TAG: Maintenance and DIY

Do Spray Rails Really Help?
Spray rails are often held out as the only option for drying out a wet boat’s ride, but do they really help? Is it worth the expense and installation time? These are questions I hear a lot from the owners of ...
Re Structure Marine Micro Finishing Compound Review
Re Structure Marine sent me a sample of their Micro Finishing Compound to test and review, along with their Polish we talked about a few weeks ago (at http://www.boats.com/boat-content/2010/04/re-structure-marine-polish-no-more-wax/ ). Before we get into the Micro Finishing Compound, let’s have an update on ...
Fight Corrosion on your Boat, with GalvanAlert, Galvanic Isolator, and Sprays
There’s a never-ending fight all boat owners go through against the ultimate marine evil, corrosion. In a nutshell: corrosion sucks. It eats away at our fittings, gear, and goodies, and turns ‘em into trash. Ready to go on the offensive? ...
The Right Cleats for a Fishing Boat
This sailfish shot gives you a great view of the right cleat to have on a fishing boat, a pull up. Pop ups became popular a few years back, but have faded somewhat as people realize that anything with a spring is ...
How to NOT Sink Your Boat
I’d planned to let the blog sit idle today, but after this morning’s fishing trip I just had to jump on and mention how to NOT sink your boat, because the one I just stepped off of had a stealth danger ...
Marine Stereo Speaker Mounting, Right and Wrong
Mounting marine stereo speakers the wrong way on your fishboat will ensure their quick death due to water intrusion, corrosion, and exposure, but mount them the right way, and they can last for many years. Remember: fishboats get treated a ...
Video Debut: The Underway Series from OceanLines, Episode 1
By way of introducing this new video series, let me re-state what will become obvious to you:  I am a writer. And writers may have great ideas for video but viewers will likely suffer a bit while the writer learns ...
Will a Hydrofoil Improve Performance on your Boat?
Will adding a hydrofoil improve the performance of your boat? I get asked this question all the time, usually by people who have outboard powered boats with relatively lackluster performance. And I always start my answer by cautioning that every ...
Fuel Flow Meter Installation Tips
How you do a fuel flow meter installation can effect its performance, so pay close attention to these flow meter installation tips. Otherwise, your screen might read 2.0 when it should be reading 0.2. 1. Make sure all of your fuel lines ...
Re-Structure Marine Polish, No More Wax!
So, you’d love to say “NO” to wax and go with a boat polish instead, maybe something like Re-Structure Marine Polish? I’m all for trying new maintenance products, especially if it means less elbow grease over the long run. And ...

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