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  1. Cleaning Mildew Off Vinyl Boat Seats

    Cleaning Mildew Off Vinyl Boat Seats

    Mildew covered vinyl is a nightmare that many boaters face. Being such a popular issue, a lot of boaters have developed their own methods to clean the mildew off their vinyl boat seats. There are certain methods that are more effective than others, and some are even damaging to the seats. We hope to steer those of you with mildew covered boat seats in the right direction to properly care and maintain your vinyl to get the longest possible life out of your seats.

     

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  2. Spring Boating Checklist part 1

    Spring Boating Checklist part 1

    We don't know about you, but at Great Lakes Skipper we are DONE with old man winter. We've had enough and we think you have as well. Here are a couple of simple projects that can be done while the boat is still in the garage.

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  3. Early-Spring Fishing

    Early-Spring Fishing

    The thermometer might not be rising as quickly as we'd like, but with a few more minutes of light every day, spring is well on its way. The fish know it, too. As daylight lengthens and temperatures rise, fish leave their hideouts in the depths and come up to hunt. No need to wait for summer - grab your rod and tackle box and make the most of the early season.  

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  4. The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Galley Pests

    The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Galley Pests

    For those of us who are lucky enough to have a galley on board, food presents another point of contact for insect pests. Keeping your galley clean helps a lot, but even clean kitchens get bugs sometimes. There are some tricks you can try to keep them out or, if they’ve already invaded, to destroy them.

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  5. The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Wasps

    The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Wasps

    The insect world is filled with beauty: colorful butterflies, elegant dragonflies, and cute ladybugs. It’s also home to less beautiful but mostly harmless creatures like ants and crickets. And then there are the wasps. Wasps are just straight-up jerks.

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  6. The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Spiders

    The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Spiders

    We boaters talk a lot about big pests like raccoons, squirrels, and seagulls and the damage they can cause. Trouble, however, comes in all sizes. 

     

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  7. Sew a Simple Hammock

    Sew a Simple Hammock

    Nothing says "relaxation" like a hammock. It's surprisingly easy to make your own, too. No sailor knot skills needed! 

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  8. Great Gifts

    Great Gifts

    Free Shipping Day is coming! On December 14, Great Lakes Skipper will offer up to $50 in FREE shipping! Details below. 

    We're all about saving you money, so here are some of our favorite stocking stuffers. Enjoy!

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  9. The Ghostly Palatine Light

    The Ghostly Palatine Light

    It's late October. The leaves are falling and darkness comes early. It's the perfect time to bundle up and gather around a bonfire on the beach to swap ghost stories. There are many nautical spine-tingling tales, but here's our most recent favorite: the ghostly Palatine Light of Block Island. 

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  10. Fall Fun

    Fall Fun

    Some folks are lucky to live in kind climates with warm temperatures year round. Here in the upper midwestern USA, we know winter is on the way, but the end of summer doesn't spell the end of boating season. As the leaves and temperatures start to fall, we bundle up and boat on!

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