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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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Sea Flush

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2013

Sea Flush is a tool that facilitates winterizing, unclogging thru-hull fittings, flushing out saltwater and cleaning heat exchangers/exhaust manifolds/A/C hoses and Oil Coolers on...

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Essential Tools For Your Boat

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted April 2013

Carry the right tools in the toolbox on your boat and you too can be a "Captain Fix-It".

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Installing a Diesel Priming System on Your Boat

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted March 2013

Think bleeding your fuel system is beyond your expertise? Know what goes into the process and why each step is critical, and maybe you’ll get closer to your engines than you...

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How To Buff Your Hull The Right Way

By Eric Colby | Posted March 2013

Polishing and cleaning your boat with a power buffer may be intimidating at first, but after you get used to it your hull (and your forearms) will thank you. 

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How To Make Your Boat a Long-Term Investment

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2013

Maintenance Special: Capt. Bill Pike shares tips, wisdom, and proven techniques to help keep your boat running at the top of her game and her equipment doing yeoman service.

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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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