How to Maintain a Boat

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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.

Continue to the next page for the details.

For tips on caring for and repairing other types of sports equipment, try the following links: