Boating Basics

Hints and tips to help make sure you have an easy and relaxing day on the water
Boat Ramp Etiquette

One of the most stressful parts of boating can be the launch and learning the unwritten rules of the ramp. Take a minute to watch this QuickTip on boat ramp etiquette.

Launching Your Boat Solo

Do you have a hard time launching your boat solo? Check out these great tips for learning solo techniques at the ramp. Following these simple step-by-step instructions, it's easy to look like a pro.

Securing your Boat

Before you take your boat out on the road, make sure to perform the following safety checks.

Docking Your Boat

Are you new to boating? Check out these great tips for learning to dock your boat. With a few simple supplies like dockline and fenders, and following these simple step-by-step instructions, it's easy to look like a pro.

Safety Checklist

Being safe on the water should be every boaters first priority. Here are some of the items you should have with you to make sure you're prepared on the water.

Leveling your boat trailer

Having a level boat trailer can completely change the way your tow vehicle rides. Follow along and see how to properly level your boat trailer.

Quick Tip: How to Use Safety Chains with Your Boat Trailer

Proper use of trailer safety chains helps keep your boat safe and secure. Follow along and see how it's done.

Quick Tip: How to Wash Your Boat

Keeping our waterways clean is something we should all be thinking about. Washing your boat not only makes the boat look good, but it helps prevent the spread of invasive species.

Boating 101: Safety Course

Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. Check out this video in our ongoing Boating 101 series and learn about boater safety courses from Mercury Pro Team member, Joe Balog.

Lanyard Stop Switch

The lanyard stop switch is a simple but extremely effective on-board safety device designed to shut off a boat’s engine if the operator moves away from the operator’s position. The lanyard physically connects the operator to a “stop switch” on the dashboard or side adjacent to the operator’s position. Always wear your lanyard!

Backing up a boat trailer.

Backing up a boat trailer is a skill that can be mastered by anyone. Finally become an expert with the help of Barry Stokes of Fox Sports Outdoors.

Safety Checklist

Taking a few moments before you hit the water to ensure your gear and equipment is in tip-top shape could save your headaches and heartaches later. Watch this video for a go-to checklist of items to review before you leave the dock.

Pre-Boating Inspection & Safety Checklist

Before you head out on the water for your next boating or fishing trip, make sure you do a quick pre-boating inspection a safety check. Learn how in this video.

Trolling Basics

Expertly using a tiller kicker can help you keep your lures where walley will see them. Keith Kavajecz from The Next Bite shows you how.

Trimming an Outboard Engine

Trimming an Outboard engine can be challenging for boaters but trimming is critical to performance, fuel economy and more. Watch Barry Stokes, host of Fox Sports Outdoors as he explains how to trim an engine using his Mercury OptiMax Pro XS.

Helpful Boat Launch Tips

Take the intimidation out of launching a boat at a boat ramp! Angler Jeremy Smith, from Lindner's Angling Edge provides some helpful tips to launch your boat quickly and smoothly!

Boat Launch Etiquette Tips

Boat launch etiquette tips from Capt. Rich Tudor host of Saltwater Experience. Learn to launch your boat like a pro!

Maximizing Outboard Performance

Barry Stokes, host of Fox Sports Outdoors, talks about how to get the most out of your outboard engine. Get helpful tips from Mercury pros Skeet Reese and Edwin Evers, too!

PFDs Explained

There are many types of PFDs available, but finding the right one is critical. Boating is a fun recreational sport and boating safely ensures a good time. In this video, Scott Glorvigen of Wired2Fish explain different types of life jackets and when to wear them.

Boat Safety Tips That Will Keep Your Kids Safe On The Water

Gary Parsons, host of "The Next Bite" and professional angler wants you to know keeping kids safe on the water is easy by simply wearing the appropriate life jacket. It's important to know and obey all nautical laws. For more information on life jackets, and other boating safety tips contact the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the US Power Squadron, National Safe Boating Council, Boat US Foundation, the Red Cross, or your state or local boating law enforcement agency.

How to Remove Fishing Line from your Prop

Jarrett Edwards, Jarrett Edwards Outdoors demonstrates how to remove fishing line from your propeller. Inspecting your product after each use can help with the longevity of your engine. 

Mercury has an extensive network of factory-trained dealers to help answer any questions you may have. Your authorized Mercury Marine dealer is your "go-to" for all things Mercury.

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