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How to Evaluate an Engine

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2014

Without a good engine, everything else onboard a powerboat is essentially rendered moot. In his Power & Propulsion column Capt. Richard Thiel points out some things you should...

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Marine Fuel Additives

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2014

Does your fuel really need those additives? Have you ever given much thought to the fuel additives you use, and whether or not they actually help—or worse, hurt—your...

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The New Caterpillar C8.7

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2014

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates the new Caterpillar C8.7 and the market and regulatory forces that launched it. With emissions regulations becoming more and more stringent, CAT...

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Marine Diesel Engine Advice from a Pro

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2014

Ever wished you had a buddy who was a diesel mechanic so he could give you the real skinny on what’s going on with your engine? You’re in luck. Capt. Bill Pike has...

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Engine Maintenance Tips

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2013

Capt. Richard Thiel knows oil analysis isn’t the sexiest topic in the world. But it is an important one if you plan on keeping your boat well maintained for years to come....

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Are Synthetic Engine Oils Right for Your Boat?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2013

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates whether the high-tech, synthetic engine oils are all they’re cracked up to be—particularly for marine engines.

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Get Your Boat Surveyed

By Mike Smith | Posted November 2013

A surveyor can uncover problems you don’t see before they turn serious. Should you have your boat surveyed every couple of years? Mike Smith investigates the value of having a...

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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 Take Care of Your Bow Thruster

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2013

Your bow thruster is like a really handy stowaway—it sits quietly tucked belowdecks for most of the voyage, only to show up during close-quarters maneuvering to simplify the...

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Service Interval Documents for Select Diesel Engines

By PMY Staff | Posted September 2013

No one knows an engine as well as the company who built it. Check out some engine manufacturer-approved maintenance schedules here.

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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 to Polish Your Fuel to Keep Your Boat Running Smoothly

By Eric Colby | Posted July 2013

Fuel treatments and additives can go a long way towards keeping your boating season trouble-free. But when you get into diesel-powered vessels that are 40 feet or more, the best...

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