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How to exercise an unused engine

By PMY Staff | Posted May 2012 | Add a Comment

Sometimes I don’t have the time to actually take my boat out for two or three weeks at a time, but I do have time to run her Cummins diesels now and again. How often, how long, and at what rpm should I do this?

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Filling Batteries With Liquor Bottles

By PMY Staff | Posted April 2012 | Add a Comment

Garmin’s Tip of the Month, April 2012 Refilling my batteries tends to be a tough job because they are hard to get at. What I use to make the job easier is an empty 1.75-liter plastic liquor bottle. The plastic insert in the neck makes pouring the water into the battery cavities both easy and accurate. And to refill the bottle I simply remove the plastic insert with a screwdriver, pour in the water, and then snap the insert back on. The best part, though, is that I get to enjoy the liquor in the bottle as I empty it.

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How do I check for engines damaged by forgetting to open seacocks?

By PMY Staff | Posted April 2012 | Add a Comment

I left my marina with my seacocks closed. How do I know if I’ve damaged a head gasket or something else?

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Handling heavy engine parts

By PMY Staff | Posted March 2012 | Add a Comment

When replacing heavy engine parts such as manifolds, thread two bolts with the heads cut off into the outside bolt holes to line up the gasket and manifold with the exhaust ports. Start the new bolts in the empty holes, and when you have installed several of them hand-tight, remove the studs, thread in the last bolts, and tighten everything. This eliminates the difficult job of lining up the gasket and the manifold with the exhaust ports. It also makes manhandling heavy parts a one-person job. Illustration by Steve Karp

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Sailors-turned-powerboaters

By PMY Staff | Posted March 2012 | Add a Comment

The further adventures of our sailors-turned-powerboaters. We were taking our first cruise after making the switch from sail to power. We were certainly nervous about handling our new Marlow 57 Explorer, which seemed massive compared to our Beneteau 423 sailboat, but we never could have guessed what would happen. Suffice to say, Kat is convinced that Indigo’s distinctive dark-blue hull attracts other boats like a magnet. I hope she’s wrong.

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Ranger Tug 31

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

The Ranger Tug 31 is a smaller cruising yacht with a lot to offer. Her exceedingly salty looks cut a memorable profile to be sure, while her main deck configuration takes full advantage of her 31-foot hull length.

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Fairline Squadron 50

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

With its new Squadron 50, British builder Fairline aimed to design a boat that offered an extremely comfortable onboard experience.

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Keeping your boat smelling fresh through the winter

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

Garmin’s Tip of the Month, Feb 2012 When winterizing your freshwater system, save the antifreeze jugs, cut off the top half and dry them out. Add about one pound of baking soda to each and place them around the inside of your boat for the winter. They will absorb odors, and when you uncover your boat in the spring, she won’t have that musty smell. Be sure to place jugs in your refrigerator, ice maker, lockers, and anywhere else odors typically accumulate.

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Megayacht of the Week archive

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

Photo gallery of PMY's "Megayacht of the Week".

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Installing an impeller in a hard-to-reach place

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

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

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