The Everglades: A National Treasure – Part 1

The Everglades: A National Treasure – Part 1

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series about the efforts of Capt. Benny Blanco, Captains For Clean Water and other conservationists to save the Florida Everglades. By their nature, all humans are drawn to water. It’s essential ...

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How To Improve a Hookset

How To Improve a Hookset

"Hooksets are free." That is a standard piece of advice proffered to new anglers, essentially telling them if there is any chance a fish is biting, then to set the hook. For the most part, it's good advice for beginners ...

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How to Winterize Your Outboard | Mercury Marine

How to Winterize Your Outboard

Winterizing is Really Important Correctly preparing your outboard motor for the off-season will help insure that it’s ready to go next spring. In cold climates, freezing weather can cause costly damage to an engine that isn’t winterized properly. Even in ...

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How To Store Your Boat for Winter

How To Store Your Boat for Winter

No one is ever happy at the thought of stowing away the suntan lotion, fishing rods, wakeboards and water toys for the winter months. But facts are facts: It’s about to get too cold for boating in many corners of ...

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How to Book a Charter Captain

How to Book a Charter Captain

Whether you’re booking an offshore boat for billfish and tuna, hiring an inshore guide to chase specks and reds, or looking for a walleye or salmon trip on the Great Lakes, you want to make sure you choose the right ...

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How to Insure Your Boat the Right Way

How to Insure Your Boat the Right Way

Mercury Pro Team member Todd Hollowell is well known for being a professional bass angler and co-host of the FLW LIVE broadcast and TV show. What few of Hollowell’s fans know is that he also has a day job as ...

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Lobstering 101 Mercury Marine

Lobstering 101

Assuming you already have a boat, getting started lobstering requires only minimal investment in equipment. You’ll need a snorkel, mask, gloves and fins plus a special measuring device and a tool called a tickle stick, which is a lightweight rod ...

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Quick Tip: How to Replace a Boat Trailer Winch Strap

Quick Tip: How to Replace a Boat Trailer Winch Strap

You might not think about the winch on your boat trailer too often, but it’s a vitally important workhorse that gets used every single time you launch or load your boat. Its simple gear-reduction design lets you manually pull a ...

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Is it Time to Replace Your Life Jacket?

Is it Time to Replace Your Life Jacket?

Life jackets* don’t have an expiration date. If you buy a quality jacket and care for it properly it can last years unless it somehow gets torn or otherwise damaged. However, even the highest quality, most carefully cared-for personal flotation ...

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How to Clean and Care for Boat Vinyl

How to Clean and Care for Boat Vinyl

A boat’s vinyl seats might look and feel spectacular when the boat is brand new, but they can quickly deteriorate as sun, salt spray, stains, mold and mildew take their toll. Preventive maintenance is the key to keeping your cushions ...

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