Monthly Archives: August 2016

  1. Make a Splash with Water Trampolines

    Editor's Note: We wrote this article for the July issue of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, and the good people at that magazine have granted us permission to repost it. Many thanks! What's more fun than a trampoline in the backyard? How about a trampoline in the water? If you've visited Destin, Florida, you've probably seen the Crab Island Water Park on Destin's famous sand bar and party spot. Fun for kids of all ages, it's made up of inflatable slides, balance beams, and trampolines. [caption id="attachment_171" align="aligncenter" width="315"]Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Photo: Destin Vacation Boat Rentals[/caption] Like a swim raft, a water trampoline must be anchored in water of a safe depth. The manufacturer
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  2. Mad Props: Replacing Your Boat's Propeller

    Mad Props: Replacing Your Boat's Propeller

    You're cruising along your favorite lake or river, and you feel a little bump. The boat keeps running just fine, but when you get back to the dock, you check your propeller and find you've cracked or bent a blade. The damage might not look too bad, but even a little crack in a propeller blade can negatively impact performance, reduce fuel efficiency, and cause costly damage to the engine itself. In this instance as in so many others, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: Install a new propeller as soon possible. Choose wisely. Aluminum propellers are affordable, but for durability, you can't beat stainless steel. Steel props also are reputed to be faster, adding as much as 3 knots in speed. Large boats and motor
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