Practical Boater
February/March 2014


Thumbnail photo of boat wiring systemCreate Your Own Wiring Diagram

An up-to-date wiring diagram could save your weekend, your boat, or your life. Here's how to make one.


Thumbnail photo of towing a dinghy close to sternMurphy's Guide To The Slow Tow

What could possibly go wrong? If you're towing a dinghy, the answer is, plenty. Here are some tips for managing the risks.


Thumbnail photo of inspecting hydraulic steeringCaring For Your Hydraulic Steering

An annual inspection of your boat's hydraulic steering system starts at the helm, where the oil reservoir is located.


Thumbnail photo of a cracked bilge hoseDon't Get Hosed By Busted Hoses

Not replacing a worn-out hose, or using the wrong hose when you do, can lead to problems ranging from a smelly head to a sunken boat.


Thumbnail photo of inspecting boat intakeWhat "NMMA-Certified" Really Means

When shopping for a new boat, there's one sticker that matters more than the rest. Here's how a boat earns the "NMMA-Certified" logo, and what it means to you..


Thumbnail illustration of a wrenchAsk The Experts: Generating Danger?

If my boat's generator is running, is there a risk of electric shock drowning (ESD)? Our technical experts answer your boating-related questions.


Thumbnail photo of a tube of Super Lube5 Tips For An Easier Life Afloat

Tips for avoiding seized snaps, freeing frozen zippers, clearing fogged plastic and more ...



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