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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 dharding | 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 dharding | 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 dharding | 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 dharding | Posted August 2015

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

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How to Enhance the Comfort on Your Boat

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted August 2015

Ask anyone who spends any amount of time on a boat, onboard comfort goes a long way. Find out how to make your boat even more appealing to passengers here.

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How to Maintain a Windlass

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2015

Like all of your onboard equipment, your windlass requires regular maintenance in order to live a long life.

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What Brand of Oil and Filters Should You Use on Your Boat?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2015

How closely should your oil match your engine?

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What’s in a Brush?

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2015

You’d have to look pretty hard to find a nicer varnish brush than those sold by Epifanes, a Dutch company founded in Aalsmeer in 1902.

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How to Maintain the Metal on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2015

The marine environment can be a tough place for metal. Rust and wear are pretty much par for the course. But there are ways to keep your onboard metal in good shape. Read about...

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Ventilating Your Boat's Engine Room

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2015

Air is just as crucial to proper engine performance as fuel.

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Anchoring Basics

By George Sass Jr. | Posted June 2015

Fine-tune your anchoring skills.

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Sigma LEDs from Imtra

By dharding | Posted June 2015

Looking to freshen up your interior and cut down on power consumption? Then look no ­further than Imtra’s newest LED.

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