The harsh environments faced by boats in both fresh and salt water require a rigorous maintenance routine. Because of the harsh and corrosive elements, keeping up with optimal boat maintenance is a critical area that every boat owner has to pay attention to. Whether the goal is to improve performance, prevent unnecessary repair or just tweak the on water experience, boat owners are always in need of good tips and DIY project guides. Southern Boating provides a wealth of information to its readers on this important topic. The boat maintenance section of our website will provide a library of articles about all things related to maintaining your boat. It’s updated often so be sure to check back frequently.

The Southern Boating boat maintenance information has been compiled by experts on the topic and includes articles about engine types, fuel additives, generators and generator upgrades, as well as projects such as ensuring best performance of the windlass, addressing the negative effects of corrosion, and shaft seal maintenance.

Since 1973, Southern Boating has been providing quality information for boaters in the South and beyond. is the perfect place to find all the boat maintenance information you need from the boating experts for over 40 years.
Installing a boarding ladder

Quick, Get Back in the Boat!

Installing a boarding ladder? If you're an avid cruiser, you'll need one! Spend time at any yacht club tiki bar and you’re bound to...
the new seakeeper 3

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The new Seakeeper 3 gyro system offers stability previously only available to boats 40 feet and up. It still surprises me how many people suffer...
Fire Suppression System

Turn Off the Heat

Fire suppression systems designed to put out a blaze before it turns deadly. A boat fire demands quick and decisive action since even the beginnings of...
NMEA 2016

What’s New in Electronics: NMEA 2016

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installing a windlass

The Wondrous Windlass

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