10 Boating Safety Equipment Checks

boating checkout

boating check out

For many boaters, January is a period of downtime, and that makes it a great month to inspect and update safety equipment — particularly if you have pulled it off the boat for winter storage. Here is my suggested 10-point checklist, but feel free to add to it and use each new year to ensure the season ahead is as safe as possible.


1. Check Flares

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Four-Stroke Outboard Oil Check Tutorial

four-stroke outboard

Checking the oil level in a four-stroke outboard is about as basic as maintenance gets, and should be part of the “pre-flight” routine of every outboard owner. But I’m guessing many outboard owners go an entire season without lifting the cowl, because our boats–like our road vehicles–are so reliable and maintenance-free these days that we don’t give much thought to oil and filters. My truck has 200,000 miles on the clock and still goes 7,500 more between oil changes without using a drop of lube. So I don’t check it often.

Boating Tips For Basic Trailer Maintenance

Basic Trailer Maintenance

It is necessary to grasp the knowledge of basic trailer maintenance for anyone who owns a trailer boat. And while the broader topic of general trailer maintenance requires an in-depth discussion, the basics can be summed up in a short video. 


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Five Hot Engines At THe 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Volvo Penta engine

Every year brings new advancements in power and propulsion for our beloved boats, and 2016 will be no different. Some of the latest and greatest engines will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Here’s a rundown on a few of them.

Volvo Penta


Volvo Penta

A Jet Boat Scarab 165 Ghost: Jet Into the Limelight

Scarab 165 Ghost boat

Zinging across the bay in a Scarab 165 Ghost is pure, unadulterated, adrenaline-pumping fun. Is that the end of the story? Not really, but few boats are so simple to appraise, so accurately, with a single word. And you now know everything you need to before watching this on-the-water video.

Six Amazing Hull Designs: You’ll Never See In Recreational Boats

Blue Queen protector boat

Blue Queen boat

Is this boat backward? No, it's an Ulstein X-Bow, an innovative hull design from Norway.

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9 Tips For Bracket-Season Boating & Boating Safety

Cold Weather Seamanship

Cold Weather Seamanship


The passion to continue boating burns bright for many although the weather may have cooled. Once fall sets in for good, the skies get bluer, the air gets crisper, and the crowds get thinner. Use these tips to maintain personal safety and convenience during the cold months.


A Great success: Sea Trial 2016 Flourishes In Sunny Portsmouth

Readers' Sea Trial

The sun shone on Haslar Marina, Portsmouth as the MBY Readers' Sea Trial 2016 proved a great success.


Our Readers’ Sea Trial Day proved a massive hit with MBY readers at Haslar Marina, Portsmouth.


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