Maintenance

Choosing the Right Cover for Your Boat

By | Posted December 2013

Boatyard: The Canvas Conversation Modern-day marine fabrics have come a long way from the crusty canvas your father covered up his boat with. Today your boat cover can be made...

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When Anchoring Goes Wrong

By | Posted December 2013

Finding a secluded cove and dropping the hook is hard to beat—and a key part of the experience for many boaters. Seasoned cruiser Eric Sanford had a great long weekend cruising...

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More Maintenance Tips and Tricks

By | Posted November 2013

Six New Boat-Care Tips. So you want your boating to be even better from now on? Read on, fellow boat nuts.

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Are Synthetic Engine Oils Right for Your Boat?

By | Posted November 2013

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates whether the high-tech, synthetic engine oils are all they’re cracked up to be—particularly for marine engines.

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Get Your Boat Surveyed

By | Posted November 2013

A surveyor can uncover problems you don’t see before they turn serious. Should you have your boat surveyed every couple of years? Mike Smith investigates the value of having a...

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How to Understand Your Boatyard Bill

By | Posted October 2013

We know the first glance at your boatyard bill is a blur as your eyes go right to the bottom line. But after your brain’s built-in calculator begins to whir, you know there...

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Joystick Control without the Pods

By | Posted October 2013

Many boat owners are looking for the simplicity and control of joystick maneuverability. But the pods or jet drives that were part of the deal may not always be welcome aboard....

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Control Sound and Vibration on your Boat

By | Posted October 2013

A quiet boat stops noise in the engine room—before it gets to you and your crew.

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How to Keep Your Boat Interior Smelling Fresh

By | Posted September 2013

Your ventilation, heating, and cooling system can do so much more for you and your boat, if you set it up right. Learn how to keep things smelling good here.

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How to Take Care of Your Bow Thruster

By | Posted September 2013

Your bow thruster is like a really handy stowaway—it sits quietly tucked belowdecks for most of the voyage, only to show up during close-quarters maneuvering to simplify the...

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Service Interval Documents for Select Diesel Engines

By | Posted September 2013

No one knows an engine as well as the company who built it. Check out some engine manufacturer-approved maintenance schedules here.

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How to Make Your Boat's Engine Last Forever

By | Posted August 2013

Can you keep your engine running forever? Capt. Richard Thiel thinks so. By diligently following an aggressive maintenance program, you can keep her purring smoothly, avoid...

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Zen and the Art of Boat Washing

By | Posted August 2013

Why Clean Your Own Boat? There’s something to be said for taking up the scrub brush in your own two hands every now and again and giving your boat the once-over. Disagree?...

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