$tingy’s 12-Point Winterization Checklist

When fall arrives, many owners haul out their sailboats to store them for the winter. Months of nothing but exposure to the elements gives rust, mildew, marine fouling, and chafing time to claim new territory in the battle for ownership of your sailboat. But you can keep the enemies at bay by doing these simple…

How to Refinish Your Aluminum Propeller

Is the propeller on your outboard motor looking a bit worse for wear? Is the paint chipped and is corrosion setting in? It could be time to refinish it before it’s too far gone.

How to Rebuild an Outboard Motor Water Pump

If you read my post 15 Outboard Motor Maintenance Blind Spots You Can’t Afford to Miss two weeks ago and discovered that the water pump (#7) of your outboard motor is one of your maintenance blind spots, then this post is for you. It’s also for you if you didn’t read that post and you don’t have a clue…

15 Outboard Motor Maintenance Blind Spots You Can’t Afford to Miss

It’s that time of year again. I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to make the time to put away my outboard motor for the winter properly. There always seems to be a dozen other chores of higher priority at the same time. Besides winterizing Summer Dance, there’s the camper to winterize too,…

How to Secure Your Outboard Motor for Safe Trailering

A frequent question of new sailboat owners is what do with their outboard motor when trailering, leave it on the boat or dismount it and haul it in the boat cockpit or tow vehicle? There are lots of owners in both camps. In this post, I describe the pros and cons of each method and…