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Refit and Upgrade

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 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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Dreams and Deferrals

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted September 2012

When it comes time to select a refit project for your boat, you can go in any number of directions. Make your short list: The projects that fit your boating style and budget will...

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Boat In A Box

By Chris Caswell | Posted September 2012

Hinckley Yachts rescues a Savannah 54 from a forgotten factory floor.

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Installing Synthetic Teak Decks

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

Install synthetic teak decks and skip the constant maintenance.

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Making a Refit Manageable

By Chris CaswellCapt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2012

Break down a project to manageable parts, and get some added tips from Capt. Bill Pike.

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Hands-On Stuffing Box Tips

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

See an expert take on stuffing box care here.

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Joystick System Add-On for Twin Diesels

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted August 2012

Why should pods have all the stress-free docking? The Xenta system adds joystick maneuverability to twin-diesel boats.

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LED Light Installation

By Eric Colby | Posted July 2012

An experienced boater realizes the benefits of retrofitting his 27-year-old boat with LED lighting.

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A Guide To Proper Seawater Plumbing

By Vince Daniello | Posted June 2012

Plumbing for seawater circuits is critical.

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How To Add an Air Conditioner to Your Boat

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

Turn an open-air helm into an air-conditioned saloon.

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How To Install An Ice Maker On Your Boat

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

How to add a big-boat fishbox ice to a small sportfisher.

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Thruster Installation

By Eric Colby | Posted June 2012

A new thruster system offers an alternative to a conventional installation.

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How to Install a Cockpit Refrigerator

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

Installing a Cockpit Drawer Refrigerator is Surprisingly Simple. Here's a step-by-step...

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Recreating A Boat's Helm

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2012

Don’t Like Your Helm? Here’s How One Boater Recreated His.

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What You Need To Know About Propeller Options

By Eric Colby | Posted April 2012

The right set of propellers can smooth the ride and increase efficiency.

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Interceptors

By Eric Colby | Posted February 2012

Interceptors can sharpen up a boat’s performance and efficiency. For decades trim tabs have been the popular way to adjust a boat’s running angle. They work well on...

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Air-Conditioning Systems - Part II

By Eric Colby | Posted October 2011

Last month we showed you how to determine your boat’s cooling needs as a first step in an air-conditioning installation or refit (see article here).Now that you know how...

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Preserving JFK's yacht "Honey Fitz"

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted October 2011

The owner of Honey Fitz made the right call—twice. First, after the former presidential yacht had paid many visits to various repair yards since the mid-1970s, he decided to...

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Upgrading the 102-foot motoryacht Banyan

By Alyssa Haak | Posted October 2011

Neptune Group YachtingBanyan’s new profile while underway Capt. Andrew GregoBanyan's original launch.Rock SteadyAn extensive refit, complete with two Seakeeper gyros, put

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Air-Conditioning Systems

By Eric Colby | Posted September 2011

In this less-than-perfect economy, many people are keeping their current boats and upgrading them in various ways. One smart investment to improve your comfort and your boat...

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