How-to: Maintenance

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    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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    Sealing wood end-grain to prevent delamination

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 20, 2017

    It is definitely worth taking the time to seal the end grain of any plywood on your boat. Boatbuilders should all do it, but many do not. …Read More

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    How to secure cables and hoses in your engine room

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 13, 2017

    Nylon wire ties will harden and become brittle in the heat of the engine compartment. Use metal P-clamps instead. …Read More

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    How to fix your marine toilet

    Rupert Holmes
    Jun 14, 2017

    With proper use marine toilets are normally very reliable, but what do you do when something goes wrong? Rupert Holmes has the answers …Read More

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