October 31, 2017

Boating Maintenance Tip of the Day:

Nothing can be more maddening than a roll of masking tape that won't unroll, but only comes off in little bits. You're ready to start your bottom or boot stripe paint job, and the tape roll just won't cooperate. Before tossing it in...

October 30, 2017

It's "Maintenance Monday" and today we're addressing oil changes in all marine engines, excluding two-stroke outboard motors. Just like cars, boats need to have their oil changed. Four-stroke outboards, inboards and stern drive boats require regular oil changes. The fr...

October 28, 2017

Do you have anchor or dock lines that have stiffened or hardened during storage? Add half a cup of fabric softener to two gallons of water and soak the lines overnight. Let them dry away from the sun and they'll be as flexible as new!

October 27, 2017

Anchors and chain are expensive. Extend their lives by washing your chain and anchor with fresh water after every use and, if you can, store it dry. If you don't have enough fresh water aboard, rinse it every time you return to the dock. Periodically remove all chain f...

October 26, 2017

Cost-saving Boating Tip of the Day:

The "windows" in side curtains or biminis are often damaged by the metal tubes that hold up the structure. Star brite has a product, Clear Plastic Window Savers, which are plastic guards to put around the tubes where they impact the w...

October 24, 2017

It's "Maintenance Monday" and today we're talking about how to make your boat's metal shine.


There are many quality cleaners and sealants available for keeping the chrome and stainless steel on your boat protected, shiny and bright. After applying a light film of marin...

October 23, 2017

The time to find out if your VHF radio is working is before you leave the dock. But sometimes you get out on the water, and for one reason or another, you find that you can't transmit or hear other boaters' transmissions. Here are some band-aid temporary cures in the e...

October 19, 2017

We received a call yesterday from a Vessel Maintenance Client with an interesting, yet very pertinent, question. While many people concentrate on the major mechanical aspects of their boat, his question centered on the safety equipment that needs to be on board.

Our res...

October 19, 2017

Many jobs on the boat can leave your hands filthy. For a fast-and-effective hand cleaner that's good at removing grease and grime, pour a little olive oil on your hands along with a sprinkling of sugar. Wipe with a paper towel, then wash your hands with soap and water.

October 16, 2017

It's "Maintenance Monday" and today we're talking about your boat's propeller(s).  If you have an outboard or stern drive boat you should always visually check the propeller as part of your pre-trip routine. Use a deep well socket to remove the propeller several times...

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