Maintenance & DIY

Is Your Shore Power Cord Melting?
As part of my informal spring getting ready checklist I'd be remiss if I didn't mention your boat's shore power cord. You need to check to see if it is melting......... What I mean by that is taking a close ...
Algae-X, Show Me The Science
For some years now the Algae-X diesel fuel cleaner has troubled me. These units are extremely popular among the diesel engine crowd and are widely used on a lot of diesel engines. I even recall that Yanmar offered them as ...
Diesel Engine Problems? Try This
I'm on the road this week and conducting a seminar in Portland, Oregon for the ABYC addressing gasoline engines. During the class sessions we do sometimes compare and contrast gas vs. diesel and so on. Well I've said it before and ...
Bad Barnacles
Most folks know that barnacles can cause a bit of havoc when they attach themselves to the bottom of their boat, especially in the wrong places. I did another tour through the boatyard last week and discovered one cruising boat ...
Why is Regulatory Compliance Such a Big Deal?
If you've been reading my posts here for a while you know that my primary employer is the ABYC, the primary standards writing organization in the US that deals with engineering aspects of boat construction and repair. Very often within ...
Dynaplate Do’s and Don’ts
The Dynaplate is nothing new, they've been around for years. In the days of LORAN C the Dynaplate was a staple as part of any complete installation to ensure a good solid ground for the system and keep RFI noise at ...
Outdrive Paint Job, Pentaman Gets It Right
Today my friend Pentaman returned to the boatyard to give his Volvo outdrive its new paint job. I'm happy to say he got it right (almost). My spy camera picked up the shot below today at about 3 PM....
Are You CO Monitor Equipped?
Well it's back to raining here in Rhode Island so my friend Pentaman won't be available today to finish off the paint job on his Volvo outdrive. If you've missed my last two posts, we've been tracking his progress with this big ...
ValvTect Completes Ethanol Tests
We'll have to wait until tomorrow for my update on "Penta man" my Volvo IO painter. He appears to have finished sanding the unit down and hopefully today will be priming the unit. I'll report as soon as I see fresh ...
Outdrive Paint Job, Continued
Yesterday I discussed some of my observations as I watched a fellow preparing his outdrive for a fresh coat of paint. As I mentioned yesterday we need to track his progress over a few days. As of last evening it ...

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