Refit and Upgrade

How to Stretch Your Boatyard Budget

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2016

Big jobs are usually expensive, but there are subtle ways to cut costs.

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How to Replace the Hatches on Your Boat

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted April 2016

Boaters who are in the know notice the details. And when a fine finish is your goal, you need to look closely at your boat’s “problem areas.” Those old hatches with the dull...

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Acxent Lighting

By Daniel Harding | Posted March 2016

Imtra’s new line of Acxent lighting changes the way boaters—and designers—think about brightening their boats.

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Underwater Lighting Solutions

By Mike Smith | Posted March 2016

Let There Be Light. Don’t keep the fish, or the dockside dollies, in the dark—install underwater lights.

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How to Best Display a Boat Name

By Mike Smith | Posted March 2016

Displaying your boat’s moniker can be a thorny issue.

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How to Install Satellite TV on Your Boat

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted February 2016

The idea of making things look good as they function well is behind the whole philosophy of boatkeeping. The new Intellian i5 satellite-TV antenna shows the company understands...

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Flexible Solar Panels

By Daniel Harding | Posted February 2016

Solar panels—especially foldable ones—aren’t just for sailors anymore.

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Upgrade Your Engine Room and Emergency Lighting with LEDs

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2015

Let there be (LED) light: A well-lit engine room can help you spot potential issues (read: oil leaks).

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Installing a Cabin Heater on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2015

When it comes to keeping your boat cozy, you can’t beat a cabin heater. But installing one isn’t as simple as you might think.

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Installing a Bow Thruster and Joystick

By Daniel Harding | Posted October 2015

A bow thruster and joystick install on our Grand Banks 42 project vessel shows how attainable this technology is for today’s boaters.

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Fiberglass Fabric Basics

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

So you’ve got a quarter guard that got torn up by a piling? Or you need to plug a hole left by an extracted through-hull? Fiberglass fabric’s the answer.

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How to Care for Your Compass

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2015

Sometimes your compass needs repair, or loses its heading. Check it now.

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How to Make a Boat Greener and Energy Efficient

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2015

Gizmo is one of the highest-tech boats of her class to be certain, but can she be more than that? Could we get her to be ecologically sound too? Find out here.

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Upgrade Your Windshield-Wiper Motor

By Daniel Harding | Posted August 2015

Upgrade your windshield-wiper motor and add peace of mind to your next cruise.

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How to Enhance the Comfort on Your Boat

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted August 2015

Ask anyone who spends any amount of time on a boat, onboard comfort goes a long way. Find out how to make your boat even more appealing to passengers here.

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Inexpensive Noise Reduction on Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2015

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to lower the noise level on your boat.

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Sigma LEDs from Imtra

By Daniel Harding | Posted June 2015

Looking to freshen up your interior and cut down on power consumption? Then look no ­further than Imtra’s newest LED.

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How to Care for Davits and Cranes

By Mike Smith | Posted June 2015

Find tips to help you maintain your davits or crane here.

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Replacing Your Generator

By Daniel Harding | Posted April 2015

When it comes to buying a new generator, bigger is not always better.

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Install a Freshwater Head

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2015

You may be surprised to learn what switching to a freshwater toilet can do for your boat—and your quality of life on board.

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Solar Power on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2015

Solar power has been around for a long time, but in recent years advancements have been made that make it more practical and efficient for use on your boat. Still skeptical? You...

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ESI Fuel-Polishing System

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2015

How do you guarantee squeaky-clean fuel? Try an ESI Total Fuel Management fuel-polishing system.

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Replacing the Air-Conditioning on your Boat

By Daniel Harding | Posted February 2015

Power & Motoryacht and the MyBoatWorks team embark on replacing the air-conditioning units aboard our Grand Banks 42 project boat.

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Hull Vanes for Fuel Efficiency

By Daniel Harding | Posted February 2015

Heesen Yachts uses one of a kind under-water “wing” to provide unparalleled efficiency.

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Essential Spare Parts to Keep On Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2014

You may be tempted to keep all sorts of spare parts on your boat, but really, you’d just be adding clutter to your decks. We break down the essential spare parts you really...

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Finding Parts for a Boat Refit

By Capt Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

Resources for hard-to-find boat parts

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