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by Mike Smith

Piloting Your Boat by iPad

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2015 | Add a Comment

Do you really need more than a tablet and some apps to navigate?

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How to Clean Your Engine Room

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2015 | Add a Comment

It’s hot, cramped, and hard to reach, but your engine room still needs a good scrub now and then. Here’s how the pros do it.

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Boat Varnishing Tips

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2015 | Add a Comment

Want your varnish to shine like the July sun? Here are 10 tips to help you out.

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What’s in a Brush?

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2015 | Add a Comment

You’d have to look pretty hard to find a nicer varnish brush than those sold by Epifanes, a Dutch company founded in Aalsmeer in 1902.

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How to Maintain the Metal on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2015 | Add a Comment

The marine environment can be a tough place for metal. Rust and wear are pretty much par for the course. But there are ways to keep your onboard metal in good shape. Read about them here.

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How to Care for Davits and Cranes

By Mike Smith | Posted June 2015 | Add a Comment

Tenders make boating all the more fun. But getting small boats in and out of the water can be a hassle if your davit doesn't work well. Find tips to help you maintain your davits or crane here.

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How To Strip Your Bottom

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2015 | Add a Comment

All things come to an end, including bottom paint. Here’s how to cope with antifouling separation anxiety.

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Install a Freshwater Head

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2015 | Add a Comment

You may be surprised to learn what switching to a freshwater toilet can do for your boat—and your quality of life on board.

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Solar Power on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted April 2015 | Add a Comment

Solar power has been around for a long time, but in recent years advancements have been made that make it more practical and efficient for use on your boat. Still skeptical? You shouldn’t be. Read more here.

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A Boat Nut’s Christmas Reading List

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2014 | Add a Comment

Asking Santa for some reading material this year? Here are a few suggestions.

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