Practical Boater
April/May 2014


Photo of painting the bottom of a boat The 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.


Photo of throwing the anchor off a small boat Small Boat Anchoring

Tips for anchoring small boats for short periods of time; as the size and displacement of the boat increase, you'll need heavier ground tackle and different techniques to manage it.


Photo of helicoils Installing Threaded Inserts

For years gearheads and bikers have been repairing stripped threads with a tightly wound stainless-steel spring called a HeliCoil.


Photo of an on the water tow Know Before You're Towed

One moment you're enjoying a day on the water on your boat. The next, you need help. Here's what to do when you call for a tow.


Photo of fisherman with his prize catchFishfinders Explained

Exploring the options — standard sonar, imager/scanners, side-finders, and CHIRP — and make understanding fishfinders easy again.


Boat tools illustration Ask The Experts: Dangerous Fumes

My mechanic says the fuel hoses on a 2001 boat weren't made to handle ethanol and could be deteriorating. Should replace all the fuel hoses? Our technical experts answer your boating-related questions.


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