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Control Sound and Vibration on your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2013

A quiet boat stops noise in the engine room—before it gets to you and your crew.

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How to Make Your Boat's Engine Last Forever

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013

Can you keep your engine running forever? Capt. Richard Thiel thinks so. By diligently following an aggressive maintenance program, you can keep her purring smoothly, avoid...

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How to Keep the Fuel Tanks on Your Boat Clean

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013

Understanding why you need to keep the diesel in your tanks clean.

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How a Carbon Tax in the U.S. Will Impact American Boaters

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2013

Is a Carbon Tax in Your Future? The short answer is: Probably. But you should probably understand why a carbon tax is headed your way, and how other countries are managing it....

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What Makes a Good Engine Room?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2013

The design of an engine room can tell you a lot about how a boat is built. Look for these qualities, and some pitfalls, in your boat and you may see her differently.

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How Propellers Affect a Boat's Performance

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2013

When a boat’s performance heads south, the props are often called into question (along with other aspects of what makes a boat go). Learn the whys and hows of sorting...

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Troubleshooting Your Boat's Engine

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2013

How to troubleshoot engine problems on your boat.  We’re going to talk about the art, guidelines that define the way you approach a problem—any problem. It could...

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Troubleshooting Boat Performance

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2013

A reader wants to know why his boat is slowing down. Boat performance is one of those things that a boater can usually troubleshoot himself. There are four main factors that...

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Marine Engine Horsepower Ratings

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2013

Power & Propulsion: What Does Your Engine’s Horsepower Rating Mean? Understanding what horsepower is, what it gets you, and why less is sometimes more can help your...

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Five Tools Every Boater Should Carry

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2013

They’ll get you out of many a jam, they won’t break your bank account, and you probably don’t have them aboard—yet.

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Clean Marine Engines from John Deere

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2013

John Deere’s new 4.5-liter marine diesel meets EPA Marine Tier 3 requirements and has enough power to replace the company’s older 6.8-liter Tier 2 engine. Want to know more about...

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The New Magically Maneuverable Outboard

By Charles Plueddeman | Posted February 2013

Old salts will roll their eyes at the Miami International Boat Show this year when Mercury Marine and Yamaha debut new outboard control systems with joystick steering that makes...

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The Great Propeller Fight

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2013

I recently contended with a few of my colleagues here at Power & Motoryacht that most of the propellers we deal with in boat-test reports are of the fixed-pitch variety and...

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