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Tip Of The Month

How To Dock Shorthanded

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

A few generalized tips on docking safely, whether you’re short-handed or single-handed.

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How To Run an Inlet

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

Power is the biggie when running an inlet—precisely controlled power. The trick is to precisely fit speed and steering to the constantly changing conditions once inside the...

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How To Bleed A Diesel Engine

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

If you allow air to enter the supply line of an engine it will promptly airlock the engine and summarily shut it down. Here are the steps to get things going again.

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How NOT To Leave The Dock

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

Before departing any dock any time there are a few things you ought to get into the habit of doing...

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How To Avoid A Hurricane

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

If caught in unavoidably bad weather, get creative.

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How To Anchor Like You Mean It

By George Sass Jr. | Posted November 2012

No matter how well designed an anchoring system is, if the basics are ignored, it won’t do you any good. Here are a few tips to help make your anchor stick.

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Getting a Serial or Model Number

By PMY Staff | Posted June 2012

When you need a serial or model number from the back of a fixed-mount electronic unit and you can’t see behind it, use your mobile phone to take a picture.

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Laundry Soap Battery Tote

By PMY Staff | Posted May 2012

How to make a battery carrier for your boat out of a laundry soap bucket.

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Filling Batteries With Liquor Bottles

By PMY Staff | Posted April 2012

Refilling my batteries tends to be a tough job because they are hard to get at

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Handling heavy engine parts

By PMY Staff | Posted March 2012

It also makes manhandling heavy parts a one-person job.

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Keeping your boat smelling fresh through the winter

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012

Garmin’s Tip of the Month, Feb 2012: Add about one pound of baking soda to each and place them around the inside of your boat for the winter...

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Installing an impeller in a hard-to-reach place

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012

A tip on installing an impeller in hard-to-reach places.

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Tip for boaters: Smart use of your smart phone

By | Posted December 2011

Carry frequently used maintenance part numbers, to-do lists, and shopping lists with you on your smartphone. Use any number of available free apps (try TurboList for the Droid and...

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month, Nov 2011

By | Posted November 2011

When you’re winterizing your freshwater system and want to prevent messy spurts and sprays that occur when you’ve finished running antifreeze through the lines to the...

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month, Oct 2011

By | Posted October 2011

When installing a new water-pump impeller with a keyway it’s often difficult to insert the new impeller into the pump while lining up the keyway slots on the shaft and the...

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month, Sept 2011

By | Posted September 2011

Even well-made splices in wiring can wick up moisture, especially if they are in a boat’s bilge. Wicking, of course, can cause corrosion, prematurely ruin a splice, and...

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Garmin's Tip of the Month, August 2011

By | Posted August 2011

When working in tight spaces with a cordless drill and stainless steel fasteners, here’s a helpful trick. If you can’t hold the fastener with one hand and the drill...

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month - June 2011

By | Posted June 2011

I’ve got a great tool for topping off batteries. Attach a length of clear plastic hose to each end of a gas-line squeeze bulb. Next time you’ve got low distilled water levels,...

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Garmin's Tip of the Month, July 2011

By | Posted June 2011

Splash-proof your smartphone with a (61/2" x 3 1/4") Ziploc snack bag. You can manipulate its touchscreen through the plastic and speak and hear clearly as well. This is...

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month - May 2011

By | Posted May 2011

Boaters are always trying to splice and strip small-gauge wires in spaces where a pen-knife or wire stripper won’t fit. I use a letter opener—one of those you hold in your palm....

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month - April 2011

By | Posted April 2011

Here’s a little suggestion that’s comparably green, at least in my opinion. Save the paint thinner you use to clean paint brushes in a plastic container. After you’ve set the...

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Garmin’s Tip of the month - March 2011

By | Posted March 2011

To keep plug-in-type low-voltage chargers for electronics sorted so you don’t inadvertently use an incompatible charger on a pricey piece of equipment, put a dot of nail polish on...

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month - November 2010

By | Posted November 2010

To loosen a sticking oil filter that you can’t get to unscrew with a standard filter wrench; simply attach a hose clamp around the filter’s base, close and tighten it, and, after...

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Springtime Without Tears

By Mike Smithillustrations b... | Posted March 2007

Launch day means spring has finally arrived. Soon you’ll be out on the water again, and all will be right with the world. That’s the plan, anyway. But first make sure the old...

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