Gary Reich

Gary Reich is a Chesapeake Bay-based freelance writer and photojournalist with over 25 years of experience in the marine industry. He is the former editor of PropTalk Magazine and was the managing editor of the Waterway Guide. His writing and photography have been published in PassageMaker Magazine, Soundings, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Yachting Magazine, and Lakeland Boating, among others.
A pair of 7 X 50 binoculars with a compass built in. Photo courtesy of Steiner.
A good set of marine binoculars can add to safety on the water. Gary Reich covers the details.
A simple submersible bilge pump setup. Illustration courtesy of ITT Jabsco
Install a submersible bilge pump yourself, like a seasoned marine professional.
Tips on making sure your propane system is properly installed and safely maintained.
A set of fresh spark plugs can often smooth a rough-running outboard engine, but make note of any severely fouled or damaged spark plugs. This can point to problems inside your engine. Photo courtesy of NGK.
What should you do when your outboard engine is puttering instead of purring? Luckily there are some common reasons outboard engines act up.
f you’re getting your boat ready to sell, a moderate amount of time and effort will add genuine value and help justify your asking price.
Here are some tips to consider when preparing your used boat for sale.
How to buy a used boat
Gary Reich covers the considerations in buying a used boat.
A soft-sided toolbag won't damage gelcoat or woodwork, and side pockets make it easy to grab tools.

If you’ve ever tried to make a repair onboard before—at sea or at the dock—you know it’s sort of like working on the house: you get started only to find out you don’t have a tool or part you...

Despite the name the 30 Pilothouse does not have what we commonly would call a true “pilothouse,” but is a center console with more extensive protection than Catalina models have traditionally provided.
Chris-Craft has paid a lot of attention to making the Catalina 30 Pilothouse an immensely capable entertaining and relaxation platform.
Twin Yamaha F200s launch the Sportsman Open 282 to a top-end of nearly 60 MPH.
The new 2017 Sportsman Open 282 Tournament Edition center console provides an abundance of deck space to accommodate serious anglers.
The 2018 Mako 414 CC has more than mere mass.
The 2018 414 CC is one apex predator of a fishing boat, the largest ever built by Mako Marine.
The Sea Ray 310 SLX OB
Four great bowriders ranging from 22 to 43 feet
1981 Kadey-Krogen 42
Grand Banks, Monk, Kadey-Krogen
A photo of an outboard engine with its cover off.
Outboard commissioning is easier in the spring if you've done a good job of winterizing beforehand.
The Moomba Helix serves up performance, luxury, and fun at a reasonable price. Moomba photo.
We’ve cultured a list of four of our favorite wakesurfing/wakeboarding/waterskiing platforms for 2017.
1988 Eagle 32 Pilothouse Trawler

Good things really do come in small packages, especially when it comes to pocket cruisers. These pint-sized, passage-making powerboats subscribe to the “keep it simple, stupid” mindset. Their smaller...

1968 Boston Whaler 17 Eastport

We’re celebrating center-consoles this month for our Expert’s Choice installment, having pored over many dozens of listings to find a couple of true classics and a sort of odd-ball that deserves a...

The Glastron GT 180 is simple, versatile, and priced right. Glastron photo.

A runabout is a boat with such a wide definition that it’s a challenge to decide whether to include certain boats inside that definition or exclude them. It’s become especially challenging lately,...

A typical electric fresh water pump. Note the distinguishing names and numbers on the pump motor, which make finding parts much easier. Shurflo photo.
Troubleshooting water systems with basic manual and electric pumps and a single fresh water tank.
1997 Regulator 26 CC
A classic and legendary center-console boat, a speedy and good-looking Downeast day boat, and a roomy party barge
…or an outboard, the Four Winns HD220 will fit the bill.
The Four Winns HD220 and HD220 OB offer you multiple power choices, plus smart design.