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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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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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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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Engine-Room Test

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2013

Take our engine-room test on your own terms. Know the names and locations of basic engine-room components and you won’t be embarrassed next time your mechanic comes...

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Boat's Transmission

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2012

The marine transmission: your boat’s unsung hero. Because this simple but durable device is so critical to getting you where you want to go safely and efficiently, you...

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How To Bleed A Diesel Engine

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

If you allow air to enter the supply line of an engine it will promptly airlock the engine and summarily shut it down. Here are the steps to get things going again.

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Your Boat's Fuel in Winter

By Eric Colby | Posted November 2012

With the ethanol debate continuing to rage, should you gas up your boat before winterizing or leave the fuel tank empty? Tips on caring for gasoline engines and fuel when you...

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How To Winterize Your Diesel

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

Capt. Bill's tips on winterizing your boat's diesel engine.

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