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The Importance of an Engine Log

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2014

It may sound too simple, but keeping track of your engine’s performance with a pad and pen can teach you a lot about your powerplants, and help you identify problems before...

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Boatyard Dry-Storage Maintenance Tips

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2014

Your shafts, rudders, struts, and zincs are important parts of your boat that too often can be overlooked. We’ll tell you how to take care of them, and when the best time is...

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Essential Spare Parts to Keep On Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2014

You may be tempted to keep all sorts of spare parts on your boat, but really, you’d just be adding clutter to your decks. We break down the essential spare parts you really...

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About Cutlass Bearings

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2014

How did “cutless” bearings—the brass and rubber sleeves that keep shafts spinning smoothly, once made by B. F. Goodrich—become “cutlass” bearings? After all, a cutlass is meant to...

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Bearings and Shafts on Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2014

Capt. Richard Thiel does a deep dive on your bearings and shafts, parts of your boat that are probably a lot more important than you think.

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Finding Parts for a Boat Refit

By Capt Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

Resources for hard-to-find boat parts

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How to Replace a Windlass

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

If your windlass is looking a little worse for the wear, maybe it’s time to install a new one. Let us show you how.

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How to Maintain the Bilge on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2014

There’s nothing glamorous about it, but maintaining a clean and well running bilge system is a good indicator that you’re a consummate boater. Here's everything you...

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Diesel Engine Myths

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2014

When it comes to your boat’s engines don’t believe everything you hear.

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How to Maintain a Watermaker

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2014

Having a good watermaker onboard will make cruising your boat a lot easier.

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How to Prevent Boat Fires

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2014

Capt. Richard Thiel looks at the effectiveness of onboard fire-suppression systems and also points out why you might not be as safe as you think.

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Air Filter Silencer from Walker

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2014

Checking the Decibel Rating on an Air Filter Silencer from Walker

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How to Troubleshoot Your Boat's Air-Conditioning System

By Mike Smith | Posted June 2014

Everything you need to know about fixing your air conditioner

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How to Maintain a Hydraulic Steering System

By Mike Smith | Posted May 2014

Everything you need to know to keep your hydraulic steering system in tip-top condition.

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How to Tweak Your Props to Make Your Boat More Efficient

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2014

Though they sometimes go unheralded, your props can affect your boat’s performance as much as nearly anything else.

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How to Strip the Finish on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2014

How to make stripping old finishes easy

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How to Rebuild a Fuel-Water Separator

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2014

The right way to repair a leaky fuel-water separator.

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How to Evaluate an Engine

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2014

This might be the most important thing you do before purchasing a boat

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How to Keep Your Props Clean

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2014

The very best way to coat a prop with anti-foulant.

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Marine Fuel Additives

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2014

Does your fuel really need those additives?

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How to Make the Most of Your Swim Platform

By Mike Smith | Posted February 2014

How to choose the right swim platform.

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How to Finish Teak

By Mike Smith | Posted February 2014

No matter how you treat your teak, it demands your attention or its appearance will soon go downhill.

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The New Caterpillar C8.7

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2014

A Caterpillar Metamorphosis

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The Truth About Shafts and Pods

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2014

Everything there is to know about the pods versus shafts debate.

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How to Maintain Your Stabilizers

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2014

Inside tricks from the pros on maintaining your boat's stabilizer system.

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Marine Diesel Engine Advice from a Pro

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2014

We’ve got some real talk from a diesel mechanic.

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