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By Louie Stout

If you’ve seen one of those new Caymas Bass Boats on Michiana waters and would like to test one, you’ll get the chance March 31 and April 1.

Those are the dates of the Starboard Choice Marine Open House in Edwardsburg. Caymas is a relatively new boat company and a line being carried by Starboard Choice Marine. Several aluminum fishing boats and pontoons will be on display as well.

Weather permitting, some of the boats will be in the water at Pleasant Lake, located just off the backdoor of the Marina, and those interested can ride in one.

Food and drinks, along with several bargains, will be available throughout the two-day show.

For more information, call Starboard Choice at 269-414-4351 or visit https://www.stbcm.com/.

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Boat Fuses

From yachts to dinghies, practically every vessel this side of a canoe has an electrical system, and that electrical system is bound to have at least a few fuses in it to protect it.

To avoid losing functionality, especially when you’re on the water, it is critical that you know where all the fuses are located, how to change them, and that you have the appropriate spares onboard.

Why is this so important? Well, first you need to understand what a fuse does. An electrical fuse is, in essence, a removable section of an electrical circuit that is designed to sacrifice itself in the event of a power surge, a short or other electrical mishap. Fuses are amp-rated so that the fuse will fail – that is, burn out and stop the flow of electricity – before the wires and equipment it’s protecting are damaged. Fuses also help prevent electrical fires. Consequently, fuses are important because they keep your engine, wires, gauges, electronics and the like from being damaged when something goes wrong in the electrical system. It’s much easier and cheaper to swap out failed fuse than it is to replace an expensive piece of hardware.

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Mice in boats

Mice may look cute in cartoons, but there’s nothing amusing about rodents taking up residence in a boat.

Rodents – and mice in particular – may seem harmless enough, but make no mistake: Just a few of them, left unchecked for any amount of time, can do substantial damage to your boat. Aside from leaving the unsanitary and unpleasant presence of droppings and urine, rodents can chew through cushions and carpet, gnaw the insulation off wiring and build nests in the hardest-to-reach places. And if one of these critters happens to expire in one of the dozens of tiny voids under the deck, the powerful odor can last for weeks or months.

Fortunately, a little prevention goes a long way toward helping you avoid such nightmare scenarios. In this Mercury Quick Tip video, we’ll show you a few simple techniques for making your boat as inhospitable as possible to rodents. All it takes is a few inexpensive items that you can find at any grocery or big box store.

Shopping list:

  • Dryer sheets
  • Small resealable plastic bags
  • Mothballs
  • Steel wool
  • Mousetraps

First, take a few plastic bags and place a handful of mothballs in each of them. Put the bags – unsealed – in various spots around the boat where mice might be tempted to nest or hide. Think tackle compartments, console, battery compartment, etc. If the boat is being stored for the winter you can even put one under the engine cowl, as long as you place it in such a way that you will be certain to remove it before operation.