How-to: Maintenance

  1. How-To / Maintenance

    Is my marine battery installation safe?

    Ed Sherman
    Dec 11, 2017

    Some parts of this arrangement are probably not a cause for concern; others are more worrisome. …Read More

  2. How-To / Maintenance

    How to paint a boat

    Rupert Holmes
    Nov 21, 2017

    Read our ultimate boat painting guide. Whether you have a 30ft yacht or a 20ft fishing boat, the principles are the same, Rupert Holmes shares his expertise. …Read More

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    Diesel engine maintenance tips

    Rupert Holmes
    Nov 15, 2017

    Diesel engines are pretty reliable - especially if you take the time to check them regularly. …Read More

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    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

  8. 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

  9. How-To / Maintenance

    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

  10. 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

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    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

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  14. 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

  15. 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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