America knows and loves Clymer for their manuals that keep motorcycles and ATVs running right, but did you know we also have a marine division to keep your outboard motor purring and your PWC jetting? Our sterndrive and inboard motor manuals basically cover everything but the hull and the head for your powerboat or cabin cruiser. A boat is probably the second biggest purchase you are ever going to make, below the cost of your house and often above your car. Unfortunately, a boat is likely the most maintenance intensive possession you are ever likely to own (unless you also own horses), and to protect your investment you need to take care of it before and after every outing.… Read the rest
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With the new year upon us, a whole new season of boat shows begins. Whether you are looking for a new powerboat, sailboat, or personal watercraft, a local boat show usually will have them all. Plus, vendors will have all the latest gadgets and accessories that make boating and fishing more fun. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) website lists dozens of boat shows, hopefully with one in your area. If you don’t have one nearby, consider making the trip and attending one of these fantastic options.
The biggest yachts on Earth are absolutely incredible machines. While size does not always equate with luxury when it comes to boating, these mega yachts certainly prove that bigger is better. While the list is always changing, here are the current top ten largest yachts in the world.10. Al Salamah
Built in 1999, the Al Salamah may be tenth on this list, but its no rowboat. With a length of 456’, and beam of 71’, this is a huge boat. A crew of up to 96 served the Crown Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia and 40 guests.9. Ocean Victory
This 2014 Italian super yacht features a thoroughly modern design and advanced features.… Read the rest
Boating can be a hugely fun hobby or it can be a “hole in the water” that you endlessly throw money into. Buying a used boat can offset some of the costs of a new boat, but you have to make sure you are buying a quality boat and not someone else’s problems. Whether you’re a newcomer to boating or just looking to save a few bucks, here’s a solid guide for buying a used boat.Decisions, Decisions
First, like all big financial decisions, have a plan. Know what kind of boat you want. The easiest way to help you decide is to know how you are going to use it.… Read the rest
Spring means boating season, but before you head out onto the water, make sure you and your boat are ready. A little bit of work now will help prevent a stalled boat sitting useless in the middle of the water. With minimal work, you can be ready for fishing, cruising, or just enjoying the water.
First off, check to make sure your battery is in solid working condition. Ideally, you should have gone through winter prep, but if you didn’t, and your battery is dead, it’s usually an easy fix. Remove the battery to recharge, first taking note of any corrosion, or if the water level is low.… Read the rest
Have you got a boater on your “nice” list, but don’t know what to get them? Boating is a large pastime with many participants, and the market has responded to fill catalogs with everything from the super useful or whimsical, to the downright stupid. This quick list has everything from super cheap, to less so, and none of it is junk. Take a look, for the best boat gifts this holiday season.Under $25
Clothing – Everyone loves a T-shirt with a witty saying, and there are plenty out there for boaters. Check Amazon for “Captain Awesome,” “What happens on the boat, stays on the boat,” and “I’d rather be boating.” Classic captain’s hats run all of about $10, and add a fun feel to any boat, and of course, everyone loves a good boat shoe.… Read the rest
There are over 100,000 lakes in the USA. If you tried every single one of them for a day, you would need over 270 years to visit them all. Not a bad way to live. However, since we don’t have that kind of time, just be sure to visit this list of the most awesome boating lakes in the country. Try for one or two during boating season and eventually you’ll see them all.Lake Washington, WA
This oblong lake is minutes from downtown Seattle, and has tons of access points. The location offers city backdrops on the west, forested hills on the east, and you can see Mount Rainer to the south.… Read the rest