February 27, 2018

Anyone who has ever turned a boat's ignition key knows the frustration of hearing nothing. Again, this is most likely an electrical issue - a low or dead battery, or a break somewhere in the ignition circuit.

Solution: Check the kill switch. Make sure the shifter is in...

February 27, 2018

It's "Maintenance Monday" and today we're talking about your boat's VHF radio. 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 hea...

February 25, 2018

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. Starbrite has a product, Clear Plastic Window Savers, which are plastic guards to put around the tubes where they impact the...

February 24, 2018

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...

February 23, 2018

Boat owners love to talk about their boat’s performance, everything from the props they’re running to the hull design. But one of the most overlooked factors that can negatively impact a boat’s performance is load weight. Over the course of several seasons, boaters typ...

February 21, 2018

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...

February 20, 2018

It's "Maintenance Monday" and today we're talking marine battery care. Often neglected, your boat's batteries are vital to an enjoyable day on the water. Some tips on keeping your boat's batteries "ship-shape":

1. Clean terminals and the case with a paste made from ba...

February 18, 2018

In addition to making sure you have enough fuel, understand the proper boat maintenance necessary for your fuel type. Keep your tank filled when possible to prevent moisture from gaining entrance, and understand what additives your fuel may or may not not need. During...

February 17, 2018

Every boat has batteries, but don't just let them sit there during extended periods of idle time! Many vessels in our Southwest Florida area are either stored on trailers, or dry-stored by seasonal residents for 7 to 8 months at a time. Take the batteries out, thorough...

February 16, 2018

A new wax coat is normally completed every six months in our Southwest Florida marine environment. However, you can improve the efficiency of the wax coat by de-waxing beforehand. De-waxing solvents are readily available at most marine supply store, are easy to use, an...

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