Engine

Engine

Smart Through-Hull Management

Keep the Water on the Outside. 

Keeping through-hull fittings exercised is a simple way to make sure they work. But that’s only the beginning of what you should be doing. Learn more about these critical component here.

How to Assess an Engine Room

Do you know what you’re looking at in your engine room? Even if the ways of diesel power are a mystery, Editor At Large Capt. Richard Thiel can show you what to look for and what it says about the boat you’re looking at.

Spring Cleaning for your Engine Room

If you live in a northern climate you probably prepped your engines last fall so they would be ready to go, but there are other chores to consider around your engine room beyond those required just to get your boat ready to go in the water. Let me suggest a few that perhaps you hadn’t thought of...

Engine Room Safety

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.

How to Pick the Right Battery for Your Boat

The ABCs of Marine Batteries. 

If you know the type of marine batteries you have on your boat, there's a good chance you won't need to do anything else to maintain them. But it's smart to read up and be sure. Check out our expert take on marine batteries here.

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.

Diesel Engine Myths

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

Not everything you think you know about diesel engines is true. There are a handful of commonly held believes about them floating around out there that are simply myths. Find out what they are here.

Air Filter Silencer from Walker

Checking the Decibel Rating on an Air Filter Silencer from Walker

We put an air filter silencer from Walker Engineering to a true test—installing her on a boat and measuring her decibels.

Marine Fuel Additives

Does your fuel really need those additives?

Have you ever given much thought to the fuel additives you use, and whether or not they actually help—or worse, hurt—your boat’s performance? We have. Read here to find out our thoughts on the matter.

The New Caterpillar C8.7

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates the new Caterpillar C8.7 and the market and regulatory forces that launched it. With emissions regulations becoming more and more stringent, CAT was forced to link up with an unlikely partner to get their powerplant off the ground: Fiat. Yes, Fiat.

Marine Diesel Engine Advice from a Pro

Ever wished you had a buddy who was a diesel mechanic so he could give you the real skinny on what’s going on with your engine? You’re in luck. Capt. Bill Pike has just such a friend, and in this article he asks him some of the questions you always wondered about, but were too afraid to ask.

Engine Maintenance Tips

Capt. Richard Thiel knows oil analysis isn’t the sexiest topic in the world. But it is an important one if you plan on keeping your boat well maintained for years to come. Here he shares some tips on how to do it well... and on the cheap. 

Get Your Boat Surveyed

A surveyor can uncover problems you don’t see before they turn serious. Should you have your boat surveyed every couple of years? Mike Smith investigates the value of having a survey done on a boat you already own.

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