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Spring Boat Commissioning: 8 Mistakes for Boaters to Avoid

Commissioning your boat at the start of boating season requires a lot more than removing your boat cover and slapping on some bottom paint. In fact, proper spring boat commissioning can make a big difference in the safety and longevity of your boat. From minor nuisance mistakes that can cause you a lot of aggravation, to…

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How to Create and Use Good Checklists for Your Boat

As a person of a certain age, I have come to appreciate the value of lists. However, the attraction is not new. When I began my flight training in the early 1980’s, there were checklists for pre-flight activities, pre-departure, entering a Terminal Control Area, landing, securing the aircraft, and on and on and on. When…

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Winterizing Boats and Motorcycles with Ethanol Blended Gas

Winterization tips for your boat or motorcycle to avoid ethanol blended fuel issues If you trailer your boat then you most likely fill it up with fuel at gas stations on the road. Let’s face it – it is often cheaper and more convenient than fueling up at the gas dock in the water. The problem for…

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Hope Boating or Know Boating – Which Type of Boater are You?

Are you a boater that hopes for the best, or a knowledge boater prepared for the unexpected? If you don’t know the systems on your boat; if you aren’t sure of the condition of your systems; if you rely on the reliability built in by your boat manufacture then restrict your boating to nice weather…

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How to Find A Reliable Boat

You cannot buy a reliable boat, but you can buy, configure and operate a reliable boat. It is up to the Boat owner/operator to make sure everything has been done to increase the chances to getting where you are going and back again, safely, without a tow. Whenever Navy Captains go to sea they know…

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5 Signs It’s Time To Fix Your Boat

As a boat owner you understand your boat maintenance is a continuous work in progress. With regular boat repairs and occasional upgrades it can really become a timely process. The total work time you should spend on your boat this season is determined by figuring out the amount of time you’ll be spending on your…

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Free How to Winterize a Boat Guide

Compete boat winterizing guide by BoatUS helps boaters properly protect boats during the winter freeze (PDF download) If you boat in a area that goes below the freezing point during the winter (which includes most boating locations outside of Florida) then you need to take winterizing seriously. As fall gets underway, better get out the pink… it’s…

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Boater Tips for a Green Earth Day and Boating Season

Clean and green boating tips to remember this spring for Earth Day and all season As the weather warms up and boaters everywhere are preparing for a fun season ahead, now is a great time for a reminder of why you love boating. Getting back to nature and enjoying your time on the water. All…

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Spring Boat Prep and Launch Checklists

Resources for spring commissioning – from boat maintenance and preparation to safety checks – to make sure your boat is ready to launch As winter slowly comes to an end, the countdown to spring begins for many boaters that are eagerly anticipating the start of a new boating season. It will soon be time to…

5 Smart Ideas for Smart Boaters

Lessons every boater should learn about safety, maintenance and basic boating skills So you’ve finally got that boat of your dreams, or at least your dreams for now. That yacht can come later. You’ve heard the de-motivating jokes like “may as well start throwing money in the water” or “Did you know that BOAT stands for…

Low Voltage LED Replacement Light Bulbs for Boats Save Energy

Replacing cockpit or cabin lighting with new, low voltage, super bright LED light bulbs is an easy and cost-effective way to save battery power on a boat The latest trend of replacing ordinary halogen or incandescent tungsten light bulbs with energy saving LED lights is also a great solution for boats. When underway or anchored…

Comparing Sterndrive IO vs. Inboard Engines for Power Boats

Compare the performance, reliability, maintenance, convenience and efficiency when choosing between sterndrive IO and inboard engines for power boats. Many express cruiser style power boats offer both sterndrive inboard outboard (IO) and inboard (direct drive or V-drive) engine propulsion system options. Choosing between these engine drive types should be given careful thought for a new…

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Green Boating Tips for the Eco-Minded Mariner

How boaters can strive to be more environmentally friendly when running, cleaning and maintaining their boats Boaters understand better than most people the need for environmentally responsible behavior. Oceans and lakes have taken a lot of abuse over the past century from humanity, and the damage shows. No one wants to boat, swim or fish in…