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Maintenance

The Importance of an Engine Log

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 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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Boatyard Dry-Storage Maintenance Tips

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2014

Nice and Easy on the Hard   Your shafts, rudders, struts, and zincs are important parts of your boat that too often can be overlooked. We’ll tell you how to take care...

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Essential Spare Parts to Keep On Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2014

You may be tempted to keep all sorts of spare parts on your boat, but really, you’d just be adding clutter to your decks. We break down the essential spare parts you really...

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About Cutlass Bearings

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2014

How did “cutless” bearings—the brass and rubber sleeves that keep shafts spinning smoothly, once made by B. F. Goodrich—become “cutlass” bearings? After all, a cutlass is meant to...

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Bearings and Shafts on Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2014

We answer all your questions about bearings and shafts  Capt. Richard Thiel does a deep dive on your bearings and shafts, parts of your boat that are probably a lot more...

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Finding Parts for a Boat Refit

By Capt Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

Resources for hard-to-find boat parts  Not all refits go as smoothly as could be. If you are refitting your boat and have become stuck looking for that perfect part, we know...

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How to Replace a Windlass

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

If your windlass is looking a little worse for the wear, maybe it’s time to install a new one. Let us show you how.

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How to Maintain the Bilge on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2014

There’s nothing glamorous about it, but maintaining a clean and well running bilge system is a good indicator that you’re a consummate boater. Here's everything you...

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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.  Not everything you think you know about diesel engines is true. There are a handful of commonly held...

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How to Maintain a Watermaker

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2014

Having a good watermaker onboard will make cruising your boat a lot easier. However maintaining one is not as easy as some people think. Never fear. To learn the most helpful...

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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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Air Filter Silencer from Walker

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2014

Checking the Decibel Rating on an Air Filter Silencer from Walker We put an air filter silencer from Walker Engineering to a true test—installing her on a boat and measuring...

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How to Troubleshoot Your Boat's Air-Conditioning System

By Mike Smith | Posted June 2014

Everything you need to know about fixing your air conditioner Now that summer’s just about here, it’s time to get serious about your onboard air-conditioning system....

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