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How to Prep and Bottom Paint Your Boat

A step-by-step process for sanding, prepping and bottom painting your boat [VIDEO] Bottom paint (also known as antifouling paint) helps protect your boat from barnacles, weeds and other aquatic organisms from attaching to the underwater portion of your boat’s hull. If you leave your boat in the water all season, you need bottom paint. One of the…

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How to Replace Sacrificial Zinc Anodes on Your Boat

Installing sacrificial zincs – and replacing them every year – helps prevent galvanic corrosion on vital metal parts on your boat Does your propeller have sacrificial zincs on it? It is almost certain that the prop shaft does. Zincs protect the important metal parts of your boat from being dissolved by electrolysis. It’s important to…

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How to Install a New Shower Sump Pump on Your Boat

A step-by-step installation of a shower sump pump replacement project on a boat [FULL VIDEO] Last time I discussed some basic ideas on planning your winter maintenance chores and conducting a walk around inspection of your boat when you first visit her after she has been hauled and blocked. In this article, I will get…

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Spring Prep on the Skipjack Claud W. Somers

Maintaining the rigging on a national historic landmark is hard work – but worth it! The Claud W. Somers is a member of the Chesapeake Bay’s historic skipjack fleet, a dwindling number of old wooden oyster boats numbering a mere 24 hulls still sailing. The majority of these are owned by non-profits, with less than…

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Winter Boat Maintenance: Hull Inspections in the Boatyard

Winter is a good time to do a thorough walk-around inspection of your boat’s hull, bottom and appendages for maintenance, repair or attention Since I have owned Bay Poet, a Hunter 410 sloop, I have always had her hauled out during the winter. In addition to the crewed charters that I offer, my boat is also…

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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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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…

Avoiding MerCruiser Bravo 3 Outdrive Corrosion Problems on Boats

Boats with MerCruiser Bravo Three outdrives can avoid galvanic corrosion problems or damage with proper sterndrive installation, maintenance and protection The MerCruiser Bravo 3 sterndrive is one of the most popular and innovative outdrive designs introduced to the marine market by Mercury. Bravo 3 outdrives feature counter-rotating dual propellers that improve propulsion efficiency, speed, acceleration…

Green and Eco-Friendly Boat Cleaners and Soap Products

These boat cleaning supplies are less harmful for the environment and are good choices for responsible boaters that want greener boating products As boaters it is important for us to protect our most valuable resources – the environment and the water sources we enjoy. Choosing green and environmentally friendly cleaning products for our boat is…

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Spring Boat Maintenance Products and Boat Prep Tips

Get your boat ready to launch for the boating season with these recommended spring boat maintenance products and preparation tips for your boat As the spring thaw begins, the shrink wrap and blue tarps get peeled away so that boaters can begin the tasks of spring boat maintenance and preparation. Spring commissioning can be a…