Maintenance All Articles

How to Maintain the Exhaust System on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted May 2016

Inspecting your boat’s exhaust system now might save your engine later. Or your life.

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How to Stretch Your Boatyard Budget

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2016

Big jobs are usually expensive, but there are subtle ways to cut costs.

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How to Replace the Hatches on Your Boat

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted April 2016

Boaters who are in the know notice the details. And when a fine finish is your goal, you need to look closely at your boat’s “problem areas.” Those old hatches with the dull...

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Acxent Lighting

By Daniel Harding | Posted March 2016

Imtra’s new line of Acxent lighting changes the way boaters—and designers—think about brightening their boats.

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Underwater Lighting Solutions

By Mike Smith | Posted March 2016

Let There Be Light. Don’t keep the fish, or the dockside dollies, in the dark—install underwater lights.

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Smart Through-Hull Management

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2016

Keeping through-hull fittings exercised is a simple way to make sure they work. But that’s only the beginning of what you should be doing. Learn more about these critical...

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How to Best Display a Boat Name

By Mike Smith | Posted March 2016

Displaying your boat’s moniker can be a thorny issue.

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How to Install Satellite TV on Your Boat

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted February 2016

The idea of making things look good as they function well is behind the whole philosophy of boatkeeping. The new Intellian i5 satellite-TV antenna shows the company understands...

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What a Walker FuelSep can do for Your Boat

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted January 2016

Add a FuelSep to your engine’s fuel line and get ready for a cleaner burn.

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Guide to Fire Safety on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2016

What fire extinguishers should you keep onboard to protect your boat and loved ones? Find out here.

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The Benefits of Using Infrared Sensors on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2016

Learn about the maintenance benefits of infrared sensors.

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What’s Your Boatyard Type?

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2015

Knowing your personality type will make your boatyard experience run smoother. Are you a Type D or a Type P?

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Upgrade Your Engine Room and Emergency Lighting with LEDs

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2015

Let there be (LED) light: A well-lit engine room can help you spot potential issues (read: oil leaks).

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What to do with Old Trumpet-Style Air Horns

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2015

Got an old, trumpet-style horn that’s grown feeble and/or worn-looking? To replace or refurbish? That is the question.

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The Benefits of a Straight Driveline

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted December 2015

The key to making sure your powertrain and shafts stay in alignment is getting familiar with the way your boat runs (and then staying familiar) so you can notice subtle changes in...

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Fuel Additives for Your Boat

By Daniel Harding | Posted November 2015

With marine-store shelves sagging under fuel treatments that claim to address a variety of problems, Here’s a closer look at three that just may do the trick.

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Installing a Cabin Heater on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2015

When it comes to keeping your boat cozy, you can’t beat a cabin heater. But installing one isn’t as simple as you might think.

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Installing a Bow Thruster and Joystick

By Daniel Harding | Posted October 2015

A bow thruster and joystick install on our Grand Banks 42 project vessel shows how attainable this technology is for today’s boaters.

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How to do a Three-strand Splice

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

This is the easiest, most common splice. Typically, it’s used to put an eye in the end of a mooring line or anchor rode.

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Fiberglass Fabric Basics

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

So you’ve got a quarter guard that got torn up by a piling? Or you need to plug a hole left by an extracted through-hull? Fiberglass fabric’s the answer.

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How to Care for Your Compass

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2015

Sometimes your compass needs repair, or loses its heading. Check it now.

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How to Clean Your Engine Room

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2015

It’s hot, cramped, and hard to reach, but your engine room still needs a good scrub now and then. Here’s how the pros do it.

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Neptune 5 Bottom Paint

By Daniel Harding | Posted September 2015

Easy cleanup and lightning-fast dry times are just a couple reasons why Pettit’s Neptune 5 might be the next bottom paint for your boat.

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How to Make a Boat Greener and Energy Efficient

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2015

Gizmo is one of the highest-tech boats of her class to be certain, but can she be more than that? Could we get her to be ecologically sound too? Find out here.

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Boat Varnishing Tips

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2015

Want your varnish to shine like the July sun? Here are 10 tips to help you out.

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Upgrade Your Windshield-Wiper Motor

By Daniel Harding | Posted August 2015

Upgrade your windshield-wiper motor and add peace of mind to your next cruise.

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