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April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Depending on how and where you stored your boat, spring prep can be complicated or simple. No matter what else you need to do, don’t overlook any of these basics: Examine the positive (red) and negative (black) battery cables and connections between the batteries and engine to make sure they are secure.  If you find […]

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March 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Though spring boat prep is in the future, the present is the perfect time to shop boat shows and marine supply stores sales. Consult the list you made last fall for replacements and improvements and add those items to supplies needed to get your boat in shape for the season such as oil, filters, antifreeze, […]

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December 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It would be too bad to pass through the too-long, too-cold offseason without a boating benefit. That’s why the time until late winter is the best time to repair, replace, and add things to your boat. Set the boat up so that you can access it during the winter. Assign priorities and carefully review all […]

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October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Some boaters bail long before Columbus Day while others celebrate Christmas aboard, but it seems the majority of vessel owners around here bid goodbye to their summer homes before they carve the Halloween pumpkins. Whether you set a certain deadline, or declare boating season over when you need a scarf and gloves on the water, […]

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September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You may consider yourself a strictly daytime boater, but it’s important to ensure your running lights work.  Daylight becomes scarce as September turns into October and November, and you might end up unexpectedly boating as the sun sets, which means you will need to turn on your running lights to operate the boat safely and […]

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August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By now, growth may be accumulating on your boat’s hull. You should suspect this is the case if the boat is using excess fuel, is running slower, or new vibrations show up at this time of the season. Even the best bottom paint may not impede the gathering growth on a boat’s bottom, especially if […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

I However, as a boater, I wholeheartedly disagree with categorizing all intervals uniformly. Not all time can be alike! August zooms by at twice the pace of January even though both months have 31 days. In my world, one boating day in August feels like seven days in January. have only a rudimentary knowledge of physics; what […]

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July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The bilge blower is one of the most important components on a boat. If your vessel has an inboard or inboard/outboard engine, you must run the blower before starting the engine to be sure the bilge is free of fumes. However, the blower may not be working properly even if it turns on. The vent opening […]

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June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

I recently upgraded some of the electronics on the boat and started to notice voltage issues when all the equipment was turned on. Looking at the bird’s nest of wiring that I’ve been creating as I’ve added additional equipment over the past two decades, I thought the best thing to do was to remove all […]

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May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The last thing you want is a vessel that won’t work when there’s a boatload of people waiting to spend the day on the water.  Now’s the time to get to work on your boat — performing routine maintenance in the spring prevents problems in the summer. If you didn’t change the oil and filter […]

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April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

April is the time to roll up your sleeves and tackle your spring boat projects!  Along with the specific “to-do” list you made last fall, our list will assist you in reviewing your boat’s basics: If you didn’t charge the batteries over the winter, do so now. Any battery that doesn’t hold a charge needs […]

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November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The off-season is a good time to focus on boat maintenance. Owners can categorize what can be adequately repaired and what must absolutely be replaced. In addition, if the boat is accessible, another list can be made of the repairs that must be addressed now and what can be left, without consequence, until the spring. […]

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October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When it’s time to prepare your boat for the cold, harsh winter, there are two ways to ensure that your fresh water system will not get damaged from freezing: filling the hoses with non-toxic antifreeze or blowing out the lines. Anyone can undertake this project, as it doesn’t require any mechanical skills. Drain all the […]

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September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Your boat is vibrating, running slower, and using more fuel to go to the typical places you’ve visited all summer.  These symptoms point to growth on your boat’s hull. Your pre-season prep with even the best bottom paint may not impede the growth that accumulates on a boat’s bottom by this point in the season. So […]

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June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The prop and rudder shafts pass through the hull of a boat with an inboard engine.  A stuffing box, affixed to the inside of the hull, allows the shafts to pass through while preventing water from penetrating.  To locate the stuffing box, follow the prop shaft from the transmission to where it exits the hull.  […]

