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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

At the Cleveland Boat show this year, I came across a new product called Orthodek. Curious, I inquired what made this flooring unique and wondered if I could use it for the swim platform on our 411 Beneteau. The reason we needed to change it out was simple - the natural teak we had in our 20-year-old boat was starting to buckle on one

by: Erik Kyle, Publisher, Great Lakes Scuttlebutt

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Flooring

Monday, October 15, 2018

Your outboard needs water to keep it cool as it runs. How often do you check the “pee indicator” to ensure that the engine is pumping water? Salt, sand, mud, sticks, and other debris take their toll on the pump impeller, housing, and related parts. That’s why most outboard technicians recommend replacement every

by: John Tiger

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chevron Products Company, a leading provider of premium aftermarket fuel additives, engine oils, lubricants, coolants and related products, recently introduced its new Techron Marine Fuel System Treatment formulated specifically for gasoline-powered boats and the harsh marine environment. Following extended development and testing,

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Fuel Treatments, Service & Repair, Winterization

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

United States Power Squadrons® – America’s Boating Club®, the country’s largest nonprofit boating organization, recently announced the release of digital assets to enhance boating education with the launch of America’s Boating Channel on YouTube and americasboatingchannel.com. Funded by grants from the

tags: Boat Club, Do It Yourself (DIY), Education

Friday, June 29, 2018

Most boaters agree that shade and sun protection is important, yet many boats still don’t have enough shade coverage. Adding more shade is not only a great investment in your boat, but it can make a big difference in your overall comfort and boating experience. There are a few options for added shade on your boat. You can buy a

by: Diane Seltzer, Marketing Director at SureShade

tags: Canvas & Upholstery, Do It Yourself (DIY)

Monday, May 28, 2018

If you’re seeking shelter on the water, or even just looking to make your boat look and feel new(er) again, a well-designed enclosure will make a difference. A canvas addition consists of many complementary parts: fabric or vinyl (both of which have improved in performance and aesthetics), window technology (also referred to as

by: Zuzana Prochazka

tags: Canvas & Upholstery, Do It Yourself (DIY)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

As an avid trailer boater, you’ve probably spent endless hours in your driveway or at the marina laboring over your pride and joy to keep it looking brand new. But what about the trailer? When was the last time you gave your trailer the once over? On the road, some items may be tough to deal with. INSIDE GREASE SPOTS - If the

by: Capt. Fred Davis, www.tipsforboating.com

tags: Boating 101, Do It Yourself (DIY), Trailers

Thursday, April 12, 2018

You own a boat trailer, now what? How do you ensure you are keeping your trailer safe to tow and store your boat? Every manufacturer uses different components and accessories on their trailers but often, the core fundamental maintenance is the same. It is common that boaters remember to do the proper safety procedures on their boat

by: Megan Straw-Meisler, Sales & Marketing Director of Loadmaster Trailer

tags: Boating 101, Do It Yourself (DIY), Trailers

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Most boaters shy away from anything to do with 12-volt DC wiring, even though it’s the basic system present on most boats and boat trailers—and it’s an easy system to troubleshoot and work on. This primer should help wary boaters to keep their trailer wiring working properly, and even replace the entire system with

by: John Tiger

tags: Boating 101, Do It Yourself (DIY), Trailers

Monday, April 2, 2018

Malcolm and his boy did it, finally. It was not easy, it was sometimes dirty, and it took a long time. But, they were here, finally, sitting on varnished, wood seats that they made, with fishing poles in hand and smiling big. His boy was in heaven on this sunny day, floating past the green shoreline, casting towards the shore, and

by: Clint Chase, Owner, Chase Small Craft

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Kids & Pets