How-to: Seamanship

  1. 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

  2. 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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  4. 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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  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. How-To / Seamanship

    Personal AIS: Safelink R10 SRS from Kannad Marine

    Lenny Rudow
    Apr 5, 2012

    The Safelink R10 SRS is the first of its kind—a personal locator beacon which uses AIS to get you rescued. …Read More

  10. How-To / Seamanship

    AquaLens and HydroView Offer Views of the Underwater World

    Mar 29, 2012

    AquaBotix offers two viewing systems, one self-contained and one that works on the end of a boat pole. …Read More

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  12. How-To / Seamanship

    Sealed Batteries Still Need Venting

    Ed Sherman
    Mar 28, 2012

    AGM batteries are sealed, but they still off-gas. Here's how to provide adequate ventilation. …Read More

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    Boating App-itude Adjustment: ShipFinder and WindAlert

    Lenny Rudow
    Mar 4, 2012

    AIS on your cell phone? Real-time wind observations from coast to coast? Why not? …Read More

  15. How-To / Seamanship

    How Autopilots Work

    Lenny Rudow
    Feb 17, 2012

    If you've never spent quality time on autopilot, you're in for a treat. First, here's a primer on what's involved. …Read More

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