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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

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

Monday, July 15, 2019

Boating season is in full swing. Have you given thought to what would you do if you broke down out on the water? Could you do a quick fix on something aboard your boat should you experience a malfunction? While in many cases of breakdown you could get a quick tow back to where you presumably have more in the way of tools and parts,

by: John Tiger

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Service & Repair

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Located at ME Yacht Restoration – Holland’s newest, full service marine facility – West Michigan Yacht Sales is your dealer for Pursuit Boats and BRIG Rigid Inflatables. Pursuit offers a wide variety of styles from 23-40 feet including dual console, center console, and offshore models. BRIG is the world’s

tags: Brokerage, Lake Michigan, Service & Repair, Used Boats

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Over the objections of a wide coalition of American citizens and environmental, conservation, food producer, fuel retailer, taxpayer advocate, and outdoor recreation industry groups, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently waived Clean Air Act provisions and eliminated the three-and-a-half-month blackout period on the sale

tags: Engines, Environmental Impact, Fuel Treatments, Law & Politics, Service & Repair

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Celebrating over eighty years of continuous business this year, Howe Marine had humble beginnings in 1938. Originally opened in Indian River, Mich., as ‘Majestic Marine’, Steve Majestic was the first owner, followed by “Stub” and Bessie Howe in 1942. After updating the name, “Stub” and his wife also

tags: Antique & Classic Boats, Dealerships, Engines, Lake Michigan, Service & Repair

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 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

Friday, April 12, 2019

Safety recall, service bulletin, product correction bulletin, service advisory: What do these terms mean to you? Some use the force of law to require manufacturers to repair defects. Some are manufacturers’ goodwill offers for free repairs, and the others are simply internal notifications that may not be much more than an

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Service & Repair