Online Extras

February/March 2017


  • Boarding ladderLadder Lessons Learned

    See the results of the BoatUS Foundation product tests on boarding ladders.

  • U.S. Capitol BuildingBoatUS Government Affairs

    More information about the issues, plus updates on legislation and regulations that affect boating.

  • Toyota 4-Runner towing a bass boatTow Capacity Math

    Can your truck tow the boat you want? It's easy to figure out.

  • Navigating fogWhich VHF Channel?

    Channel 16 is the hailing and distress channel. Most commercial traffic monitors that frequency.

  • Installing a new impellerOutboard Water-Pump Impeller Service

    Step-by-step photos and instructions on outboard engine water pump maintenance.

  • Boat bottom paintingThe Lowdown On Bottom Paint

    Here's a look at what bottom paint is, its application, and how to find the one that's right for you.

  • Galvanic corrosion a poor design for seawaterSpecial Issues With Aluminum

    Aluminum alloys perform well in a seawater environment but are extremely susceptible to corrosion when coupled with other metals.

  • Battery installationAvoiding Boat Electrical Mistakes

    Improper installation of an electrical items on your boat could be the potential for a catastrophic fire.


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