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Can't see empty trailer when backing down boat launch

A common solution for this with small boat trailers is uprights attached to or in line with the wheel fenders. These serve the added benefit that when the bunks are underwater there's a guide to the ...
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Can't see empty trailer when backing down boat launch

I'm pretty sure a reversing camera mounted high on the truck cab would be a great help. In my van I've fitted a cheap one from ebay, wireless transmission, screen and camera powered off the reversing ...
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Why are outboard motor handles located on the lefthand side?

Actually, you don't need to sit on the right side of the motor. If you sit in the center of the seat, directly in front of the motor, the tiller will be positioned right were your left hand can ...
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Down to what depth do I have a chance of surviving a submarine accident?

That depends on so many different factors, that it's not really possible to give a quantitative answer. Some factors are Specific manner of the submarine failure, e.g. Implosion vs. gradual flooding. ...
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Waterproof safety kit for aluminum boat

That exact safety kit was installed in the little aluminum boat that came with my cottage two years ago. The orange plastic is a lot paler -- it could be 10 or 20 years old-- but whistles and rope ...
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Waterproof safety kit for aluminum boat

Clearly, you need a waterproof container (for small stuff) and a waterproof flashlight. The flashlight is required if you intend to use your boat during the night. Corrosion is a big problem for all ...
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Testing outboard motor when not in water

A Flush Muff is an inexpensive and essential piece of gear for your outboard. It looks a bit like a set of ear muffs. It is two rubber cups with a steel arm connecting them. One cup has a hose ...
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What are adjustable strap buckles called?

One common plastic brand is Ladderlok, often used generically and spelt LadderLock. There are a few other names too, but metal ones are uncommon. Load-securing straps with metal fasteners tend to use ...
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Avoid ankle pain when wading in cold water

For ankles specifically, you might try waterproof socks. The water will get in at the top by wicking through the insulation, but slowly. This should avoid the shocking cold that leads to pain. The ...
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Finding the nautical 'chart datum'/LAT, and heights above it, visibly in a physical landscape

You've just missed your chance for one nice simple check, because we've had really big spring tides recently and you would have been able to see the LAT (or near enough for paddling), and from the ...
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Can't see empty trailer when backing down boat launch

I initially ordered some Boat Trailer Guide On Poles that would be bolted to the frame of the trailer: But then I realized that they'd be in the way when installed on the trailer frame. I use the ...
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Down to what depth do I have a chance of surviving a submarine accident?

Forbes reports The deepest unassisted submarine escape on record was by British submariner Bill Morrison in 1945 from a submarine sunk in Loch Striven in Scotland. He made it out through an escape ...
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Launch boat on a pebble beach

@WeatherVane's comment from Jul 4, 2023, ended up working well: B) Once you have the boat on the trailer, can you simply tow it up the beach and the slope with a long tow rope? It looks as though ...
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Down to what depth do I have a chance of surviving a submarine accident?

From 70 meter it will be critical Assuming the submarine hasn't imploded rapidly, killing or maiming you through shock-wave or flying splinters, the biggest hazard will be the air you breathe. 70 ...
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Avoid spilling gas into water when filling portable outboard motor

You could try something like a small 'Fuel Transfer Pump' which should avoid the whole 'pouring' situation entirely. They sort of look (and operate) like bicycle tire pumps.
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Avoid spilling gas into water when filling portable outboard motor

I'm going to give these No-Spill gas cans a try: "Press the button to pour. Flow automatically stops when mower or generator tank is full." https://www.atlas-machinery.com/STIHL/stl-...
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Boating — Avoid hitting water hazards in unfamiliar, uncharted lakes

How can I boat safely on lakes when I suspect there are hazards? Is my only option to survey the entire lake by canoe or slowly by boat (when the water is calm, using polarized sunglasses so I can see ...
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New 2.5 hp outboard motor has reduced power at full throttle

As this is a from new engine: What you have most likely done is has "broken the engine in". This means that the cylinders etc are less tight than they were at manufacture. This means that it ...
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Waterproof safety kit for aluminum boat

The Law As per transport Canada and your boat: The minimum requirements are based upon the craft’s length. For a motorized craft no greater than 6 metres (19 feet 8 inches) in length, the following ...
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Avoid spilling gas into water when filling portable outboard motor

Same problem. If you take off the cover, you can see the fuel level in the tank.
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Launch boat on a pebble beach

There's "dinghy wheels" which are swing-down wheels attached to the rear transom of the vessel; they may make it easier to manhandle the boat into a better position to get it onto the ...
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Why are outboard motor handles located on the lefthand side?

They aren't designed for left hand use. They are pretty much agnostic in this respect. You can use either hand as needed. I almost always use my right hand on the throttle/tiller of an outboard motor, ...
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Yamaha 9.9 4-stroke outboard motor won't start (after working fine a minute ago)

I got the boat started again. I'm not sure what the root cause of the problem was. I did a few things: The kill switch key was definitely in place all this time. I had checked it previously. But what ...
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How can I keep water and leaves from accumulating on my boat cover?

You basically answered your own question. You need some kind of frame that will create a sufficiently sloped roof. Having the frame on the outside will always create a small depression in the middle ...
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