How-to: Maintenance

  1. How-To / Maintenance

    Boating Tips: Avoid this Outboard Winterizing Blunder

    Lenny Rudow
    Nov 24, 2015

    Listen in as Senior Editor Lenny Rudow explains what not to do, when you winterize your outboard. …Read More

  2. How-To / Maintenance

    Electrical Resistance on Boats: Keep That Voltage Drop in Check

    Ed Sherman
    Nov 13, 2015

    In most onboard electrical circuits, resistance is the enemy. Learn what causes it, how to measure for it, and how to minimize it. …Read More

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    Make Your Old Outboard Engine New Again

    Charles Plueddeman
    Sep 25, 2015

    If your old Johnson, Evinrude, Mercury, Mariner, or Yamaha is giving you trouble, it might just need a little love. …Read More

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  7. How-To / Maintenance

    Replacing an Enclosure: Five Design Tips

    Zuzana Prochazka
    Sep 15, 2015

    Whether replacing your boat’s enclosure or creating a new one, good design and knowing how to work with a canvas fabricator are both important. …Read More

  8. How-To / Maintenance

    New Propane Locker Rules

    Ed Sherman
    Aug 7, 2015

    Side-loading propane lockers don't conform to the latest safety standards, even though their track record is good. …Read More

  9. How-To / Maintenance

    My Surveyor Has a Beef With My Battery Fuse

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 24, 2015

    Battery installations on European-built boats are sometimes alien to American surveyors—which often leads to a red flag in the survey. …Read More

  10. How-To / Maintenance

    GPS Antenna Placement Can Make a Critical Difference

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 17, 2015

    Deck-mounted antennas should be located away from flailing lines and elbows, but with a clear view of the sky. …Read More

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  12. How-To / Maintenance

    My Boat Trailer Bit Me

    Ed Sherman
    Jun 25, 2015

    Synthetic rope like Dyneema is expensive, but it's a good replacement for worn, barb-ridden wire rope on trailer winches. …Read More

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  14. How-To / Maintenance

    Battery Cable Protection: Is This Overkill?

    Ed Sherman
    Jun 19, 2015

    The aim of the ABYC standard is to protect battery cable from chafe and possible short-circuit. …Read More

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