January 30, 2018

If you have an outboard or stern drive boat you should check the propeller as part of your pre-launch routine. Use a deep well socket to remove the propeller several times during the season to make sure discarded fishing line hasn't become wrapped around the propeller...

January 30, 2018

Fresh Water, Not Bacteria and Crud -

The next time that you fill your boat's water tank, run the water for a while before putting the hose nozzle into the tank fill. Running the water through the hose ejects stale water and crud. Bacteria and mold also love to reside...

January 30, 2018

Get in the habit of checking the chain, thread and O-ring on fuel fill caps every time you fuel your boat. These inexpensive items help protect the fuel tank from water intrusion. A little bit of regular preventative maintenance will keep you from writing big repair ch...

January 29, 2018

It's "Maintenance Monday", and today we're talking about how to check the oil level in a four-stroke outboard engine. Checking the oil level in a four-stroke outboard should be part of the “pre-flight” routine of every outboard owner. But I’m guessing many outboard own...

January 27, 2018

Want a green alternative to bleach? White vinegar kills mold. Apply with a spray bottle and watch your decks and cushions sparkle again.

January 25, 2018

If you're towing your boat over a long distance to launch, wipe your boat down, particularly the bow area, with liquid soap to make bugs and grit easy to remove once you arrive. The liquid soap creates a barrier to grime and insects on your boat's hull.  Simply hose th...

January 23, 2018

If you've got a 2-Stroke outboard motor on your boat, and need to pre-mix oil at every fueling, use this handy reference for pre-mixing oil and gas at a 50:1 ratio.

1 gallon gas = 2.5 ounces oil

6 gallons gas = 16 ounces(1 pint) oil

10 gallons gas = 26 ounces oil

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January 22, 2018

It's "Maintenance Monday", and today we're talking about the importance of changing the oil in your boat. Just like cars, boats need to have their oil changed. Four-stroke outboards, inboards and stern drive boats require regular oil changes. The frequency will vary by...

January 20, 2018

Dreading the stirring process of a can of bottom paint, knowing that you've got to get that sludge on the bottom of the can mixed throughout the can? Invert that can of ­anti-fouling paint the night before painting to help get the solids throughout the solution prior t...

January 18, 2018

You notice an excessive amount of water intrusion in the stern area of your inboard vessel, so you have the boat hauled for an out-of-the-water inspection. Lift a rudder on your vessel to determine end play. Rock it port to starboard to determine side play. It will mov...

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