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Fuel-Water Separators Demystified

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2015

Your fuel-water separator may not be the most glamorous thing on your boat, but it could be one of the most important. Check out our guide to how to best take care of your system.

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How to Prepare for a Day on Your Boat

By George Sass Jr. | Posted April 2015

Being smart at the dock can save you major headaches out at sea.

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Install a Freshwater Head

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2015

You may be surprised to learn what switching to a freshwater toilet can do for your boat—and your quality of life on board.

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Solar Power on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2015

Solar power has been around for a long time, but in recent years advancements have been made that make it more practical and efficient for use on your boat. Still skeptical? You...

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How to Recommission Your Boat in the Spring

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2015

Our expert walks you through ten easy, but important, tips that will help you keep your boat running smoothly.

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ESI Fuel-Polishing System

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2015

How do you guarantee squeaky-clean fuel? Try an ESI Total Fuel Management fuel-polishing system.

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Replacing the Air-Conditioning on your Boat

By Daniel Harding | Posted February 2015

Power & Motoryacht and the MyBoatWorks team embark on replacing the air-conditioning units aboard our Grand Banks 42 project boat.

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Engine Room Safety

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2015

There's plenty of stuff in your engine room that can hurt you if you're not careful. Know how to be safe in your machinery spaces and you'll improve your maintenance. See how here.

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How to Pick the Right Battery for Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2015

You need to know the differences between battery types before you can pick the right setup for your boat.

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The Importance of an Engine Log

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 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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A Boat Nut’s Christmas Reading List

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2014

Asking Santa for some reading material this year? Here are a few suggestions.

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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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