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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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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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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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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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Troubleshooting 101

By Capt. Grant Rafterillustrations b... | Posted December 2007

You've heard the mantra before, but it bears repeating. A diesel engine basically needs just two things: clean fuel and air. If it's missing either, it's dead. That's why...

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The Ozone Zone

By Mike Smith | Posted November 2007

An ozone generator can be connected to any existing water tank that has an access plate.Any shellback will tell you that ships don't run on diesel, they run on coffee. If the...

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Fountain of Youth

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2007

Even under ideal storage conditions, E10 gasoline has a "shelf life" of just 30 to 45 days. After that the ethanol and gasoline start to go their separate ways. During the season...

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Cover Your Asset

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2007

Fifty years ago no gentleman left the house without a hat, and no yacht spent the winter outdoors without a fitted canvas cover. Supported by a sturdy frame, the cover not only...

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This Ol' Boat

By Adam LaRosa | Posted September 2007

Late last winter, my crew and I were faced with a dilemma: sell our faithful 1987 48-foot Viking charter vessel, and be forced to purchase the best boat we could find, or refit...

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The Hard Core Facts

By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2007

Craftsmen apply core-bonding putty to the inner surface of the laminate.It's probably just human nature. Whether the controversy is Ford versus Chevy, Yankees versus Red Sox, or...

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PMY Tries: Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2007

Starbrite Star Tron Enzyme Fuel TreatmentMy trawler spends plenty of time sitting in a slip with her fuel tanks semifull and her powerplant twiddlin' its thumbs. To deal with the...

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Bare Her Bottom

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2007

Procedures such as the Farrow System are eco-friendly.Eventually the day will come when you have to bare your bottom. No, I don't mean your college reunion or Mardi Gras—I'm...

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Fending Off

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted July 2007

Craig Wallace DaleI probably don't have to tell you about the benefits of having strong, solid, reliable fenders; when correctly positioned, they provide a cushion between your...

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Spares Solution

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2007

SeaKits' MMS keeps track of parts to save you the trouble.Think about how many individual parts make up your yacht: The engines are full of them, as are the genset, stabilizers,...

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Learn Your Lines

By Mike Smith | Posted June 2007

Few things aboard your boat are as simple—or as important—as rope. Docklines and anchor rodes will give you years of service if you take care of them properly, but...

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Watch Your Winch

By Mike Smith | Posted May 2007

Heavy ground tackle makes for sound sleeping, but when it's time to weigh anchor, it can be a pain unless you have a windlass to do the heavy lifting. Fortunately for our lower...

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Water Worries

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2007

As more states mandate E10 ethanol-blended gasoline for off-road use, the problem of water accumulation in fuel tanks grows. And nothing can ruin your day faster than your engine...

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Does Your Boat Pass the Test?

By Mike SmithPhotos by Craig... | Posted March 2007

Does your boat have an NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) certification plate near the helm or the “NMMA Certified” logo on the capacity plate? If it does, did you...

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Enclosures Exposed

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted March 2007

A good enclosure is one that you don't even realize is there. A little more than a year ago, I attended a rendezvous put on by a well-known express-boat builder. It was a great...

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Springtime Without Tears

By Mike Smithillustrations b... | Posted March 2007

Launch day means spring has finally arrived. Soon you’ll be out on the water again, and all will be right with the world. That’s the plan, anyway. But first make sure the old...

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Scientific Method

By Jeffrey Moserphotos by Mika ... | Posted March 2007

If you really want to know what's going on inside your engine, you need to know about oil analysis.In the surfeit of CSI programs so popular with TV viewers these days, one scene...

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