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Refit and Upgrade

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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Lürssen's Polar Star

By Alyssa HaakPhotos by Jim R... | Posted July 2011

Seeing a yacht in a shipyard is like seeing a dolphin at Sea World—it’s not an entirely accurate representation of behavior in the wild. So when I heard that the 208-...

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Dinghy Replacement

By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Jeffe... | Posted February 2011

Recently, I underwent a profoundly meaningful conversion experience and, like a whole passel of converts before me, I’m hot in the heels to share it with the world. The...

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The Ultimate Upgrade

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2011

Disaster struck at seven o’clock on a wintry North Florida morning. Tim Martin and his buddies were idling along in Martin’s seasoned battlewagon, 30 miles offshore,...

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Labor of Love

By Alyssa HaakPhotos by Darle... | Posted October 2010

The 30-foot Carver Santego was for sale and up on the hard. From a distance she looked gray and tan instead of her original white with navy and black trim with...

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Yacht Restoration

By MiMi Yeh | Posted November 2009

Any boatyard can refurbish an elderly vessel, but where do old yachts get new lives using traditional techniques? The answer is the Newport, Rhode Island-based International Yacht...

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Nautic Air Module - Got Allergies?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009

As an unabashed booster for boats and boating, I’m a tad amazed to find myself admitting that we boaters have a wholly invisible but smelly problem: onboard air quality. Consider...

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Swap or Not?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2009

I explained to Joe Galati of Galati Yacht Sales that PMY was looking for a cruiser with incandescent or halogen lighting that we could swap for LEDs from Imtra Marine. We had four...

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