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Maintenance

Twelve-Volt TLC

By Mike Smith | Posted June 2008

This cutaway of a conventional wet battery shows individual cells.Most boats alternate between the genset and the yellow cord, so it's easy to overlook the batteries—but...

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The Nose Knows

By Mike Smith | Posted May 2008

The weather is getting warmer, and the sweet smell of sewage is wafting through your cabin. Why? Maybe you took a winterizing shortcut last fall and failed to clean the holding...

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Oil Be Seeing You

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2008

You don't know what quiet means until your diesel goes "clunk" and dies—silence may be golden, but it rarely bodes well. "Clunk" is what a snapping crankshaft sounds like,...

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Varnishes, Oils, and a Little Heresy

By Paul EsterlePhotos by Billy... | Posted April 2008

What finishing technique is best? These suggestions may surprise you.Ask any ten boaters how they protect the wood on their boats, and you'll get ten different answers, sometimes...

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Servicing the Circuitry

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

The screen looks complicated, but updating a Raymarine E-Series is easy.When you go through your boat this spring, show your marine electronics some love, too.Let me acknowledge...

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Beat the Heat

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2008

Afire on land is bad enough; at sea it can be disastrous. Since most fires start in the engine room, if you don't have an automatic fire-extinguishing system, it's time to install...

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Caulk the Line

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2008

There are four chief types of boat adhesive sealants: polyurethane, polyether, polysulfide, and silicone. Knowing which sealant is best for each project and its proper application...

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Wonder Board

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2008

You PMY readers are never satisfied. From the time you take delivery of your latest boat, you're thinking about just two things: the next one you're going to buy or ways to...

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The Lowdown On Lubricants

By Catherine Pearson | Posted March 2008

Pessimists have been known to argue that engines are nothing more than constantly degrading machines. It's a somewhat depressing characterization to be sure, but it's also a...

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Bye Bye, Blisters!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2008

A bad case of blisters can penetrate the skincoat and go deeper into the laminate.Except for one dispiriting little detail, the boat was exactly what I'd been looking for. She was...

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Keep Your Cool

By Mike Smith | Posted March 2008

While most sportfishermen now come with ice makers, retrofitting an older boat with one is a no-fret, no-sweat way to keep your catch fresh.Most fishermen lug blocks or bags of...

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Is Your Prop Up to Spec?

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2007

As seen here at Hale Propeller, measurements get fed into a computer for precise analysis.When did you last spend quality time with your propeller? I'll bet it was a long time ago...

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Real Ratings

By Catherine Pearson | Posted December 2007

Here's the situation: You're in the market for an engine rated at 1,000 hp. But before committing you wonder, is that rating accurate? The answer is, sort of. The numbers on an...

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