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Maintenance

Are Synthetic Engine Oils Right for Your Boat?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2013

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates whether the high-tech, synthetic engine oils are all they’re cracked up to be—particularly for marine engines.

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Get Your Boat Surveyed

By Mike Smith | Posted November 2013

A surveyor can uncover problems you don’t see before they turn serious. Should you have your boat surveyed every couple of years? Mike Smith investigates the value of having a...

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How to Understand Your Boatyard Bill

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2013

We know the first glance at your boatyard bill is a blur as your eyes go right to the bottom line. But after your brain’s built-in calculator begins to whir, you know there...

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Joystick Control without the Pods

By Eric Colby | Posted October 2013

Many boat owners are looking for the simplicity and control of joystick maneuverability. But the pods or jet drives that were part of the deal may not always be welcome aboard....

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Control Sound and Vibration on your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2013

A quiet boat stops noise in the engine room—before it gets to you and your crew.

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How to Keep Your Boat Interior Smelling Fresh

By Eric Colby | Posted September 2013

Your ventilation, heating, and cooling system can do so much more for you and your boat, if you set it up right. Learn how to keep things smelling good here.

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How to Take Care of Your Bow Thruster

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2013

Your bow thruster is like a really handy stowaway—it sits quietly tucked belowdecks for most of the voyage, only to show up during close-quarters maneuvering to simplify the...

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Service Interval Documents for Select Diesel Engines

By PMY Staff | Posted September 2013

No one knows an engine as well as the company who built it. Check out some engine manufacturer-approved maintenance schedules here.

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How to Make Your Boat's Engine Last Forever

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013

Can you keep your engine running forever? Capt. Richard Thiel thinks so. By diligently following an aggressive maintenance program, you can keep her purring smoothly, avoid...

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Zen and the Art of Boat Washing

By Eric Colby | Posted August 2013

Why Clean Your Own Boat? There’s something to be said for taking up the scrub brush in your own two hands every now and again and giving your boat the once-over. Disagree?...

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Secrets to a Clean Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2013

We all know there’s nothing like a professional shine on a boat, but do you know why the detailer’s methods work so well? There are methods to cleaning each type of surface, and...

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How to Keep the Fuel Tanks on Your Boat Clean

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013

Understanding why you need to keep the diesel in your tanks clean.

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Expert Varnishing Tips

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2013

A good varnish job is a beautiful thing to behold. But getting it just right is not for the faint of heart—the trick is in the details. Learn how the professionals do the...

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