PracticalBoater
August/September 2013

 

Thumbnail illustration of a boat's centerline Ask the Experts: How Long Is My Boat?

How is a boat's centerline measured? Our experts answer this and your other your technical questions.

 



Thumbnail photo of a Great Lakes mooring that lies exposed Seaworthy: Danger In The Shallows

With some inland lakes hitting unprecedented low water levels, boaters need to take extra precautions to keep their boats' bottoms clear of the bottom.

 


Thumbnail photo of a woman driving a powerboat Be A Commanding Partner

The "Partner In Command," boating safety course aims to teach practical skills to those boaters who don't necessarily have the same level of experience as the regular captain.

 


Thumbnail photo of flushing an outboard with fresh water Outboard Flushing, The Right Way

Salt and brackish water is a corrosive killer of the aluminum from which outboards are made, so flushing every time after saltwater use is a must.

 


Thumbnail illustration of a rivetHow To Use The Right Fastener

Anything you want to attach to your boat has to be fastened in some way. Assess the load the fastener will need to handle, then choose among fasteners for different challenges.

 


Thumbnail photo of various nuts and bolts The Nut's And Bolts Of Nuts And Bolts

Anytime something is added to your boat or a repair is made, chances are nuts, bolts, or screws will have to be removed, changed or replaced. Choosing the correct fastener is critical; a failure could be devastating.

 

Thumbnail photo of a large roll of money 13 Ways To Save $4,340 On Your
Boat This Summer!

A few suggestions for ways to save, big and small, that really add up.