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How to Drive a Pontoon Boat

How to Drive a Pontoon Boat

For a social day on the water, nothing beats cruising around with friends and family aboard a pontoon boat. While pontoon boats behave differently than V-hulled boats in some ways, such as their increased susceptibility ...

How to Set the Idle on a Johnson Outboard

How to Set the Idle on a Johnson Outboard

Johnson outboard motors are used on a number of different powerboats, both by casual boaters and professionals. Over time, the carburetor may cause the idle speed of the engine to fall outside the suggested range. In ...

What Do the Different Colored Lights on a Boat Mean?

What Do the Different Colored Lights on a Boat Mean?

A boat's lights are far more than decoration. They tell a seasoned sailor where the boat is, how big it is and which way it's moving. The colored lights also tell you what boats to avoid and even how to stay out of ...

How to Adjust the Carburetor on a 40-HP Mercury 2-Stroke Outboard

How to Adjust the Carburetor on a 40-HP Mercury 2-Stroke Outboard

The parameters for adjusting the carburetor on a Mercury outboard involve both the idle speed screw that controls the motor's speed at idle, and the mixture screw that controls the fuel-to-air ratio. Adjusting both of ...

How to Clean RV Fresh Water Holding Tanks

How to Clean RV Fresh Water Holding Tanks

Keeping your home on the road in great shape is not only safe its economical. Regularly inspecting and maintaining your systems ensures that your family stays healthy and happy. For a new or new-to-you you will want to ...

How to Add Oil to MerCruiser Trim Cylinders

How to Add Oil to MerCruiser Trim Cylinders

The MerCruiser power trim feature allows the operator to raise and lower the drive unit for use in and out of the water. Power trim also allows the driver to raise and lower the bow of the boat by slightly modifying the ...

What Types of Oil Do I Use for My WaveRunner?

What Types of Oil Do I Use for My WaveRunner?

Yamaha produces WaveRunner models with both two-stroke and four-stroke engines. YamaLube 4-W 10w-40 engine oil is specifically formulated for use in Yamaha's four-stroke WaveRunner engines. YamaLube 2-W semi-synthetic ...

How to Pull a Tube Behind a Boat

How to Pull a Tube Behind a Boat

Depending on who you talk to, tubes are either, "a real kick" or a source of, "severe injury, even death." Most of the same things about pulling a skier apply to pulling a tube. As the towing boat's ...

How to Maintain a Jet Ski

How to Maintain a Jet Ski

Whether you ride a Sea Doo, a Yamaha, a Kawasaki or some other brand, a jet ski's regular maintenance happens at the beginning of the season. All have checklists to guide you in their owner's manuals and manufacturers ...

How Jet Skis Work

How Jet Skis Work

When personal water crafts were created, they were not well received by the general public. The idea of a water-propelled craft that people would operate from a standing position was simply too much for people to ...

Florida Life Jacket Laws

Florida Life Jacket Laws

Among its other attractions, the Sunshine State is known for its many lakes and watercourses and its 1,350 miles of coastline, making it a boater's paradise. Unfortunately, Florida is also the national leader in boating ...

How to Drive a Boat in Rolling Waves

How to Drive a Boat in Rolling Waves

Piloting a boat in rolling waves can be dangerous. Weather fronts can move quickly on the open ocean. Calm seas can turn rough very quickly and boaters often have to pilot their crafts though large swells to return to ...

RV Slide Out Troubleshooting

RV Slide Out Troubleshooting

In any size RV a slide out can make the biggest difference. Although slides must stay shut while driving, when the RV is parked and level slides can add extra feet to various living quarters in the RV. At times the ...

What Type of Oil Goes in a Seadoo?

What Type of Oil Goes in a Seadoo?

Keeping your Sea-Doo watercraft properly maintained is key to your enjoyment and the vehicle's longevity. Because it has a gas-powered engine, an important part of maintenance involves the engine oil. Although the ...