The Ultimate Haul-Out Guide (Includes Free Checklist)
Whether hauling out annually or less often, follow this haul-out game plan to get the most from your time "on the hard."
Pro Tip: Never Partially Assemble a Component with Loose Parts
Think you'll always remember to return later to finalize the installation? Think again.
Reduce Yard Surprises with a Pre-Haul-Out Sea Trial
Conducting your own personal test run can diagnose all kinds of problems before the big day.
7 Technicalities To Consider Before Buying That Boat
Expert troubleshooter Steve Zimmerman's top seven technical tips for boat shoppers.
Got a Screw Loose? Time To Brush Up On Your Marine Fasteners
Using the correct fasteners for different applications can prevent onboard problems.
TROUBLESHOOTER: What To Do When Your Engine Won't Start (and it started yesterday)
Steve Zimmerman explains how to troubleshoot issues with your marine diesel engine's starter.
Steve Zimmerman The Right Stuff: Articulated Rudder
Steve Zimmerman's espouses the virtues of an articulated rudder in his latest column "The Right Stuff"
Troubleshooter: Understanding Shaft Seals
It’s a simple problem, though not an easy one to solve: How do you allow a 2-inch-diameter propeller shaft to penetrate through the bottom of your hull, give it enough freedom to spin over 1,000 times a minute, yet not allow water to pass through the hole?
Patch Test: Blisters Need Not Be A Deal-Killer With Proper Evaluation
Let’s imagine that the boat has been hauled, and a dozen or so blisters can be observed. How do you determine the severity of the problem? Should you walk away, or perhaps renegotiate in hopes of lowering the price?
Troubleshooter: In Defense Of The Pocket Reference
In my many decades of working on boats, it is quite possible that the most reliable tool i have ever carried is not actually a tool at all; its my little black book.
The Secrets of Quadrant II Boat Commissioning (BLOG)
If you are commissioning your own boat, it can be a challenge to prioritize your time. What should be done before launching? What should be done just after launching? And which tasks can be tackled during the season?