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.
How To Control Electrical Flow On Your Boat
Isolation transformers can prevent electric shock drowning, protect underwater metals on your boat, and avoid reverse polarity when plugging into shore power.
How To Tighten Your Boat Alternator Belt
Here’s what to do and how to troubleshoot if you hear a squeal coming from your alternator belt.
Work From Almost Anywhere Onboard
Working from your boat could be one way to spend more time aboard. Even better, staying connected need not be complicated or expensive.
Boat plumbing is a lot easier for the do-it yourselfer than plumbing at home, mainly because it doesn't involve rigid pipes running inside solid walls.
A bilge blower is important not only because the USCG may require it, but also because your life may depend on it. Venting your bilge of potentially lethal gas fumes is no job for a jury rig.
Don't let the "maintenance free" battery in your car lull you into complacency about the battery in your boat. Neglecting a marine battery is certain to shorten its life.
Exhaust manifolds are important, and ignoring them can potentially lead to expensive problems, perhaps an engine rebuild.
Remember Your Anodes
The rule of thumb on underwater sacrificial anodes is to check them at least once a year, but if you dry-store your boat, inspecting the anodes should be part of your wash-down routine.