You've invested a good c­hunk of money in your boat, and you want it to last forever. The elements can do a nu­mber on your prized watercraft, so proper care and prompt repairs are essential. In thi­s article, we'll cover important boat repairs and maintenance, including how to patch a fiberglass hull and how to tune up -- and winterize -- an outboard motor.

We'll also teach you how to make a protective cover for your boat out of heavy plastic. Finally, we'll give you the how-tos for making waterproof cushions for your cockpit so you can whiz aroun­d­ the water in comfort.

­Patching a fiberglass hull is first on our list.

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