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Refit and Upgrade

How to Automate Your Trim Tabs

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted January 2013

Looking for a DIY project that will help your boat run better? Adding automated trim-tab control may be just the ticket, since it adjusts running attitude while giving you one...

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DIY Kit Boats

By Eric Colby | Posted December 2012

Unleash Your Inner Boatbuilder with a DIY Kit Every boater dreams of stepping to the helm of a boat he built himself. But you’ve got to walk before you run, so check out our...

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Pulling Propellers

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted December 2012

There’s more to getting the propeller off the shaft than meets the eye, and more high-tech props make the job even more complex. Get the lowdown on what you need to know here.

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How to Install a Cellular Booster

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted October 2012

Add another layer of reliable communication on your boat with a cell-signal booster. Our install sorts out the installation, the connectors you need, and tells how to tune the...

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The Lowdown on Lithium Batteries

By Eric Colby | Posted October 2012

Are lithium batteries worth the extra money? Lithium batteries are the latest thing, but what advantages do they really bring? Find out the pros and cons of upgrading your...

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Boat Conversion from a Fishing Vessel to a Yacht

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2012

Resident boat nut Capt. Bill Pike recounts one man’s quest to save a 56-year old herring drifter from the scrap heap.

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Refit Guide

By Chris Caswell | Posted September 2012

Nothing says you’re a real boater like taking on a refit project on your boat. We offer some expert advice for considering, planning, and executing a smart refit. Here...

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Dreams and Deferrals

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted September 2012

When it comes time to select a refit project for your boat, you can go in any number of directions. Make your short list: The projects that fit your boating style and budget will...

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Boat In A Box

By Chris Caswell | Posted September 2012

Hinckley Yachts rescues a Savannah 54 from a forgotten factory floor. Remember when you were a kid and you saved your allowance until you could go to the local hobby shop?...

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Installing Synthetic Teak Decks

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted September 2012

Install synthetic teak decks and skip the constant maintenance. Complete professional fabrication and installation runs anywhere from $65 to $95 per square foot. Mazel often...

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Making a Refit Manageable

By Chris CaswellCapt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2012

Break down a project to manageable parts, and get some added tips from Capt. Bill Pike.

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Hands-On Stuffing Box Tips

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted August 2012

Know how to keep your stuffing box happy? We have some DIY maintenance methods, including tips for both spud- and gland-type stuffing boxes, and some smart ways to head off...

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