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Engine

What Brand of Oil and Filters Should You Use on Your Boat?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2015

How closely should your oil match your engine?

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Ventilating Your Boat's Engine Room

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2015

Air is just as crucial to proper engine performance as fuel.

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The Simple Truth About Marine Engine Maintenance

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2015

Maintaining boat engines isn’t rocket science, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Let us show you how to do it the right way.

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How to Recommission Your Boat in the Spring

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2015

Our expert walks you through ten easy, but important, tips that will help you keep your boat running smoothly.

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Engine Room Safety

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2015

There's plenty of stuff in your engine room that can hurt you if you're not careful. Know how to be safe in your machinery spaces and you'll improve your maintenance. See how here.

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How to Pick the Right Battery for Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2015

You need to know the differences between battery types before you can pick the right setup for your boat.

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The Importance of an Engine Log

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2014

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...

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Essential Spare Parts to Keep On Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2014

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...

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Bearings and Shafts on Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2014

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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Diesel Engine Myths

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2014

When it comes to your boat’s engines don’t believe everything you hear.

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How to Prevent Boat Fires

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2014

Capt. Richard Thiel looks at the effectiveness of onboard fire-suppression systems and also points out why you might not be as safe as you think.

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Air Filter Silencer from Walker

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2014

Checking the Decibel Rating on an Air Filter Silencer from Walker

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How to Evaluate an Engine

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2014

This might be the most important thing you do before purchasing a boat

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Marine Fuel Additives

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2014

Does your fuel really need those additives?

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The New Caterpillar C8.7

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2014

A Caterpillar Metamorphosis

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Marine Diesel Engine Advice from a Pro

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2014

We’ve got some real talk from a diesel mechanic.

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Engine Maintenance Tips

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2013

Engine tips that will save you loot.

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Are Synthetic Engine Oils Right for Your Boat?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2013

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates whether the high-tech, synthetic engine oils are all they’re cracked up to be—particularly for marine engines.

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Get Your Boat Surveyed

By Mike Smith | Posted November 2013

Mike Smith investigates the value of having a survey done on a boat you already own.

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Control Sound and Vibration on your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2013

A quiet boat stops noise in the engine room—before it gets to you and your crew.

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How to Take Care of Your Bow Thruster

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2013

Your bow thruster is like a really handy stowaway—it sits quietly tucked belowdecks for most of the voyage, only to show up during close-quarters maneuvering to simplify the...

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Service Interval Documents for Select Diesel Engines

By PMY Staff | Posted September 2013

No one knows an engine as well as the company who built it. Check out some engine manufacturer-approved maintenance schedules here.

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How to Make Your Boat's Engine Last Forever

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013

With proper maintenance and attention to detail, you can help your engine to keep running efficiently for a long, long time—if not actually forever. Here’s what you need to know.

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How to Keep the Fuel Tanks on Your Boat Clean

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013

Understanding why you need to keep the diesel in your tanks clean.

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How to Polish Your Fuel to Keep Your Boat Running Smoothly

By Eric Colby | Posted July 2013

Fuel polishing and air-separation systems are great ways to improve fuel efficiency and keep your cruising hassle-free.

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