Boating How To


Is your boat work being done right? Below are some tips to ensure that it does.

10 Tips to Get Repairs Done Right

Here are ten tips to ensure that boat repairs done by professional mechanics go smoothly.

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Trailer Bearing Replacement

A dirty job, but somebody has to do it. The only thing worse than doing a boat trailer bearing replacement is not doing a bearing replacement and then getting caught out along the interstate with a broken-down rig.

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Launching Solo

Tips for getting in and out without help. If you’re boating alone, a simple plan will enable you to back her in, bump her off and keep her tethered long enough for a quick cleating.

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Maintaining Your Boat’s Cooling System

Florida fishing boats require special attention to cooling systems. It’s easy to lose track of time during those long summer days on the water. It’s also easy to forget that grasses and stirred-up sediments may compromise your engine’s cooling system. On coastal water, salt water itself, over the long term, is a threat.

Damage to a boat engine carburetor as a result of ethanol gasoline at 10 percent (E10).

Ethanol and Old Outboard Boat Engines

Ever since E10 gasoline (gas containing 10 percent ethanol) became widely available several years ago, boaters have complained about outboard engine problems.

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And Welcome Aboard, Kids

Make family boating grand. “Pa, can we go in the boat?” The words were music to my ears. Jax, my grandson, at not yet two years old, had already developed a fondness for the outdoors, especially time we share together on the water.

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Man the Life Boats

Fishing far offshore? A life raft may be your most important boating investment. Let’s take a break from the daydreams for a moment and look at a serious piece of boating gear: a life raft.

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FS Seminar – Survival Bag

Florida Sportsman boating editor Dave East reviews the essential items to pack in a survival bag in case of an emergency. Check out Dave East’s boating seminar “Backcountry Ditch Bag” in the April 2013 issue of Florida Sportsman magazine for more information.

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Tips On Using Your Power-Pole

During this FS Seminar, George Gozdz, host of Reel Time Florida Sportsman shows us a few great tips and tricks on using your Power-Pole in shallow water to catch more fish.

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Golden Oldies

Navigating the used market for a versatile sportfisher. If you, too, are thinking of moving from a center console or other small boat to a vessel of this class, you should approach the used market with cautious optimism.

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High Water Alarms

Two ways you’ll know if your bilge pump system fails. One of them isn’t pretty. No matter how much we use our boats to fish and cruise there is one place where they spend lots of time: at the dock. A boat is four times more likely to sink at the dock than at sea.

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How to Clean, Wax & Detail Your Boat – Part Two

Waxing and polishing after cleaning your boat of all dirt and grime is essential for keeping your boat ship shape. In this FS Seminar, we explain the basic steps of compounding and waxing a boat to achieve that new boat shine and protect it for many more years of use.

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How to Clean, Wax & Detail Your Boat – Part One

Waxing and detailing your boat is an essential process to keeping the boat in peak condition. Before the waxing and detailing take place, it is crucial that you clean the boat of all dirt and grime.

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FS Seminar – Pulley Anchor System

Mike Miller shows how to properly secure your boat while camping overnight in the everglades during this FS Seminar. Extreme high and low tides can leave your boat high and dry come morning.

A digital selective calling VHF-FM marine-band radio, set to channel 16, is shown energized for operations at Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md., Dec. 9, 2010. DSC radios allow for a digital transfer between radios versus voice transmission which allows mariners to instantly send an automatically formatted distress alert to the Coast Guard, provided the radio is registered with a Maritime Mobile Service Identity number and connected to a compatible GPS unit. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandyn Hill.

On the Water and in Distress? Use Your VHF, Not Your Cell

Cellular devices seem capable of doing almost anything thanks to the advent of smartphones and downloadable applications. This versatility and cell phones’ portability are leading many recreational boaters to have too much faith in them as the sole means of communication on the water, especially in emergency situations.

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Reach for the Top

How a T-top makes the boat. T-top offers shelter, an unobstructed deck and a platform to carry an array of electronics, antennas, rod holders, outriggers and overhead storage.