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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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Get Your Boat Surveyed

By Mike Smith | Posted November 2013 | Add a Comment

A surveyor can uncover problems you don’t see before they turn serious. Should you have your boat surveyed every couple of years? Mike Smith investigates the value of having a survey done on a boat you already own.

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How to Understand Your Boatyard Bill

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2013 | Add a Comment

We know the first glance at your boatyard bill is a blur as your eyes go right to the bottom line. But after your brain’s built-in calculator begins to whir, you know there’s more on that invoice that you need to sort out. Understand what you’re paying for—get the lowdown here.

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How to Take Care of Your Bow Thruster

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2013 | Add a Comment

Your bow thruster is like a really handy stowaway—it sits quietly tucked belowdecks for most of the voyage, only to show up during close-quarters maneuvering to simplify the process and maybe even save the day. How do you make sure it’s there when you need it? Check out our handy tips here.

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Secrets to a Clean Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2013 | Add a Comment

We all know there’s nothing like a professional shine on a boat, but do you know why the detailer’s methods work so well? There are methods to cleaning each type of surface, and it can make a big difference. Learn more about the techniques the pros use here.

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Here Comes the Sun

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2008 | Add a Comment

If you're reading this magazine, chances are you're not a tree-hugger: You burn lots of fossil fuel to push your boat at high speed through a relatively unyielding...

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