Skills, Tips, Tools
Trailer Boat Toolkit
Having a few basic tools on the boat can salvage a day on the water. Start with our list of essentials.
What Your Oil Says About Your Boat's Health
Getting your engine, transmission, or lower unit oil tested can yield valuable information … if you know what to look for.
5 Ways To Prevent Line Chafe & Breakage On Your Boat
A failed line can cost you plenty if the boat breaks free. Here’s a handy graphical guide to common issues.
Drop Your Sail With Ease
Friction between the slugs on the luff of the sail and the mast sail track makes it hard to lower the mainsail. Here's a possible solution.
The Power Of Checklists
We’ve all been there. We leave the boat, then halfway home wonder if we remembered to close the seacocks or connect shore power or some other potentially worrisome chore. Our memories may be fallible — checklists are not.
Bimini tops can make a real difference in your boating comfort, protecting you from direct sun, wind, cold and rain. Depending on the type and construction, they can be easy to put up and take down for storage.
Not all antifouling paints are the same. They contain different amounts of copper, have different ways of releasing the copper, and have different binders (the material which keeps the copper in suspension.)
If you don't do this, oxidation will sooner or later dull and discolor the surface of the aluminum.