Boat Maintenance and DIY

Keel Bolts Need Lock Nuts or Lock Washers
Keel bolts should be secured with lock washers or nylock nuts, torqued on.
The Care and Feeding of Teak Decks
Teak decks are beautiful and practical, but they require special care to look and perform their best.
10 Stupid Spring Commissioning Mistakes
As you get your boat ready for its spring launch, don’t make any of these common and patently stupid mistakes.
Self-Tapping Screws: Reduce the Ouch
Self-tapping screws are common in production boats -- they save time and cost. But protruding points need to be tamed.
Why Did My Cabin Lights All Stop Working?
Don't let the scene behind your breaker panel overwhelm you. Focus on the one circuit that's not working, and approach it logically.
Basic Boat Battery Check-Up and Maintenance
Marine battery maintenance and check-ups are important, and in this video, you'll learn how and why.
Why Are My Through-Hull Fittings Fouled?
Copper in anti-fouling paint can react with bronze through-hull fittings and reduce the paint's ability. Get down to the bronze, epoxy-coat it, and start over.
Outboard Mounting Hardware: Stainless or Galvanized?
Factories are using stainless bolts and nuts to mount outboards. These fasteners need to be carefully installed to prevent crevice corrosion.
Free and Cheap: In Boats We Trust
10 Free and Cheap Tricks, Tips, and Tidbits for Better Boating - Without Blowing Big Bucks.
How to do a Seasonal Trailer Inspection
Boat trailers require constant maintenance and attention. Follow this trailer inspection routine on a seasonal basis, to make sure yours keeps rolling down the road.

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