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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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Professor Diesel

By | Posted November 2009

Q. I have a 2003 Sea Ray Sundancer 420 and am moving from the New York City area to Florida soon. Do I need to do anything different in Florida in terms of boat maintenance? I am...

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Back to Basics

By Capt. Grant RafterPhotos by Jeffe... | Posted October 2009

Fort Lauderdale's International Yacht Training offers a true hands-on dieselengine course with small class sizes.Instructor Hartley MacDonald lectures to his students during an in...

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Nautic Air Module - Got Allergies?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009

As an unabashed booster for boats and boating, I’m a tad amazed to find myself admitting that we boaters have a wholly invisible but smelly problem: onboard air quality. Consider...

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Jabsco Oil Changer

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2009

When my buddy Bruce said he had a like-new Jabsco Porta Quick oil changer he’d give me for free, I was happy. When I discovered the unit sells for $209.99, I was ecstatic.The...

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Toss the Sawzall!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2009

So a guy walks into a boatyard and says, “Hey, I gotta have a bow thruster.” In a few days, an open-ended job begins, with the bill contingent upon the yard’s hourly rate,...

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Swap or Not?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2009

I explained to Joe Galati of Galati Yacht Sales that PMY was looking for a cruiser with incandescent or halogen lighting that we could swap for LEDs from Imtra Marine. We had four...

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The Creepin' Crud

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2009

Like lots of folks, I’ve got two diesel powerplants onboard, one for propulsion and the other for auxiliary power. And just a few months ago, the latter began showing signs of the...

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Wax On, Wax Off

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2009

Remember “Wax on, wax off?” It was Mr. Miyagi’s discipline-building anthem in Karate Kid. For years, I figured it was merely a figment of some movie maker’s imagination—it couldn’...

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How to Break in a New Inboard Diesel

By | Posted April 2009

I’ve just purchased a new diesel inboard. What’s the best way to break it in without damaging it? -- Walt ReidMost manufacturers list procedures for break-ins in their...

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The Bottom Line

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2009

Although I’m loathe to acknowledge my naivet concerning such matters (especially since I’m 61 years old and have owned boats all my life), my approach to in-water bottom cleaning...

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Walking the Plank of the Charles W. Morgan

By MiMi Yeh | Posted April 2009

Keeping a 19th-century whaling ship afloat requires a combination of old-world craftsmanship and new-age planning, especially when that ship is the Charles W. Morgan, the world...

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