Boating On America's Freshwater Lakes

Boating On America's Freshwater Lakes

Eight of the most compelling freshwater lakes around the country. Here's what makes each a fantastic playground for all types of boaters

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How To Read Clouds

How To Read Clouds

Learning what clouds can tell us is a useful skill that will help decide if it's safe to head out for a day on the water

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Boats That Fly

Boats That Fly

Hydrofoils make everything from water skis to sailboats to giant ferries faster. But how the heck do they work?

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New Boats Under $30K

New Boats Under $30K

If you're shopping for a modest but sweet boat make sure you include these three top picks on your must-see list

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Installing An Engine Room Camera

Installing An Engine Room Camera

Keeping tabs on what's happening under the hood is easy when you have an engine-room camera

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Wake Boats: Endless Waves

Wake Boats: Endless Waves

There are actually four factors working together to create a wake, even if you can't see them above the waterline. Here's how it works

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Sunset on Lake Champlain

Boating On America's Freshwater Lakes

Eight of the most compelling freshwater lakes around the country. Here's what makes each a fantastic playground for all types of boaters

Cumulus clouds over water

How To Read Clouds

Learning what clouds can tell us is a useful skill that will help decide if it's safe to head out for a day on the water

Oracle Team USA's AC50 flying

Boats That Fly

Hydrofoils make everything from water skis to sailboats to giant ferries faster. But how the heck do they work?

Yamaha SX190 bowrider

New Boats Under $30K

If you're shopping for a modest but sweet boat make sure you include these three top picks on your must-see list

Viewing the engine room by camera

Installing An Engine Room Camera

Keeping tabs on what's happening under the hood is easy when you have an engine-room camera

Super Air Nautique G23 towing wakeboarder

Wake Boats: Endless Waves

There are actually four factors working together to create a wake, even if you can't see them above the waterline. Here's how it works

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Online Extras

You'll only find them here! Online exclusives from our latest issue

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Anti-Siphon Valves

If you have a marine head, chances are you have an anti-siphon valve

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Aquatic Invasives

Looking for new ways to cope with invaders that are already here

Raymarine AIS950 Class A AIS transceiver

Installing AIS

Here's what you need to know before installing this dynamic safety system

Boat propeller tangled in a crab pot

Untangling A Boat Prop

Here are three ways to untangle your prop and get underway again

Extinguishing boat fire

Analyzing Electrical Fires

One-third of all fires occur in the boat's DC electrical system

Surveying boat hull

Marine Survey Advice

Here are some suggestions to help make the experience better

Measuring distance with string and tap measure

Estimating Distance Off

Using a tape measure and string to find out how far away you are

Hull design PowerCat stern view illustration

Hull Bottom Technology

The latest designs that help improve stability, efficiency, ride, and handling

Corroded battery terminal

Onboard Electrical Hazards

There are plenty of ways electricity can create havoc on a boat

Refueling powerboat on trailer

Safety Warning And Alerts

Be on the lookout for these danger signs

Summer pendant

Jewels Of Navigation

Sarah Nelson's jewelry is inspired by her experiences on the water

Lisa Almeida with her first mate

Boating Is In Her DNA

Everything in Lisa Almeida life has some connection to boating

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Wax On, Wax Off

Jerry Woznicki's best boating day doesn't involve floating at all

History of the Boston Whaler book cover

Boating-Related Books

Five great reads to inspire boating enthusiasts

Rinsing off aboard

Potable Water Pump

Here's how to find and fix two causes of water flow problems

From The Archives 

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Onboard With Tom Neale

Read more from his lifetime of liveaboard and cruising experience

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Spring Boat Commissioning

Overlooking small things during spring commissioning can lead to big problems

Bilge pump impeller

Bilge Pump Troubleshooting

Here's how to find the problem and solution quickly

Cutlass bearing

Your Pre-Launch Checklist

Run through these maintenance items to make sure all systems are a go

Fuel line coupling

Outboard Won't Start?

Step-by-step troubleshooting will help you pinpoint problems

Sailboat run aground being towed

Running Aground

Tips on how to avoid being that guy stuck on the sandbar

Featured Trailering Articles

Floating boat onto trailerHow To Load Your Boat On The Trailer

Getting your boat successfully back on the trailer after a day on the water

Mercury Enertia propeller underwaterWhich Prop Is Right For Your Boat?

With an understanding of terminology and some trial and error, you can find the one that works best for you

Checking power steering fluidSpring Engine Startup

If you failed to winterize properly, now is the time to correct all of last fall's mistakes

Checking tire pressurePreparing To Tow A Boat

A little planning and preparation can keep your trailer off the side of the road

Boat handling in rough seasSmall-Boat Handling

When maneuvering your boat, some basic boating skills will keep you safe on the water

 

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