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15+ Ways to Share the Gift of Boating

By PMY Staff | Posted December 2013

Boating’s easier than ever before—pass it on.

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Caring for Sea Recovery AquaMatic Watermakers

By PMY Staff | Posted December 2013

Here’s some expert advice to help you maintain your Sea Recovery AquaMatic watermaker.

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Choosing the Right Cover for Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2013

Inside tips on choosing the right cover for your boat

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When Anchoring Goes Wrong

By Eric Sanford | Posted December 2013

Setting the hook, do you ever ask yourself if you feel lucky?

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More Maintenance Tips and Tricks

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2013

Six New Boat-Care Tips.

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Are Synthetic Engine Oils Right for Your Boat?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2013

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates whether the high-tech, synthetic engine oils are all they’re cracked up to be—particularly for marine engines.

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Get Your Boat Surveyed

By Mike Smith | Posted November 2013

Mike Smith investigates the value of having a survey done on a boat you already own.

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How to Understand Your Boatyard Bill

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2013

We know the first glance at your boatyard bill is a blur as your eyes go right to the bottom line. But after your brain’s built-in calculator begins to whir, you know there...

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Joystick Control without the Pods

By Eric Colby | Posted October 2013

Learn more about new options that make slow-speed maneuvering easier here.

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Control Sound and Vibration on your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2013

A quiet boat stops noise in the engine room—before it gets to you and your crew.

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How to Keep Your Boat Interior Smelling Fresh

By Eric Colby | Posted September 2013

Your ventilation, heating, and cooling system can do so much more for you and your boat, if you set it up right. Learn how to keep things smelling good here.

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How to Take Care of Your Bow Thruster

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2013

Your bow thruster is like a really handy stowaway—it sits quietly tucked belowdecks for most of the voyage, only to show up during close-quarters maneuvering to simplify the...

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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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