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Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Even if you used the best bottom paint in spring, growth may be collecting underneath your boat by this time of the season. Whether barnacles, mussels, algae, kelp, protozoan, seaweeds, or other undesirables looking for a free ride, these trespasser(s) are messing with your boat. Typical symptoms of such growth are a lower running speed, […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

What’s in your toolbox? We know there’s not a lot of space in the average vessel, but the last thing you want is to cut your day short because an essential tool isn’t aboard. For the best shot at a satisfactory fix, stow these tools, parts, and accessories in a waterproof box or compartment: Adjustable […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A leaky stuffing box needs attention so it doesn’t turn into a major issue. A stuffing box, affixed to the inside of the hull, allows the shafts to pass through while preventing water from penetrating. To locate the stuffing box, follow the prop shaft from the transmission to where it exits the hull. Check the […]

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May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Pros know ways to have an uninterrupted season. Sean Gilligan, service writer for Brewer Yacht Yards in Greenport, offers boaters these tips: Check your owner’s manuals for annual service recommendations and follow them. Regular quality maintenance is the surest way of preventing breakdowns. Hold off on filling your vessel’s water tanks. During warm weather, water […]

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April 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A wet winter plus spring rains may equal a sunken boat. To thwart that result, visit your boat with our checklist in tow. Look for drips, leaks, cracks, blisters, rips, and holes. Turn a hose on any spot that looks vulnerable. Repair or replace as necessary. Check and replace dried-out caulking around hatches and ports. […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

April 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The month of April feels like a reward for making it through winter. Sure, it’s a quirky month, but the likelihood is that we won’t be plunged into an extended Arctic chill. In other words, it may be changeable, but April is all about progress. Unless you’re exclusively an ice boater, the factors that matter […]

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March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Even if you’re not doing work on your boat yet, now is the time most marine supply stores start promoting early spring sales. That makes this a great time to stock up on what you’ll need to get your boat in shape before launching it. Consult your list and then start shopping. It’s really that […]

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January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Batteries are the bane of many boaters. It’s best not to ignore them all winter and then just keep your fingers crossed in the spring. If you didn’t remove the batteries during winter prep, attach a marine trickle charger now and keep it running while the rest of your boat hibernates. Note we said marine […]

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November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

You don’t have to do much of anything to get your offseason boating to-do list done. Since ‘tis the season to receive gifts from those who appreciate you, it’s a great time of year to drop heavy hints about your needs and wants into conversations. You don’t need to wait to ask what you’d like […]

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October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Though some owners deck their vessels in finery for the winter holidays, many cover up their boats before they carve up Jack-o-lanterns. Whenever you’re ready to declare the season finished, lay out a to-do list before your boat is hauled and covered. I know that there’s another list of tasks that have been waiting for […]

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