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Spring Boating Safety Tips

Here’s your Spring Boating Safety Checklist. Complete safety inspection of the engine, hull, and other systems should take, at most, an hour or two.
Out of the Water

Inspect and lubricate seacocks. Hoses and hose clamps (two at each fitting below or near the waterline) should be inspected and replaced as necessary. This is also the best time to replace gate valves, […]

Replacing Exhaust Bellows

Brand-new bellows keep sterndrives in good condition.

Sterndrive bellows are rubber “boots” that seal out water around the exhaust, U-joints and shift cable, while allowing the drive to pivot and tilt. These can wear out and require regular replacement (see owner’s manual for service intervals).

Before anything, take off the drive, and once you do, replace all bellows at once. For […]

By |April 7th, 2014|News Blog|0 Comments

Spring Into Boating!

With Spring finally thawing the remaining evidence of Winter throughout the country, all the white shrink-wrappings and tattered blue tarps covering the boats will suddenly look out of date, wrong, misplaced. They’re no longer protections – they’re obstructions. We’re itchy to get under them. So, the wrappers finally come off and we see the objects of our affection again […]

Three Tips to Make Docking Easier

Most docking articles detail techniques for manipulating wheel and throttle, or focus on wind and current. A rare few discuss the use of lines to “warp” or “spring” yourself into a berth. This article will ask you to get in touch with your boat, learn some of its intimate secrets and operate on a higher plane. It’s the Zen […]

How to Dewinterize a Boat Engine

It’s that wonderful time of the year when the weather has turned warm and you are itching to get out on the water. You need to make sure your boat is ready for the season before you plunge in. The place to start is with the engine, the most critical part of your vessel. Learn how to properly dewinterize […]

By |March 17th, 2014|News Blog|0 Comments