Should You Rent or Buy a New Boat

Should You Rent or Buy a New Boat?

You Have Options When it Comes to Buying or Leasing a Boat If you love to be out on the water, at some point, you’ve probably considered owning a boat. But is it right for you? For many would-be boat owners, the thought of having their own vessel conjures up images of cruising around on bluebird days, making the most …

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew in Your Boats Cabin

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew in Your Boat’s Cabin

Protecting Your Boat from Mold and Mildew Let’s face it: No one likes mold and mildew. These smelly fungi are disgusting, to say the least, and they can singlehandedly ruin the livability of a room. When mold and mildew get into your boat’s cabin, however, that confined space turns into a place you’d do anything to avoid, rather than a …

How to Anchor Your Boat on the Beach

How to Anchor Your Boat on the Beach

Techniques for Anchoring Your Boat on a Beach One of the most fun boating adventures is spending the day at your favorite beach or sandbar. Whether it’s a tiny spoil island along the Intercoastal Waterway or a peaceful cove on an uninhabited offshore island, you’ll want to pull up and enjoy the scenery awhile. But, believe it or not, anchoring …

Do Recreational Boaters Need a VHF Radio

Do Recreational Boats Need a VHF Radio

Demystifying VHF Marine Radios Requirements A VHF radio is perhaps one of the most important pieces of equipment you can have on your boat. These devices allow you to communicate with other vessels about navigation and safety information, which can quite literally save your life in the event of an emergency. Recreational boats that are under 65 feet are not …

Using Your Marine VHF Radio Quick Tutorial

Using Your Marine VHF Radio | Quick Tutorial

Proper Use of Your Boat’s VHF Radio Your boat’s VHF radio is one of the most versatile communication devices available to sailors. It is also the single most valuable piece of safety equipment you have on board. Knowing how to use your radio will ensure your call for help is clearly heard should the need arise. You also want to …

How far offshore can I take my boat

How far offshore can I take my boat

Safely Taking a Small Boat Offshore Captain Ron Rico said, “If it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen out there.” Truer words have never been spoken about boating. Is your boat ready for ‘out there’? Seaworthiness is a very general term used to describe how capable a vessel is and how much it can safely take. Unfortunately, there’s no tidy definition …

How much does it cost to outfit a boat with LED lights

How much does it cost to outfit a boat with LED lights

Cost Analysis for Fitting Your Boat with LED Lights If you spend any time out on the water at night, you’ll need to outfit your boats with the appropriate lighting system. In the maritime world, boat lights not only allow you to enjoy a cruise at night, but also make it possible for vessels to see each other despite the …

Ultimate Guide to Custom Tee-Tops for your boat

Ultimate Guide to Custom Tee-Tops for Your Boat

Key Facts to Know About T-Tops Getting the right T-top for your boat is no easy feat. Although these awesome protective structures allow you plenty of shade and shelter from the rain and the sun, if your boat didn’t come with a built-in T-top, it can be a chore to find one that’s just right for your vessel. T-tops offer …

Should You Powder Coat Your T-Top

Should You Powder Coat Your T-Top

Key Facts about Protecting Your Boat’s T-Top Nearly every boat has some amount of metal on board. It might not be much–bow rails and cleats, or maybe a Bimini top frame. Other boats have a massive amount of metal in the form of T-tops, tuna towers, poling platforms, rod holders, and rails of every description. All of this can look …

Maximum boat horsepower calculator

Maximum Boat Horsepower Calculator

Want to Know the Biggest Engine Your Boat Can Handle? Check out our new horsepower calculator If you’re curious to know what the largest engine you can legally put on your boat is, try this calculator. It uses the federal regulations to compute the largest outboard engine you’re allowed to install. The federal government regulates the horsepower of outboard motors …