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Boat Electrical System Safety Tips

Boats make life hell for electrical circuits. The vibration, pounding, salty air, engine-space heat, exposure to chemicals and other rigors of the …

A Simple Ground-System Test

An ample ground connection from the boat through the shore power cord to the dock all but eliminates the possibility of ESD cause by your boat. This …

Adding Coaming Bolsters

Today, most new saltwater fishing boats come equipped with padded coaming bolsters in the aft cockpit and elsewhere to cushion your legs when you’re …

22 Ways to Screw Up Your Engine

Think you know how to keep your engine going? Well, you might. You probably filter the fuel, change the oil, and make sure the cooling water is …

Prepping Your Boat for Bottom Paint

The steps to apply anti-fouling paint are different for brand-new boats, as opposed to older boats needing a recoat, because new boats need the wax …

Ribcraft Express 32

<b>We Say:</b> The Express 32 is the first pilothouse model from Ribcraft. The Express 32’s seven-chamber Hypalon tube is fit for rugged service and …

Single vs Twin Outboards

A 27-foot center-console boat with a single engine? What a silly idea. It’s surely underpowered and missing twin-engine redundancy. It must be an …

How to Install a Marine Dual-Battery System

If you have a boat with just one battery, it’s wise to add another, giving you twice as much battery capacity in case, for instance, you …

Choosing the Right Bilge Pump

The ideal bilge-pump system does not exist. Boats come in all sorts of sizes and are put to all sorts of uses in a variety of different environments. …

Sailing

How To Make Your Boat Faster

You got your boat and, from the moment you pulled away from the dealership, it’s attained a certain speed. But if you’ve got a craving for more, …

Boats

Propeller Inspection Checklist

Once a boat’s hauled out of the water, it’s a lot easier to inspect the propellers, prop shafts, seals and zincs. It’s also a good time to get any …

How to Make Marine Electrical Connections

The tools needed to make crimp connections are inexpensive, and the t­echniques used are simple. Still, every connection is a potential source of …

How to Repair Damaged Gelcoat

Own a fiberglass boat long enough, and you’ll end up with a scratch, nick or gouge in the finish. It might be from a muffed landing, a dropped pair …

Adding a Distribution Panel

<i>Whenever working on your boat's electrical system, always work safely, taking especial care where batteries are concerned.( Wear eye protection, take</i> …

Boat Circuits Checklist

Boston Whaler 250 Outrage (2014-) 2014 Reviews,performance,compare,price,warranty, specs,Reports,Specifications Layout, video

Brief Summary<p>A 25' center console is a popular size -- not too small, not too big. However, 25' is large enough to go offshore in reasonable …

How to Properly Trim a Sterndrive

When we get mail on boat-handling problems, the bulk of it sounds like this: "When I do this, my boat does that and I can't make it stop." Sometimes …

Sailing

Prepping for Bottom Paint

If barnacles, slime and plant growth gain a foothold on your boat’s bottom, performance will suffer. Your best line of defense: antifouling paints. …

Boating Magazine

Which deck material is best for your boat?

Boating Magazine

Installing new electronics? Use these tips to avoid eight of the most common screw-ups!

Boating Magazine

Want to jump higher? Fixing your approach might be the key! Study up and get on the water this weekend! #LearnWake

Protect Your Boat With a Salt Remover

<b>Star brite Salt Off with PTEF</b><br>$10.49<p>This iteration of Salt Off is premixed in a refillable pump-spray bottle. To refill, use 1 ounce of Salt Off …

How to Install a SureShade RTX Cockpit Awning

Boating is about getting out on the water and enjoying the sun, right? Well, not always. Sometimes you need a break from sweltering rays. That’s why …

How To Install Flush-Mount Through-Hull Transducers

A properly installed through-hull transducer can maximize the performance of down-looking sonar in two ways. First, it has direct contact with the …

How to Install a Low-Voltage Protection System

Many runabouts have just a single battery that’s called upon to power multiple 12-volt components as well as start the engine. The trouble is, a …

How to Dock a Boat

Factor in weather conditions, boat type, number of engines, the type of dock, the direction of approach to the dock, the lake’s level, and the height …

How to Use Drives and Trim Tabs for Speed

Most of us know the basics of trimming our outboard motors or sterndrives. Apply positive trim to raise the bow and make the boat go faster. Tuck …

Canvas Care

Once, canvas was cotton and at the mercy of the environment, lasting only a couple of seasons. New synthetic canvas is so vivid in color and durable …

Shallow Water Tactics

You see them and shake your head. The guy with his boat snuggled up against a secluded shoreline, access to which seems blocked by shoals; the woman …

How to Dock Using a Joystick

Joystick controls provide a new dimension for operators of most any kind of marine engine. In close quarters, they allow a skipper to perform some …