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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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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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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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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 Rafter | 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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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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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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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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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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A Fuel For You

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2007

There are plenty of reasons why the diesel engine is the best power choice for boats over 35 feet, and principal among them is its sterling reliability and reknowned durability....

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Scientific Method

By Jeffrey Moser | 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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Time For a Change?

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2007

Are you the parent of tired, rusty, and thirsty gasoline guzzlers, the kind of engines that keep OPEC happy? If so, your boat's overdue for repowering with more efficient diesel...

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Magnetizing Your Diesel Fuel

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2006

Near the end of the 2005 boating season, Richard Thiel, PMY's editor in chief, was in trouble. Just a few hours before he was about to fly to Italy, fuel problems had strangled...

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Ethanol: Should You Panic?

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2006

In the past year there's been a lot of worry among boaters about the ill effects of soon-to-be-universal E10 ethanol-blended gasoline. Depending on who's talking, the changeover...

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Gunk Be Gone!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2006

After I'd delivered my Grand Banks 32 to her new Florida home, her whole schtick changed—she went from being a true long-legged cruiser to the maritime equivalent of a couch...

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Diesel 101

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted December 2006

The author (left) and another student get a torque-wrench tutorial from instructor Larry Berlin (right).A friend of mine who I considered to be a knowledgeable, experienced boater...

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Does This Stuff Really Work?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2006

When I first came up with the notion of modifying a modern recreational vessel so I could do a side-by-side performance comparison between plain ol’ diesel fuel and the...

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A Change in Element

By | Posted April 2005

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An Eye into Your Engine

By | Posted December 2003

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Purify Your Fuel Filter

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted May 2003

Maintenance Q & A — June 2001

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Gen Zen

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2003

Gen Zen - Genset Maintenance April 2001

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Spooling Up

By | Posted May 2003

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Quiet Lift

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted January 2003

Maintenance Q & A - January 2002

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Cool Exchange

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted January 2003

Maintenance Q & A - May 2002 - Cool Exchange

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Arresting Procedure

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted January 2003

Maintenance Q & A - June 2002

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Engine Insight

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted January 2003

Engine Insight - Ocean Repower

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