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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

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

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

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