Maritime Museums

Maritime Museums

Discover our nation's great nautical history at these 15 museums that you can reach by boat

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Catching The Wave Of A Lifetime

Catching The Wave Of A Lifetime

A young California surfer sets out on an inspirational voyage of discovery. Follow her 10 year journey with excerpts from her new memoir, Swell

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Boat Propulsion Systems

Boat Propulsion Systems

Wonder which power plants work best with different boat types? Here's what you need to know

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How To Make A Cooler Colder

How To Make A Cooler Colder

Want your drinks and snacks to stay cold longer without forking over hundreds for a high-end cooler? Here's how to hack a cheap model

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Take The Hassles Out Of Trailering

Take The Hassles Out Of Trailering

See why boat trailers break down and how these breakdowns can be prevented with a little maintenance before the start of a trip

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Catch And Release Angling

Catch And Release Angling

Effective catch-and-release fishing can be broken down into four main criteria: fishing techniques, gear, handling, and releasing

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Maritime Museums

Discover our nation's great nautical history at these 15 museums that you can reach by boat

Swell sailing along a Pacific reef

Catching The Wave Of A Lifetime

A young California surfer sets out on an inspirational voyage of discovery. Follow her 10 year journey with excerpts from her new memoir, Swell

Family fun in a powerboat

Boat Propulsion Systems

Wonder which power plants work best with different boat types? Here's what you need to know

Loading cooler onto boat

How To Make A Cooler Colder

Want your drinks and snacks to stay cold longer without forking over hundreds for a high-end cooler? Here's how to hack a cheap model

Towing boats down the highway

Take The Hassles Out Of Trailering

See why boat trailers break down and how these breakdowns can be prevented with a little maintenance before the start of a trip

Releasing a sailfish back into the water

Catch And Release Angling

Effective catch-and-release fishing can be broken down into four main criteria: fishing techniques, gear, handling, and releasing

In This Issue Of BoatUS Magazine ...

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Online Extras

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

Trailer toolkit

Boat Trailer Toolkit

These few handy items in your tow vehicle can help keep you on the road

Fishfinder mounted to helm

Do I Need GPS?

GPS allows you to track your course and it could also save your life

Backing into a slip illustration

Backing Into A Slip

How to get a single-engine outboard boat into a slip safely

Fishing rod holders

Rigging A Fishing Rod & Reel

Once you choose a fishing rod and reel, it's time to get rigging

Double braid line splice

Splicing Double Braid Line

Avoid weak knots by learning how to add an eye splice yourself

Holding up red snapper catch

The Modern Fish Act

Legislation aimed at addressing challenges facing recreational anglers

Electrolyte levels topped up with distilled water

Marine Battery Maintenance

Look after your battery, and it will serve you when you need it

Dollar sign floating in water illustration

Mistakes That Can Cost You

Don't let these mistakes happen to you

Rich Armstrong is monitored via a neuroheadset

The SCAN Technique

A proposed training program to help curb distractions while underway

Tangled monofilament

Tackle Maintenance Tips

Need to know techniques to keep fishing gear in tip-top shape

Woodworker Tom Koroknay

Healing Wooden Boats

Woodworker Tom Koroknay restores classic wooden Lyman runabouts

Vesper Marine WatchMate

Marine Electronics

The latest in marine electronics from the Miami international Boat Show

Disney Concert Hall

Buildings Inspired By Sails

Architect Frank Gehry takes pen to paper and designs his own boat

Boat and tow vehicle preparing the be towed from boat ramp

On-The-Road Breakdowns

The top five causes on-the-road boat trailer breakdowns

Rob Chichester

A Famous Name & Passion

Rob Chichester is one of only two African American schooner captains

Boat stripped of all its valuables

Boater Alerts And Warnings

Be on the lookout for these danger signs

Rob Chichester

Best Day On the Water

The U.S. Coast Guard comes to the rescue of two stranded boaters

From The Archives 

Photo of Bahamas anchorage

Onboard With Tom Neale

Read more from his lifetime of liveaboard and cruising experience

Striped boat

Preventing Boat Theft

Advice that can help you greatly decrease the chance your boat will be stolen

Plastic blocks that snap into chain links

Marking Anchor Chain

Make quick work of setting the right scope every time you anchor

This much water coming in the boat is cause for alarm

Stop A Boat From Sinking

Quick action and these three items can keep your boat afloat in an emergency

Pushing barb through skin illustration

How To Remove A Fish Hook

Here's what to do when you hook the least desirable catch of all

Planing hull boat

Staying In Trim

How to use the engine's tilt function to properly trim a planing-hull boat

Featured Trailering Articles

Electric over hydraulic brakes include the actuatorElectric Over Hydraulic Brakes

Electric over hydraulic brakes on boat trailers are now an option on various models

Marine-grade wheel bearing greaseKeeping Wheel Bearing Maintained

All grease is not created equal. Even grease labeled "marine" can be incompatible with boat trailers

Trailer rollersReplacing Your Trailer's Rollers With Bunks

Bunk boards are cheaper than rollers, provide more even weight support, and require little maintenance

Trailer lights seen on foggy roadThe Trouble With Trailer Lights

Tips for ensuring that your boat trailer lights are properly connected

CAT certified scaleTongue Weight DIY

Every trailer owner needs to know the weight of the trailer tongue on the hitch

 

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