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Onan genset spewing black smoke

By | Posted December 2010

Question: I have a 4-kW Marine Onan genset with 600 hours on it. If I let it run for a lengthy period it produces so much black smoke that a residue discolors the hull around the...

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Checking and changing your galvanic isolator

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2010

Now and again, I serendipitously stumble across an onboard problem well before it snowballs into something expensive. For example, I was recently talking with my industrial-...

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Noisy Engines

By | Posted November 2010

Question: I have a pair of Detroit Diesel 6-71 TIBs in my 1990 Ocean 48 Super Sport. I love both the boat and the motors, but the Detroits have always been loud at the exhaust end...

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month - November 2010

By | Posted November 2010

To loosen a sticking oil filter that you can’t get to unscrew with a standard filter wrench; simply attach a hose clamp around the filter’s base, close and tighten it, and, after...

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Labor of Love

By Alyssa Haak | Posted October 2010

The 30-foot Carver Santego was for sale and up on the hard. From a distance she looked gray and tan instead of her original white with navy and black trim with...

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Twin Engine Temperature Disparity

By | Posted October 2010

Question: I have a 1994 Mainship 31 with a pair of 315-hp Yanmar diesels with 2,000 hours on them. While running at full throttle (about 33 knots) for five minutes, the starboard...

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Algae On My Racor

By | Posted September 2010

Question: While performing routine maintenance on my Caterpillar C7, I was surprised to find a substance about the size of a quarter at the top of my Racor—it looked like...

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Shaft Brush Boogie

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2010

A cheap and easy way to prevent costly prop damage.

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PMY TRIES... Nautic Air

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2010

It was an interesting suggestion, really. Some weeks before, Heath Schuman of Nautic Air had UPS’d me an experimental version of his portable NA20 air purifier to temporarily try...

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Battery Blasphemy?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2010

A contrarian take on battery replacement All batteries have terminals and cable connectors that need to be periodically cleaned, preferably with a battery brush. I’m...

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Walker Engineering

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2010

Walker Engineering has been making diesels breathe better for more than two decades.I used to crew on a 43-foot sportfisherman that was powered with twin 625-hp Detroit Diesel 6V-...

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Vinyl Fever

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2010

It was astonishing, really—the near-total absence of useful information on the Internet concerning the renovation and/or replacement of marine vinyl cushions. Sure, there were...

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Yacht Restoration

By MiMi Yeh | Posted November 2009

Any boatyard can refurbish an elderly vessel, but where do old yachts get new lives using traditional techniques? The answer is the Newport, Rhode Island-based International Yacht...

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