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Maintenance

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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Everything You Need to Know About Your Boat's Transmission

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2012

The marine transmission: your boat’s unsung hero. Because this simple but durable device is so critical to getting you where you want to go safely and efficiently, you...

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How To Bleed A Diesel Engine

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

If you allow air to enter the supply line of an engine it will promptly airlock the engine and summarily shut it down. Here are the steps to get things going again.

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Your Boat's Fuel in Winter

By Eric Colby | Posted November 2012

With the ethanol debate continuing to rage, should you gas up your boat before winterizing or leave the fuel tank empty? Tips on caring for gasoline engines and fuel when you...

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How To Winterize Your Diesel

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

Capt. Bill's tips on winterizing your boat's diesel engine.

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Outside-the-Box Outboards

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted November 2012

Just when you think the latest gas-powered outboards have wrung every drop of power from a gallon of fuel, along comes a new way to tackle the problem. See two new developments...

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Hands-On Stuffing Box Tips

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

Know how to keep your stuffing box happy? We have some DIY maintenance methods, including tips for both spud- and gland-type stuffing boxes, and some smart ways to head off...

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How to Troubleshoot Battery Problems

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

Quick troubleshooting when batteries go afoul. A step-by-step guide for the boat owner.

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