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Service Interval Documents for Select Diesel Engines

By PMY Staff | Posted September 2013

No one knows an engine as well as the company who built it. Check out some engine manufacturer-approved maintenance schedules here.

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How to Make Your Boat's Engine Last Forever

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013

With proper maintenance and attention to detail, you can help your engine to keep running efficiently for a long, long time—if not actually forever. Here’s what you need to know.

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Zen and the Art of Boat Washing

By Eric Colby | Posted August 2013

Wash your own boat, every now and again.

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Secrets to a Clean Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2013

We all know there’s nothing like a professional shine on a boat, but do you know why the detailer’s methods work so well? There are methods to cleaning each type of surface, and...

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How to Keep the Fuel Tanks on Your Boat Clean

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013

Understanding why you need to keep the diesel in your tanks clean.

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Expert Varnishing Tips

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2013

A good varnish job is a beautiful thing to behold. But getting it just right is not for the faint of heart—the trick is in the details. Learn how the professionals do the...

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How to Polish Your Fuel to Keep Your Boat Running Smoothly

By Eric Colby | Posted July 2013

Fuel polishing and air-separation systems are great ways to improve fuel efficiency and keep your cruising hassle-free.

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Midseason Boat Maintenance

By Eric Colby | Posted June 2013

Taking a few minutes here and there to adhere to a prescribed maintenance program will allow you to stay on the water with confidence. Check out the simple ideas here.

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What Makes a Good Engine Room?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2013

While your boat may not have a well-designed engine room, there are modifications you can do to make it safer and simplify your maintenance chores.

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How Propellers Affect a Boat's Performance

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2013

Learn the whys and hows of sorting performance issues with propellers (and beyond) here.

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Troubleshooting Your Boat's Engine

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2013

How to troubleshoot engine problems on your boat.

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How To Check Your Boat's Bonding System

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted May 2013

Really understanding how her electrical system can damage a boat’s metal components will help you to avoid costly replacements and repairs. Knowing that bonding system is...

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Upgrading Boat Upholstery

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2013

Take a step back and really look at your boat’s upholstery. Are your cushions looking their age? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Capt. Bill Pike’s tips will have...

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Troubleshooting Boat Performance

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2013

A reader wants to know why his boat is slowing down.

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Sea Flush

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2013

Sea Flush is a tool that facilitates winterizing, unclogging thru-hull fittings, flushing out saltwater and cleaning heat exchangers/exhaust manifolds/A/C hoses and Oil Coolers on...

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Essential Tools For Your Boat

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted April 2013

Carry the right tools in the toolbox on your boat and you too can be a "Captain Fix-It".

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Installing a Diesel Priming System on Your Boat

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted March 2013

Think bleeding your fuel system is beyond your expertise? Know what goes into the process and why each step is critical, and maybe you’ll get closer to your engines than you...

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How To Buff Your Hull The Right Way

By Eric Colby | Posted March 2013

Polishing and cleaning your boat with a power buffer may be intimidating at first, but after you get used to it your hull (and your forearms) will thank you. 

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How To Make Your Boat a Long-Term Investment

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2013

Maintenance Special: Capt. Bill Pike shares tips, wisdom, and proven techniques to help keep your boat running at the top of her game and her equipment doing yeoman service.

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Five Tools Every Boater Should Carry

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2013

They’ll get you out of many a jam, they won’t break your bank account, and you probably don’t have them aboard—yet.

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Power Management: Lessons from Boeing

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted February 2013

Anyone who owns a boat may have been thinking about batteries and charging systems quite a bit since Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner nightmare.

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Maintaining Dripless Shaft Seals

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted February 2013

The dripless seals on your boat require just a little simple maintenance once or twice a year, if you ignore those seals they can turn ugly.

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Refresh Your Boat’s Interior

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2013

Interior joinery not staying as sharp as the rest of your boat? Check out our expert advice on making it look like new.

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Engine-Room Test

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2013

Take our engine-room test on your own terms.

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How to Automate Your Trim Tabs

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted January 2013

Looking for a DIY project that will help your boat run better? Adding automated trim-tab control may be just the ticket, since it adjusts running attitude while giving you one...

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DIY Kit Boats

By Eric Colby | Posted December 2012

Unleash Your Inner Boatbuilder with a DIY Kit

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