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Refit and Upgrade

How to Replace a Windlass

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

If your windlass is looking a little worse for the wear, maybe it’s time to install a new one. Let us show you how.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Marine Stabilizers

By Kevin Koenig | Posted August 2014

There are so many types of marine stabilizers out there that it can make your head spin. How do they all work?

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How to Maintain a Watermaker

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2014

Having a good watermaker onboard will make cruising your boat a lot easier.

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Hinckley Talaria 44 Refit

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted July 2014

Hinckley CEO Jim McManus was looking for a gently used, cruisable boat with a nice turn of speed. Lucky for him, he knew just where to start, and how to proceed.

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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 Tweak Your Props to Make Your Boat More Efficient

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2014

Though they sometimes go unheralded, your props can affect your boat’s performance as much as nearly anything else.

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How to Strip the Finish on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2014

How to make stripping old finishes easy

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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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