How-to: Maintenance

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    How To Paint a Boat

    Doug Logan
    May 18, 2016

    Whether you're maintaining the topsides of a wooden classic or covering up old, faded gelcoat, the same prep and painting techniques apply. …Read More

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    Boat Care and Maintenance: How to Keep Your Outboard Engine Looking Like New

    Lenny Rudow
    May 13, 2016

    Maintaining your outboard engine finish will not only keep it looking great, but will also increase your boat’s resale value. …Read More

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    Five Ways to Hold Down Boat Insurance Costs and Maximize Enjoyment of Your Boat

    John Burnham
    Mar 31, 2016

    The best way to keep boat insurance rates low is to minimize the chance of making a claim. And the more trouble-free your boating experience, the more fun will be had by all involved. …Read More

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    Basic Boat Maintenance: How to Maintain a Boat

    Gary Reich
    Mar 25, 2016

    If you want to keep your boat looking like new, nothing is more important than keeping up with basic boat maintenance. Here's how to keep your gel coat, canvas, upholstery, and brightwork in tip-top shape. …Read More

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    Check Out these Stats—and a Few of Our Favorite Boat Maintenance Videos

    Kim Kavin
    Dec 15, 2015

    As the Boats.com YouTube channel surpasses six million video views, we look back at our 5 favorite boat-maintenance videos so far. …Read More

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    Project: Reality

    Lenny Rudow
    Dec 11, 2015

    Working on boats can seem like a surreal experience. Let’s bring it back to reality. …Read More

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    Winter Storage Tips for Outboard Motors

    Charles Plueddeman
    Nov 26, 2015

    What seems like a good idea could be the ruination of your trusty outboard motor—avoid these common winter storage miscues. …Read More

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    Boating Tips: Avoid this Outboard Winterizing Blunder

    Lenny Rudow
    Nov 24, 2015

    Listen in as Senior Editor Lenny Rudow explains what not to do, when you winterize your outboard. …Read More

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    Electrical Resistance on Boats: Keep That Voltage Drop in Check

    Ed Sherman
    Nov 13, 2015

    In most onboard electrical circuits, resistance is the enemy. Learn what causes it, how to measure for it, and how to minimize it. …Read More

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