Clean Up Spring Prep

A boater’s winter goal is keeping the elements out of the vessel. In spring, it’s preventing toxins from entering our waterways. DIY boaters need to keep harmful substances from leaching into waterways directly from toxic bottom paint, parking lot overflow, and storm drains. Noxious elements also eventually enter our air and waterways from landfills. If…

Inboard Boat Engines Are Not Car Engines

Inboard Boat Engines Are Not Car Engines I’ve talked a lot in this blog about the differences between boats and cars — how they’re built and serviced differently, and how their wiring and other replacement parts are not the same. There are also critical differences between marine inboards and car engines, so before you let someone tell you that a crate…

Installing Spark Plugs

INSTALLING SPARK PLUGS Helpful tips for properly installing spark plugs. Today’s fuel-injected marine engines run so clean that plugs need changing less often than in years past. But the day will come. For those with a mechanical jones, or with older engines, here are some helpful tips. The Right Plug “Close enough” won’t do. A…

Why you should winterize your engine

At this time of year practically every boating publication has an article about how to winterize your boat and engine for storage. It is also known as winter lay-up in some areas of the country. Most of the stories explain and illustrate a step by step process for winterizing but often do not detail what…