Fall is an ideal time to inspect your engine’s cooling system.
Inspecting your boat’s exhaust system now might save your engine later. Or your life.
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.
When sussing out potential problems on board, some experts turn to infrared light. You can, too.
Tenders make boating all the more fun. But getting small boats in and out of the water can be a hassle if your davit doesn't work well. Find tips to help you maintain your davits or crane here.
Your fuel-water separator may not be the most glamorous thing on your boat, but it could be one of the most important. Check out our guide to how to best take care of your system.
It turns out the Boy Scouts were right, preparation is key, particularly when you're boating. Here are some things you should be doing on dry land to maximize your time on the water.
The ABCs of Marine Batteries.
If you know the type of marine batteries you have on your boat, there's a good chance you won't need to do anything else to maintain them. But it's smart to read up and be sure. Check out our expert take on marine batteries here.
You may be tempted to keep all sorts of spare parts on your boat, but really, you’d just be adding clutter to your decks. We break down the essential spare parts you really need to have onboard.
There’s nothing glamorous about it, but maintaining a clean and well running bilge system is a good indicator that you’re a consummate boater. Here's everything you need to know about maintaining your bilges.
There are so many types of marine stabilizers out there that it can make your head spin. How do they all work? And which system is the best for your boat? For the answers to these questions, plus more, read this.
Having a good watermaker onboard will make cruising your boat a lot easier. However maintaining one is not as easy as some people think. Never fear. To learn the most helpful maintenance tips for keeping your watermaker running properly, read this.
Capt. Richard Thiel looks at the effectiveness of onboard fire-suppression systems and also points out why you might not be as safe as you think.
Everything you need to know about fixing your air conditioner. Now that summer’s just about here, it’s time to get serious about your onboard air-conditioning system. And we’ve got everything you need to know about how to stay cool when it gets hot.
Few things are as important onboard your boat as your steering system, yet a surprising amount of boaters don’t know how to take proper care of it. We’ll show you everything you need to know to keep your hydraulic steering system in tip-top condition.
Ever wonder what goes into keeping a stabilizer system up and running? Aside from the initial outlay of installation, the money spent to keep a system running smoothly can be calculated into your routine maintenance costs, if you know where to begin. We provide expert advice and tips on keeping up these day-saving systems
Here’s some expert advice to keep your boat's air conditioner operating properly.
Here’s some expert advice to help you maintain your Lofrans’ Project 1500 Windlass.
Here’s some expert advice to help you maintain your Sea Recovery AquaMatic watermaker.
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.
Your ventilation, heating, and cooling system can do so much more for you and your boat, if you set it up right. Learn how to keep things smelling good here.
Fuel treatments and additives can go a long way towards keeping your boating season trouble-free. But when you get into diesel-powered vessels that are 40 feet or more, the best way to remove water—and the nasty stuff that comes with it—from your fuel tank (or tanks) is to add a fuel-polishing system to your engine room. While initially developed for large yachts and commercial vessels, fuel-polishing technology has caught on with owners of smaller, medium-sized boats these days as well.
Need to Know: Your Bonding System
Really understanding how her electrical system can damage a boat’s metal components will help you to avoid costly replacements and repairs. Knowing that bonding system is working is good for peace of mind and more: Your boat will thank you with better performance and improved reliability. Learn how to check the system here.
Sea Flush is a tool that facilitates winterizing, unclogging thru-hull fittings, flushing out saltwater and cleaning heat exchangers/exhaust manifolds/A/C hoses and Oil Coolers on your boat.
Think bleeding your fuel system is beyond your expertise? Know what goes into the process and why each step is critical, and maybe you’ll get closer to your engines than you ever thought you would. Read the step-by-step process here.
Anyone who owns a boat may have been thinking about batteries and charging systems quite a bit since Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner nightmare. The fact that diagnosis of the problem took as long as it did is a frightening prospect, but one cannot deny the benefits of new battery technologies—provided they’re managed properly...