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Ready for Spring

Ready for Spring

I own a 2013 Chaparral H2O 4.3 MPI, and this is my first year to de-winterize. I stabilized the fuel and left a half tank with E10, disconnected the battery and had the marina run antifreeze through the engine. When I launch in the spring, should I fill the tank with premium fuel (Octane 89+) and run more stabilizer through the first tank, or run the remaining fuel through and start with a fresh tank? Or should I be doing something else?


Is a Fire Port Enough?

Can you tell me what a “fire port” is and if I should have one. I own a 2007 Sea Ray Sundancer with inboard engines.

One Thing Leads to Another

I have a 9.9 hp Honda extra-long-shaft outboard. I have been disappointed with a recurring problem. There is a vertical shaft bushing that has seized ...

Careful of Corrosion

I recently came across a sweet-looking deal on an older boat with an inboard engine. While visiting the boat, I noticed some significant corrosion at ...

Easy-to-Access Extinguishers

During a recent Coast Guard Auxiliary safety inspection of my 2000 Bayliner, the inspector noted that the two portable dry chemical fire extinguishers ...

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 ...