Boating Tips and Maintenance Boating Magazine

Help from a crewmember and quick reflexes saved this boater from potential injury. If you can fix your boat or engine on your own when it breaks, you can save yourself a wallet full of money. Removing and installing basic engine parts, electronics, fishing equipment, pumps, deck hardware, etc. doesn’t always require a boat mechanic or technician.

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22 Ways to Screw Up Your Engine Boating Magazine

Neglect Corrosion. Ignore your engine's need for a dry environment. Keep electrical connectors coated with WD-40 or Vaseline to repel moisture. If boating in saltwater, occasionally wipe down the engine with a rag damp from freshwater. Make sure you get rid of all dried-on salt crystals, which attract moisture.

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Installing A Seacock Boating Magazine

Installing A Seacock Boating Magazine. 1. Mark, Epoxy and Drill. Drill a pilot hole through the backing plate and hull, dead center in the diameter of the circle representing the seacock's barrel, which you traced inside the hull. - Drill square to the hull's deadrise angle, not vertically. Swap the bit for a hole saw matching the through-hull

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How to Start a Boat Motor Boating Magazine

Five Steps to Starting an Older 2-Stroke Outboard Engine. 1. Engine tilted fully down (this makes it easier for fuel to get to the carburetors). 2. Squeeze primer bulb till firm. 3. Advance throttle in neutral to 2/3s. 4. Turn key on, push to choke (or pull out choke) and crank at same time.

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Measuring Wave Height Boating Magazine

In a boat it’s easy to overestimate wave heights. This is because of a phenomenon discovered by William Froude in 1861. He found that, no matter how your boat is situated on a large swell, what you feel to be “straight down” is actually at right angles to the wave.

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How to Properly Trim a Sterndrive Boating Magazine

Solution: It's possible your hull has developed a "hook" or a concave bottom that causes the bow to ride low, but more than likely, your trim is out of adjustment. Start by pulling your trim tabs up fully (if you have tabs). Then trim the propeller up with the trim switch on the gear shift/throttle. Do it a little at a time until the ride improves.

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How to Make Marine Electrical Connections Boating Magazine

The tools needed to make crimp connections are inexpensive, and the t­echniques used are simple. Still, every connection is a potential source of resistance or corrosion. Use these tips to help ensure better electrical ­connections for your next refit or repair.

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Locating Ground Faults ("Current Leaks") and Short

Switch off all equipment individually and disconnect solar panels. Leave the battery switch on. 2. Disconnect the positive battery cable and, with the meter set to the DC volts setting, take a voltage reading between the battery terminal and the cable. If it reads 12 volts — or any voltage, really — you have a leak.

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Navigating the Florida Keys Boating Magazine

March 15, 2010. According to our dash-mounted GPS, it is about 13 nautical miles from Bahia Honda Marina to Big Spanish Key — yes, one of those Keys, in the southernmost reaches of Florida and framed by water colors that Crayola cannot imitate. We’re ahead of schedule, idling out of the harbor at 6:50 a.m., lunch neatly stowed in the galley

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How To Use an Anchor Ball Boating Magazine

With the anchor line firmly cleated on the bow, clip the ring over the anchor line and snap on the carabiner to capture the line within the ring. Then throw the ball overboard. Motor forward toward the anchor at enough of an angle so that you do not run over the rode. As you come up over the anchor, you can have a crewmember move the rode from

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Stereo Installation Tips Boating Magazine

Stereo Installation Tips Boating Magazine. I prefer to use duplex cable when installing gear. This consists of 2 wires inside one jacket. It means you only have to route the wires once, plus it provides additional chafe protection due to the outer jacket. Make sure …

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Troubleshoot Your Boat’s Fuel Gauge Boating Magazine

Troubleshooting the Sender. If your gauge is good, check the ground at the sender with your multimeter set to ohms. Look for a “no resistance” reading between the ground on the sender and your boat’s battery ground. If your ground is bad, fix it. If the ground proves good, use your jumper wire to short the sender positive terminal to the

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How To Install an Auxiliary Outboard Engine Boating Magazine

Measure the distance on your kicker between the anti-ventilation plate and upper inside edge of the outboard clamp. Subtract 2 inches from this length, then add 15 1/2 inches (vertical travel for the model 71091). Cut a wooden stick to this length and …

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How To Read A Nautical Chart Boating Magazine

The proper way to read a nautical chart. Depths and dangers: The small numbers on a nautical chart are water depths at "Mean Lower Low Water," which is the average depth at the lower of each day's two low tides.Measurements at this level help boaters determine the closest underwater clearance possible for their boat.

