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Saturday, September 12, 2020

The array of engine and drive lubricants, oils, sprays, and fuel treatments at your local marine parts store or dealer can be intimidating. As winter approaches, soon it will be time to prep your rig for a long nap. Here’s a primer on what to use and where to use it. Engine Oil Obviously, for four stroke engines, this goes in

by: John Tiger

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Time 15 mins Tools Needle nose pliers Prop wrench or socket set Block of wood Razor knife Flashlight Difficulty Easy Materials Prop Cotter pin Grease Rags Disposable gloves Cost Depends on prop (ours cost about $250) There may be lots of different reasons why you might want to change out the prop on your outboard or sterndrive.

by: Mark Corke

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

Saturday, July 25, 2020

We’ve all seen this… an angler gets his reel snarled with a tangle of fishing line. He cuts it all off, throws it in the lake, and re-strings his reel. Seems harmless enough, right? After all, that mess just sinks to the bottom, and never bothers anyone. Wrong. First, monofilament fishing line doesn’t sink; at

by: John Tiger

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

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Some of the best ideas are cheap but will save you loads in the long run. Here’s some that you can bank on. 1) It’s in the Bag A crisp, neat, straight paint line is a delight to the eye and is easy to achieve with the careful application of masking tape. Your efforts unfortunately can be marred by paint creeping under the

by: BoatU.S. Editors

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

Monday, June 1, 2020

SureShade may be best known to boaters for their telescoping boat shade systems for center consoles and cruisers, but they are making waves in the marine industry once again by introducing their latest product: the SureShade Power Bimini. Leveraging SureShade’s extensive expertise designing premium shade solutions for the

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

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

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

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: Retrofitting, Anchors, Do It Yourself (DIY)

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