How to Avoid Problems at the Repair Shop

How to Avoid Problems at the Repair Shop

For over 25 years, the BoatUS Consumer Protection department has helped Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) members resolve disputes with repair facilities. The vast majority of shops do the job right, but sometimes they — or boat owners — make...
Smart Trolling Motors

Smart Trolling Motors

Every once in a blue moon, there comes along an innovation that truly fulfills the mission of recreational boating: “To make boating safer, easier and more convenient.” Such notable inventions include the outboard motor, GPS, electronic chart plotters, joystick...
Skippering a Charter Boat

Skippering a Charter Boat

The professional delivery skipper and the charter client have a lot in common. They’re both about to board and get underway on an unfamiliar vessel. They both hope to enjoy the trip, and the last thing they want is a problematic voyage. The charter client has an...
Maintaining Your Gelcoat

Maintaining Your Gelcoat

The gelcoat on your vessel is what gives it its color and shine. Maintaining this very thin layer over the fiberglass will not only help in extending its life but has the added benefits of making regular cleaning easier — and your boat will gleam like it did when it...
Holding Steady

Holding Steady

The bridge was slow opening, and this guy was not paying attention. The flybridge convertible with the chatty group gathered around the helm would edge towards the span on the current and at the last moment twist around and work upstream. But he had finally pushed it...
Preventing Engine Problems

Preventing Engine Problems

New and older marine engines alike are subject to breakdown, and as a result, can ruin valuable time on the water. However, there are things that can be done to minimize the chances of a breakdown, lost time on the water and costly repairs. After speaking to experts...