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Maintenance

Sea Flush

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2013

Sea Flush is a tool that facilitates winterizing, unclogging thru-hull fittings, flushing out saltwater and cleaning heat exchangers/exhaust manifolds/A/C hoses and Oil Coolers on...

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Essential Tools For Your Boat

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted April 2013

Carry the right tools in the toolbox on your boat and you too can be a "Captain Fix-It".

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Installing a Diesel Priming System on Your Boat

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted March 2013

Think bleeding your fuel system is beyond your expertise? Know what goes into the process and why each step is critical, and maybe you’ll get closer to your engines than you...

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How To Buff Your Hull The Right Way

By Eric Colby | Posted March 2013

Polishing and cleaning your boat with a power buffer may be intimidating at first, but after you get used to it your hull (and your forearms) will thank you. 

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How To Make Your Boat a Long-Term Investment

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2013

Maintenance Special: There are ways to extend the life on onboard equipment. Capt. Bill Pike shares tips, wisdom, and proven techniques to help keep your boat running at the top...

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Five Tools Every Boater Should Carry

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2013

They’ll get you out of many a jam, they won’t break your bank account, and you probably don’t have them aboard—yet.

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Power Management: Lessons from Boeing

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted February 2013

Anyone who owns a boat may have been thinking about batteries and charging systems quite a bit since Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner nightmare. The fact that diagnosis of the...

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Maintaining Dripless Shaft Seals

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted February 2013

The dripless seals on your boat require just a little simple maintenance once or twice a year, if you ignore those seals they can turn ugly. Capt. Vincent Daniello will show you...

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Refresh Your Boat’s Interior

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2013

The Smart Way to Refresh Your Interior Maybe your saloon isn’t looking quite as sharp as you’d like. Take heart—we’ve got some expert advice on caring for...

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Engine-Room Test

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2013

Take our engine-room test on your own terms. Know the names and locations of basic engine-room components and you won’t be embarrassed next time your mechanic comes...

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How to Automate Your Trim Tabs

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted January 2013

Looking for a DIY project that will help your boat run better? Adding automated trim-tab control may be just the ticket, since it adjusts running attitude while giving you one...

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DIY Kit Boats

By Eric Colby | Posted December 2012

Unleash Your Inner Boatbuilder with a DIY Kit Every boater dreams of stepping to the helm of a boat he built himself. But you’ve got to walk before you run, so check out our...

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Pulling Propellers

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted December 2012

There’s more to getting the propeller off the shaft than meets the eye, and more high-tech props make the job even more complex. Get the lowdown on what you need to know here.

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