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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Capt. Randy Banger is a professional captain, mechanic, and fabricator, with over 150,000 nm at sea. More than ten times in the last dozen years, he has experienced first hand the terror of a sinking vessel due to shaft seal failures. Yachts that sit in slips unused for months are the most at risk. In an effort to save lives, and the

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Safety, Accessories

Thursday, May 9, 2019

With recreational boats now waking up from their long winter’s nap and their protective shrink wrap covers coming off prior to spring launch, a new video from the Ohio Clean Marinas Program shows boaters everywhere how to prepare boat shrink wrap for recycling in six easy steps. Essentially plastic, shrink wrap is an effective

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Environmental Impact, Spring Commissioning

Monday, April 1, 2019

A properly shaded boat adds so much to the overall boating experience; by improving sun protection and comfort, you can more thoroughly enjoy additional time on your boat. Unfortunately, many new boat designs lack a real shade solution for sun protection beyond the helm to fully enjoy open cockpits and bow seating areas. Add-on shade

by: Diane Seltzer, Marketing Director at SureShade

tags: Boat Cover, Do It Yourself (DIY)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

We have it all – a spacious v-bunk, a roomy aft cabin, a galley that can accommodate our family of four, and a full head! Being out on the water for days on end is no problem if we never left the cabin, but what die hard boater goes boating to just stay in the cabin? Not many. If you’re anything like our captain and crew,

by: Nicole Hartshorn

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Accessories

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

There is a great allure to owning and captaining your own charter boat. Because we operate a fleet of charter boats, we are often asked how to go about getting a boat inspected for chartering. This can be a complicated question but, for starters, you have to realistically ask yourself if this will be a hobby business or your primary

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Sailing, Charter

Monday, January 21, 2019

Many new boat designs offer ample seating for boaters to lounge, relax, and enjoy time on the water, but unfortunately a real shade solution for sun protection beyond the helm is still a design afterthought. The result is what we call a “shade on a stick” – a pole-mounted, canopy-like shade draped over the bow or

by: Diane Seltzer, Marketing Director at SureShade

tags: Boat Cover, Do It Yourself (DIY), Accessories

Friday, January 4, 2019

Too often boat owners think a chip, scratch, or crack can be easily repaired. They buy a can of spray paint or a fiberglass filler kit and sometimes make a small blemish much worse. By the time they have spent an afternoon trying to cover a small spot with a rushed job, the results turn into a major job. It’s a better idea to

by: Capt. Fred Davis

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

Monday, December 10, 2018

About the only thing more frightening than a slippery deck surface when you’re out trying to reef is discovering that the aging non-skid is cracking and peeling right under your feet. If your deck looks like it has a bad sunburn, it may be time to go into full nonskid repair mode. Diagnosis and Removal The first signs of

by: Zuzana Prochazka

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Based in Phoenix, among some of the best and most overlooked river boating destinations, Swim Platforms Inc. has been making the highest quality extended platforms for almost twenty years. Shipped nationwide and all over the world, each platform is custom made for your boat specifically. Almost every boat owner knows that space on

tags: Accessories, Do It Yourself (DIY)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

After trying everything from double-dosing the remaining fuel with stabilizer to topping off the tank to paying to have a marina drain my boat’s gas tank dry for the off-season, I finally decided to follow the advice of a trusted friend and veteran Great Lakes marina operator and handled the task myself. I have found that the

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Engines, Fuel Treatments, Winterization