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Air Filter Silencer from Walker

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.

How to Maintain a Hydraulic Steering System

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.

How to Tweak Your Props to Make Your Boat More Efficient

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.

How to Strip the Finish on Your Boat

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.

How to Keep Your Props Clean

The very best way to coat a prop with anti-foulant.

If you want to keep your boat running as well as possible, you need to keep your props clean. Of course the best way to do that is to use anti-foulant. But there’s more than one way to coat a prop.

Marine Fuel Additives

Does your fuel really need those additives?

Have you ever given much thought to the fuel additives you use, and whether or not they actually help—or worse, hurt—your boat’s performance? We have. Read here to find out our thoughts on the matter.

How to Make the Most of Your Swim Platform

Your swim platform can be one of the most fun areas on your entire boat. But there’s more than meets the eye when choosing the right one for you; not the least of which is picking the right material. Read this for a deep dive on swim platforms.

How to Finish Teak

No wood is more beautiful than well-maintained teak, whether it’s wearing many coats of expertly brushed varnish or a carefully applied surface of teak oil. Even bare teak looks nice if you clean it every day to keep it snowy white. But no matter how you treat your teak, it demands your attention or its appearance will soon go downhill. 

The New Caterpillar C8.7

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates the new Caterpillar C8.7 and the market and regulatory forces that launched it. With emissions regulations becoming more and more stringent, CAT was forced to link up with an unlikely partner to get their powerplant off the ground: Fiat. Yes, Fiat.

The Truth About Shafts and Pods

Since their invention, pod systems laid claim to the throne held by conventional shafts as the dominant form of marine propulsion. But that hasn’t necessarily happened. We investigated the details of how each system stacks up, from complexity to maintenance and costs.

How to Maintain Your Stabilizers

Ever wonder what goes into keeping a stabilizer system up and running? Aside from the initial outlay of installation, the money spent to keep a system running smoothly can be calculated into your routine maintenance costs, if you know where to begin. We provide expert advice and tips on keeping up these day-saving systems

Marine Diesel Engine Advice from a Pro

Ever wished you had a buddy who was a diesel mechanic so he could give you the real skinny on what’s going on with your engine? You’re in luck. Capt. Bill Pike has just such a friend, and in this article he asks him some of the questions you always wondered about, but were too afraid to ask.

Paravanes—The Stabilizer Option

Some folks distrust technology and want to stick with mechanical devices to stabilize their boats. Almost anyone can figure out paravanes, the cruising powerboat’s traditional means of reducing and even stopping roll. If you’re a Luddite but you want to cruise offshore in comfort, maybe they’re the solution for you.

How to Upgrade Your Boat Like a Pro

As vice president of sales and marketing for custom superyacht mainstay Trinity Yachts, Billy Smith knows a thing or two about building a better boat. Capt. Bill Pike did a deep dive with him on how to improve the amenities, performance, and aesthetics of any boat, and they started with Smith’s 32-foot Mainship. Read here for must-have knowledge on upgrading your own boat.

Engine Maintenance Tips

Capt. Richard Thiel knows oil analysis isn’t the sexiest topic in the world. But it is an important one if you plan on keeping your boat well maintained for years to come. Here he shares some tips on how to do it well... and on the cheap. 

15+ Ways to Share the Gift of Boating

Boating’s easier than ever before—pass it on. The changes that have had an impact on the marine scene over the past decade are legion. And whether you zero in on joystick engine control, the latest in kid-friendly PFDs, night vision, the ascendancy of the AIS-enabled Personal Locator Beacon, or any number of other glories, the rapid pace of innovation has undeniably engendered a jim-dandy result—powerboating today is easier to do and enjoy than ever before.

Choosing the Right Cover for Your Boat

Boatyard: The Canvas Conversation

Modern-day marine fabrics have come a long way from the crusty canvas your father covered up his boat with. Today your boat cover can be made from such materials as acrylics, vinyls, space-age polymers, and more. It just depends on what you’re looking for, and of course, what your budget is.

When Anchoring Goes Wrong

Finding a secluded cove and dropping the hook is hard to beat—and a key part of the experience for many boaters. Seasoned cruiser Eric Sanford had a great long weekend cruising Washington’s San Juan Islands aboard his 43-foot Ocean Alexander, sharing laughs and time with friends. The sea rocked the crew to sleep and there’s not a care in the world. Until they woke with a thump. Read on to see what happens next.

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