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Small but Powerful

Small but Powerful

I have an old chartplotter on my center-console fishing boat. It still works, so I don’t really want to get rid of it, but I’m fishing farther and farther out in the gulf on weekends. I want to stay safe, and I’m not sure I can trust the old equipment. I don’t have a lot of room left on the console, especially if I keep the old display as a backup, and I don’t want to break the bank. Any new options out there for us little guys?


Bilge Pump Reliability

After owning my boat for eight years, I’m starting to get uneasy about the reliability of my automatic bilge pump and would like to change it my ...

Time to Get Diagnostic

I have a mid-1990s 18-foot Grady-White with a Yamaha 115 two-stroke. It is pristine with minimal hours, always kept under cover. Last fall I launched ...

Keep Them Happy

Keep Them Happy

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Look Like a Pro

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Time for a New Pin

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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 b ...

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

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Careful of Corrosion

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Easy-to-Access Extinguishers

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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

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