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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)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Installing shade on your boat can be done yourself! SureShade gives you shade, offering you a better time on the water and more value on your boat - and you can install it once, by yourself, for a permanent upgrade!

by: Diane Seltzer, Marketing Director at SureShade

tags: Boat Cover, Do It Yourself (DIY)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

No matter the climate or your boating location, paying attention to your boat’s fuel system can pay off big – especially if you consider that a faulty fuel system can leave you stranded offshore! Continued pressure from the federal government to increase the amount of alcohol in fuels has brought serious concerns and

by: John Tiger

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A quick and easy solution, that you can apply yourself, the SOS kit is used when there is a failure in a propeller shaft seal or a sudden, major hose leak. This can prevent a potentially catastrophic influx of water, commonly leading to a sinking vessel.

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

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: Do It Yourself (DIY), Boat Cover