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.

Century's 24 Resorter Reviews

Century's 24 Resorter

Century's 24 Resorter mixes the nostalgia of an iconic design with the benefits of modern technology. The outboard-powered 24 Resorter offers a deep-V fiberglass hull and a dual-console interior that lets families enjoy watersports, offshore fishing and day-cruising in comfort.

Our test boat featured power steering, electronic throttle and shift, and digital switching via a Raymarine eS127 Hybrid-Touch 12-inch multifunction display that also serves as a fish finder/chart plotter.

Reviewing The Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra

The Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra

The Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra is perfect for the coastal angler who also likes to entertain a crowd. We say the Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra is a coastal fishing boat with enough creature comforts to make it more than family-friendly.

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


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 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.

Reviewing The Chaparral 227 SSX: Putting The Fun in Function

The Chaparral’s 227 SSX Boat

The Chaparral’s 227 SSX is the one runabout to have when you really want two boats. The big news a couple of months back was that Malibu had licensed its Surf Gate technology and hull designs to Chaparral. The exclusive agreement gave the Chaparral access to equipment and technology that would allow it to compete in a marketplace in which it previously could not.

Reviewing The Yamaha 21-Series Sportboat: More Speed, Less Sound

Yamaha 21-Series Sportboat

More power, quieter operation, and the precise handling of the Yamaha Articulating Keel significantly upgrades the third-generation Yamaha 21-foot sportboat range.

Reviewing The Formula 430 SSC: Go Big or Go Home

formular 430 SSC boat

High-performance cross-over brings outboard power to the Formula line-up.

Top 10 Pontoon Boats of 2016


This year pontoon boats from the likes of Bennington, Lowe, Premier, Sun Tracker, and more, have set new standards.

Pontoon boats were once a curious breed of boat, but these days, we expect them to perform as well as a V-hull, look as sharp as a speed boat, and offer the luxury of a megayacht. And on these counts, new pontoons for 2016 deliver. Here are our top 10 picks for the year.

Reviewing The Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius Fly: Breath of Fresh Air

The Cantius 54 Fly Boat

Cruisers Yachts adds versatility with a new flybridge version in the Cantius series, for 2017. Fast on the heels of last spring’s introduction of the Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius comes the 2017 54 Fly, a model that puts the emphasis on outdoor living. We hopped aboard for the vessel’s world debut at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.


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