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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Your boat’s drive unit (lower unit, gearcase, foot, etc.) is a critical component. Without it, your boat doesn’t go. While maintenance may seem easy, there’s a lot to check when servicing your engine’s gearcase. If you’re not mechanically inclined, it’s best to have your dealer do the job. A simple

by: John Tiger

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

Monday, May 18, 2020

The marine environment is one of the harshest on the planet, demanding respect and attention to detail. Often, mechanical failure of any type while underway is more than “bad,” but failure of your steering chain or wire could be especially bad. To prevent such a catastrophe, annual maintenance—or more often depending

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

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Most people enjoy having a vast collection of tunes downloaded onto their mobile devices to play at a moment's notice. Others prefer streaming new music through an app. Either way, the award-winning Infinity by Harman INF-BC4 Pre-Amp Bluetooth Controller from Prospec Electronics is the perfect way to connect media players, cell phones

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Electronics, Retrofitting, Software & Apps

Friday, March 27, 2020

Your boat’s T-top may provide shade at the helm, but what about your passengers sitting behind you? Whether you are anchored out or cruising, your entire crew deserves more sun protection to make a long day on the boat much more comfortable. Unfortunately, many add-on shade solutions typically involve temporary pole-mounted

by: Diane Seltzer

tags: Boat Cover, Do It Yourself (DIY)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

E-Z Anchor Puller Mfg. Co. was founded in 1990 by George l. Towns, who was born and raised in Ludington, Mich. After graduating from high school with the class of 1943, George enlisted and served during World War II with the U. S. Navy’s naval construction battalion, “Seabees”. He was tasked with operating overhead

tags: Anchors, Do It Yourself (DIY), Retrofitting

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

I own what, in the Florida Keys, we used to refer to as a “white” boat, a generic term for the ever-popular white, outboard-powered center console style of fishing craft that dominates those coastal waters. The designation covered boats from 17 to 27 feet in length and any light colored hue from beige to stark white. Mine

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Decorative, Do It Yourself (DIY)

Monday, October 21, 2019

As boaters, we want our time on the water to be easy and enjoyable, and our boat should feel homey and inviting. Aside from the most recent builds, most boats have been built with either incandescent or halogen bulb lighting. Inevitably, these bulbs burn out and the fixtures start to age and look dated. Sometimes, after a few years

by: Jordan Balbresky

tags: Decorative, Do It Yourself (DIY), Lighting

Friday, October 4, 2019

It sounds simple, but there is a right and a wrong way to perform this essential task. In freshwater lakes and rivers, debris such as sand, muck, wood flotsam, and garbage are always problems for engine-cooling systems. In coastal areas, salt and brackish water raise havoc with corrosion. No matter your boating locale, flushing your

by: John Tiger

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Keeping outdoor fabrics looking good is really easy with a few helpful hints. Whether we’re talking about awnings, boating fabrics, or pop-up camper tops, being outdoor fabrics they all require care to keep them looking good and functioning properly. By following a few simple care instructions, these fabrics will maintain good

by: Marianne Iosso, Iosso Products

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

Friday, July 19, 2019

How to avoid tying a knot - while still being secure! This temporary docking device replaces the need to use a cleat hitch for those who aren’t proficient at tying knots, for those with disabilities, or for those who just love a good “short cut”!

tags: Accessories, Do It Yourself (DIY)

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