You may be surprised to learn what switching to a freshwater toilet can do for your boat—and your quality of life on board.
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Solar power has been around for a long time, but in recent years advancements have been made that make it more practical and efficient for use on your boat. Still skeptical? You shouldn’t be. Read more here.
Our expert walks you through ten easy, but important, tips that will help you keep your boat running smoothly.
How do you guarantee squeaky-clean fuel? Try an ESI Total Fuel Management fuel-polishing system like the one we’re installing on Arawak, our 1996 Grand Banks project boat.
Power & Motoryacht and the MyBoatWorks team embark on replacing the air-conditioning units aboard our Grand Banks 42 project boat.
There's plenty of stuff in your engine room that can hurt you if you're not careful. Know how to be safe in your machinery spaces and you'll improve your maintenance. See how here.
The ABCs of Marine Batteries.
If you know the type of marine batteries you have on your boat, there's a good chance you won't need to do anything else to maintain them. But it's smart to read up and be sure. Check out our expert take on marine batteries here.
It may sound too simple, but keeping track of your engine’s performance with a pad and pen can teach you a lot about your powerplants, and help you identify problems before they get out of control. Learn what you need to know here.
Asking Santa for some reading material this year? Here are a few suggestions.
Nice and Easy on the Hard
Your shafts, rudders, struts, and zincs are important parts of your boat that too often can be overlooked. We’ll tell you how to take care of them, and when the best time is to do it.
You may be tempted to keep all sorts of spare parts on your boat, but really, you’d just be adding clutter to your decks. We break down the essential spare parts you really need to have onboard.
How did “cutless” bearings—the brass and rubber sleeves that keep shafts spinning smoothly, once made by B. F. Goodrich—become “cutlass” bearings? After all, a cutlass is meant to cut things—like marauding pirates, for example—while cutless bearings are designed specifically not to.
We answer all your questions about bearings and shafts
Capt. Richard Thiel does a deep dive on your bearings and shafts, parts of your boat that are probably a lot more important than you think.
Resources for hard-to-find boat parts
Not all refits go as smoothly as could be. If you are refitting your boat and have become stuck looking for that perfect part, we know a guy who can help.
If your windlass is looking a little worse for the wear, maybe it’s time to install a new one. Let us show you how.
There’s nothing glamorous about it, but maintaining a clean and well running bilge system is a good indicator that you’re a consummate boater. Here's everything you need to know about maintaining your bilges.
When it comes to your boat’s engines don’t believe everything you hear.
Not everything you think you know about diesel engines is true. There are a handful of commonly held believes about them floating around out there that are simply myths. Find out what they are here.
Having a good watermaker onboard will make cruising your boat a lot easier. However maintaining one is not as easy as some people think. Never fear. To learn the most helpful maintenance tips for keeping your watermaker running properly, read this.
Capt. Richard Thiel looks at the effectiveness of onboard fire-suppression systems and also points out why you might not be as safe as you think.
Checking the Decibel Rating on an Air Filter Silencer from Walker
We put an air filter silencer from Walker Engineering to a true test—installing her on a boat and measuring her decibels.
Everything you need to know about fixing your air conditioner. Now that summer’s just about here, it’s time to get serious about your onboard air-conditioning system. And we’ve got everything you need to know about how to stay cool when it gets hot.
Few things are as important onboard your boat as your steering system, yet a surprising amount of boaters don’t know how to take proper care of it. We’ll show you everything you need to know to keep your hydraulic steering system in tip-top condition.
Get Your Props Proper
Though they sometimes go unheralded, your props can affect your boat’s performance as much as nearly anything else. Capt. Richard Thiel has expert advice on how to find your prop’s sweet spot—that is, where they will allow your engine to run at max rpm and no more. The results could make your boat that much more efficient.
Secrets of a Stripper.
Removing old finishes from your boat can be a real pain in the neck. But we’ve figured out the best, most hassle-free way to do it. Read here to find out our secret.
Your fuel-water separator is an integral part of your boat. But do you know how to fix it if it starts to leak? Capt. Bill Pike shows you the ins and outs of repairing a Parker Racor FG500.
Buying a boat? Add these steps to your engine survey to make sure there are no ugly surprises later.