How to Install a Wireless Phone-Charging Nest on Your Boat

Keep your phone protected and charged with a wireless phone-charging nest. Tim Barker Special delivery: Sign up for the free Boating email newsletter. Subscribe to Boating magazine for $14 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. Like it or not, mobile phones have become indispensable appendages in our lives, even while boating. More than just a way […]

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Troubleshooting Tilt and Trim

Optimize Performance Troubleshooting outboard tilt and trim problems Failure of your boat’s tilt and trim feature will affect all phases of boat operation, from trimming your motor for better fuel economy to simply raising it to avoid damage when trailering. Here’s how we go about Troubleshooting Tilt and Trim. The Joys of Tilt and Trim […]

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Using Vinyl to Create Nonglare Surfaces

Peel-and-stick vinyl can reduce the glare in key spots. Tim Barker Special delivery: Sign up for the free Boating email newsletter. Subscribe to Boating magazine for $14 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. Reflected glare—be it from the sunlight during the day or onboard lights at night—annoys, strains eyes and creates visibility issues that threaten safety, […]

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Install an Electric Line Puller

The Brutus Pacific Pro line puller is available to fit downrigger bases from three brands, including the Cannon STX and HS (Big Body) mounts, Scotty No. ­1023 mount and Burnewiin mount. If you already have one of these bases on your boat, you may well be able to use it for the Brutus. Tim Barker Special […]

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How to Protect Your Boat Trailer from Corrosion

This project is best undertaken in low-humidity conditions with air temperatures in the 55- to 82- degree F range. Avoid rainy or high-humidity days. Tim Barker Rust never sleeps, and nowhere is this more apparent than on a steel boat trailer. Be it painted or galvanized, dunked in fresh water or the briny, steel trailers eventually […]

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Installing an Outboard Rigging Tube

Once you have completed the installation, hook the engine up to cooling water and start it up to ensure that each of the cables, wires and hoses is connected and functioning properly. Tim Barker The bundle of cables, wires and hoses that extend from the boat to the outboard motor(s) delivers essential fuel, electrical power, […]

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