How-to: Maintenance

  1. How-To / Maintenance

    Inboard Engine Cooling Systems

    Ed Sherman
    Feb 21, 2017

    Modern cooling systems with heat-exchangers work with advanced coolants, but still need old-fashioned maintenance to stay efficient. …Read More

  2. How-To / Maintenance

    Backyard Fiberglass Repair: Laminating Plywood to Fiberglass

    Lenny Rudow
    Feb 9, 2017

    If you need a quick and dirty but structurally sound way to fix a fiberglass boat part, backyard lamination will do the trick. Here’s how it works. …Read More

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    Diesel Engine Smoke: Blue, Black, or White?

    Ed Sherman
    Feb 7, 2017

    Any excess smoke from a modern marine diesel is a sign of a problem, and the color of the smoke helps indicate the nature of the problem. …Read More

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  7. How-To / Maintenance

    Top 7 Winter Boat Projects

    Lenny Rudow
    Dec 26, 2016

    Get a jump on the spring boating season by tackling these projects. …Read More

  8. How-To / Maintenance

    Fogging and Winterizing an EFI Single Throttle-body Four-Stroke Outboard Engine

    Lenny Rudow
    Dec 20, 2016

    If you have an EFI single throttle-body four-stroke outboard like the Yamaha in-line-four F175, the fogging and winterizing process is a bit different. Tune in, to learn how it goes. …Read More

  9. How-To / Maintenance

    Shrink Wrapping a Boat

    Lenny Rudow
    Dec 13, 2016

    We spoke with the experts to learn the ins and outs of heat shrink wrap and the boat shrink wrap process. …Read More

  10. How-To / Maintenance

    Marine Diesel Engine Choices

    Ed Sherman
    Dec 2, 2016

    Whether you’re considering a new boat or planning to repower an old one, here are guidelines for thinking about which marine diesel engine is best for you. …Read More

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  13. How-To / Maintenance

    The Outboard Expert: Four-Stroke Outboard Oil Check

    Charles Plueddeman
    Oct 19, 2016

    Don’t just pull the dipstick—here’s the right way to check the oil level in a four-stroke outboard. …Read More

  14. How-To / Maintenance

    Marine Diesel Fuel: What You Need to Know

    Ed Sherman
    Sep 29, 2016

    Compared to gasoline, diesel fuel has some advantages in the boating world, but it needs careful attention too. …Read More

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