Question: What does it mean that our Boats.com YouTube channel just reached more than 5 million video views and topped 10,000 subscribers?
Answer: With more than 600 videos online, we can now start to call some of our longtime favorites “oldies but goodies.” (With props to Casey Casem!)
Here’s a look at our five favorite maintenance videos so far:
1: Basic Boat Battery Battery Checkup and Maintenance
Where should you look for bulges? Can you add distilled water instead of tap water? Do you check positive or negative leads first? This video with Gary Reich explains seasonal tests to keep your boat batteries in tip-top shape.
2: Norfolk Marine Counter of Shame: Maintenance Mishaps
Boats.com senior editor Lenny Rudow visits the Norfolk Marine Center to see what caked-up, gunked-over, bashed-in engine parts the center’s service department has had to deal with recently. If you think your boat needs a little work, then seeing what other boaters have let happen will make you feel a whole lot better!
3: The Most Common Outboard Engine Issues: Fuel Systems and Flushing
Fuel systems are the stuff of headaches on waterways across America. Should you use a fuel-water separator filter? Drain the fuel system down? Our experts offer tips to keep your outboard engine running clean.
4: How to Restore Slightly Faded Gelcoat
Want your boat to be so shiny that it becomes a landmark on Google Earth? You need to remove the oxidation from your gelcoat, and this video shows you how.
5: How to Change Engine Oil on Four-Stroke Outboards
Pop the latches, remove the hood and get the engine up to operating speed. You’ll then be ready to change the engine oil in your four-stroke outboard—but how? Watch this video to see an expert at work.