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The Bottom Line

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2009

Although I’m loathe to acknowledge my naivet concerning such matters (especially since I’m 61 years old and have owned boats all my life), my approach to in-water bottom cleaning...

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Walking the Plank of the Charles W. Morgan

By MiMi Yeh | Posted April 2009

Keeping a 19th-century whaling ship afloat requires a combination of old-world craftsmanship and new-age planning, especially when that ship is the Charles W. Morgan, the world...

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Maintenance Headache

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted March 2009

Maintenance issues are constantly stalking boaters. The simple fact is that on a boat stuff breaks and things leak. Boats are complex mechanisms with dozens of systems and...

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Confirming continuity

By | Posted March 2009

An inexpensive multimeter like this is one of the few tools you'll need to verify the integrity of your boat's bonding system.  It’s a fair bet that every PMY...

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Boat scratch fever

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2009

I remember the scene vividly. The just-painted battlewagon was being brought into her summer slip. As the captain expertly backed the vessel, a burst of wind suddenly threw her...

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Getting your engine ready for launch in the spring

By | Posted February 2009

  Question: I’ve always wondered if there was anything special I should do when getting my boat ready for launch in the spring. My mechanic says no, just start her up,...

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Alloy At Risk

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted February 2009

When it comes to metals in marine applications, most boaters think of stainless steel. But aluminum is also a good choice. It’s lightweight, relatively inexpensive and strong,...

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Separation Anxiety

By | Posted January 2009

Ever find yourself wondering if the fuel you're taking on is of good quality, or whether it might be contaminated by dirt, water, rust, or worse? Well, you should, especially if...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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