Maintenance

How to install a joystick on your boat

By | Posted January 2017

Got serious docking angst? Need a cure for technology envy? Install a joystick, and get on with life. Here’s what you need to know.

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Very boaty New Year’s Resolutions

By | Posted December 2016

6 Resolutions for the New Year: PMY Edition. “Cut back on red meat.” “Actually, y’know, use your gym membership.” Let’s face it: Resolutions aren’t all that fun. In the interest...

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How to Repair Spider Cracks in Fiberglass

By | Posted December 2016

Stress cracks. Spider cracks. Hairline cracks. All suspicious looking in their own right. Replacing coring materials in an existing deck is a messy, pricey job probably best left...

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How to Letter Your Transom

By | Posted November 2016

There’s something to be said for handpainted letters on the transom, as Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike recently discovered the best way. See if there’s a boatyard Van Gogh in...

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A Guide to Resurfacing Your Transom

By | Posted November 2016

Covering up old, barely visible names and hailing ports with Awlcraft 2000—a job best left to professionals.

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How to Check the Cooling System on Your Boat

By | Posted October 2016

Fall is an ideal time to inspect your engine’s cooling system.

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Seakeeper Gyro Stabilizer for Smaller Boats

By | Posted October 2016

Gyro stabilization can change the game for many boats, making them more pleasant and safer in rough conditions. Now Seakeeper brings that option to smaller boats with a smart...

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How to Decide if You Should Refurbish or Sell Your Boat

By | Posted October 2016

Trying to decide whether to sell your boat or upgrade it? Surely it's not an easy question--many factors come into play that can tilt the balance one way or the other. Solve the...

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The Benefits of a Bracket on Your Outboard-Powered Boat

By | Posted September 2016

There’s a reason plenty of new center consoles feature bracket-mounted outboards—the bracket changes the geometry of how outboards and hulls work together. And...

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4 Easy Projects to Improve Your Boat

By | Posted September 2016

Use the off-season (or a few off weekends) to improve your boat. Here are four projects you can start right away.

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How to Replace the Windows on Your Boat

By | Posted August 2016

Talking about windows on boats, there’s a lot to consider. Will the new ones hold up and be easy to maintain? Know the ins and outs of what’s available, and see why...

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Replacing the Carpet on Your Boat

By | Posted July 2016

New carpeting may not be high on your priority list. But if you look at your boat’s interior it could really help it all together, and it may be a treat for your feet that...

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Should You Have a Sound Shield on Your Generator?

By | Posted July 2016

Could your generator be dying a quiet death? Maybe, if your hushbox is keeping you from proper troubleshooting challenges. Have a look at what Power...

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