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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

Monday, October 2, 2017

MDR’s unique product assuredly does the tough primary job required of a long-term stabilizer in E10 gasoline. It prevents gum and resin deposits from accruing, protects a boat’s engine against sticky valves, clogged filters, and clogged fuel injectors, in addition to preventing plugged-up carburetors. The state-of-the art

tags: Fuel Treatments, Winterization

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When I purchased my first inboard boat, a late-70s vintage Chris Craft cruiser, I was overwhelmed by the winterization process. I had always felt confident about putting my outboards and trailerable boats to bed for the season, but not the big inboard engine, let alone the complexities of the vessel’s water system. It was worth

tags: Winterization

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Winter does not mean that we all have to stop thinking about fishing for the next few months! During a mild winter, many people still fish from shore, and some areas in the Great Lakes region freeze over, providing opportunities for exercising those ice fishing skills! Even if you’re not getting out fishing, there are many

tags: Fishing, Great Lakes, Winterization

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Water that is mistakenly left in a boat’s engine block to freeze over the winter is sure to become an expensive repair bill come springtime. As the ice expands, it can crack the block and ruin the motor, damage fiberglass, split hoses, or destroy a boat’s refrigeration system. To prevent a mishap while putting the boat

tags: Winterization