November 30, 2017

Got a bottle of flat cola aboard? Don't throw it away, throw it into your head and let it sit for an hour. It makes a great nontoxic toilet-bowl cleaner, and is much cheaper than the marine store aqua-chems.

November 28, 2017

The needle on your boat's temperature gauge is rising. This almost always means you have a lack of water flow in the cooling loop. Outboards, most small inboards and I/Os don't have radiators like your car, and instead use the water they are floating on to cool the eng...

November 27, 2017

It's "Maintenance Monday", and today we're talking about an often neglected, but highly important and necessary part of an enjoyable day out on the water - your docklines. 

Though the coils shown here allow you to proudly hang your lines out for all to see, it’s a goo...

November 25, 2017

Boating Tip of the Day:

A wire coat hanger can save the day. Bend it into a hook and you can retrieve that wedding ring that fell between the outboard stringer and the hull side — or under the air-conditioner and beside the engine, of course. Cut a small section, and...

November 20, 2017

It's "Maintenance Monday", and today we're discussing how to maintain the waterproof attributes of your boat's canvas surfaces. 

Acrylic canvas, like yesteryear's cotton canvas, is a tight-weave fabric. It is initially waterproof, yet breathes; it stands up to ultravi...

November 19, 2017

Cost-Saving Boat Maintenance Tip of the Day:

Want a cheap home remedy for washing away scum lines, tannin and rust stains on your boat's hull? You can buy oxalic acid, the primary ingredient in most hull cleaners (Is it "Off and On"? - brand name altered for legal rea...

November 19, 2017

Coat filet knives with cooking oil after each use, dispensed from a recycled spray bottle. The oil prevents rust from forming on the blade, and it won’t contaminate your dinner.

November 17, 2017

Boating Maintenance Tip of the Day:

Ever need to tighten a nut on one side of a bulkhead, but your arms aren’t long enough to reach around the other side and hold a wrench on the bolt head? Locking pliers serve as a second set of hands when working solo.

Tighten the nut...

November 14, 2017

Boating Maintenance Tip of the Day:

Toothpaste will remove surface rust from stainless-steel fittings. Use a toothbrush to apply, then buff with a rag for a brilliant shine.Out of Crest? Rub lemon juice or lime juice on stainless steel, then buff it with a rag for a d...

November 14, 2017

It's "Maintenance Monday", and if you've spent enough time at the helm of a boat, you've had this experience : You turn the wheel, and it feels sloppy or requires extra effort. It’s time to purge and add hydraulic fluid.

In this situation, you’ll need to get some hydr...

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