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Getting a Charge

Getting a Charge

I have a 29-foot Ranger Tug in salt water on Newport Bay. I go through a zinc anode on the prop shaft every month. Marine electricians seem unable to correct the problem. Any suggestions?


Looking for a Game Plan

Looking for a Game Plan

I’m getting ready to launch my center-console fishing boat but have only one weekend to get the hull and deck clean. Where should I focus, and w ...

Downside of Decals

I have a 2000 Sportscraft. The manufacturer name decals were damaged, so I removed them. Now I have a shadow of the name where the decal protected the ...

Stainless That Much Better?

I was looking at an aluminum prop for my fishing boat, but I had a buddy tell me that under no circumstances should I consider getting one. That seeme ...

Getting No Break from the Brakes

I have a 2006 Karavan trailer with surge drum brakes on both axles. I replaced the actuator, the brake lines (from metal to flexible lines), the distr ...

Procrastination Work-around

I had too many things going on in my life last fall, so I never got around to winterizing my four-stroke Yamaha — but in my defense, I have stab ...

Sparkplug Schedule

My question for the experts is one I can never get a straight answer on. Is it myth or maintenance to change the sparkplugs once a season or after sev ...

Keep Inflatables Inflated

My buddy says it’s better to let my inflatable “go soft” than keep it topped up. Is that correct?

Weird Starting Procedure

I have twin 2007 Suzuki 200s on a Triton. All of a sudden, now the port engine won’t start unless the throttle is advanced at the console, then ...

Paint-Specific Advice

I’m planning to paint my older inflatable. Can I use any rubber-based paint?

Tab Talk

I have an 18-foot bowrider with a 130 hp Yamaha two-stroke on the back. When I load people on, it takes a while to sort out seating, and then as we ta ...

Concerned About Coring

I own a late 1960s fiberglass runabout, and I’ve noticed some issues with the towing eyes on the interior. On the interior of the boat, there is ...

Why the Big Bucks?

Why the Big Bucks?

My neighbor has a four-cylinder, four-stroke, fuel-injected Yamaha. I have a four-cylinder, two-stroke, direct-injected Evinrude E-TEC. I realize each ...

It’s Too Loud

It’s Too Loud

I just bought an old but beautiful 1986 Bayliner cruiser. Inside the cabin, you can hear more of the motor running than the radio. Is there anything I ...

Do or Don’t Die?

Why use dielectric grease when there is regular grease for electrical connections? Regular grease transmits electrical energy, and dielectric is non-e ...