Maintenance

How to Strip the Finish on Your Boat

By | Posted April 2014

Secrets of a Stripper.  Removing old finishes from your boat can be a real pain in the neck. But we’ve figured out the best, most hassle-free way to do it. Read here to...

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How to Rebuild a Fuel-Water Separator

By | Posted April 2014

Your fuel-water separator is an integral part of your boat. But do you know how to fix it if it starts to leak? Capt. Bill Pike shows you the ins and outs of repairing a Parker...

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How to Evaluate an Engine

By | Posted April 2014

Buying a boat? Add these steps to your engine survey to make sure there are no ugly surprises later.

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How to Keep Your Props Clean

By | Posted March 2014

The very best way to coat a prop with anti-foulant. If you want to keep your boat running as well as possible, you need to keep your props clean. Of course the best way to do that...

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Marine Fuel Additives

By | Posted March 2014

Does your fuel really need those additives? Have you ever given much thought to the fuel additives you use, and whether or not they actually help—or worse, hurt—your...

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How to Make the Most of Your Swim Platform

By | Posted February 2014

Your swim platform can be one of the most fun areas on your entire boat. But there’s more than meets the eye when choosing the right one for you; not the least of which is picking...

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How to Finish Teak

By | Posted February 2014

No wood is more beautiful than well-maintained teak, whether it’s wearing many coats of expertly brushed varnish or a carefully applied surface of teak oil. Even bare teak...

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The New Caterpillar C8.7

By | Posted January 2014

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates the new Caterpillar C8.7 and the market and regulatory forces that launched it. With emissions regulations becoming more and more stringent, CAT...

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The Truth About Shafts and Pods

By | Posted January 2014

Since their invention, pod systems laid claim to the throne held by conventional shafts as the dominant form of marine propulsion. But that hasn’t necessarily happened. We...

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How to Maintain Your Stabilizers

By | Posted January 2014

Ever wonder what goes into keeping a stabilizer system up and running? Aside from the initial outlay of installation, the money spent to keep a system running smoothly can be...

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Marine Diesel Engine Advice from a Pro

By | Posted January 2014

Ever wished you had a buddy who was a diesel mechanic so he could give you the real skinny on what’s going on with your engine? You’re in luck. Capt. Bill Pike has...

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Paravanes—The Stabilizer Option

By | Posted January 2014

Some folks distrust technology and want to stick with mechanical devices to stabilize their boats. Almost anyone can figure out paravanes, the cruising powerboat’s...

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How to Upgrade Your Boat Like a Pro

By | Posted December 2013

As vice president of sales and marketing for custom superyacht mainstay Trinity Yachts, Billy Smith knows a thing or two about building a better boat. Capt. Bill Pike did a deep...

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