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Spring Cleaning for your Engine Room

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2015

If you live in a northern climate you probably prepped your engines last fall so they would be ready to go, but there are other chores to consider around your engine room beyond...

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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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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

The ABCs of Marine Batteries.  If you know the type of marine batteries you have on your boat, there's a good chance you won't need to do anything else to maintain...

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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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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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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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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 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 Evaluate an Engine

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2014

Buying a boat? Add these steps to your engine survey to make sure there are no ugly surprises later.

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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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