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Engines

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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Bearings and Shafts on Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2014

Capt. Richard Thiel does a deep dive on your bearings and shafts, parts of your boat that are probably a lot more important than you think.

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Diesel Engine Myths

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2014

When it comes to your boat’s engines don’t believe everything you hear.

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How to Prevent Boat Fires

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2014

Capt. Richard Thiel looks at the effectiveness of onboard fire-suppression systems and also points out why you might not be as safe as you think.

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How to Find the Best Cruising Speed for Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2014

Here’s something you might not know about your boat’s optimal cruise speed

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How to Tweak Your Props to Make Your Boat More Efficient

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2014

Though they sometimes go unheralded, your props can affect your boat’s performance as much as nearly anything else.

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How to Evaluate an Engine

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2014

This might be the most important thing you do before purchasing a boat

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