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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Lockeman’s Hardware & Boats is happy to announce the immediate addition of Polar Kraft Boats & Suzuki Outboards to their extensive inventory. Read about it here!

tags: Company Expansions, Dealerships, Lake St. Clair, Service & Repair

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Nothing has a greater impact on our boat’s performance than the engine’s connection to the water—our propellers. If we see nicks, dents, and deformation, the need for repair is obvious, but what about a propeller that looks okay? Are imperfections always visible? As we prepare to tuck our boats away for winter,

by: Professionals of Henry H. Smith Co

tags: Propellers, Service & Repair

Monday, September 21, 2020

Terry's Marine Service became an established business on October 6, 2015, when a young marine technician decided to turn his passion for all things boating into a business. On the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, in Marblehead, Ohio, Josh Terry began giving back to the industry he loves. A lifelong resident of Ottawa County, Josh grew

tags: Lake Erie, Service & Repair

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Between needle holes, stretching due to wind and constant exposure to the weather, fabric seams will eventually leak. It's easy to fix this problem with Iosso Seam Sealer. Easily applied, it creates an invisible barrier that seals-out water on boat and RV covers, biminis, awnings, tents, umbrellas and other outdoor gear. Iosso Seam

tags: Canvas & Upholstery, Service & Repair

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

So now that you have figured out the best boat for your specific interest and needs, how do you know if you have the best propeller for your application? Your new boat will typically be equipped with the right propeller… for general use… by the average user. This starting point is necessary to provide the best overall

tags: Boating 101, Propellers, Retrofitting, Service & Repair

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

Thursday, July 16, 2020

With summer boating season in full swing, it’s now common to see recreational boats being filled up at gas stations across the country. However, making sure the right fuel gets in the boat’s tank isn’t always assured: 54% of consumers in a recent Harris Poll believed that the small orange E15 fuel warning label on a

tags: Beyond the Lakes, Boating 101, Environmental Impact, Law & Politics, Safety, Service & Repair

Monday, July 13, 2020

In late 1974, an industrial equipment salesman named Phil from Bloomington, MN, decided to move his family to Northern Minnesota. Being familiar with Leech Lake, which is famous for walleye and muskie fishing, that was his destination of choice. With four sons who loved the outdoors and a somewhat doubtful wife, they purchased Grand

tags: Lake Superior, Service & Repair


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