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Joystick Control without the Pods

By Eric Colby | Posted October 2013 | Add a Comment

Many boat owners are looking for the simplicity and control of joystick maneuverability. But the pods or jet drives that were part of the deal may not always be welcome aboard. Learn more about new options that make slow-speed maneuvering easier here.

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How to Keep Your Boat Interior Smelling Fresh

By Eric Colby | Posted September 2013 | Add a Comment

Your ventilation, heating, and cooling system can do so much more for you and your boat, if you set it up right. Learn how to keep things smelling good here.

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Back Cove 34

By Eric Colby | Posted September 2013

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Back Cove 34 Back Cove Yachts sticks to its founding principle, which is to provide boaters with top-flight, single-screw Down East-style cruisers. But the Back Cove 34 is a great example of why staying true to oneself can mean a few surprises and a whole lot of fun. See what we’re talking about here.

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Zen and the Art of Boat Washing

By Eric Colby | Posted August 2013 | Add a Comment

Why Clean Your Own Boat? There’s something to be said for taking up the scrub brush in your own two hands every now and again and giving your boat the once-over. Disagree? We may change your mind here.

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How to Polish Your Fuel to Keep Your Boat Running Smoothly

By Eric Colby | Posted July 2013 | Add a Comment

Fuel treatments and additives can go a long way towards keeping your boating season trouble-free. But when you get into diesel-powered vessels that are 40 feet or more, the best way to remove water—and the nasty stuff that comes with it—from your fuel tank (or tanks) is to add a fuel-polishing system to your engine room. While initially developed for large yachts and commercial vessels, fuel-polishing technology has caught on with owners of smaller, medium-sized boats these days as well.

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Midseason Boat Maintenance

By Eric Colby | Posted June 2013 | Add a Comment

Most Power & Motoryacht readers really use their boats, so summer is high season—not the time you want to be thinking about maintenance chores and projects. But taking a few minutes here and there to adhere to a prescribed maintenance program will allow you to stay on the water with confidence. Check out the simple ideas here.

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How To Buff Your Hull The Right Way

By Eric Colby | Posted March 2013 | Add a Comment

Polishing and cleaning your boat with a power buffer may be intimidating at first, but after you get used to it your hull (and your forearms) will thank you. 

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DIY Kit Boats

By Eric Colby | Posted December 2012 | Add a Comment

Unleash Your Inner Boatbuilder with a DIY Kit Every boater dreams of stepping to the helm of a boat he built himself. But you’ve got to walk before you run, so check out our take on kits that will help you get your feet wet.

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Your Boat's Fuel in Winter

By Eric Colby | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

With the ethanol debate continuing to rage, should you gas up your boat before winterizing or leave the fuel tank empty? Tips on caring for gasoline engines and fuel when you winterize your boat.

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The Lowdown on Lithium Batteries

By Eric Colby | Posted October 2012 | Add a Comment

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 batteries to 21st-century technology.

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