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 of making them worthwhile, achievable, and—hell—actually fun, here’s 6 boat-related resolutions that will put a smile on your face.
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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 to the professionals. First things first though: Identifying the problem. We break it down in 5 easy steps.
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 your future. Check out the step-by-step procedure here.
Covering up old, barely visible names and hailing ports with Awlcraft 2000—a job best left to professionals.
Fall is an ideal time to inspect your engine’s cooling system.
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 design created just for the task—it hides in the leaning post. See video of the simple installation here.
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 dilemma here.
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 Armstrong builds an aftermarket setup that may change the way you think about your old boat. Here’s what you need to know.
Use the off-season (or a few off weekends) to improve your boat. Here are four projects you can start right away.
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?