Protectants and Cleaners, for Aluminum Boats and Pontoons
If you own a fiberglass boat you have a million and one waxes, polishes, and protectants to choose from, but what sort of protectant are you supposed to use on your aluminum boat? Whether you have a hunting skiff or a pontoon boat, finding good cleaners and protectants isn’t... Read more
Rigging Boat Electronics? Don’t Do This!
Many of us rig our own electronics, especially on relatively small, simple boats. And truth be told, there’s no great mystery when wiring up a fishfinder or a chartplotter. You have power leads, maybe a transducer cable or a NMEA 2000 wire to route, and all is well, right?... 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
Boat Trailers: Bunks versus Rollers
Some guys believe bunks are best on boat trailer, while others think rollers are better. Who’s right? As usual, it depends. When deciding between bunks and rollers for your boat trailer, keep the following things in mind: – Rollers make it easier to slide the hull onto and off... 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
Is Your Boat Big Enough for Offshore?
I get this question all the time: I want to take my boat offshore, maybe even far enough to encounter pelagics like marlin, but I’m not sure it’s big enough. What do you think is the minimum size, for taking a boat offshore? Unfortunately, there’s no one answer to... Read more
Most Efficient Cruise: Save Fuel By Running the Boat Right
Do you know your boat’s most efficient cruise? It’s surprising how few boaters can tell you, off the top of their head, what cruising speed is the best on their own boat. Truth be told, most of us simply go as fast as conditions allow, without stressing the boat.... Read more
Hurricane Prep for Boats: Get Ready for the Storm
With the sudden appearance of Arthur earlier this month, it already counts as a weird Hurricane season. Who expected this storm to suddenly materialize off Florida’s coast, and go rolling up the Atlantic seaboard? Nobody, until just a few days before it happened. And we could get a hit... Read more