Maintenance

Beat the Heat

By | Posted April 2008

A fire 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...

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The Lowdown On Lubricants

By | 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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Wonder Board

By | 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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Caulk the Line

By | 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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Bye Bye, Blisters!

By | 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 | 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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Magical Mystery Tour

By | Posted December 2007

The way the average marine transmission accomplishes the mission is "Way more complicated."Okay, my education concerning things mechanical has not been formal. Indeed, you might...

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Real Ratings

By | 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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Troubleshooting 101

By | Posted December 2007

You've heard the mantra before, but it bears repeating. A diesel engine basically needs just two things: clean fuel and air. If it's missing either, it's dead. That's why...

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Is Your Prop Up to Spec?

By | 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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The Ozone Zone

By | Posted November 2007

An ozone generator can be connected to any existing water tank that has an access plate.Any shellback will tell you that ships don't run on diesel, they run on coffee. If the...

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Fountain of Youth

By | Posted October 2007

Even under ideal storage conditions, E10 gasoline has a "shelf life" of just 30 to 45 days. After that the ethanol and gasoline start to go their separate ways. During the season...

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This Ol' Boat

By | 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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