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Each type of marine refrigeration system has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on how you use your boat. Read this before you make a decision.
Got a few drink-holder-sized holes in your steering console that need patching? Or a spot where an antiquated plotter used to be that needs filling in?
Repowering is not to be taken lightly, but with some expert help and good advice a fine old boat can run like new. Learn more here.
Feeling more vibration on board than you are used to? A prop issue? Well, unless you’ve hit something recently, or run the old girl aground, it’s possible you have bad isolation mounts.
Hoist it, flip it, or stow it. Dealing with your tender can be a pain in the transom, but you can improve things. Here's how.
Could this be the bilge-pump system of the future? The standard bilge-pump system has stood the test of time, but the times they are a-changin’—and that doesn’t suck.
If your inboard(s) should fail, you have a very important--and potentially costly--decision to make. We help you decide if you should repair, rebuild, or remanufacture them.
Got serious docking angst? Need a cure for technology envy? Install a joystick, and get on with life. Here’s what you need to know.
6 Resolutions for the New Year: PMY Edition. “Cut back on red meat.” “Actually, y’know, use your gym membership.” Let’s face it: Resolutions aren’t all that fun. In the interest of making them worthwhile, achievable, and—hell—actually fun, here’s 6 boat-related resolutions that will put a smile on your face.
Stress cracks. Spider cracks. Hairline cracks. All suspicious looking in their own right. Replacing coring materials in an existing deck is a messy, pricey job probably best left to the professionals. First things first though: Identifying the problem. We break it down in 5 easy steps.
There’s something to be said for handpainted letters on the transom, as Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike recently discovered the best way. See if there’s a boatyard Van Gogh in your future. Check out the step-by-step procedure here.
Covering up old, barely visible names and hailing ports with Awlcraft 2000—a job best left to professionals.
Fall is an ideal time to inspect your engine’s cooling system.
Gyro stabilization can change the game for many boats, making them more pleasant and safer in rough conditions. Now Seakeeper brings that option to smaller boats with a smart design created just for the task—it hides in the leaning post. See video of the simple installation here.
Trying to decide whether to sell your boat or upgrade it? Surely it's not an easy question--many factors come into play that can tilt the balance one way or the other. Solve the dilemma here.
There’s a reason plenty of new center consoles feature bracket-mounted outboards—the bracket changes the geometry of how outboards and hulls work together. And Armstrong builds an aftermarket setup that may change the way you think about your old boat. Here’s what you need to know.
Use the off-season (or a few off weekends) to improve your boat. Here are four projects you can start right away.
Talking about windows on boats, there’s a lot to consider. Will the new ones hold up and be easy to maintain? Know the ins and outs of what’s available, and see why the crew on one project chose replacement windows from Vetus. Check out the whole project here.
New carpeting may not be high on your priority list. But if you look at your boat’s interior it could really help it all together, and it may be a treat for your feet that won’t hurt your wallet if you follow this advice. See our expert tips here.
Could your generator be dying a quiet death? Maybe, if your hushbox is keeping you from proper troubleshooting challenges. Have a look at what Power & Propulsion columnist Richard Thiel thinks. Read his thoughts here.
Don’t live with dirty, stained gelcoat. Spruce it up easily by choosing the right cleaners and sealants.
Running aground is no fun. But there are ways to minimize the damage to your boat and her running gear. Do the right thing and you’ll save time and expense. See how to manage your next grounding here.
Inspecting your boat’s exhaust system now might save your engine later. Or your life.
Choosing the right yard can keep your boat in tip-top shape, and save you money, too.
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 finish may jump out at you. Here’s what to do to fix them.