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Rebuilding an Outboard Motor Boating Magazine

A typical rebuilt midsize outboard motor from the 1980s to 2000 between 90 to 115 horsepower will cost at least $3,500 if purchased from a discount dealer; it will likely cost around $4,500 if purchased from a local full-service dealer. Rebuilding your engine will cost around $2,500. That difference of $1,000 to $2,000 will buy a lot of gas, so

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Applying Boat Decals Boating Magazine

1. Clean the Surface Choose a calm, windless day with air temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit to apply the decal. Start your project by washing the application surface with soap and water to remove any salt or scum, rinse liberally with water, and dry with a clean towel to avoid water spots.Next, spray a 70-percent isopropyl alcohol solution across the entire area and wipe it down with …

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How To Fish From A PWC Boating Magazine

Our expert angler, Pete McDonald, takes a Sea-Doo Fish Pro model fishing to explore the ways in which a personal watercraft--often erroneously referred to by the incorrect collective noun, "jet ski,"--can be used to catch fish. The article explores the pros and cons of fishing from a PWC. It is produced by the world's foremost powerboat experts, the editors at Boating.

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Seven Tips For Reducing Marine Electronics Interference

Seven Tips For Reducing Marine Electronics Interference. RFI fix-it tips to try aboard your boat. By Ken Englert. February 20, 2013. 1. Transducer cables should be run separately, not bundled together with other wiring or run close to the engine. This can cause noise-generated marks on the fish finder. (Read: Understanding Transducers .)

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How to Increase the Performance of an Outboard Motor

A jack plate can help maximize boat speed. CMC Marine. 5. Get a Jack Plate for Your Outboard Engine. To get the most out of your outboards, Schoenbohm recommends mounting them on a jack plate such as those made by CMC Marine (cmcmarineproducts.com), Bob's Machine Shop (bobsmachine.com) or T-H Marine (thmarine.com).

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Fillet Knife Sharp Boating Magazine

If you don't cut bone, monofilament or bait with your fillet knife, a 15-degree bevel will serve you fine. 3. Set the Bevel. Divide the width of the blade at the heel by 5 to get the height above the stone needed to achieve a 12-degree bevel. If your knife is 0.75 inch wide at the heel, dividing 0.75 by 5 equals a spine height of 0.15 inches.

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Fabric Waterproofing Spray Testing Boating Magazine

Even the best marine canvas loses its ability to shed water over time. For a boat with 12-month exposure to the weather, refreshing its waterproof surface is a good annual project. For boats that spend most of their downtime under roof or shrink-wrap, two to three years is a wise interval before reapplying ­waterproofing.

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How to Wash a Boat Boating Magazine

A soap that won’t hurt your car finish won’t hurt your boat. Hose down the area of the boat you want to wash, rinsing away loose grime, then shoot a few stripes on it with your spray bottle. Brush it in, and swirl it around. The more-direct application of soap adds emulsive dirt-lifting power. When you’re done, rinse it away.

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Tips to Alleviate Lean, List and Heel Boating Magazine

Solution: Trim out more once on plane. The further from perpendicular to the boat the rotation gets, the less listing leverage it can exert. Use a prop with more pitch (within rpm limits). Wind. V-hulls tend to lean to windward. This heeling results from …

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What to Do in a Lightning Storm on a Boat Boating Magazine

Plug the hole, get the bilge pumps running, work the bail bucket — whatever it takes to stay afloat. An emergency call on the VHF is warranted if the situation is dire. If the radio is toast, break out the flare kit. Lightning seeks the highest point, and on …

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Installing EVA Foam Nonskid Boating Magazine

Installing EVA Foam Nonskid Boating Magazine. 3. Prepare the Deck. EVA foam nonskid can be installed on metal or fiberglass decks, even those with existing nonskid patterns, but the deck must be clean and free of grease, dust and other contaminants. Just before you install the nonskid, scrub the deck with a stiff-bristle brush and soap and

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How to Create Proper Terminal Crimps Boating Magazine

Precision crimping techniques prove crucial to the optimal performance of heat-shrink electrical connectors. A poor crimp can lead to a loose wire that draws excessive amps and overheats. A punctured collar can let in moisture that promotes corrosion and …

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Tips for Inspecting Exhaust Risers and Manifolds Boating

Drain the water from your engine's risers and manifolds in order to perform a visual inspection. Unclamp the exhaust hoses. Remove the bolts securing the risers and/or elbows and look inside. Heavy corrosion or material dislodged by reaming with an old flat-head screwdriver or other tool warrants replacement.

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How to Use Drogues and Sea Anchors Boating Magazine

A sea anchor is deployed off the bow and is used to keep a drifting boat’s head to the wind and waves so that it may ride rough seas more comfortably. A drogue is deployed off the stern and is used to keep the boat straight while motoring down-sea. Also, by slowing the boat as it races down a wave face, it reduces the chance for broaching or

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Calculating Your Boat's Power-to-Weight Ratio Boating

The power-to-weight ratio is calculated by dividing 300 by 5,000 for 0.06 hp per pound. Or, swap the formula, divide 5,000 by 300, and it would be 16.6 pounds per hp. Power-to-weight ratio most often comes into play when deciding how many motors one wants on a new boat or when repowering.

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Boat Fuel Tank Vent Tips, How to Vent Fuel Tank Boating

Here’s a quick tip: When washing the boat, always point the spray nozzle aft while hosing down along the side of the boat. This will help keep water from shooting into the vent opening. Consider covering the fuel vent with a clamshell cover. Boating Magazine. 4.