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April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Properly maintaining our boats gives us a head start towards a hassle-free summer. The last thing anyone wants is a boatload of people hanging out on a vessel that doesn’t work! To avoid that scenario, get to work! If you didn’t change the oil and filter before winterizing, do it now. Replace the fuel filter, […]

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February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In winter months, marine supply stores usually run special sales, and boat show vendors offer great deals to attendees. That makes winter the time for you to replace things on your vessel that have worn out or broken, update outdated items (including electronics), and add upgrades and accessories that you know will make boating more […]

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November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With apologies to Shakespeare, the real question — when it comes to boat maintenance— is, To do or not to do? The simplest answer is always to do the maintenance that is required.  However, since there are no slings and arrows involved, your decisions may be more complex than just doing or not doing maintenance. […]

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October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Cold weather is inevitable, which means that after moaning and groaning a bit, you’ll need to winterize your personal watercraft. If you follow our list, you’ll cheer the arrival of warmer weather with a safe and trouble-free start to next season! Wash PWC inside and out Drain and dry all moisture inside and out Wax […]

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August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Even if you used the best bottom paint before launching, growth may have started to collect on the bottom of your boat by this point in the summer. When we say growth, we mean barnacles, mussels, algae, kelp, protozoan, sea weeds, and other undesirables looking for a free ride on your boat bottom! Typical symptoms […]

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July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

July’s weather brings the potential for severe weather activity.  How should you prepare and protect your boat if the forecast sounds ominous? Get down to your boat and check all the bilge pumps to make sure they are working properly. Put some fresh water in and make sure the pumps actually draw the water out. […]

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May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Before you get your trailered boat on the road to the water, give your trailer some attention.  Besides following manufacturer’s directions, use our checklist for trouble-free traveling. Inspect the tires for cracks and wear. Check the winch to make sure it operates freely (or if electric, that it turns on). Make sure all rollers are […]

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April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

If you store your boat at home, or at a facility that will allow you to paint the bottom yourself, we’re sharing tips to help you do the job the right way. Prepping and painting the bottom of your boat may not be fun, but it is one of the most important jobs you’ll undertake. […]

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February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While you may not plan on doing any actual work on your boat until it warms up, now is the time most marine supply stores start running sales. There really are great deals during boat show season, so if you need to stock up or replace, and plan to upgrade items on your boat, there’s […]

Mill Pond House

Mill Pond House

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Mill Pond House will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, in a building almost 100 years old. If I didn’t tell you that, you’d never guess, as everything here seems fresh and new.  The restaurant, overlooking the Mill Pond in Centerport, is not a dock and dine destination. However, on a day when […]

Letter From The Editor

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

WE’LL BET YOU‘RE LOOKING FOR OUR TERRIFIC STORIES, FUN DAY TRIPPERS, RESTAURANT REVIEWS AND SO MUCH MORE.  SO ARE WE! WE HOPE TO GET OUR SITE RESTORED SHORTLY. PLEASE CHECK BACK WITH US VERY SOON!  

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October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. Winterizing your fresh water system is quite simple and doesn’t require any mechanical skills. There are two ways to prepare your boat’s fresh water system for the winter. Using Non-Toxic Antifreeze A. Drain all the water from your tank. B. Disconnect both the in and out water lines from the hot water heater (before […]

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September 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After a great season of boating, your once pristine dock or mooring lines may have deteriorated (especially if they were a few years old at the beginning of the season). As the cool and damp weather of fall can accelerate deterioration, it’s a wise idea to inspect all of your lines.  Every line has at […]

From The Editor

From The Editor

July 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

July begins with colorful pyrotechnics and continues to sparkle all month long!  In fact, we have 16 opportunities to see fireworks from your boat this month, compiled by our firecracker writer, Joey Pignataro. Boating’s in full throttle in July, and unless Mother Nature thwarts our efforts, we want to spend every minute on the water. […]

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