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Friday, February 7, 2020

Mercury Marine and its training division, Mercury University, recently announced a partnership with Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Michigan, to offer students a 12‑month, 42‑credit‑hour Mercury Marine Maintenance Program beginning with the fall 2020 semester. Mercury and the school announced their

tags: Company Expansions, Education, Great Lakes, Job Opportunities, Service & Repair

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Winter solstice may have been one month ago, but on the boater’s calendar, January is generally considered the middle of a vessel’s long winter nap. It’s time to check up on her in storage. Why? How your boat fares over the long and, in some cases, brutal winter will help ensure a timely spring launch. However,

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair, Storage, Winterization

Monday, December 23, 2019

We all dream of the perfect boat and propeller combination. It would make our boats jump out of the water with ease, speed across the lake faster than anyone else, and our fuel gauges would always read full! Unfortunately, the realities of physics gets involved. We could consider having a couple of different propellers that have

by: Professionals of Henry H. Smith Co.

tags: Propellers, Service & Repair

Monday, November 18, 2019

Captiva Boat Sales of West Chester, Ohio, is proud to announce an expansion into the Great Lakes with the opening of a new approx. 10,000 sq ft facility in Marblehead, Ohio, that will serve and service Lake Erie boaters, providing a single place for sales, certified service, storage, winterization, and even boating stories. Captiva

tags: Company Expansions, Dealerships, Lake Erie, Service & Repair, Storage, Winterization

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

There’s nothing wrong with cleaning your boat yourself, or paying a good ol’ boy from your neighborhood to do it for you – as long as you remember that you get what you pay for. Maybe you pay for your own time or your own products, or your ol’ boy’s efforts, but you always pay for something. Get Something

tags: Service & Repair

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Every hurricane season, some boat owners are faced with the need to file insurance claims and get their boats repaired. To make that process easier, MarineMax has now become a Repair Provider for BoatUS Marine Insurance Program members, who may get help with insurance claim repair work from the nation’s largest recreational boat

tags: Company Expansions, Insurance, Service & Repair

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, 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

Monday, September 2, 2019

When boating season starts to wind down, most Great Lakes boaters begin the process of winterizing their boat. Whether they have to prepare the boat for winter storage or for the long trek down south if they are fortunate enough to be “snow birds”, the boat needs to be properly maintained. The mental checklist begins with

by: Megan Meisler, Co-Owner of Loadmaster Trailer Co. Ltd.

tags: Winterization, Hauling, Service & Repair, Trailers, Travel

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