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Ethanol: Should You Panic?

By Mike Smith | Posted December 2006 | Add a Comment

In the past year there's been a lot of worry among boaters about the ill effects of soon-to-be-universal E10 ethanol-blended gasoline. Depending on who's talking, the changeover from gasoline laced with methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) is a small problem, a catastrophe of biblical proportions, or somewhere in between. But what's the truth? Should we panic? Here's what you need to

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Magnetizing Your Diesel Fuel

By Mike SmithPhotos by Craig... | Posted December 2006 | Add a Comment

Near the end of the 2005 boating season, Richard Thiel, PMY's editor in chief, was in trouble. Just a few hours before he was about to fly to Italy, fuel problems had strangled his boat Ava T. in the middle of Long Island Sound. Since the fear of missing an expense-account junket to Europe haunts every member of the boating press, Thiel, an expert mechanic before moving to an

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A Lick of Paint

By Mike Smith | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

Invest in a professional paint job for a big payoff.When it comes to cost versus benefit, nothing beats a paint job. Investing in a fresh coat on your hull will not only make your boat look new again, but will also add to her resale value. Today, at least in the yachting world, paint means two-part linear polyurethane (LP). If your

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Splash Out on Spray Rails

By Mike Smith | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

Some boats are fine in almost all respects but harbor a gremlin or two that become annoying out of proportion to their real importance. PMY editor-in-chief Richard Thiel owns such a boat, Ava T., a classic Jarvis Newman 32 ideal for day cruising and overnighting, fishing, or picnicking. Her Cummins diesel is reliable and economical, her equipment simple and dependable, and her

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Some Like It Hot

By Mike Smith | Posted August 2006 | Add a Comment

Using a heat gun, Mark Ashton warms the surface of the boat before photographing it with his IR camera.To many surveyors and their clients, the moisture meter is the ne plus ultra of laminate-testing tools, a technical leap and a half beyond whacking the boat with a soft-faced hammer. But not for long: Moisture meters are

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