Maintenance & DIY

The future of boat service, Skills USA Nationals
I'm in Kansas City, MO this week at the Skills USA National Championship competition to determine the best and brightest in the service industry not just for marine techs, but virtually any area of service you can think of, from airplanes to ...
Gel Coat and Non-Skid Repair, Part 4
The on-going rebuild of the 1977 Silverton is continuing and this morning Gel-Coat Jim began preparing some of the nicks in the original gel coat surface for recoating. With a small grinder he removed all of the loose gel-coat around ...
Non-Skid/Gelcoat Repair, Part 3
Well I was wrong, the project non-skid / gelcoat repair project hit a speed bump yesterday and they are not ready to begin masking off the deck to begin the refinish process. The hold-up was the cockpit sole. Here it is again: It ...
Non-Skid/GelCoat Repair, Part 2
The fiberglass man finished prepping the 1977 Silverton yesterday so that he can now begin the process of getting ready for new non-skid surfacing on deck. He's still sanding away in the photo below:    When all is said and done, the ...
Non Skid and Gel Coat Repair Job
Over the next few days I'm going to be following the complete replacement of the non-skid surface and gel-coat dings on a 1977 Silverton sportfish that a friend of mine is restoring. Some photos of the boat as it stands right ...
Torqeedo Adds to Electric Power Options
Something I had forgotten about over the years is the limitation found on inland lakes and waterways that exists in some locations. Specifically I'm talking about either horsepower limits or in some cases restrictions on the use of internal combustion ...
Parker Energy Systems DC Timer
Parker Energy Systems has just introduced a handy device that although intended to be used to control their fuel polishing systems, offers boaters additional functionality whether you have a fuel polishing system or not. The device is a programable ti...
Mastervolt Expands Distribution Network
Mastervolt, an innovator in many areas of marine electrics near and dear to my heart announced yesterday that they have added another distributor to their growing US presence. It turns out that the distributor they selected is a long time ...
Gulf Oil Spill and The Real Rulers of The World
Regarding the Gulf oil spill, I've been sitting back quietly observing the shenanigans as they evolve. I remain amazed that technologically, we have the ability to send a mobile robot to Mars and send back photos of that planet's surface, ...
Bow Thruster Corrosion
Over the last decade more and more boaters have either bought or retro-fitted bow thrusters. In some cases people have had to buy several........... Why? You may ask. DC stray current corrosion to the extreme has been the cause for ...

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I'm in Kansas City, MO this week at the Skills ...
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