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.
Refit and Upgrade
Refit and Upgrade
While bow thrusters have long changed the docking game, Vetus takes it one step further with a new, nearly silent Rim Drive thruster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Solar panels—especially foldable ones—aren’t just for sailors anymore.
Let there be (LED) light: A well-lit engine room can help you spot potential issues (read: oil leaks).
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.
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.
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.
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.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to lower the noise level on your boat.
Looking to freshen up your interior and cut down on power consumption? Then look no further than Imtra’s newest LED.