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Comments Off on Getting Your Boat Ready for Spring: Safety Equipment and Paperwork

Getting Your Boat Ready for Spring: Safety Equipment and Paperwork

We've written a lot this off-season about structural and mechanical items to consider before your boat is launched.  We've begun launching season, so it's time to make sure the all the details are considered.  Like compliance and paperwork.  Today, let's check the glovebox and safety locker. Be sure that you've... Continue reading
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Getting Your Boat Ready for Spring: Installing Trim Tabs

Short of repowering your boat, there’s probably no single improvement that will make a bigger difference in your boat’s performance than installing trim tabs on a powerboat that doesn’t already have them. Trim tab kits are readily available from West Marine or any of the major online marine retailers. You’ll... Continue reading
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Getting Your Boat Ready for Spring: Electrical System Maintenance

You rely on your boat's electrical system to run lights, electronics, appliances, pumps and gauges - and to start the engine - so annual servicing is critical. This spring someone, either you or your boatyard, should: -- Clean D/C positive and negative wiring connections, batteries, fuse blocks, circuit protection and... Continue reading
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What’s the Best Way to Winterize My Boat’s Gas Tank?

With winter storage season comes the frequently-asked question, "What's the best way to winterize my gasoline tanks?" Our best answer comes from an understanding that there are three basic threats to your gasoline fuel system during long-term storage:   1) "Bad Gas." When left sitting still, gasoline can begin to "go bad" in a matter of months.... Continue reading
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Got Leaks?

Tracking down an exterior fresh water leak aboard a boat might be the most frustrating service issue a boater can face.  That nagging drip whenever the rain blows hard onto the forward port quarter ... or the puddle on the galley counter that's there every time you leave the boat... Continue reading