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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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Show Me the Paper!

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2008 | Add a Comment

Next time you take your yacht to the yard, look for proof the crew knows what it's doing. When you sign a work order with a yard, how can you be sure the person who'll do the job has the skills? The proof is in the paper: Demand to see certification from a recognized marine-industry...

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You or the Yard?

By Mike SmithPhotos by Billy... | Posted September 2008 | Add a Comment

When I was a kid, most boat owners I knew handled fitting-out and laying-up jobs themselves. Caulking and painting bottoms (boats were built of wood back then), winterizing engines and tuning them up in the spring, laying on a glassy coat of topsides paint—all were do-it-yourself jobs. Owners who hired yards to do such tasks were either deficient in manliness or too wealthy for their own

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