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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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

At the risk of self-promotion (wife promotion?), this writer’s wife and partner, Laura Tiger, certainly fills a unique niche in the boating world. Our little business in Virginia Beach restores and rebuilds two-stroke outboards. Not antiques or show engines usually, though we do a few custom special (race and classic) engines

by: John Tiger

tags: Engines, Service & Repair, Women in Boating

Friday, February 15, 2019

The first couple months of the year are down time for most Great Lakes anglers who fish from boats – for obvious reasons. This time of year the closest we can get to participating in our passion is attending winter boat and sport shows and living the catching vicariously through presenters of fishing seminars, standing atop the

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boating 101, Fishing, Service & Repair

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Even after a thorough washing, metal can look dingy. Metal Polish from Iosso Products cleans, polishes and protects stainless steel, chrome, aluminum, brass, bronze, copper and precious metals. Metal Polish is simple to use. Rubbed on with a soft cloth, it's buffed-off by hand or with an electric buffer, easily removing oxidation,

tags: Cleaners, Service & Repair

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

One of the most vital features on any sailboat is your standing and running rigging. They should be inspected on a yearly basis either by going aloft or by removing the mast — which, by the way, should be done every three-five years, regardless. Once inspecting, what should you be looking for? Standing rigging has many failure

by: Jon Duer, Doyle Sailmakers Cleveland

tags: Boating 101, Lake Erie, Sailing, Service & Repair

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Many boaters have years of experience on the water, but considering that technology is so fast paced in all markets today, once in a while you may need to rely on an individual trained in the particular field you are researching. There is much information on the web, but it is always a good idea to team up with a technical advisor in

by: Jeff Wilson, Co-Owner & General Manager of Marine Tech Concepts

tags: Service & Repair

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

There are a lot of ways a day out on the water on your boat can be unexpectedly ruined. Damaging your prop is just one of the ways, but it’s a big one when it happens. If you run aground, hit something in the water, are in need of some repairs from customary usage, or if your prop wasn’t setup right, you’ll want a

tags: Boating 101, Propellers, Service & Repair

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