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Splash Out on Spray Rails

Some boats are fine in almost all respects but harbor a gremlin or two that become annoying out of proportion to their real importance. PMY editor-in-chief Richard Thiel owns such a boat, Ava T., a classic Jarvis Newman 32 ideal for day cruising and overnighting, fishing, or picnicking. Her Cummins diesel is reliable and economical, her equipment simple and dependable, and her

Does This Stuff Really Work?

When I first came up with the notion of modifying a modern recreational vessel so I could do a side-by-side performance comparison between plain ol’ diesel fuel and the environmentally friendly, vegetable-based stuff getting so much press these days, the idea didn’t seem that complicated. I mean, how tough could it be? All I had to do was find a boat, install a temporary bladder-type tank in her

After the Fall

Editorial deadlines are a funny thing. As I write this, it's hovering around 90 degrees outside, and everyone is getting ready for July 4th. However, the topic of this story reminds me that as sure as death and taxes, winter is on the horizon. And for those of us in the colder climes, that not only means months of no boating, it also means storing our boats, and

Baja California Dreaming

This being our annual passagemaking issue, it seems appropriate to bring up a subject that affects all of us: We’re running out of great cruising destinations in North America. Two reasons are the explosive


Did you know that hundreds of different marine plants and animals have invaded bays and harbors on the East Coast of the United States? While some become members of the local flora and fauna, others are not so benign.

Bubble Trouble

Keepin’ Cool

A Change in Element

Maintenance Problem

It’s been a long, tough winter. Whether you were forced to contend with blizzards, ice storms, torrential rain, hurricane-force winds, or some evil combination thereof, chances are you

Bearing Failure

Permeable Plastic

Bug Off

Facing the Inevitable

We get a lot of questions here at PMY, on subjects ranging from how to maintain marital accord and buy a new boat to the meaning of the word deadrise and how it re­lates to

There is a Difference

Fresh Air

Freshwater Worries

Bearing Down

It's Good to Vent

Rough Elbows

Running Cool