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Cover Your Asset

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2007

Fifty years ago no gentleman left the house without a hat, and no yacht spent the winter outdoors without a fitted canvas cover. Supported by a sturdy frame, the cover not only...

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This Ol' Boat

By Adam LaRosa | Posted September 2007

Late last winter, my crew and I were faced with a dilemma: sell our faithful 1987 48-foot Viking charter vessel, and be forced to purchase the best boat we could find, or refit...

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The Hard Core Facts

By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2007

Craftsmen apply core-bonding putty to the inner surface of the laminate.It's probably just human nature. Whether the controversy is Ford versus Chevy, Yankees versus Red Sox, or...

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PMY Tries: Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2007

Starbrite Star Tron Enzyme Fuel TreatmentMy trawler spends plenty of time sitting in a slip with her fuel tanks semifull and her powerplant twiddlin' its thumbs. To deal with the...

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Bare Her Bottom

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2007

Procedures such as the Farrow System are eco-friendly.Eventually the day will come when you have to bare your bottom. No, I don't mean your college reunion or Mardi Gras—I'm...

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Spares Solution

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2007

SeaKits' MMS keeps track of parts to save you the trouble.Think about how many individual parts make up your yacht: The engines are full of them, as are the genset, stabilizers,...

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Fending Off

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted July 2007

Craig Wallace DaleI probably don't have to tell you about the benefits of having strong, solid, reliable fenders; when correctly positioned, they provide a cushion between your...

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Learn Your Lines

By Mike Smith | Posted June 2007

Few things aboard your boat are as simple—or as important—as rope. Docklines and anchor rodes will give you years of service if you take care of them properly, but...

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Watch Your Winch

By Mike Smith | Posted May 2007

Heavy ground tackle makes for sound sleeping, but when it's time to weigh anchor, it can be a pain unless you have a windlass to do the heavy lifting. Fortunately for our lower...

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Water Worries

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2007

As more states mandate E10 ethanol-blended gasoline for off-road use, the problem of water accumulation in fuel tanks grows. And nothing can ruin your day faster than your engine...

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Does Your Boat Pass the Test?

By Mike SmithPhotos by Craig... | Posted March 2007

Does your boat have an NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) certification plate near the helm or the “NMMA Certified” logo on the capacity plate? If it does, did you...

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Scientific Method

By Jeffrey Moserphotos by Mika ... | Posted March 2007

If you really want to know what's going on inside your engine, you need to know about oil analysis.In the surfeit of CSI programs so popular with TV viewers these days, one scene...

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