A surveyor can uncover problems you don’t see before they turn serious. Should you have your boat surveyed every couple of years? Mike Smith investigates the value of having a survey done on a boat you already own.
Refit and Upgrade
Refit and Upgrade
Many boat owners are looking for the simplicity and control of joystick maneuverability. But the pods or jet drives that were part of the deal may not always be welcome aboard. Learn more about new options that make slow-speed maneuvering easier here.
A good varnish job is a beautiful thing to behold. But getting it just right is not for the faint of heart—the trick is in the details. Learn how the professionals do the job here.
Take a step back and really look at your boat’s upholstery. Are your cushions looking their age? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Capt. Bill Pike’s tips will have you on the road to recover-y in no time with an in-depth look at fabrics and foam, and some insider insight into the process. Check out his report here.
Carry the right tools in the toolbox on your boat and you too can be a "Captain Fix-It".
There are ways to extend the life on onboard equipment. Capt. Bill Pike shares tips, wisdom, and proven techniques to help keep your boat running at the top of her game and her equipment doing yeoman service. But don’t go and order up an extra-large tub of elbow grease just yet, since some of Bill’s hints fall at the sweet end of the effort spectrum. Intrigued? Read more here.
The dripless seals on your boat require just a little simple maintenance once or twice a year, if you ignore those seals they can turn ugly. Capt. Vincent Daniello will show you how to maintain the dripless shaft seals on your boat.
The Smart Way to Refresh Your Interior
Maybe your saloon isn’t looking quite as sharp as you’d like. Take heart—we’ve got some expert advice on caring for onboard joinery that may save you time and money. Read all about it here.
Looking for a DIY project that will help your boat run better? Adding automated trim-tab control may be just the ticket, since it adjusts running attitude while giving you one less thing to think about. Check out our step-by-step instructions here.
Unleash Your Inner Boatbuilder with a DIY Kit
Every boater dreams of stepping to the helm of a boat he built himself. But you’ve got to walk before you run, so check out our take on kits that will help you get your feet wet.
There’s more to getting the propeller off the shaft than meets the eye, and more high-tech props make the job even more complex. Get the lowdown on what you need to know here.
Add another layer of reliable communication on your boat with a cell-signal booster. Our install sorts out the installation, the connectors you need, and tells how to tune the system. Check out the step-by-step installation here.
Are lithium batteries worth the extra money? Lithium batteries are the latest thing, but what advantages do they really bring? Find out the pros and cons of upgrading your batteries to 21st-century technology.
Resident boat nut Capt. Bill Pike recounts one man’s quest to save a 56-year old herring drifter from the scrap heap.
Nothing says you’re a real boater like taking on a refit project on your boat. We offer some expert advice for considering, planning, and executing a smart refit. Here’s how to get under way on that dream project.
When it comes time to select a refit project for your boat, you can go in any number of directions. Make your short list: The projects that fit your boating style and budget will rise to the top. In the interest of simplifying the process, we offer some alternatives if it just isn’t the right time...
Hinckley Yachts rescues a Savannah 54 from a forgotten factory floor. Remember when you were a kid and you saved your allowance until you could go to the local hobby shop? You came home with a box marked Revell or Monogram, opened it, and then had to assemble all the itty-bitty parts? Well, that’s exactly what one owner presented to the Hinckley service yard in Savannah, Georgia. But it wasn’t for a little toy-sized model. It was a 54-foot motoryacht. In pieces. Lots of them.
Install synthetic teak decks and skip the constant maintenance.
Complete professional fabrication and installation runs anywhere from $65 to $95 per square foot. Mazel often accepts templates from boat owners in his shop and delivers finished teak panels, nearly ready to be glued down, for around $50 per square foot. Materials alone, including the three types of glue used and a 15-percent allowance for waste, run $37 per square foot.
Break down a project to manageable parts, and get some added tips from Capt. Bill Pike.
Know how to keep your stuffing box happy? We have some DIY maintenance methods, including tips for both spud- and gland-type stuffing boxes, and some smart ways to head off problems. See an expert take on stuffing box care here.
Give yourself a break without getting a new boat. The Xenta system can add joystick power to many twin diesel boats, providing close-quarters maneuvering on par with pod-powered boats. Learn more about Xenta, including an idea of what it costs, here.
An experienced boater realizes the benefits of retrofitting his 27-year-old boat with LED lighting.
Plumbing for seawater circuits is critical. Centrifugal air-conditioning pumps must be below the waterline to prime, and seawater hoses must rise continuously uphill from the through-hull fitting to the sea strainer and to the pump, and then continue uphill with a single high spot at the air conditioner.
How to Install an Air Conditioner on Your Boat
Boatbuilders want simpler installations, so today many air-conditioning systems now contain all electronics within a single remote-mounted electrical box. This allows flexible placement of air-conditioner units and simpler electrical connections—both are huge benefits for do-it-yourself installations.
How to add a big-boat fishbox ice to a small sportfisher or any boat.