How-to: Seamanship

  1. How-To / Seamanship

    Water and Waste Fittings: Too Close for Comfort

    Ed Sherman
    Nov 2, 2012

    Plumbing convenience shouldn't trump safety concerns. Builders take note. …Read More

  2. How-To / Seamanship

    Five Killer Fish: These Species Are Deadly

    Lenny Rudow
    Oct 29, 2012

    It may surprise you, but when any one of these five killer fish are around, swimming is a bad idea. (Insert “Jaws” music here). …Read More

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  4. How-To / Seamanship

    Is the Wiring Support in My Boat Overdone?

    Ed Sherman
    Sep 28, 2012

    There are different ways for wiring support to be compliant with ABYC standards. Compliance failure is easy to see, but overkill is in the eye of the beholder. …Read More

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  7. How-To / Seamanship

    Why Can’t I Use My LPG Tank Locker for Storage?

    Ed Sherman
    Sep 20, 2012

    Even if there's room in your LPG locker for extra gear, don't be tempted to put it in there. …Read More

  8. How-To / Seamanship

    Five PFD Tips for Labor Day Weekend

    Aug 31, 2012

    If you have inexperienced boaters with you this weekend, here's some sage advice from the National Safe Boating Council. …Read More

  9. How-To / Seamanship

    Aluminum Water Tanks: Safe to Use?

    Ed Sherman
    Aug 9, 2012

    Potable water is best carried in stainless steel or FDA-approved, food-grade plastic tanks rather than in aluminum. Chlorine and aluminum are poor partners. …Read More

  10. How-To / Seamanship

    Electrical Current and Connections: Why the Heat?

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 1, 2012

    A heavy electrical current flowing through a poor connection creates extra heat, and the potential for fire. …Read More

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  12. How-To / Seamanship

    Marine Electrical Safety: Boot Those Terminals

    Ed Sherman
    Jun 15, 2012

    Even with a fuse between them, exposed terminals like this should have protective boots on them to prevent a short. …Read More

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  14. How-To / Seamanship

    Electrical Terminal Stud Count: Four and No More

    Ed Sherman
    May 25, 2012

    It's a bad idea to stack too many terminals on one stud. It concentrates heat, which can lead to melting. And fire. …Read More

  15. How-To / Seamanship

    Does My Battery Charger Need a Fuse?

    Ed Sherman
    May 19, 2012

    The ABYC recommends fuses for the output leads on battery chargers, but sometimes those fuses can be hard to locate. …Read More

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