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Lessons Learned - Cabin Door Debacle

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This is yet another story about a do-it-yourselfer and something that went wrong.
I needed to replace the refrigerator in my 24 foot Wellcraft cruiser.Let’s not talk about why the fridge needed replacement but let’s just say that removing ice from the freezer with a screwdriver is not a good idea.I figured the job would be easy.A few screws, power connections for AC and for DC and it would be all done.I estimated that the whole job would be 1 hour max.It was a warm August Tuesday morning and I had decided to play hooky from the office.After the job was done, my plan was to spend some time cruising around the lake, enjoying the nice weather and a cold beer or two from the new fridge.

The Bear’s Den sat in her slip and the new unit was on the dock finger next to the boat.All I had to do was remove the old unit, get it out of the boat and then do the reverse to install the new one.I took my tools into the cabin and got to work.Within a few minutes, the old refrigerator was disconnected and…

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Spending the Night on the Hook

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We do a lot of things on out boats but some of the most enjoyable time you can spend on your boat is at night.The peace and tranquility of staying out under the stars, the water gently rocking you into a mode of relaxation while looking up at the moon and the stars just cannot be matched by any other experience.If you have done this before, then you know what I mean.If you have never done this, you are missing out.It’s time you started sleeping on the hook.


Of course, if you plan on doing this, just like everything else, it is a good idea to be prepared so you can make the best of your peaceful time on the water.There are boats of all sizes and types with all of them being equipped somewhat differently, but for the purposes of this article, I will assume that your boat has these basic features:
1.Engine and Electrical System – Clearly a powerboat has this but even most sailboats over 16 feet do as well.
2.A Head (that’s a bathroom for you landlubbers)– Staying overnight without a place t…

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10 Tips for Towing Your Boat

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Sometimes the best part of owning a boat that you can tow is the ability to enjoy it in so many different locations.The first boat that I ever owned was a 24 foot cruiser that was the perfect weekend boat for me but I also could put it on a trailer and take it anywhere I wanted to explore the waters outside of my home state.For the first 10 years or so of boat ownership, I dragged that boat just about everywhere around the southeast.My family and I created some great memories that will not soon be forgotten.We also learned some lessons about how to properly and safely tow a boat.From blown tires to shattered hubs and busted cooling hoses, we experienced it all. Here are 10 tips that will make towing your boat easier. Use the Right Tow Vehicle – Some people spend a lot of money on their boat and figure they can skimp a little on the tow vehicle and get by.If all you do is tow your boat from your house to the lake 10 miles away, you may be able to get away with this but if you are plannin…

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