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A question about fuel economy

With the cost of gasoline going up, fuel economy has become a regular topic in the e-mails that I receive. A recent question dealt with the addition of a hydrofoil fin on a readerís outboard motor. He wrote that he recently bought a 1997 model 19-foot bay boat with a V-6 150-horsepower engine. The person he bought the rig from had a whale tale installed on the engine, not because the boat had problems getting out of the water, but because he needed the boat to stay on plane at a slower speed while he was scouting for redfish.Read More...
July 05, 2011 at 11:28 am

Itís time to perform a safety gear tune-up

Summertime is here. The kids are out of school. Boaters all over are making plans to hook up their boats, load up the family and head out on the water for some special boating pleasure.Read More...
June 09, 2011 at 11:26 am

Do your homework before buying a used boat

Every used boat should be taken out for a test ride before being purchased, but there are several steps to take before then.Read More...
May 02, 2011 at 9:55 am

Water leaks in the bilge can be difficult to diagnose

I was recently contacted by a reader with a problem. He is concerned because every time he removes the drain plug from his boat after a typical fishing trip there is an excessive amount of water accumulation in the bilge of the boat. His 16-foot outboard boat is several years old, but it is still in good condition. He has inspected the underside of the hull, and there are no obvious leaks or holes in the boat.Read More...
April 01, 2011 at 9:14 am

Instrument panels not that tough to fix

I get a lot of requests for help with fuel- and ignition-related problems, but lately I have noticed an increased number of boats coming through my shop with problems with the instruments on the dashboard.Read More...
March 21, 2011 at 8:33 am

Ethanol problems are on the rise

In June 2009, I wrote a column warning about the problems that many boaters were experiencing due to the use of ethanol-blended gasoline. I also warned that the EPA was entertaining a petition by the ethanol-lobbying group to increase the percentage ethanol blend from 10 to 15 percent.Read More...
January 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Diagnose, donít assume, when problems arise

Sometimes when working on your engine, it can be very tempting to jump to conclusions without properly and completely diagnosing the problem.Read More...
November 01, 2010 at 10:57 am

Not all fuel problems caused by ethanol

Last year, I wrote a column urging readers to avoid ethanol at all costs. Ethanol has caused many problems ranging from sludge in the fuel tank to deterioration of the fuel lines. It absorbs moisture from the air. That water mixes with the alcohol and the molecules that are formed separate from the gasoline and settle to the bottom of the tank.Read More...
October 01, 2010 at 7:31 am