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.
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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.
Is Your Compass Deviant?
Sometimes your compass needs repair, or loses its heading. Check it now.
It’s hot, cramped, and hard to reach, but your engine room still needs a good scrub now and then. Here’s how the pros do it.
Easy cleanup and lightning-fast dry times are just a couple reasons why Pettit’s Neptune 5 might be the next bottom paint for your boat.
Gizmo is one of the highest-tech boats of her class to be certain, but can she be more than that? Could we get her to be ecologically sound too? Find out here.
Want your varnish to shine like the July sun? Here are 10 tips to help you out.
Upgrade your windshield-wiper motor and add peace of mind to your next cruise.
Ask anyone who spends any amount of time on a boat, onboard comfort goes a long way. Find out how to make your boat even more appealing to passengers here.
Like all of your onboard equipment, your windlass requires regular maintenance in order to live a long life.
How closely should your oil match your engine?
You’d have to look pretty hard to find a nicer varnish brush than those sold by Epifanes, a Dutch company founded in Aalsmeer in 1902.
The marine environment can be a tough place for metal. Rust and wear are pretty much par for the course. But there are ways to keep your onboard metal in good shape. Read about them here.