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Boating Basics

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If you’re new to boating, we are thrilled for you to join us on the water. Explore these resources to grow your confidence and skills.

01 What to know before buying a boat

A boat is an investment in fun and adventure. It is best to go into the purchase with a plan so that you are ready to make the most of it.

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02 Boating safety

A safe day on the water is a great day on the water. Learn how to make boating safety a regular part of every outing in a way that is easy and convenient for everyone on board.

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03 Advice for new boat owners

You have got your boat and you are ready to get out there. Now what? Start with this advice from seasoned boating experts.

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04 Maintenance & care

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or rely on a service professional, regular maintenance is vital for keeping your boat and engine performing at their peak.

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05 Boating rules & etiquette

Just like on roadways, there are navigational rules and signs that control the flow of traffic on the water. Learn the rules and etiquette to ensure everyone has a safe, fun experience.  

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06 Equipment and supplies

No matter whether you love fishing, cruising, tow sports or any other on-water activity, having the right supplies plus required safety gear on board makes every day on the boat better.

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The power to do more

SmartCraft® digital technologies refine the entire boating experience to ensure every day on the water reaches its full potential.

Buy used and repower.

It is simple. When you repower your boat with a new Mercury outboard, you get to keep making memories in a boat you love, while enjoying the reliability, performance and efficiency that a new engine brings.


Find answers to some of the most common questions about Mercury products.

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