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6 Tips on How to Add Coaming Bolsters

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What to keep in mind when installing coaming bolsters to cushion your legs? Today, most new saltwater fishing boats come equipped with padded coaming bolsters in the aft cockpit and elsewhere to cushion your legs when you’re leaning against the gunwales or transom. Yet a number of older boats and a few current models lack such amenities. If you’re tired of bruising your legs on bare gunwales, think about adding a set.

Tips on How to Shrink Wrapping a Boat In Winter

Shrink Wrapping a Boat In Winter

 We've been told for many years now that shrink wrap is a great way to protect a boat through the winter months, but even so, only a fraction of the boats out there get such treatment. Besides, there have to be downsides to shrink wrapping a boat. So, how do you know if you should have it done, or maybe even do it yourself? How exactly does shrink wrapping work? And what are the important things to look for in a shrink wrapping professional?

Tips on How to Avoid the Outboard Winterizing Blunder

Avoid this Outboard Winterizing Blunder

Hey boater—yes friend, we're talking to you—if you're about to winterize your boat, we certainly hope you've read How to Winterize a Boat: Prepping for Hibernation. We gathered expert input from far and near to put this all-encompassing article together, and it'll walk you through winterizing everything from the bilges to the batteries. What it doesn't cover, however, is this one big outboard engine winterizing blunder. Whatever you do this fall, make sure not to...

Tips for Adding Coaming Bolster

adding coaming bolster

Today, most new saltwater fishing boats come equipped with padded coaming bolsters in the aft cockpit and elsewhere to cushion your legs when you’re leaning against the gunwales or transom. Yet a number of older boats and a few current models lack such amenities. If you’re tired of bruising your legs on bare gunwales, think about adding a set.

Tips on Hydraulic System Installation and Maintenance

the parts of the BayStar hydraulic steering system for single engines up to 150 hp

If you're upgrading your steering, here are some key points to remember about hydraulic system installation and maintenance. Let's say you own an older outboard-powered boat equipped with cable steering, and you’d like to switch it out for a hydraulic system. Maybe you just bought a new boat with an old hydraulic steering system already installed, but you'd like to upgrade it. Or maybe you'd just like to know how to maintain your factory-installed system.

Three Professional Tips for Steering a New Boat

a sailing boat

If you’re new to boating, watch this video to pick up a few quick and easy tips that will help you steer safely. In some ways, learning how to drive a boat is just like learning how to drive a car. Practice makes perfect. But most of us are exposed to cars at an early enough age that we know the basics long before we ever sit behind the wheel. What if you’re new to boating? How will you figure out the differences between steering a boat and steering a car?

10 Cool Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Boaters

GARMIN GWIND WIRELESS 2 TRANSDUCER

If you don’t have all your holiday ducks in line, you’d better act quickly—and we’re here to help. Since you’re on the pages of boats.com we have to guess that you or your loved one loves boats, which means you need a gift of a nautical nature. Never fear, one of these 10 cool items is sure to fit the bill.

Tips for Choosing The Best Marine Diesel Engine

marine diesel engine

Whether you’re considering a new boat or planning to repower an old one, here are guidelines for thinking about which marine diesel engine is best for you.

Marine Diesel Fuel -What You Need To Know

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Compared to gasoline, diesel fuel has some advantages in the boating world, but it needs careful attention too. There’s been a lot written in recent years about the effects of ethanol-laced gasoline in the boating world, and all of the issues—both real and perceived—relat

Boating Tips for How to Anchor Your Boat

 How to Anchor Your Boat

Anchoring a boat is a simple process but if you miss any of these key factors, your boat won’t stay put.

Truth be told it’s pretty easy to anchor your boat. You drop the anchor to the bottom, secure the line, and the anchor does all the rest of the work… right? Not so fast—there are a few items you should know about, before anchoring a boat. Here’s a simple, straightforward run-down of the basics.

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