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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Your boat’s drive unit (lower unit, gearcase, foot, etc.) is a critical component. Without it, your boat doesn’t go. While maintenance may seem easy, there’s a lot to check when servicing your engine’s gearcase. If you’re not mechanically inclined, it’s best to have your dealer do the job. A simple

by: John Tiger

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

Monday, May 18, 2020

The marine environment is one of the harshest on the planet, demanding respect and attention to detail. Often, mechanical failure of any type while underway is more than “bad,” but failure of your steering chain or wire could be especially bad. To prevent such a catastrophe, annual maintenance—or more often depending

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

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater coatings, announced today that it has partnered with MJM Yachts. Under the terms of the agreement, Propspeed will be the standard foul-release coating for all MJM Yachts’ underwater running gear such as propellers, shafts, struts, rudders, trim tabs and through-hull fittings.

tags: Company Expansions, Environmental Impact, Polishes & Waxes, Service & Repair

Friday, April 24, 2020

For recreational boaters who are staying off the water during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s certainly more free time during what should be the busy spring launch season. So if boaters can’t get to their boats, what are they to do? Here are eight ways from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) to keep

tags: Boating 101, Coupons & Discounts, COVID-19, Education, Service & Repair, Spring Commissioning

Friday, April 10, 2020

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater coatings, announced today the revolutionary foul-release coating designed specifically for transducers – Foulfree – is now shipping. “After years of development and testing in collaboration with Airmar, we are excited that Foulfree is now available to the market,”

tags: Environmental Impact, Hull, Polishes & Waxes, Propellers, Service & Repair

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

MarineMax and Seakeeper partnered to elevate boaters' experiences on the water. "If you haven't had the chance to witness a Seakeeper demonstration, you need to," states Gayle Niedenfuer, MarineMax Director of Operations. "The Seakeeper technology helps to eliminate up to 95% of boat roll often caused by waves, wake, and choppy

tags: Company Expansions, Lake Erie, Retrofitting, Service & Repair, Stabilization

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

When you have a lakeside home, a waterfront business, a marina, or a beautifully manicured grassy knoll alongside a pond, you have a gorgeous view, but you also have a problem: BIRDS. Seagulls, geese, and other birds are just part of the package, right? “Not any more!” explained Greg Thompson, the Founder and CEO of

tags: Beyond the Lakes, Decorative, Lifestyle, Rentals, Service & Repair

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater coatings, announced today the revolutionary foul-release coating designed specifically for transducers – Foulfree – is now shipping. “After years of development and testing in collaboration with Airmar, we are excited that Foulfree is now available to the market,”

tags: Environmental Impact, Polishes & Waxes, Propellers, Service & Repair

Monday, February 24, 2020

In our region, we may have a shorter season than our southern friends, resulting in long periods of time that our boats are sitting still. This makes them the perfect target for algae, barnacle, and mussel growth. In addition to reducing fuel efficiency, maneuverability, and speed, if left untreated, this marine fouling can cause

tags: Environmental Impact, Polishes & Waxes, Service & Repair

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

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