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How to Maintain the Bilge on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2014 | Add a Comment

There’s nothing glamorous about it, but maintaining a clean and well running bilge system is a good indicator that you’re a consummate boater. Here's everything you need to know about maintaining your bilges.

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How to Maintain a Watermaker

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2014 | Add a Comment

Having a good watermaker onboard will make cruising your boat a lot easier. However maintaining one is not as easy as some people think. Never fear. To learn the most helpful maintenance tips for keeping your watermaker running properly, read this.

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How to Troubleshoot Your Boat's Air-Conditioning System

By Mike Smith | Posted June 2014 | Add a Comment

Everything you need to know about fixing your air conditioner Now that summer’s just about here, it’s time to get serious about your onboard air-conditioning system. And we’ve got everything you need to know about how to stay cool when it gets hot.

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How to Maintain a Hydraulic Steering System

By Mike Smith | Posted May 2014 | Add a Comment

Few things are as important onboard your boat as your steering system, yet a surprising amount of boaters don’t know how to take proper care of it. We’ll show you everything you need to know to keep your hydraulic steering system in tip-top condition.

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How to Strip the Finish on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2014 | Add a Comment

Secrets of a Stripper.  Removing old finishes from your boat can be a real pain in the neck. But we’ve figured out the best, most hassle-free way to do it. Read here to find out our secret.

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How to Make the Most of Your Swim Platform

By Mike Smith | Posted February 2014 | Add a Comment

Your swim platform can be one of the most fun areas on your entire boat. But there’s more than meets the eye when choosing the right one for you; not the least of which is picking the right material. Read this for a deep dive on swim platforms.

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How to Finish Teak

By Mike Smith | Posted February 2014 | Add a Comment

No wood is more beautiful than well-maintained teak, whether it’s wearing many coats of expertly brushed varnish or a carefully applied surface of teak oil. Even bare teak looks nice if you clean it every day to keep it snowy white. But no matter how you treat your teak, it demands your attention or its appearance will soon go downhill. 

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How to Maintain Your Stabilizers

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2014 | Add a Comment

Ever wonder what goes into keeping a stabilizer system up and running? Aside from the initial outlay of installation, the money spent to keep a system running smoothly can be calculated into your routine maintenance costs, if you know where to begin. We provide expert advice and tips on keeping up these day-saving systems

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Paravanes—The Stabilizer Option

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2014 | Add a Comment

Some folks distrust technology and want to stick with mechanical devices to stabilize their boats. Almost anyone can figure out paravanes, the cruising powerboat’s traditional means of reducing and even stopping roll. If you’re a Luddite but you want to cruise offshore in comfort, maybe they’re the solution for you.

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Choosing the Right Cover for Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2013 | Add a Comment

Boatyard: The Canvas Conversation Modern-day marine fabrics have come a long way from the crusty canvas your father covered up his boat with. Today your boat cover can be made from such materials as acrylics, vinyls, space-age polymers, and more. It just depends on what you’re looking for, and of course, what your budget is.

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