Boat Maintenance and DIY

Why Shouldn’t I Run My Bilge Pump Dry?
Rubber shaft seals need fluid for lubrication and cooling. Dried-out, damaged seals and water intrusion are common causes of failure in bilge pumps.
Winter Boat Storage: What’s Right for Your Boat?
There may be more options than you realize.
How to Cover Your Boat
Here are some boat covering techniques that really work.
Is the Plumbing and Wiring on my Boat Going to Stay Put?
Weld Mount supports do a good job of securing wiring on the hull structure, and are a better option than drilling into a cored laminate.
Outboard Steering: Too Stiff?
Your hydraulic steering may not be lubricated well, even though it looks clean. Disassembly required.
Boat Ownership Advice: Embrace the Hacksaw
Repairs and maintenance chores are plentiful and inevitable. But if you always pay someone else to handle them, you're going to miss half the fun.
Mercury Introduces New Four-Stroke Oils
The new Mercury 25W-40 four-stroke oil formula features a proprietary additive package and is rated for both outboard and inboard engines.
Chill, Baby!
You can make your boat as comfy as any megayacht with air conditioning by installing this one simple accessory—in an hour or two.
How to Align Hose Clamps Properly
Tighten them with their screws on opposite sides of the hose to make it harder for leaks to get by.
Rusty Stanchion Fasteners? Not Good.
Stainless steel fasteners threaded into embedded aluminum plates need to be carefully sealed to prevent crevice corrosion.

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Outboard Steering: Too Stiff?
Outboard Steering: Too Stiff? - August 1st 2014