Boat Maintenance and DIY

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.
How Come My Hose Clamp Is Rusty?
Never use automotive-grade hoseclamps on a boat, and if your boat came with them, replace them with the good stuff.
Spring Shake-Down Cruise: 10 Problems to Look For
Is your boat suffering from Abrupt Obesity or Navigational Nausea? Now’s the time to find out.
Topside Maintenance: Paints, Polishes, and Wraps
A little topside maintenance (or rehabilitating what you already have) goes a long way toward making your pride and joy look great.
Keel Bolts Need Lock Nuts or Lock Washers
Keel bolts should be secured with lock washers or nylock nuts, torqued on.

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