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Friday, July 20, 2018

For many enthusiasts, winter layup on kayaks is done quickly; needed upkeep and repairs often wait until next season. The season’s here, so it’s that time again. Fortunately, most kayak upkeep is fairly simple and quick. Usually a simple cleanup with soapy water makes it ready. For those with more pressing issues, read

by: John Tiger

tags: Canoes & Kayaks, Service & Repair, Water Toys

Thursday, July 19, 2018

For the past 28 years, the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Consumer Protection Dispute Resolution Program has gone to bat thousands of times for BoatUS members seeking help after disputes arise with boat purchases, repairs, or other service issues. This free service offered to BoatUS members often gets successful

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair, Used Boats

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Just about everything that drops on to the deck of your boat is apt to end up in the bilge, including excess water spray and rain water. However, regardless of the very important nature of the bilge, skippers often overlook checking it regularly. During my years of marine salvage experience, I had many calls to recover vessels that

by: Capt. Fred Davis

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Your new rig sits proudly in your driveway - the outboard shining brightly in the sun, even the trailer is sleek and polished. You haven’t even had a maiden voyage, and yet you’re already thinking “How can I keep it looking and performing at least close to how it does now, fresh from the dealership?”

by: John Tiger

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair, Spring Commissioning

Friday, March 9, 2018

Dave Klick and Joanne Hilden, partners in life and business, are the owners of Blue Lagoon Boating Center. Having started their boat dealership in 2014, they are literally the new kids on the block in Harrison Township, also known as “Boat Town, USA.” Both grew up boating on Lake St. Clair with their families and have

tags: Dealerships, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Service & Repair, Used Boats

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Inflatable boats have come a long way from the early part of the 20th century where they evolved from the airship industry. RFD in England and Zodiac in France began to see the usefulness of the rubber-coated materials that were used in constructing their hydrogen airships. In 1919, RFD began to develop a line of lifesaving rafts that

tags: Inflatable Boats, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Service & Repair

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Look, nothing can quite ruin a great season on the water like a rusty thru-hull or a corroded seacock. The hassle of repair, the expense, the frustration, not to mention the unnerving risk of failure while out on the water… but, how do you make a conscious and confident decision to move away from the reliability and durability

tags: Accessories, Do It Yourself (DIY), Service & Repair

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Many boaters are beginning to make the boat show circuit. The purchase of a new boat can be a trying experience. Matching up desired power, size, and design can be a tedious undertaking when selecting a new or used boat, and the endeavor can be very time consuming. Most purchasers of used boats know a survey or value condition report

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed a $375,000 supplemental appropriation to revitalize the Huron-to-Erie Corridor Monitoring Network, an initiative supported by the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. The Huron-to-Erie Corridor serves as a drinking water source for 3 million people in Southeast Michigan and also supplies Ontario, Canada.

tags: Safety, Service & Repair

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hours in the sun and the effects of water and humidity can take a toll on boats. When the need for repair arises, it can be difficult to find a product that provides a lasting seal against leaks while matching the seamless look of the vessel. To better predict how long a product will last under these harsh conditions, 3M tests the

tags: Service & Repair

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