Maintenance

Springtime Without Tears

By | 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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Does Your Boat Pass the Test?

By | 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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Time For a Change?

By | 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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Diesel 101

By | 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 | 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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Gunk Be Gone!

By | 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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Magnetizing Your Diesel Fuel

By | 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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A Fine Grip on Paint

By | Posted November 2006

When you're building yachts that cost tens of millions of dollars, it's crucial to give them a sophisticated, polished appearance, inside and out. While most people don't normally...

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A Lick of Paint

By | Posted November 2006

Invest in a professional paint job for a big payoff.When it comes to cost versus benefit, nothing beats a paint job. Investing in a fresh coat on your hull will not only make your...

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Splash Out on Spray Rails

By | Posted November 2006

Some boats are fine in almost all respects but harbor a gremlin or two that become annoying out of proportion to their real importance. PMY editor-in-chief Richard Thiel owns such...

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Does This Stuff Really Work?

By | Posted September 2006

When I first came up with the notion of modifying a modern recreational vessel so I could do a side-by-side performance comparison between plain ol’ diesel fuel and the...

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After the Fall

By | Posted August 2006

Editorial deadlines are a funny thing. As I write this, it's hovering around 90 degrees outside, and everyone is getting ready for July 4th. However, the topic of this story...

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Washdown 101

By | Posted May 2006

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