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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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 the crew on one project chose replacement windows from Vetus. Check out the whole project here.
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 won’t hurt your wallet if you follow this advice. See our expert tips here.
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 & Propulsion columnist Richard Thiel thinks. Read his thoughts here.
Don’t live with dirty, stained gelcoat. Spruce it up easily by choosing the right cleaners and sealants.
Running aground is no fun. But there are ways to minimize the damage to your boat and her running gear. Do the right thing and you’ll save time and expense. See how to manage your next grounding here.
Inspecting your boat’s exhaust system now might save your engine later. Or your life.
Choosing the right yard can keep your boat in tip-top shape, and save you money, too.
Boaters who are in the know notice the details. And when a fine finish is your goal, you need to look closely at your boat’s “problem areas.” Those old hatches with the dull finish may jump out at you. Here’s what to do to fix them.
Imtra’s new line of Acxent lighting changes the way boaters—and designers—think about brightening their boats.
Underwater lights aren’t just for fishing. They can serve many purposes from avoiding debris to improving your love life.
Keep the Water on the Outside.Keeping through-hull fittings exercised is a simple way to make sure they work. But that’s only the beginning of what you should be doing. Learn more about these critical component here.
Naming your boat is a personal experience and a great way to express yourself. Learn the best ways to share it with the world here.
The idea of making things look good as they function well is behind the whole philosophy of boatkeeping. The new Intellian i5 satellite-TV antenna shows the company understands that. Get all the details here.
Add a FuelSep to your engine’s fuel line and get ready for a cleaner burn. If you have cruising in your plans for the coming year—real cruising where remote island outposts may be the only refueling option—a Walker FuelSep may be a sensible addition to your fuel-line defenses.
There’s a lot of flammable material on a boat, and once fire gets a foothold you’ll be facing a hot, smokey situation with possibly toxic fumes. And if the flames ignite the fiberglass, chances are you’re looking at an abandon-ship situation. What fire extinguishers should you keep onboard to protect your boat and loved ones? Find out here.
When sussing out potential problems on board, some experts turn to infrared light. You can, too.
Knowing your personality type will make your boatyard experience run smoother. Are you a Type D or a Type P?
Let there be (LED) light: A well-lit engine room can help you spot potential issues (read: oil leaks).
Got an old, trumpet-style horn that’s grown feeble and/or worn-looking? To replace or refurbish? That is the question.
The key to making sure your powertrain and shafts stay in alignment is getting familiar with the way your boat runs (and then staying familiar) so you can notice subtle changes in sound and feel.
With marine-store shelves sagging under fuel treatments that claim to address a variety of problems, Here's a closer look at three that just may do the trick.
When it comes to keeping your boat cozy, you can’t beat a cabin heater. But installing one isn’t as simple as you might think.
A bow thruster and joystick install on our Grand Banks 42 project vessel shows how attainable this technology is for today’s boaters.
This is the easiest, most common splice. Typically, it’s used to put an eye in the end of a mooring line or anchor rode.
So you’ve got a quarter guard that got torn up by a piling? Or you need to plug a hole left by an extracted through-hull? Fiberglass fabric’s the answer.