Boat Ramp Blunders Avoiding Rookie Mistakes

Boat Ramp Blunders | Avoiding Rookie Mistakes

How to Avoid Boat Ramp Fails Launching a boat is tricky business, and can be frustrating. However, proper preparation and care can save you from a humiliating experience. After all, who wants to be the star of a viral video sitting in a truck as it slowly rolls down the ramp and disappears beneath the water. Here are several tips …

Beginners Guide to Wakeboarding

Beginner’s Guide to Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding Guidelines Catching wakes behind a boat is by far the best alternative to surfing. The captain, boat, and wakeboarder are three of a kind, working together as one. Plunging into the water, surfing the tides, and looking toward the horizon, leaving behind the world for the waves. You could be the next Cory Teunissen and land a Switch Toeside …

How to Pick the Best Chartplotter for Your Boat

How to Pick the Best Chartplotter for Your Boat In their early days, chartplotters were simply GPS units that had built-in map sets. This was a big deal because now your GPS could show your position relative to charted navaids, channels, land, and even depth soundings. As technology got better and better, screens got larger, and even more functionality was …

Complete Guide to Water Skiing

Complete Guide to Water Skiing

Guide to Water Skiing Water skiing is a popular sport that gives you a hefty adrenaline rush. Generally, there are three kinds of water skiing: slalom skiing, trick skiing, and jump skiing. Slalom Water Skiing Out of the three types, slalom skiing is the most popular. With the ever-increasing power of motorboats, water skiing at higher speeds has become irresistible. …

Modern style anchors are they any better than the classics.

Modern Style Anchors: Are They Any Better Than the Classics

Modern Anchors  Offer Big Improvements Over Classics At first glance, anchors seem like one of the least interesting pieces of technology on your boat. It’s just a big metal hook that you throw overboard. Some boaters rarely use their anchors, while others use them every day of the year. For cruisers traveling long distances and living “on the hook,” anchors …

Best Manual Trim Tabs for Boats

Best Manual Trim Tabs for Boats

Manual Trim Tabs for Boats There are many things beyond your control that affect the balance of your boat during a ride. Maybe the wind is forcing one side of the boat down, or the sea itself is getting tumultuous, or an uneven weight distribution on the boat is causing it to tilt. While you may not be able to …

Top 11 Strategies for Planning the Perfect Dive Trip

Top 11 Strategies for Planning the Perfect Dive Trip

How to Plan a Boat Trip for Divers Whether you are seasoned or newly certified, embarking on your own diving trip can be quite a change from guided excursions you’ve had in the past. Similar to how these types of trips can either sink or swim depending on pre-planning, a well-planned personal diving trip can be equally rewarding, and will …

Taking Your Kids Boating

Taking Your Kids Boating | Comprehensive Guide

Share the Joy of Boating with Your Kids Boating is a worthwhile, fun adventure for anyone who goes out. However, when children are involved, it unlocks a myriad of additional benefits. Of course, a cruise with friends can be rewarding and memorable. But the hidden benefits for kids and families when they boat together are long lasting. Families who are …

Diagnosing Common Outboard Motor Problems

Diagnosing Common Outboard Motor Problems

Basic Outboard Motor Troubleshooting Outboard motors are incredibly reliable. They are pretty simple engines, and few things can go wrong for well-cared-for motors. But everyone has an occasional snafu that requires some troubleshooting. Anytime you have a problem with an outboard, always check the owner’s manual for tips and tricks. Most motor manuals include a section on troubleshooting common problems, …

The Lazy Boaters Way to Protect Stainless Steel

The Lazy Boater’s Way to Protect Stainless Steel

Guide to Protecting the Stainless Steel Surfaces on Your Boat Bright and shiny stainless steel fixtures on sail boats or power boats can really make a vessel pop if maintained properly. Of course, boat owners have a more vested interest in caring for onboard stainless steel equipment, but boat charterers should also know how to maintain and care for stainless …