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A Used Outboard Might be OK

A Used Outboard Might be OK

Money being no object, would you buy a new or used four-stroke outboard, attached or unattached to a boat?


Gate Valve Trouble

My 1980s Taiwanese-built trawler utilizes a gate valve for the engine raw-water cooling intake. Is it OK to use gate valves below the waterline?

Pump Replacement Time

The plastic livewell pump for my recently purchased center console fishing boat is screwed directly onto a bronze seacock. Is that cool?

Languishing Lines

Languishing Lines

The original vinyl-coated lifelines on my sailboat are looking worn — rust, peeling vinyl, etc. How often should lifelines be inspected or repla ...

Worth a Rebuild?

My 2004 Johnson 90 oil-injected two-stroke has suddenly become very hard to start. After it warms up, it runs fine. When I take it out of the water, a ...

Not Happy with Halos

Not Happy with Halos

During my last haulout, I noticed what looked like rings in my bottom paint around each of the bronze fittings below the waterline (through-hulls, str ...

Outboard Envy

I have a Honda 130 hp outboard that always starts on the second crank. I ran into a fellow last summer who has the same motor, and he claims his motor ...

Why no DIY?

I understand I can’t change the plugs in my Evinrude E-TEC. Why can’t I?

Put Pump Plans on Pause

I’d like to install an aftermarket electric fuel pump for my gasoline engine. Is this OK?

Starting Troubles

My 2008 225 Suzuki has suddenly developed the habit of not starting unless the shift-bypass lever is advanced. Sometimes it happens only in the mornin ...

A Tech’s Take

A Tech’s Take

Ed. note: As the march toward E15 continues apace, we asked Grid to weigh in on ethanol and what it could mean for boaters going forward.

Make it a Double

During a recent marina potluck, talk turned to through-hull hoses and hose clamps. A dock neighbor of mine said — per a recent insurance survey ...

More Heat, More Boating

To extend my boating season, I’m thinking of installing a heater aboard my boat. As I already have a factory-installed LPG stove (complete with ...

Vexed by Vapor Lock

I have a 1999 Hurricane deckboat with a 4.3 engine. The new fuel with so much alcohol is creating vapor lock when I turn the engine off in hot weather ...

Alternative Outboards

Alternative Outboards

I want to set a good example for my young kids about respecting the environment they boat in. I’m considering alternative ou ...