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How to Raft Up With Other Boats Boating Magazine

The lead boat should set the anchor line to at least a 7-to-1 scope, meaning he should let out 70 feet of anchor line for every 10 feet of depth. ADVERTISEMENT. Once the lead boat is set, hang appropriately sized fenders off each side and allow other boats rafting up to join on alternate sides to keep the lead boat in the middle.

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Six Tips for Rewiring Your Boat Trailer Boating Magazine

Six Tips for Rewiring Your Boat Trailer John Tiger. Strain Relief. At the coupler, provide some strain relief for the socket wire lead by securing it with a cable clamp and using enough length to reach the tow vehicle's connector socket without the wire pulling tautly in tight turns or dragging on the ground. Tip: Use split loom, spiral wrap or

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How to Rescue an Overboard Boater Boating Magazine

Keep Eyes on the Prize. When someone falls overboard, someone other than the captain should lock eyes on the person in the water and never let the overboard victim leave their line of sight. The spotter should extend their arm and keep pointing at the person to help the captain operating the boat stay aware of the victim’s location in the water.

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Most Common Boat Engine Problems and How to Fix Them

Solution: Trace the source. In a vast majority of cases, the problem is an obstruction in the raw water intake - like weeds, mud or a plastic bag. Locate the intake and clean it out. A loose hose clamp or a split or burst hose can also slow water flow, and it …

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Installing A Remote Boat Engine Kill Switch Boating Magazine

Turn on the engine. If you wired the system to the existing kill switch, pull the lanyard to ensure it works. Reconnect the lanyard and restart the engine. Submerge the xFob Multifob in the ocean or lake, or walk with it until the engine stops. The xHub will light up red and emit a sound signal to indicate a man overboard.

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Fuel Injector Cleaning Boating Magazine

Professional fuel-injector service (cleaning, calibration and/or repair) should be done every 300 engine-run-time hours or every three to four years. Szczerbala says that not all injectors are created equal, and defects in quality can shorten the service interval. Discuss the issue with your boatyard service manager or technician.

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How to Survive a Boating Emergency Boating Magazine

Varell grabbed a flare gun and, after climbing back aboard to kill the engines, swam to his sons and friend. After about 15 minutes, they realized they hadn’t activated the PLB, so they finally engaged it. Since they were in a popular fishing area, Varell shot …

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7 Boat Vinyl Care Products Tested Boating Magazine

After Use: Re-treat your vinyl with a protectant. Star brite recommends its Ultimate Vinyl Guard with PTEF — a product we tested later with great results. We wiped it on with bare hands, allowed it to dry, then wiped it dry with a soft cloth for a deep, protective sheen. Cost: …

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Critter-Proofing Your Boat Boating Magazine

Critter-Proofing Your Boat. Dryer sheets and Fresh Cab are but two fragrant foils to over-wintering critters. “It smells like grandma’s house” my tween-age son commented as we walked among the pontoon boats that were placed on blocks or atop their trailers for storage in the off season in the parking lot at our local boat club.

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Installing a Transom-Mount Transducer on a Boat Boating

Learn how to install a transom mount transducer for a fish finder on a boat. To work well, a transducer requires immersion in water that’s free of air bubbles that cause aeration and result in sonar interference. Here's how to do it.

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Replacing a Hydraulic Helm Seal Boating Magazine

Wipe off the steering shaft with a clean rag, then lightly lubricate the shaft with a bit of fresh oil or hydraulic steering fluid. Also, lightly lubricate the new quad ring seal, then gently slide it over the steering shaft into position at the face of the helm. Make sure it …

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How to Clean & Remove Mildew from Vinyl Boat Seats

If you don't want to spend the hard-earned cash on replacing your seats and you're willing to clean the white vinyl boat seats, there are a number of boat seat cleaners you can choose from designed for attacking mildew stains. You can also try cleaning with a 50/50 home-brew mix of white vinegar and water.

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How To Replace A Boat Trailer Surge Brake Actuator-Coupler

In this "Weekend Workbook article, Jim Hendricks of Boating Magazine, describes the procedure for replacing a malfunctioning boat trailer surge brake actuator-coupler. Learn what tools you'll need, how much time to budget and more.

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How to Install Gas Struts Hatch Supports Boating Magazine

Mark a point for the gas spring's upper bracket mounting location on the underside of the lid a third to halfway from the hinge to the opposite side of the hatch — in this case, we chose 2 inches from the hinge. The gas strut installation angle is important. Boating Magazine. 3. …

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Tips for Pulling Electronics Cables Through Boats

Simply fill your palm with powder and then pull your cable through your hand before you pull it through the boat. Bonus Tip: Use electricians tape to streamline connectors. By making a quasi-bullet shape, as shown, you make it easier for the connector to pass through a crowded rigging tube. This also protects the contacts of the connector.

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Refitting With Electronic Controls and Gauges Boating

This will let you cut fresh holes for the new gauges and controls. To create your own custom panels, use cardboard for design and mock-up. Then use these as templates to fashion pieces from a material like King Starboard ($21.75 per 27-by-12¼-inch sheet, boatoutfitters.com). It comes in a wide range of colors.

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