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Vexed by Vapor Lock

Marine Engines

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. There is no place around here to buy real gas. Help, please!


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 ...

Corrosive Connections

ABYC H-24, Gasoline Fuel Systems, says that you cannot connect copper-containing fittings directly to an aluminum fuel tank. A fitting made of stainle ...

Balanced Out

What does it mean to “balance” carburetors?

The Scoop on Sealants

I need to replace the teak deck sealant on my boat after routing the grooves deeper due to wear. Is polysulfide sealant the best? If not, what is the ...

Playing Favorites

Do you have any engine brand preference? What is it, and why?

Rain, Rain Go Away?

Will polysulfide still effectively seal (assuming proper application techniques were used) the portlights even if it rains during the three-day period ...

Bilge Pump Blahs

My 24-foot SeaFox has an automatic bilge pump, like most boats. The manual action works, but the auto doesn’t. How do I find out why not?

Full Boat

I am a little behind in reading my boating magazines, work (and snow) keeps getting in the way, but I have spent a fair amount of time reading about t ...

Thinking Ahead for Winter

I’m putting together a checklist for my winterization projects. What do I need to do with my electronics for the long Boston winter? I have a fl ...

Not in the User's Manual

I am having trouble with a 1982 Evinrude 15 hp. It stopped pumping water, so I took it to the local dealer, who kept it for a month and installed a ne ...

Stay on top of Cleaning

The heat and humidity are really killing my canvas and Isinglass this summer. What really works to keep things clean and presentable?

Eliminating Soft Spots

During my spring commissioning, I noticed a soft spot in the deck around my anchor chain pipe. Water also squishes out a bit around the pipe when I wa ...

Assault on Batteries

I bought a new Carolina Skiff and had the dealer rig it with an optional 24v MinnKota trolling motor. They took my check and hustled my rig and me out ...

Looking for Leaks

My newly purchased boat has an LPG stove. I’ve never owned a vessel that uses LPG and am concerned with leaks. What’s the recommended way ...