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Refit and Upgrade

How to Rebuild a Fuel-Water Separator

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2014

The right way to repair a leaky fuel-water separator.

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How to Keep Your Props Clean

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2014

The very best way to coat a prop with anti-foulant.

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How to Make the Most of Your Swim Platform

By Mike Smith | Posted February 2014

How to choose the right swim platform.

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How to Finish Teak

By Mike Smith | Posted February 2014

No matter how you treat your teak, it demands your attention or its appearance will soon go downhill.

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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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How to Upgrade Your Boat Like a Pro

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2013

Don’t make a single upgrade to your boat until you read this.

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Maintaining Your Dometic Air Conditioner

By PMY Staff | Posted December 2013

Here’s some expert advice to keep your boat's air conditioner operating properly.

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Keeping Up a Lofrans’ Project 1500 Windlass

By PMY Staff | Posted December 2013

Here’s some expert advice to help you maintain your Lofrans’ Project 1500 Windlass.

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Caring for Sea Recovery AquaMatic Watermakers

By PMY Staff | Posted December 2013

Here’s some expert advice to help you maintain your Sea Recovery AquaMatic watermaker.

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Choosing the Right Cover for Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2013

Inside tips on choosing the right cover for your boat

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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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Joystick Control without the Pods

By Eric Colby | Posted October 2013

Learn more about new options that make slow-speed maneuvering easier here.

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Expert Varnishing Tips

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2013

A good varnish job is a beautiful thing to behold. But getting it just right is not for the faint of heart—the trick is in the details. Learn how the professionals do the...

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Upgrading Boat Upholstery

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2013

Take a step back and really look at your boat’s upholstery. Are your cushions looking their age? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Capt. Bill Pike’s tips will have...

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Essential Tools For Your Boat

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted April 2013

Carry the right tools in the toolbox on your boat and you too can be a "Captain Fix-It".

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How To Make Your Boat a Long-Term Investment

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2013

Maintenance Special: Capt. Bill Pike shares tips, wisdom, and proven techniques to help keep your boat running at the top of her game and her equipment doing yeoman service.

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Maintaining Dripless Shaft Seals

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted February 2013

The dripless seals on your boat require just a little simple maintenance once or twice a year, if you ignore those seals they can turn ugly.

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Refresh Your Boat’s Interior

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2013

Interior joinery not staying as sharp as the rest of your boat? Check out our expert advice on making it look like new.

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How to Automate Your Trim Tabs

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted January 2013

Looking for a DIY project that will help your boat run better? Adding automated trim-tab control may be just the ticket, since it adjusts running attitude while giving you one...

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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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Pulling Propellers

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted December 2012

There’s more to getting the propeller off the shaft than meets the eye, and more high-tech props make the job even more complex.

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How to Meet Your Onboard Electricity Needs with an Inverter

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted November 2012

Our handy guide to putting in an inverter. Check out detailed photos of wiring and tips on how to do it properly here.

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How to Install a Cellular Booster

By Capt. Vincent D... | Posted October 2012

Add another layer of reliable communication on your boat with a cell-signal booster. Our install sorts out the installation, the connectors you need, and tells how to tune the...

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The Lowdown on Lithium Batteries

By Eric Colby | Posted October 2012

Are lithium batteries worth the extra money? Lithium batteries are the latest thing, but what advantages do they really bring? Find out the pros and cons of upgrading your...

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Boat Conversion from a Fishing Vessel to a Yacht

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2012

Resident boat nut Capt. Bill Pike recounts one man’s quest to save a 56-year old herring drifter from the scrap heap.

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Refit Guide

By Chris Caswell | Posted September 2012

Nothing says you’re a real boater like taking on a refit project on your boat. We offer some expert advice for considering, planning, and executing a smart refit. Here...

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