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Anchoring Basics

Anchoring may seem like a very basic thing, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to get better at it. Fine-tune your anchoring skills here.

How to Care for Davits and Cranes

Tenders make boating all the more fun. But getting small boats in and out of the water can be a hassle if your davit doesn't work well. Find tips to help you maintain your davits or crane here.

Know the Weather When You're Boating

While many boaters rely on a weather forecasts generated thousands of miles away, all the information you need to make good decisions may be right outside your window. Here's how to make the most of it.

Spring Cleaning for your Engine Room

If you live in a northern climate you probably prepped your engines last fall so they would be ready to go, but there are other chores to consider around your engine room beyond those required just to get your boat ready to go in the water. Let me suggest a few that perhaps you hadn’t thought of...

Solar Power on Your Boat

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.

ESI Fuel-Polishing System

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.

Engine Room Safety

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.

How to Pick the Right Battery for Your Boat

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.

The Importance of an Engine Log

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.

Boatyard Dry-Storage Maintenance Tips

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.

About Cutlass Bearings

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.

Finding Parts for a Boat Refit

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.

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