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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: Service & Repair, Trailers, Travel, Winterization, Hauling

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Chevron Products Company, a leading provider of premium aftermarket fuel additives, engine oils, lubricants, coolants and related products, introduces its new Techron® Protection Plus Marine Fuel System Treatment — formulated specifically for gasoline-powered boats and the harsh marine environment. Its proprietary alcohol

tags: Fuel Treatments, Winterization

Monday, November 12, 2018

As the season changes, the unfortunate “haul out for winter” process begins and most sailors just bundle up their sails and stuff them down below until next season. But what should we really be doing with our sails? As a general rule, we recommend that your sails be inspected and serviced once a year. The sooner any

by: Doyle Cleveland

tags: Sailing, Service & Repair, Storage, Winterization

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

After trying everything from double-dosing the remaining fuel with stabilizer to topping off the tank to paying to have a marina drain my boat’s gas tank dry for the off-season, I finally decided to follow the advice of a trusted friend and veteran Great Lakes marina operator and handled the task myself. I have found that the

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Engines, Fuel Treatments, Winterization

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chevron Products Company, a leading provider of premium aftermarket fuel additives, engine oils, lubricants, coolants and related products, recently introduced its new Techron Marine Fuel System Treatment formulated specifically for gasoline-powered boats and the harsh marine environment. Following extended development and testing,

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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Sadly, the fall season is quickly approaching already and it is time to begin thinking about “winterizing” your boat and servicing your trailer. Most boaters are in a routine already for the necessary “winter to-do list” to ensure their boat is properly taken care, but many often fail to keep up with the

by: Megan Meisler, Co-Owner of Loadmaster Trailer Co. Ltd

tags: Service & Repair, Trailers, Winterization

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

This year, I have encountered several boaters who were distressed that, after they launched for the season, they had to be hauled back out to rebuild carburetors and replace damaged valves and blown out gaskets. In each case, it was determined that when they filled their fuel tanks at the end of last season — which is

by: Capt. Fred Davis

tags: Engines, Law & Politics, Winterization

Monday, October 9, 2017

The war with corrosion is nothing new for boaters and marine manufacturers continue to develop solutions to combat the effects of corrosion. The number one area of concern is the cooling system because that is where salt, brackish water, and silt are introduced inside the engine. Just because you don’t see corrosion

tags: Winterization

Friday, October 6, 2017

In the winter, in northern states where freezing temperatures are the norm, boaters who put their boats into heated indoor storage have it made. With their boats warm and dry, they may have little concern for freeze-related damage to their engines. Winter storms can knock out power and heat, however, leading to ice forming inside the

tags: Boating 101, Insurance, Winterization