Archive for the ‘Marine’ Category

Summer Boat Maintenance Tips

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Odds are you’re anxious to take the boat out on the water this season. As much fun as that can be, there is some needed basic maintenance that goes along with the good times. Recently it has been reported that 8% of boating accidents are maintenance related, so let’s do our part now to make the most of your boating season. Refer to our general boating manual for basic stuff and general maintenance to the vessel, or the specific manual for the make/model of your outboard, inboard, or stern drive.

Here’s a few simple tips we’ll share for free:

Keep it clean

No, I’m not talking about the time you spilled beer on your bucket seats.… Read the rest

Great Lakes Marine Engine and Boat Expo – Belle Isle, MI 7/28/2018

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This past June the Antique Outboard Motor Club (AOMC) held their fourth annual outboard motor show at the Great Lakes Marine Engine and Boat Expo on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. If you, like me, where born in a place with lots of access to public water ways, chances are good the first motorized vehicle you learned to operate, was a row boat powered by an outboard motor. Unfortunately you don’t see many kids zooming around vacation lakes these days, thrilled by the wind-in-the-hair freedom provided by operating a little single prop motor.


Thankfully there is the AOMC, a nationwide organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of outboard motor technology and mechanics.… Read the rest

Clymer Marine Manuals for Your Boat and Personal Watercraft

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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

2018 Major Boat Show Calendar

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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.

And if you don’t need a new boat, or just can’t afford one this year, check out the Clymer Marine titles to keep you current vessel ship shape.… Read the rest

10 Biggest Yachts in the World

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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

Buying a Used Boat

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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

Boating Gifts for Every Budget

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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

The Best US Lakes for Boating

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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

Spring Pre-Season Boating Tune-Up

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The winter that seemed like it would never end, has finally ended. Warmer weather means boating season! If you have not even looked at your boat since it last touched water last fall, you have some work to do. Fear not friend; follow this handy checklist for advice on how to get your boat back in the water, and running like new.






Take a quick look over (or, in this case, under) your boat. Leaks can be nasty things, so make sure you won’t have any this spring. Look for the obvious cracks and dents, but also blisters or residue.… Read the rest