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Bottom Paint Removal: Part 3 of 3

This installment will be about the application of the final bottom paint. Most hulls that are wet-sailed (always in the water) have some type of ablative or anti-fouling paint, with something in them to help limit marine growth on the hull. Without a paint like these, critters and slime start growing almost immediately once the [...]

2016-10-04T16:17:10+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Categories: Boating, DIY, Letters from Steve, Repairs|Tags: , , , , |

Bottom Paint Removal & Application Part 1 of 3

Just so we’re clear; I’m not a professional. I’m not even a professional “Do It Yourselfer”. I’ve got enough experience to give you some hints and tips in case you’ve been considering this, and have enough stubbornness to do it. This guide is by no means all encompassing, and it can be improved upon, I’m [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:09+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Categories: Boating, DIY, Letters from Steve, Repairs|Tags: , , , , , , |

2016 Boating New Years Resolutions

10 Boating Resolutions for 2016 Spend an extra night on the boat. You don’t even have to leave the dock.  Just relax. Clean out the engine compartment. Come on, you know it’s needed. Upgrade the entertainment system. Aren’t you tired of that Craig 8 track and your Bay City Rollers Collection? Add a piece of safety equipment. [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:10+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Categories: Boating, DIY, Letters from Steve, Repairs, Safety, Sailing|Tags: , , , , |

Ask the Experts: Small Business Saturday

November 28th is Small Business Saturday, a day created specifically for small businesses like us! Get the best deals and talk to the experts about your boating needs and wants.

Prop Repair: Henry H. Smith Co

Does your propeller need repair? The important things to look for when determining if your propeller needs repairs (besides the obvious dings and scratches) are performance changes. If you are losing speed or seeing changes in the WOT (Wide Open Throttle) rpm reading on your engines, the prop could be the problem. If you are [...]

Pettit Technical Bulletin: Varnishing 101

Original Article Why should I use a varnish? Like many others, you may be wondering ‘Why should I use a varnish’? As a boater, you take pride in the appearance of your vessel. You keep it in pristine condition and feel great satisfaction knowing that it’s protected. Using a varnishing system not only enhances the [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:11+00:00 October 21st, 2015|Categories: Boating, DIY|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

How to Release a Fish

Three tips for safely handling fish. If you’re not planning on killing a fish you catch, know that mishandling it could kill it anyway. Here are three ways to handle a fish you plan to release. 1. Hold It Horizontally Lifting a fish out of the water by its lip places undue stress on its [...]

2016-10-05T14:01:18+00:00 June 18th, 2015|Categories: Fishing|Tags: , , , |

Installing a Boarding Ladder

If your crew likes to go in the water for wake sports, diving or just for a swim, a boarding ladder is a must-have item. There’s also the safety factor: Take a spill overboard, and a boarding ladder can be a godsend that fulfills the ABYC standard for a “means of solo reboarding.” One of [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:14+00:00 May 28th, 2015|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , |

Great Upgrades Anyone Can Afford

Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about useful upgrades to your boat. Realizing that cost is a concern these days, I’ve set a dollar limit of $500 for each of half-dozen improvements that can make your boat safer, less prone to problems or more energy efficient. Power or sail, you can make your [...]

DIY Upgrading Your Boat’s Trailer

Gas Prices are more affordable than they have been in years, so a road trip with the boat is a popular weekend or vacation outing. Owning a trailerable vessel is about the most affordable way onto the water. This season, lots of families will be towing their trailerboats while cruising the Interstate. Some of the [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:15+00:00 May 14th, 2015|Categories: Boating, DIY, Electronics, Repairs|Tags: , , , , , |