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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

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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