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Maintenance

What You Need To Know About Propeller Options

By Eric Colby | Posted April 2012

The right set of propellers can smooth the ride and increase efficiency. Cruising in your boat is a pleasant experience. If you could make it more enjoyable while spending less...

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Filling Batteries With Liquor Bottles

By PMY Staff | Posted April 2012

Garmin’s Tip of the Month, April 2012 Refilling my batteries tends to be a tough job because they are hard to get at. What I use to make the job easier is an empty 1.75-...

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How do I check for engines damaged by forgetting to open seacocks?

By PMY Staff | Posted April 2012

I left my marina with my seacocks closed. How do I know if I’ve damaged a head gasket or something else?

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How to take care of your boat's battery

By Eric Colby | Posted March 2012

Here’s how to make sure your batteries don’t go slip slidin’ away...

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Handling heavy engine parts

By PMY Staff | Posted March 2012

When replacing heavy engine parts such as manifolds, thread two bolts with the heads cut off into the outside bolt holes to line up the gasket and manifold with the exhaust ports...

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What you need to know about fuel-polishing systems for your boat

By Eric Colby | Posted February 2012

A fuel-polishing system heads off clogs before they slow you down...

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Keeping your boat smelling fresh through the winter

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012

Garmin’s Tip of the Month, Feb 2012 When winterizing your freshwater system, save the antifreeze jugs, cut off the top half and dry them out. Add about one pound of baking...

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Installing an impeller in a hard-to-reach place

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012

A tip on installing an impeller in hard-to-reach places.

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Interceptors

By Eric Colby | Posted February 2012

Interceptors can sharpen up a boat’s performance and efficiency. For decades trim tabs have been the popular way to adjust a boat’s running angle. They work well on...

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Are end-of-season oil changes really necessary?

By PMY Staff | Posted January 2012

Should we do end-of-season oil changes or can we stretch the old oil into the next season?

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Tip for boaters: Smart use of your smart phone

By | Posted December 2011

Carry frequently used maintenance part numbers, to-do lists, and shopping lists with you on your smartphone. Use any number of available free apps (try TurboList for the Droid and...

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Auxiliary Propulsion Unit

By Eric Colby | Posted December 2011

Finally retired, you’re on a weeklong cruise aboard your trawler, just you and your wife. Suddenly your only engine quits, and you can’t restart it. Your peaceful...

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Engine unresponsive after idling

By | Posted December 2011

  Question: I have a 39-foot Bertram with twin Volvo Penta TAMD74P-A diesel inboards. The starboard engine, if left idling for a couple of minutes—say, while I’m...

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