Outboards

DIY Engine Oil Tests

Photos by Drew Frye Sailors obsess over the health of their engine; it is the heart of the boat (other than the rig, sails, and...

Coolants that Fight Corrosion

West marine Pure Oceans CoolantA propylene glycol-based, light-duty coolant, West Marines Pure Oceans Engine Antifreeze and Coolant performed admirably in our glassware corrosion testing....

ASTM D1384 Serves as Model for Testers

Samples were tested for corrosion protection following the ASTM D1384 Corrosion in Glassware method (www.astm.org). Samples were diluted to 33-percent glycol, dosed with ASTM...

Test Checks Burst Point and Freeze Protection

We tested each product for glycol content using a refractometer and either the ethylene glycol or propylene glycol scale, as appropriate. In the case...

Refractometer Takes Out All the Guesswork

What matters most, our testing confirms, is not so much which brand of pink stuff you choose, but how you use it. Even the...

Step-by-step Winterizing Tips

Water tanksFirst, scrub clean and dry the freshwater tank well. For water tanks, make sure it is empty, vacuum out every last bit, and...

PSs Top Picks for Winterizing

Protecting marine water systems from freeze damage is a deceptively simple goal. The terminology and various product claims can be confusing, and what seems...

Summer Sailing Gear

Summers warm breezes and lazy weekends have arrived, so PS testers have put together a lineup of cool toys and tools for the dog...

Propane-powered Propulsion

In 2008, Herzer patented his propane-powered small-engine technology and developed a line trimmer, leaf blower, and lawn mower. In early 2012, he introduced his...

EPA Mandate Sparks Fuel-vent Filter Test

Photo by Drew Frye Every day, as the temperature rises and falls, gases inside your fuel tank expand and contract. The gas emissions released during...