While there are various knots and mechanical devices that can attach an intermediate tie-off point onto a line, sometimes the best solution is the most simple. The LineGrabber from Davis Instruments enables owners to make an attachment point to a line without making a knot. It works by cinching tight around a line. The more tension that is applied to the LineGrabber, the more it tightens on the line. Read Full Story
LineGrabber Adds Attachment Point Anywhere on Dock Line
Download Free Guide to Antifouling Paint
The choice and use of antifouling paints is one of the most common and complicated issues for boat owners. Antifouling 101, a comprehensive, free guide from Interlux®, exposes the many myths and demystifies the many misunderstandings about antifouling paints.
Protecting a boat from marine growth is an unavoidable but absolutely necessary task. Antifouling 101 discusses the different types of fouling - weed, shell and slime - how an antifouling paint works (and what goes into it) and non-biocidal, foul release coatings. A glossary of terms helps explain the technology of antifouling paints.
Click here to download a copy of Antifouling 101.
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The LakeMaster Story
EUFALA, AL – “What you’re about to get is the short story, not the long story of bad weather, killer mosquitoes, getting stuck on rocks and trying to figure out how to get off them, and destroying props 20 miles from nowhere,” laughs LakeMaster founder Mike Wood, whose official retirement was July 31st, 2013. Read Full Story
Why Boaters Hate Ethanol
WASHINGTON, DC – If you own a boat, you may have heard by now that a government mandate has been increasing the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply, which not only damages boat engine and fuel systems but can present very real safety concerns. Mandating the increasing use of the ethanol was legislation passed in 2005, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which BoatUS, along with a coalition of world hunger, oil and gas industry, environmental, and restaurant groups, petroleum distributors, meat and poultry producers, and auto and power equipment manufacturers, is now fighting to repeal. That’s because the Standard no longer reflects America’s fuel usage, which has been on a decline and is opposite of the legislation’s assumptions made nearly a decade ago.
No matter what side of the coin you’re on, it’s clear the RFS isn’t working for recreational boat owners. Here’s a short video from the American Petroleum Institute, one of BoatUS’ partners, that says it best:
If you’d like to know more about ethanol and boats, see the BoatUS Magazine feature, “E15: A Good Law, For Yesterday,” at BoatUS.com/
Keep Canvas Clean for Looks and Longevity
Canvas enclosures, such as cockpit covers, help shut out bugs in the Spring and provide shade from the sun in the Summer. But to keep them for years of trouble-free use, canvas fabric and sections of clear vinyl, Eisinglass, Plexiglas, or strata glass need to be treated and cleaned properly. Shurhold Industries offers some pointers and products to ensure owners do just that. Read Full Story