How-to: Maintenance

  1. How-To / Maintenance

    Are Gate Valves OK for Seacocks?

    Ed Sherman
    Aug 23, 2014

    Gate valves can't provide a quick visual reference on whether a through-hull is open or shut. And the handles tend to rust. …Read More

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    Old Boats Never Die

    Carol Cronin
    Aug 14, 2014

    Here are three signs that it's time to get rid of that old boat. …Read More

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  6. How-To / Maintenance

    Outboard Steering: Too Stiff?

    Ed Sherman
    Aug 1, 2014

    Your hydraulic steering may not be lubricated well, even though it looks clean. Disassembly required. …Read More

  7. How-To / Maintenance

    Boat Ownership Advice: Embrace the Hacksaw

    Doug Logan
    Jul 30, 2014

    Repairs and maintenance chores are plentiful and inevitable. But if you always pay someone else to handle them, you're going to miss half the fun. …Read More

  8. How-To / Maintenance

    Can I Eliminate Extra Wiring On My Boat?  

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 11, 2014

    Take care when trying to tame extra wiring -- some electronics cables should not be shortened. …Read More

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    3 Cheap Boating Tricks: Get on the Water for Less

    Carol Cronin
    Jul 9, 2014

    Cheap boating may sound like a contradiction, but it doesn't have to be with these DIY tips. …Read More

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  12. How-To / Maintenance

    Installing a High-Output Alternator: Modifications Needed

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 4, 2014

    There are a number of elements that need to be considered when you bring a high-output alternator into a system designed for lower output. …Read More

  13. How-To / Maintenance

    Is My Boat Wiring Going to Overheat?

    Ed Sherman
    Jun 20, 2014

    If you measure with a thermometer, you'll probably find that those wires aren't as hot as you think. …Read More

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