March 27, 2018

It's "Maintenance Monday", and today we're talking about deck drain clogs and leaks. With the popularity of express style cruisers these days, cockpit deck leaks are a major source of damage to engine room components. In some cases, the leaking is so severe that engine...

March 19, 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...

March 12, 2018

#1 Deadly Sin is “Procrastination and Neglect.”

Environmental buildup – soot, carbon, dirt, mildew, mold, green scum – can damage your boat quicker than you think. Gelcoat, wood, isinglass and plastic are all porous, and once they become impregnated it can sometimes be...

March 10, 2018

The faster you try to go, the worse the vibration is. You might also notice the engine racing, while the boat loses speed.

Solution: Something's likely gone wrong with the prop. A nick or gouged blade can create imbalance and vibration; a towrope or fishing line can s...

March 9, 2018

You might notice that your boat's bilge pump seems to be working overtime. Or you suddenly notice the boat feels heavy and seems to be filling with water.

Solution: Assuming you remembered to insert the transom drain plug (hey, we've all forgotten that at least once),...

March 7, 2018

Just because a boat looks clean, doesn't mean it's well-maintained. Time and again, we see owners who are meticulous about washing and polishing their boats, but pay far less attention to the internal workings.

Maintenance is not a task most of us enjoy, but a little bi...

March 6, 2018

The Problem: The varnish on your teak trim is cracked in the corners and other places where there are joints in the wood.

The Cause: Varnish adhesion on teak is a touchy proposition.

The Fix: Your boat's wood trim moves a bit as the boat works and flexes. Since varni...

March 4, 2018

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...

March 3, 2018

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.

March 2, 2018

We see this quite a bit, particularly on vessels more than 10 years old. Inspection bowls for filters and sea strainers can turn cloudy, making them useless. You need to see at a glance what’s going on. Clean them with soap and water. If clarity doesn’t return, order r...

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