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How to take care of your boat's battery

By Eric Colby | Posted March 2012

How to make sure your batteries don’t go slip slidin’ away.

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Handling heavy engine parts

By PMY Staff | Posted March 2012

It also makes manhandling heavy parts a one-person job.

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What you need to know about fuel-polishing systems for your boat

By Eric Colby | Posted February 2012

A fuel-polishing system heads off clogs before they slow you down...

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Keeping your boat smelling fresh through the winter

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012

Garmin’s Tip of the Month, Feb 2012: Add about one pound of baking soda to each and place them around the inside of your boat for the winter...

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Installing an impeller in a hard-to-reach place

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012

A tip on installing an impeller in hard-to-reach places.

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Interceptors

By Eric Colby | Posted February 2012

Interceptors can sharpen up a boat’s performance and efficiency. For decades trim tabs have been the popular way to adjust a boat’s running angle. They work well on...

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Are end-of-season oil changes really necessary?

By PMY Staff | Posted January 2012

Should we do end-of-season oil changes or can we stretch the old oil into the next season?

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Tip for boaters: Smart use of your smart phone

By | Posted December 2011

Carry frequently used maintenance part numbers, to-do lists, and shopping lists with you on your smartphone. Use any number of available free apps (try TurboList for the Droid and...

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Auxiliary Propulsion Unit

By Eric Colby | Posted December 2011

Finally retired, you’re on a weeklong cruise aboard your trawler, just you and your wife. Suddenly your only engine quits, and you can’t restart it. Your peaceful...

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Engine unresponsive after idling

By | Posted December 2011

  Question: I have a 39-foot Bertram with twin Volvo Penta TAMD74P-A diesel inboards. The starboard engine, if left idling for a couple of minutes—say, while I’m...

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Hot Water on Your Boat

By Eric Colby | Posted November 2011

If you’re on an extended cruise, you can never have enough of two things: privacy and hot water. Both problems can be solved, but the solutions are different in scope. You...

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month, Nov 2011

By | Posted November 2011

When you’re winterizing your freshwater system and want to prevent messy spurts and sprays that occur when you’ve finished running antifreeze through the lines to the...

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How do I care for my unused engine?

By | Posted November 2011

I plan on being away from my boat for two to three months and during that time, I plan on having someone periodically run my diesels dockside...

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Does an increase in horsepower explain a rise in exhaust temperature?

By | Posted October 2011

  Question: I have a 1989 38-foot Bayliner with twin 175-hp Hino diesels that have been retrofitted with turbochargers, thus raising each engine to 210 horsepower. As I go...

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month, Oct 2011

By | Posted October 2011

When installing a new water-pump impeller with a keyway it’s often difficult to insert the new impeller into the pump while lining up the keyway slots on the shaft and the...

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Air-Conditioning Systems - Part II

By Eric Colby | Posted October 2011

Last month we showed you how to determine your boat’s cooling needs as a first step in an air-conditioning installation or refit (see article here).Now that you know how...

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Preserving JFK's yacht "Honey Fitz"

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted October 2011

The owner of Honey Fitz made the right call—twice. First, after the former presidential yacht had paid many visits to various repair yards since the mid-1970s, he decided to...

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Sea Hawk BiocopTF

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2011

A real-world test of this bottom paint produces some definitive results.Toward the middle of this past July, I had my Grand Banks 32 Sedan Betty Jane hauled at a local boatyard...

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Upgrading the 102-foot motoryacht Banyan

By Alyssa Haak | Posted October 2011

Neptune Group YachtingBanyan’s new profile while underway Capt. Andrew GregoBanyan's original launch.Rock SteadyAn extensive refit, complete with two Seakeeper gyros, put

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Intersleek 900 Paint

By Kevin Koenig | Posted October 2011

These days it seems like nearly everyone is talking about going green. Some people are going all out, living in solar-powered homes and driving hybrid cars, while others require a...

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Can switching motor oil viscosity harm my engine?

By | Posted September 2011

  Question: The boys at the Ko Olina harbor are having a heated discussion concerning motor oil. Since Costco hit town, we’ve all been able to buy Chevron 15W-40 Delo...

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month, Sept 2011

By | Posted September 2011

Even well-made splices in wiring can wick up moisture, especially if they are in a boat’s bilge. Wicking, of course, can cause corrosion, prematurely ruin a splice, and...

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Air-Conditioning Systems

By Eric Colby | Posted September 2011

In this less-than-perfect economy, many people are keeping their current boats and upgrading them in various ways. One smart investment to improve your comfort and your boat...

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Garmin's Tip of the Month, August 2011

By | Posted August 2011

When working in tight spaces with a cordless drill and stainless steel fasteners, here’s a helpful trick. If you can’t hold the fastener with one hand and the drill...

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Powering your boat's air conditioner with your inverter

By Eric Colby | Posted August 2011

The owner of a Bertram 700 wanted to relax while at anchor in cool, quiet comfort. The cool part was easily covered thanks to a Marine Air chiller system comprised of four modular

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Using synthetic oils in older engines

By | Posted August 2011

  Question: I own a 1996 43-foot Hatteras with twin six-cylinder Detroit Diesel engines. I change the oil approximately every 100 hours of operation. At this point, I have 1,...

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