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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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Finding Parts for a Boat Refit

By Capt Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

Resources for hard-to-find boat parts  Not all refits go as smoothly as could be. If you are refitting your boat and have become stuck looking for that perfect part, we know...

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How to Replace a Windlass

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

If your windlass is looking a little worse for the wear, maybe it’s time to install a new one. Let us show you how.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Marine Stabilizers

By Kevin Koenig | Posted August 2014

There are so many types of marine stabilizers out there that it can make your head spin. How do they all work? And which system is the best for your boat? For the answers to these...

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How to Maintain a Watermaker

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2014

Having a good watermaker onboard will make cruising your boat a lot easier. However maintaining one is not as easy as some people think. Never fear. To learn the most helpful...

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Hinckley Talaria 44 Refit

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted July 2014

Hinckley CEO Jim McManus was looking for a gently used, cruisable boat with a nice turn of speed. Lucky for him, he knew just where to start, and how to proceed. Here is the whole...

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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 Tweak Your Props to Make Your Boat More Efficient

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2014

Get Your Props Proper Though they sometimes go unheralded, your props can affect your boat’s performance as much as nearly anything else. Capt. Richard Thiel has expert...

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How to Strip the Finish on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2014

Secrets of a Stripper.  Removing old finishes from your boat can be a real pain in the neck. But we’ve figured out the best, most hassle-free way to do it. Read here to...

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How to Rebuild a Fuel-Water Separator

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2014

Your fuel-water separator is an integral part of your boat. But do you know how to fix it if it starts to leak? Capt. Bill Pike shows you the ins and outs of repairing a Parker...

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How to Keep Your Props Clean

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2014

The very best way to coat a prop with anti-foulant. If you want to keep your boat running as well as possible, you need to keep your props clean. Of course the best way to do that...

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How to Make the Most of Your Swim Platform

By Mike Smith | Posted February 2014

Your swim platform can be one of the most fun areas on your entire boat. But there’s more than meets the eye when choosing the right one for you; not the least of which is picking...

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How to Finish Teak

By Mike Smith | Posted February 2014

No wood is more beautiful than well-maintained teak, whether it’s wearing many coats of expertly brushed varnish or a carefully applied surface of teak oil. Even bare teak...

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