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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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Put a Lid on It

By Mike Smith | Posted September 2008 | Add a Comment

  They used to say a man wasn't well-dressed without a hat, and maybe that's true of boats, too. A hardtop provides a place to mount the radar and antennas and keeps the sun off your hatless head. It provides better shade than a bimini, lasts a heck of a lot longer than canvas, doesn't thrash around in choppy weather nor billow like a parachute when the wind gets

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Water, Water Everywhere...

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2008 | Add a Comment

Heading south for the winter? Life's great under the swaying palms—until you get thirsty. Too often the drinking water in tropical paradises tastes funky. (Maybe that's why so many folks in the Caribbean drink Mount Gay rum for breakfast.) Protect yourself by turning bad water into something you'll actually enjoy swallowing with an onboard water-treatment system.In the United States,

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Watching the River Flow

By Mike Smith | Posted July 2008 | Add a Comment

FloScan's TwinScan shows you how much fuel burn is occuring with both engines.Now that fuel is almost as expensive as vintage cognac, it's time to keep closer tabs on how much your boat is using: A fuel-management system is an affordable way to do this and relatively straightforward to install. The simplest systems consist of an

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