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How to Restore a Small Aluminum Fishing Boat

How to Restore a Small Aluminum Fishing Boat

Aluminum boats are very durable and last for years, even with punishing use. You can see old aluminum boats almost any weekend on most lakes and rivers. But even boats as strong as these still lose their shine and need ...

Does Salt Water Ruin Jet Skis?

Does Salt Water Ruin Jet Skis?

Owning a Jet Ski or other type of personal watercraft, or PWC, can provide many hours of fun both in salt water and fresh water. The corrosive power of salt water is not a myth, however; it can hurt your PWC. But there ...

How do I Decode a Honda ATV VIN Number?

How do I Decode a Honda ATV VIN Number?

Honda ATVs have a Vehicle Identification Number that can be used to trace the ATV back to the manufacturer and even to the exact point the ATV came off the production line. Other information contained in the VIN is the ...

Proper Tilt and Trim for an Outboard Motor

Proper Tilt and Trim for an Outboard Motor

All outboard motors are hinged to allow varying the angle of attachment of the mostly vertical alignment of the motor, drive train and propeller in relationship to the mostly horizontal plane of the stern of the boat to ...

Class C Motorhomes That Get Good Mileage

Class C Motorhomes That Get Good Mileage

Larger than the Class B and smaller than the bus-style Class A's, Class C's have full living accommodations. Pulled by large displacement V-8 and sometimes V-10 engines, they are heavy vehicles. Typical models get 7 mpg ...

What Is the Top Speed of a Jet Ski?

What Is the Top Speed of a Jet Ski?

Personal watercraft -- often referred to as "jet skis," although that is a trademark of Kawasaki -- have been getting faster and more capable. Personal watercraft may not have have the horsepower to match the ...

Specifications for a Johnson Outboard 115 TL

Specifications for a Johnson Outboard 115 TL

You can find the specs for the Johnson 115 TL in the owner's manual, or you can look at the serial number tag, a metal tag or sticker that’s slightly larger than a quarter, located on the engine’s clamp ...

How to Tune Up a Mercruiser 5.0

How to Tune Up a Mercruiser 5.0

The Mercruiser 5.0 liter engine produces 220 propshaft horsepower. This engine will give you years of trouble free service when properly maintained. It is recommended that a tune up be performed every 100 hours of ...

How to Decode Evinrude Outboard Serial Numbers

How to Decode Evinrude Outboard Serial Numbers

When you look on the motor mounting bracket of your Evinrude, you find a metallic, embossed tag with the name "Evinrude" prominently featured, along with a variety of information on your motor and finally, the ...

Anchor Line Requirements for the Size of a Boat

Anchor Line Requirements for the Size of a Boat

At some point in your boating life, you will want to stay put in one place. Whether relaxing in the sun, swimming, fishing or enjoying a quiet, peaceful lunch, you will have more fun if you can set anchor. Understanding ...

How Do I Install the Water Pump on a 7.5 HP Mercury Motor?

How Do I Install the Water Pump on a 7.5 HP Mercury Motor?

Installing a water pump on your 7.5 HP Mercury outboard motor is a straightforward process best undertaken as part of inspection or other maintenance of your motor's lower unit. It may also become part of your ...

How to Convert a Lawn Mower Engine Into an Outboard Motor

How to Convert a Lawn Mower Engine Into an Outboard Motor

If you have an old lawn mower sitting around, perhaps you should make it into a boat outboard motor. Converting a lawn mower engine into an outboard motor is not the simplest task. Prior knowledge of outboards is a ...

My Outboard Motor Runs at High Speed, But Will Not Idle

My Outboard Motor Runs at High Speed, But Will Not Idle

When an outboard motor runs at speed but cannot hold an idle, it usually indicates a problem with the carburetor. Outboard motor designs vary depending on make and model, but all operate on similar principles. Consult ...

How to Relieve Motorcycle Throttle Hand Pain

How to Relieve Motorcycle Throttle Hand Pain

It's common for motorcyclists who ride frequently to experience hand throttle issues such as soreness, numbness, cramping, fatigue and pain. This is especially true if you go on long rides. Hand issues are caused by ...