August 31, 2018

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...

August 30, 2018

If you've got an inboard powered boat, a generator or air conditioning system on board, be sure to check your sea strainers for debris. This is particularly relevant with all the debris and flotsam floating in our local waterways this summer, and and your vessel could...

August 29, 2018

It's "Maintenance Monday" and today we're addressing the 7 Deadly Sins of vessel maintenance:

#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, w...

August 24, 2018

You probably won't hear the sound of a drive belt breaking over the general engine noise, but you will know something's wrong when your overheat warning light comes on, or your voltage meter shows that the alternator isn't charging. Having a broken belt is a scenario u...

August 23, 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...

August 22, 2018

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 check the propeller as part of your pre-launch routine. Use a deep well socket to remove the propeller several times during the se...

August 18, 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...

August 15, 2018

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...

August 8, 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...

August 1, 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 a goo...

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