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Wax On, Wax Off

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2009

Remember “Wax on, wax off?” It was Mr. Miyagi’s discipline-building anthem in Karate Kid. For years, I figured it was merely a figment of some movie maker’s imagination—it couldn’...

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The Bottom Line

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2009

Although I’m loathe to acknowledge my naivet concerning such matters (especially since I’m 61 years old and have owned boats all my life), my approach to in-water bottom cleaning...

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Confirming continuity

By | Posted March 2009

An inexpensive multimeter like this is one of the few tools you'll need to verify the integrity of your boat's bonding system.  It’s a fair bet that every PMY...

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Boat scratch fever

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2009

I remember the scene vividly. The just-painted battlewagon was being brought into her summer slip. As the captain expertly backed the vessel, a burst of wind suddenly threw her...

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Alloy At Risk

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted February 2009

When it comes to metals in marine applications, most boaters think of stainless steel. But aluminum is also a good choice. It’s lightweight, relatively inexpensive and strong,...

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Varnishes, Oils, and a Little Heresy

By Paul EsterlePhotos by Billy... | Posted April 2008

What finishing technique is best? These suggestions may surprise you.Ask any ten boaters how they protect the wood on their boats, and you'll get ten different answers, sometimes...

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Caulk the Line

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2008

There are four chief types of boat adhesive sealants: polyurethane, polyether, polysulfide, and silicone. Knowing which sealant is best for each project and its proper application...

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Wonder Board

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2008

You PMY readers are never satisfied. From the time you take delivery of your latest boat, you're thinking about just two things: the next one you're going to buy or ways to...

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Bye Bye, Blisters!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2008

A bad case of blisters can penetrate the skincoat and go deeper into the laminate.Except for one dispiriting little detail, the boat was exactly what I'd been looking for. She was...

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Bare Her Bottom

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2007

Procedures such as the Farrow System are eco-friendly.Eventually the day will come when you have to bare your bottom. No, I don't mean your college reunion or Mardi Gras—I'm...

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Fending Off

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted July 2007

Craig Wallace DaleI probably don't have to tell you about the benefits of having strong, solid, reliable fenders; when correctly positioned, they provide a cushion between your...

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No Sweat

By Capt. Bill Pikephotos by Mika ... | Posted March 2007

Major-league names in new wood coatings.My friend Don dang near had a conniption fit a while back when I made my little announcement. In fact, his gesticulations caused the...

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