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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 Evaluate an Engine

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2014

Without a good engine, everything else onboard a powerboat is essentially rendered moot. In his Power & Propulsion column Capt. Richard Thiel points out some things you should...

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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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Marine Fuel Additives

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2014

Does your fuel really need those additives? Have you ever given much thought to the fuel additives you use, and whether or not they actually help—or worse, hurt—your...

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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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The New Caterpillar C8.7

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2014

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates the new Caterpillar C8.7 and the market and regulatory forces that launched it. With emissions regulations becoming more and more stringent, CAT...

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The Truth About Shafts and Pods

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2014

Since their invention, pod systems laid claim to the throne held by conventional shafts as the dominant form of marine propulsion. But that hasn’t necessarily happened. We...

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How to Maintain Your Stabilizers

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2014

Ever wonder what goes into keeping a stabilizer system up and running? Aside from the initial outlay of installation, the money spent to keep a system running smoothly can be...

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Marine Diesel Engine Advice from a Pro

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2014

Ever wished you had a buddy who was a diesel mechanic so he could give you the real skinny on what’s going on with your engine? You’re in luck. Capt. Bill Pike has...

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Paravanes—The Stabilizer Option

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2014

Some folks distrust technology and want to stick with mechanical devices to stabilize their boats. Almost anyone can figure out paravanes, the cruising powerboat’s...

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