How-to

  1. How-To / Maintenance

    GPS antenna placement can make a difference

    Ed Sherman
    Nov 13, 2017

    Deck-mounted antennas should be located away from flailing lines and elbows, but with a clear view of the sky. …Read More

  2. How-To / Maintenance

    Outboard engine repairs: starting, fuel, shear pins

    Rupert Holmes
    Oct 19, 2017

    So your outboard engine won't start? We look at a few of the common problems to enable your to identify the issue and even fix it yourself. …Read More

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  4. How-To / Buying & Selling

    Marine diesel engines

    Ed Sherman
    Oct 18, 2017

    If you’re thinking of buying a boat or new engine, here are some basics to help you make your decision between petrol and diesel engines. …Read More

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  7. How-To / Maintenance

    Is my exhaust outlet placement safe?

    Ed Sherman
    Sep 12, 2017

    Diesel exhaust fumes coming through an open porthole can be highly unhealthy, if not dangerous. …Read More

  8. How-To / Maintenance

    Self-tapping screws: reduce the ouch

    Ed Sherman
    Sep 6, 2017

    Self-tapping screws are common in production boats - they save time and cost. But protruding points need to be tamed. …Read More

  9. How-To / Buying & Selling

    Southampton boating guide

    Rupert Holmes
    Aug 23, 2017

    The Southampton area, on the UK’s south coast, is one of the biggest boating and boat buying hubs in Europe, with a huge choice of all types of sail and motor craft for sale. …Read More

  10. How-To / Maintenance

    Is my compass accurate?

    Ed Sherman
    Aug 8, 2017

    Check to see if your electronics are inducing compass deviation errors. That test is easy. It can be a little more difficult to get the compass swung right. …Read More

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  12. How-To / Maintenance

    How to plug screw holes below the waterline

    Charles Plueddeman
    Aug 1, 2017

    Knowing how to plug screw holes will save you needing to a boat builder involved. …Read More

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  14. How-To / Maintenance

    Summer yacht maintenance: essential tips

    Rupert Holmes
    Jul 27, 2017

    Don't let a silly breakdown ruin your boating enjoyment. Maintain your yacht with a few simple checks. …Read More

  15. How-To / Maintenance

    Is my boarding ladder safe?

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 27, 2017

    Transom boarding ladders can be tricky to deploy from the water, especially for kids. …Read More

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