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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

With Labor Day in our wake, we’re dreaming of an extended summer, but the grim reality on these Great Lakes is that we must now start thinking and planning for colder weather. With fall, our thoughts turn to preparing our boats for storage and, while some tasks can be postponed, addressing these issues in the fall can make for a

by: Professionals of Henry H. Smith Co.

tags: Propellers, Service & Repair, Winterization

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Looking after the environment is fundamental to responsible boating – simply put, we cannot enjoy the environment if we ruin it. To be environmentally conscientious, it is very important that our boats operate at their optimum, using as little fuel as possible while delivering the performance we desire. Marine drives, and

by: Professionals of Henry H. Smith Co.

tags: Environmental Impact, Propellers, Service & Repair

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology has officially broken ground on a new 30,000 square foot addition to its propeller casting facility. When complete, Mercury’s propeller facilities total footprint will encompass 90,000 square feet. The expansion, which was officially announced during an event

tags: Company Expansions, Lake Michigan, Propellers

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

It’s that time of year again! You’re buying sunscreen in bulk, loading up coolers with sandwiches, and heading down to the boat. But, before you pull away from the dock, make sure your propeller is just as prepared as you are. One of the often overlooked aspects of boat prep is making sure that your propeller is in proper

by: Professionals of Henry H. Smith Co.

tags: Propellers, Service & Repair

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

There are a lot of ways a day out on the water on your boat can be unexpectedly ruined. Damaging your prop is just one of the ways, but it’s a big one when it happens. If you run aground, hit something in the water, are in need of some repairs from customary usage, or if your prop wasn’t setup right, you’ll want a

tags: Boating 101, Propellers, Service & Repair

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

In today’s high tech world, some propeller shops fix props the “traditional way” with pitch blocks and feeler gauges. This is a great way to tune a propeller, provided you have the correct pitch block for the prop. Other shops use computer-aided scanning systems to determine a propeller’s pitch, face camber,

by: Ray Treudler, Owner of NorthCoast Prop Tech

tags: Propellers, Service & Repair

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The 2018 Innovation Awards, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), were presented at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) during the annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, October 2. Eight BWI judges with various technical

tags: Lighting, Propellers, Accessories, Awards, Boat Cover, Boat Docks, Decorative, Electronics, Engines, Events

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Easy Drive is a new product by Yacht Thruster, a division of the Yacht Group, who has provided Yacht Controller and other products for more than 15 years as a respected leader of innovative technology for the marine industry. This new thruster is the easy to install, effective, and cost-efficient way to gain better control of your

tags: Propellers

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

There are some key questions to ask yourself about your boat's propeller(s). Is (are) the propeller(s) on my boat sized correctly? Are the vibrations I feel normal to every boating experience? Is my boat using more gas than it should? Is (are) the engine(s) producing the correct RPMs? If you are uncertain about the correct answers to

by: Ray Treudler, Owner of NorthCoast Prop Tech

tags: Lake Erie, Propellers

Friday, November 17, 2017

A product that every boater should have, the patented Hydro-Shield is a skeg-mounted hydro-foil that protects a boat’s propeller, improves its performance, and protects marine mammals from injury or death. The skeg-mounted hydro-foil gets a boat up on plane quicker, improving visibility, fuel economy, and handling for all kinds

tags: Accessories, Environmental Impact, Propellers