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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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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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