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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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Bird on a Wire

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

While isolation transformers tend to be terribly dull, they are valuable.Last summer I managed to cruise a snazzy, borrowed twin-screw flying-bridge boat from Maine to Connecticut...

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Enclosures Exposed

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted March 2007

A good enclosure is one that you don't even realize is there. A little more than a year ago, I attended a rendezvous put on by a well-known express-boat builder. It was a great...

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A Fuel For You

There are plenty of reasons why the diesel engine is the best power choice for boats over 35 feet, and principal among them is its sterling reliability and reknowned durability....

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No Sweat

By Capt. Bill Pikephotos by Mika ... | Posted March 2007

Major-league names in new wood coatings.My friend Don dang near had a conniption fit a while back when I made my little announcement. In fact, his gesticulations caused the...

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Painting Underwater Metal

By Mike Smith | Posted March 2007

Painting your boat’s bottom is a straightforward job: You, or your boatyard, apply new paint over old. But what about the running gear: struts, shafts, trim tabs, and propellers?...

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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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Springtime Without Tears

By Mike Smithillustrations b... | Posted March 2007

Launch day means spring has finally arrived. Soon you’ll be out on the water again, and all will be right with the world. That’s the plan, anyway. But first make sure the old...

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Time For a Change?

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2007

Are you the parent of tired, rusty, and thirsty gasoline guzzlers, the kind of engines that keep OPEC happy? If so, your boat's overdue for repowering with more efficient diesel...

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Magnetizing Your Diesel Fuel

By Mike SmithPhotos by Craig... | Posted December 2006

Near the end of the 2005 boating season, Richard Thiel, PMY's editor in chief, was in trouble. Just a few hours before he was about to fly to Italy, fuel problems had strangled...

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Gunk Be Gone!

By Capt. Bill Pikephotos by Mika ... | Posted December 2006

After I'd delivered my Grand Banks 32 to her new Florida home, her whole schtick changed—she went from being a true long-legged cruiser to the maritime equivalent of a couch...

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Diesel 101

By Jeffrey MoserPhotos by Craig... | Posted December 2006

The author (left) and another student get a torque-wrench tutorial from instructor Larry Berlin (right).A friend of mine who I considered to be a knowledgeable, experienced boater...

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Ethanol: Should You Panic?

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2006

In the past year there's been a lot of worry among boaters about the ill effects of soon-to-be-universal E10 ethanol-blended gasoline. Depending on who's talking, the changeover...

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