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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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How to Maintain the Bilge on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2014

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...

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How to Maintain Your Stabilizers

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2014

Inside tricks from the pros on maintaining your boat's stabilizer system.

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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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How To Buff Your Hull The Right Way

By Eric Colby | Posted March 2013

Polishing and cleaning your boat with a power buffer may be intimidating at first, but after you get used to it your hull (and your forearms) will thank you. 

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Making a Better Boat

By Peter Frederiksen | Posted January 2013

It all starts with the hull. If you haven’t got that right, there’s no way to fix it. Here we provide a full course in how boats are built, to underscore the point that the...

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DIY Kit Boats

By Eric Colby | Posted December 2012

Unleash Your Inner Boatbuilder with a DIY Kit

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Ocean-Friendly Bottom Paint

By Eric Colby | Posted May 2012

New technologies protect your hull and the environment.

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Eliminate Osmotic Blisters In Your Hull

By Kevin Koenig | Posted April 2012

This Vacuum Is Designed To Eliminate Those Ugly Osmotic Blisters In Your Hull.

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Sea Hawk BiocopTF

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2011

A real-world test of this bottom paint produces some definitive results.Toward the middle of this past July, I had my Grand Banks 32 Sedan Betty Jane hauled at a local boatyard...

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Intersleek 900 Paint

By Kevin Koenig | Posted October 2011

These days it seems like nearly everyone is talking about going green. Some people are going all out, living in solar-powered homes and driving hybrid cars, while others require a...

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Top-Notch Enclosure Panels

By | Posted June 2011

Virtually everything can be improved—that’s the point Capt. Matt Condon was making just before the big brainstorm hit him. Condon’s the head guy at Signature...

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Hands-On Test Of Totally-Green Teak Deck Sealers

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2011

Over the years, I’ve squirted, rubbed, mopped, and sprayed my fair share of potions, pastes, and potations onto fiberglass and other boaty surfaces. And, given the amount of...

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Shaft Brush Boogie

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2010

A cheap and easy way to prevent costly prop damage.

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Toss the Sawzall!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2009

So a guy walks into a boatyard and says, “Hey, I gotta have a bow thruster.” In a few days, an open-ended job begins, with the bill contingent upon the yard’s hourly rate,...

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Wax On, Wax Off

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2009

Remember “Wax on, wax off?” It was Mr. Miyagi’s discipline-building anthem in Karate Kid. For years, I figured it was merely a figment of some movie maker’s imagination—it couldn’...

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The Bottom Line

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2009

Although I’m loathe to acknowledge my naivet concerning such matters (especially since I’m 61 years old and have owned boats all my life), my approach to in-water bottom cleaning...

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Confirming continuity

By | Posted March 2009

An inexpensive multimeter like this is one of the few tools you'll need to verify the integrity of your boat's bonding system.  It’s a fair bet that every PMY...

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Boat scratch fever

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2009

I remember the scene vividly. The just-painted battlewagon was being brought into her summer slip. As the captain expertly backed the vessel, a burst of wind suddenly threw her...

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Alloy At Risk

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted February 2009

When it comes to metals in marine applications, most boaters think of stainless steel. But aluminum is also a good choice. It’s lightweight, relatively inexpensive and strong,...

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Varnishes, Oils, and a Little Heresy

By Paul EsterlePhotos by Billy... | Posted April 2008

What finishing technique is best? These suggestions may surprise you.Ask any ten boaters how they protect the wood on their boats, and you'll get ten different answers, sometimes...

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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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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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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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