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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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Pulling Propellers

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted December 2012

There’s more to getting the propeller off the shaft than meets the eye, and more high-tech props make the job even more complex.

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Boat's Transmission

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2012

The marine transmission: your boat’s unsung hero.

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How To Bleed A Diesel Engine

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

If you allow air to enter the supply line of an engine it will promptly airlock the engine and summarily shut it down. Here are the steps to get things going again.

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Your Boat's Fuel in Winter

By Eric Colby | Posted November 2012

Tips on caring for gasoline engines and fuel when you winterize your boat.

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How To Winterize Your Diesel

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

Capt. Bill's tips on winterizing your boat's diesel engine.

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Outside-the-Box Outboards

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted November 2012

Just when you think the latest gas-powered outboards have wrung every drop of power from a gallon of fuel, along comes a new way to tackle the problem.

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Diesel Engines and a Cleaner Environment

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2012

The newest technology in diesel engines makes for better boating and a cleaner environment.

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Hands-On Stuffing Box Tips

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted August 2012

See an expert take on stuffing box care here.

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How to Troubleshoot Battery Problems

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted July 2012

Quick troubleshooting when batteries go afoul. A step-by-step guide.

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A Guide To Proper Seawater Plumbing

By Vince Daniello | Posted June 2012

Plumbing for seawater circuits is critical.

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How To Add an Air Conditioner to Your Boat

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted June 2012

Turn an open-air helm into an air-conditioned saloon.

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How To Install An Ice Maker On Your Boat

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted June 2012

How to add a big-boat fishbox ice to a small sportfisher.

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Thruster Installation

By Eric Colby | Posted June 2012

A new thruster system offers an alternative to a conventional installation.

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How to Maintain Your Boat's Cooling-System

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted June 2012

As horsepower has increased over the years, so too has the importance and complexity of your engine’s cooling system.

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How to Install a Cockpit Refrigerator

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted June 2012

Installing a Cockpit Drawer Refrigerator is Surprisingly Simple. Here's a step-by-step...

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Engine-Mount Maintenance

By Eric Colby | Posted June 2012

Properly maintained motor mounts result in more than just a vibration-free ride.

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Getting a Serial or Model Number

By PMY Staff | Posted June 2012

When you need a serial or model number from the back of a fixed-mount electronic unit and you can’t see behind it, use your mobile phone to take a picture.

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Ocean-Friendly Bottom Paint

By Eric Colby | Posted May 2012

New technologies protect your hull and the environment.

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Laundry Soap Battery Tote

By PMY Staff | Posted May 2012

How to make a battery carrier for your boat out of a laundry soap bucket.

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