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How to Prevent Boat Fires

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2014

Capt. Richard Thiel looks at the effectiveness of onboard fire-suppression systems and also points out why you might not be as safe as you think.

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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 Troubleshoot Your Boat's Air-Conditioning System

By Mike Smith | Posted June 2014

Everything you need to know about fixing your air conditioner Now that summer’s just about here, it’s time to get serious about your onboard air-conditioning system....

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How to Maintain a Hydraulic Steering System

By Mike Smith | Posted May 2014

Few things are as important onboard your boat as your steering system, yet a surprising amount of boaters don’t know how to take proper care of it. We’ll show you...

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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

Buying a boat? Add these steps to your engine survey to make sure there are no ugly surprises later.

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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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