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Boat Trailering Safety: Tips and Tricks
Trailering a boat can be dangerous (read Avoid This Trailering Disaster for one example why) and you need to make sure you head down the highway with safety in mind. This is front-and-center in my head these days, since I just finished shooting the Ram/boats.com Tips for Trailering series.... Read more
Why We’re Spooking Fish (With our Boats)
Here’s a very, very important illustration, which shows how we spook the heck out of fish with our boats. This is a representation of a fish’s lateral line. As you can see in the blow-up box, each of the tiny dots you see on a fish’s flanks, which make... Read more
Canvass Care: Extend Your T-Top Life by Years
Canvass, whether it’s stretched out across your T-top or it merely covers your boat when not in use, is one of those things we expect to replace. We know it has a limited lifetime, and eventually will start ripping, leaking, and sagging. What many boaters don’t realize is that... Read more
The Amazing, Handy, Gotta-Carry-Them Zip-Ties
As a boater, there are a few items you always keep on hand. A length of rope. Extra drain plugs. A spare life jacket. I could walk out to any of my boats right now (or for that matter, to my truck), and lay my hands on any one... Read more
Stupid Things NOT to do on a Boat
Is stupid had a per-gallon price, it would be something like $0.01. There’s lots of stupid to go around – too much – and you don’t even have to drill, frack, or even search very hard to find it. Darwin Award-level actions aside, on dry land it usually doesn’t get us... Read more
Hunting Dogs on Boats: What you Need to Know
My retriever is a golden. Okay, stop laughing. Please. I know most of the breed leans towards the life of a lap-dog, but there are some strains (raised in Maine and Michigan, mostly) which have been maintained as serious hunters. And after owning a Chessie that was inclined to chewing... Read more
Strange Outboard Problems (And how to fix them)
Today’s outboard motor is a completely different beast than those of yesteryear. And it’s no wonder – remember the days when you could fix a car with a set of wrenches, a screw driver, and pliers? Today, if you don’t have a computer you may as well forget about... Read more
Super Cheap Boats: $2,500 or Less? Yes!
Let me take a moment to make the case for the super cheap boat. And by super cheap, yes, I mean a boat-motor-trailer package that you can buy for $2,500 or less. You think it’s not possible? I paid $1,500 for this rig: Granted, it came with an eight-horse... Read more