Washing a Boat

on August 15, 2022

Nothing will pay better dividends than washing your boat the right way. Wash Most boat soaps suggest several ounces of soap per gallon of water for washing a boat. That gets a good suds going and, when applied with a sponge or soft brush, does a good job of lifting dirt. It also does a good job of wasting soap. A utility spray bottle from a discount or hardware store costs a couple of bucks […]


on August 8, 2022

Old outboard motors require just the right touch to start. In the past, you had to learn how to start an outboard motor. Carbureted two-strokes can be fussy, especially when cold. Now, there’s still plenty of carbureted two-strokes in service. And how to start a 2-stroke outboard motor is as important as ever. Maybe you own one, or you’re considering a used boat that’s fitted with one. Here’s a basic 5-step starting procedure you can […]


on August 1, 2022

Weighted blankets capture the cozy feeling of waking up under a heavy comforter on a winter’s day. And there’s some scientific theory behind the idea: applying pressure to your skin stimulates neurotransmitters like serotonin and melatonin that calm your brain. They’re blankets stuffed with pellets—usually made of glass or a plastic like polyethylene—and can weigh as much as 25 pounds. Who Uses Weighted Blankets Occupational therapists frequently use weighted blankets for something called sensory integration […]


on July 24, 2022

Why Nearly all boat capsizing can be assigned one of three causes. The most common is too much or poorly distributed weight. Small boats are much more susceptible to an extra person or two or a couple of heavy coolers aboard than larger boats. Older boats especially may have gained weight over the years as more gear is stored aboard. On boats with cockpit drains, an extra beefy friend or a second cooler might be […]


on July 18, 2022

As of this year, if any disposable (nonrechargeable) fire extinguisher has a date of manufacture stamped on the bottle older than 12 years, the extinguisher is now considered “expired,”. It needs to be removed from service, and replaced. UL Classifications The new regulation doesn’t change the type (U.S. Coast Guard-rated), quantity, or requirement for fire extinguishers aboard. It does specify the minimum Underwriters Laboratories (UL) classification of extinguishers to be carried aboard certain vessels, depending […]

Electronics Issues

on July 9, 2022

The first step in troubleshooting a piece of electronics gear or system is something you’ve hopefully done before the problem arises: read the owner’s manual.


on July 5, 2022

Its no fun when you get caught in fog. Avoid restricted-visibility situations altogether when possible. Monitor the weather and adjust your departure plans accordingly. If the forecast calls for a brief period of morning fog, enjoy that second cup of coffee and allow it to burn off before getting underway. If you do get caught up in fog, here are some tips. Tips For Reduced-Visibility Situations Ensure all navigation lights are on and working properly. […]


on June 27, 2022

Shifting gears and throttle control are two skills that, in conjunction with steering-wheel control, will dictate how well you handle your boat. If you drive a car, you’re used to working the gears and using a gas pedal. It’s tempting to ask, how different can it really be? Well, if you’ve ever been to a busy dock area, especially on a windy day, you already know the answer. There are a variety of shift and […]


on June 21, 2022

While chain may be tougher than rope, it’s not maintenance-free. Store your chain clean and keep it as dry as possible (especially off-season when the boat is on the hard). This reduces corrosion and helps keep the unhygienic smell of Davy Jones’ gym locker from your vessel’s interior. Giving both locker and chain an occasional freshwater wash down helps with the above, while also letting you verify that the locker drains properly. Avoid exposing your […]


on June 14, 2022

It’s important to ensure that the boat is secured to the lift. This is important to do as a matter of course, but especially critical when extreme weather is predicted