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Maintenance

The Importance of an Engine Log

It may sound too simple, but keeping track of your engine’s performance with a pad and pen can teach you a lot about your powerplants, and help you identify problems before they get out of control. Learn what you need to know here.

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Boatyard Dry-Storage Maintenance Tips

Nice and Easy on the Hard  

Your shafts, rudders, struts, and zincs are important parts of your boat that too often can be overlooked. We’ll tell you how to take care of them, and when the best time is to do it.

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Essential Spare Parts to Keep On Your Boat

You may be tempted to keep all sorts of spare parts on your boat, but really, you’d just be adding clutter to your decks. We break down the essential spare parts you really need to have onboard.

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About Cutlass Bearings

How did “cutless” bearings—the brass and rubber sleeves that keep shafts spinning smoothly, once made by B. F. Goodrich—become “cutlass” bearings? After all, a cutlass is meant to cut things—like marauding pirates, for example—while cutless bearings are designed specifically not to.

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Bearings and Shafts on Your Boat

We answer all your questions about bearings and shafts 

Capt. Richard Thiel does a deep dive on your bearings and shafts, parts of your boat that are probably a lot more important than you think.

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Finding Parts for a Boat Refit

Resources for hard-to-find boat parts 

Not all refits go as smoothly as could be. If you are refitting your boat and have become stuck looking for that perfect part, we know a guy who can help.

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How to Replace a Windlass

If your windlass is looking a little worse for the wear, maybe it’s time to install a new one. Let us show you how.

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How to Maintain the Bilge on Your Boat

There’s nothing glamorous about it, but maintaining a clean and well running bilge system is a good indicator that you’re a consummate boater. Here's everything you need to know about maintaining your bilges.

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