Engines

Well-Designed Engine Rooms

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2016

A well-designed engine room is the hallmark of a truly great boat. Our expert examines a few terrific examples he found at a recent boat show.

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How Many Outboards Should Your Boat Have?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2016

Putting more outboards on the transom or bracket may result in more speed—but it may not. There’s more to it than counting the horses. See what we mean here.

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New Marine Engines

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2016

Engine manufacturers created a lot of exciting buzz at the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami shows.

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Smart Through-Hull Management

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2016

Keeping through-hull fittings exercised is a simple way to make sure they work. But that’s only the beginning of what you should be doing. Learn more about these critical...

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QUIZ: Calling Engine Experts

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted February 2016

All right gearheads, listen up! We appreciate that you’re regular readers of our Power & Propulsion column, but have you really absorbed useful information from it? Let’s see...

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Why Gasoline Inboards May Rise Again

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2016

If you’re a cruiser with a boat of a certain size, you haven’t looked at gasoline-fueled power for a long time. But the engines are making significant leaps soon. See...

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How to Assess an Engine Room

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2016

With hundreds of inspections under his belt, Capt. Richard Thiel explains what engine room essentials you need to look for.

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How to Read an Engine Spec Sheet

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2016

Choose the best engines by learning how to read engine specs.

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How to Buy Power for Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2015

Choosing the right power package for your boat is extremely important. Let us help you with some expert advice.

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Upgrade Your Engine Room and Emergency Lighting with LEDs

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2015

Let there be (LED) light: A well-lit engine room can help you spot potential issues (read: oil leaks).

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Liquefied Natural Gas Powered Boats

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2015

Does the industrial use of LNG-powered propulsion herald a cleaner future for pleasure boats? Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike investigates the possibility.

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5 Reasons Outboards Are Here to Stay

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2015

Outboard engines have gotten great: They're functional, durable, easy to maintain, and if you ask us, they can look pretty cool too. Read the five reasons we think outboards...

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How to Winterize Your Engines

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted September 2015

Winterizing your boat doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck. Here are 8 ways to make the whole thing simpler.

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How to Clean Your Engine Room

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2015

It’s hot, cramped, and hard to reach, but your engine room still needs a good scrub now and then. Here’s how the pros do it.

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The Arneson Drive

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2015

When it comes to speed and durability, it’s hard to beat Arneson.

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What Brand of Oil and Filters Should You Use on Your Boat?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2015

How closely should your oil match your engine?

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Inexpensive Noise Reduction on Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2015

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to lower the noise level on your boat.

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Ventilating Your Boat's Engine Room

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2015

Air is just as crucial to proper engine performance as fuel.

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The Simple Truth About Marine Engine Maintenance

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2015

Maintaining boat engines isn’t rocket science, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Let us show you how to do it the right way.

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7 New Must-See Marine Engines

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2015

Our expert walks you through seven of the newest, coolest, and best marine-propulsion systems that the industry has to offer. This is a must-read for any hardcore gearhead.

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How to Recommission Your Boat in the Spring

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2015

Our expert walks you through ten easy, but important, tips that will help you keep your boat running smoothly.

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Power & Propulsion Exam and Solutions

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2015

Our engine expert put together a test to see how much you really know about your propulsion system. Gentleman, start your pencils.

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Engine Room Safety

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2015

There's plenty of stuff in your engine room that can hurt you if you're not careful. Know how to be safe in your machinery spaces and you'll improve your maintenance. See how here.

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How to Pick the Right Battery for Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2015

You need to know the differences between battery types before you can pick the right setup for your boat.

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The Importance of an Engine Log

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2014

It may sound too simple, but keeping track of your engine’s performance with a pad and pen can teach you a lot about your powerplants, and help you identify problems before...

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