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Repowering A Boat With A Fresh Outboard Engine

Outboard engine re-power 101: how to choose the right engine type, size and accessories.

8 Essential Knots Every Boater Should Know

Scrub up on how to tie different knot types for a range of scenarios.

Keep Warm Boating During Winter: 11 Tips For Hard-Core Boaters

Glean through our guide on how to keep warm and defend you and your boat against the elements.

Keep Warm Boating In Winter: 11 Tips For Hard-Core Boaters

Glean through our guide on how to keep warm and defend you and your boat against the elements.

How to Properly Raft Up: Tying Boats Together Safely

Tips on rafting up your boat with friends and tying them up properly.

Boat Navigation Systems: Understanding Modern Onboard Tools

Valerie Mellema helps new boaters understand modern boat navigation systems.

How to Leave Access Points in Your Shrink-Wrapped Boat

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It takes a little preparation to shrink-wrap yet still accommodate over-winter work on board. (Capt. Vince Daniello/) Shrink-wrap offers quick, thorough protection against harsh weather, but most shrink-wrap jobs leave little—if any—access to boats while covered. If your plans include over-winter work beneath that cover, consider these enhancements to your boat’s wintertime wrap. Zipper doors […]

A Tribute to Local Fish Fries

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The fish is often beer-battered perch, but can also be walleye or cod, served with fried potatoes, coleslaw and a slice of buttered rye bread. (Tim Bower/) The moment I slammed the truck door shut, I knew we’d be taking a detour. The cab was, uh, fragrant. “Did you get the crawlers?” asked my good […]