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Encounters With Ethanol

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2008

In 2003 several states switched their on-the-water gasoline from the traditional methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) blend to one containing ten-percent ethanol, called E10....

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Here Comes the Sun

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2008

If you're reading this magazine, chances are you're not a tree-hugger: You burn lots of fossil fuel to push your boat at high speed through a relatively unyielding...

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PROS and CON-verters

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted December 2008

The most controversial component of the decade eliminates the emissions from your boat's engine and hopefully not the money from your pocket.  The Environmental...

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Movin' On Up

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted November 2008

Having owned countless smaller craft, the D'Ascanio family was ready to step up. For as long as Florida Keys native Franco D'Ascanio can remember, being on the water has...

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Put a Lid on It

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2008

  They used to say a man wasn't well-dressed without a hat, and maybe that's true of boats, too. A hardtop provides a place to mount the radar and antennas and keeps...

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The Refit of <i>Lauren L</i>

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2008

Andreas Liveras had a problem. The Greek owner of Monaco-based Liveras Yachts had made his name in large charter yachts, having refit some 15 vessels since 1985 (including gutting...

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Show Me the Paper!

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2008

Next time you take your yacht to the yard, look for proof the crew knows what it's doing. When you sign a work order with a yard, how can you be sure the person who'll do...

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You or the Yard?

By Mike SmithPhotos by Billy... | Posted September 2008

When I was a kid, most boat owners I knew handled fitting-out and laying-up jobs themselves. Caulking and painting bottoms (boats were built of wood back then), winterizing...

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Truck It!

Maybe it's because I spent my early boating life in a warm climate that I've never bought into the idea of hauling my boat out of the water, shrink-wrapping her and leaving her up...

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Water, Water Everywhere...

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2008

Heading south for the winter? Life's great under the swaying palms—until you get thirsty. Too often the drinking water in tropical paradises tastes funky. (Maybe that's why...

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Watching the River Flow

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2008

FloScan's TwinScan shows you how much fuel burn is occuring with both engines.Now that fuel is almost as expensive as vintage cognac, it's time to keep closer tabs on how much...

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America America

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2008

Who knew? I mean, at the start of the project, I was under the impression that installing an autopilot would be a piece de gateau. You know, something akin to, say, toggling a new...

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Twelve-Volt TLC

By Mike Smith | Posted June 2008

This cutaway of a conventional wet battery shows individual cells.Most boats alternate between the genset and the yellow cord, so it's easy to overlook the batteries—but...

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The Nose Knows

By Mike Smith | Posted May 2008

The weather is getting warmer, and the sweet smell of sewage is wafting through your cabin. Why? Maybe you took a winterizing shortcut last fall and failed to clean the holding...

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Oil Be Seeing You

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2008

You don't know what quiet means until your diesel goes "clunk" and dies—silence may be golden, but it rarely bodes well. "Clunk" is what a snapping crankshaft sounds like,...

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Varnishes, Oils, and a Little Heresy

By Paul EsterlePhotos by Billy... | Posted April 2008

What finishing technique is best? These suggestions may surprise you.Ask any ten boaters how they protect the wood on their boats, and you'll get ten different answers, sometimes...

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Servicing the Circuitry

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

The screen looks complicated, but updating a Raymarine E-Series is easy.When you go through your boat this spring, show your marine electronics some love, too.Let me acknowledge...

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Beat the Heat

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2008

Afire on land is bad enough; at sea it can be disastrous. Since most fires start in the engine room, if you don't have an automatic fire-extinguishing system, it's time to install...

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The Lowdown On Lubricants

By Catherine Pearson | Posted March 2008

Pessimists have been known to argue that engines are nothing more than constantly degrading machines. It's a somewhat depressing characterization to be sure, but it's also a...

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Bye Bye, Blisters!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2008

A bad case of blisters can penetrate the skincoat and go deeper into the laminate.Except for one dispiriting little detail, the boat was exactly what I'd been looking for. She was...

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Caulk the Line

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2008

There are four chief types of boat adhesive sealants: polyurethane, polyether, polysulfide, and silicone. Knowing which sealant is best for each project and its proper application...

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Wonder Board

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2008

You PMY readers are never satisfied. From the time you take delivery of your latest boat, you're thinking about just two things: the next one you're going to buy or ways to...

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Keep Your Cool

By Mike Smith | Posted March 2008

While most sportfishermen now come with ice makers, retrofitting an older boat with one is a no-fret, no-sweat way to keep your catch fresh.Most fishermen lug blocks or bags of...

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Magical Mystery Tour

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2007

The way the average marine transmission accomplishes the mission is "Way more complicated."Okay, my education concerning things mechanical has not been formal. Indeed, you might...

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Is Your Prop Up to Spec?

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2007

As seen here at Hale Propeller, measurements get fed into a computer for precise analysis.When did you last spend quality time with your propeller? I'll bet it was a long time ago...

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Real Ratings

By Catherine Pearson | Posted December 2007

Here's the situation: You're in the market for an engine rated at 1,000 hp. But before committing you wonder, is that rating accurate? The answer is, sort of. The numbers on an...

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