time to rake leaves and winterize engines. This 8-hp Merc is standing on its skeg in trash barrel full of clean fresh water.

Let’s say you run your small outboard in salt water all summer and don’t flush it as often as you should during the season. (For a lot of us who leave … [Read more...]

What Type of Boat is Right for You? Top 10 Choices for Boaters

Whether you’re a beginner boater who’s still trying to figure out basic boat terminology or an old salt who stays in tune with the latest boat design … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting a Faulty Submersible Bilge Pump

Bilge pumps live in deep nooks that naturally collect dirt, hair, and general grunge. They have to be robust, and they have to be maintained. All photos: Doug Logan

Not long ago we wrote about how to install a submersible bilge pump, that thankless piece of gear primarily designed to keep nuisance water from collecting … [Read more...]

The 10 Best College Football Towns for Boating

Cue the Sports Center music and set aside the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls—these are the power rankings that really matter. We’re breaking down our … [Read more...]

Four Reasons to Keep Boating Right Into Autumn

Fall is a fine season for fishing, exploring, cruising, and getting away from the crowds of summer.

It was another great summer, whether you were partying on the docks or rafted up with your friends by the side of the lake, or towing your kids on tubes … [Read more...]

2016 Suzuki DF6A Outboard: Lightweight Champ

Ultimate portability is what the 2016 Suzuki DF6A outboard is all about. Also new this year is its little sister, the DF4A.

Less weight and a new carry handle are just two of the updates Suzuki has made to this handy little outboard engine. This story originally appeared … [Read more...]

Tying Up Boats: Mooring Basics

Does this boat look securely moored, to your eyes?

This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission. Aside from knowing how to safely run a boat out on the water, being able … [Read more...]

Submersible Bilge Pumps: Installing One Like the Pros

A simple submersible bilge pump setup. Illustration courtesy of ITT Jabsco

If you’ve ever taken a close look at your bilge, you’d likely admit that it’s probably the nastiest place on your boat, even if you do your best … [Read more...]


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