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Getting a Charge

Getting a Charge

I have a 29-foot Ranger Tug in salt water on Newport Bay. I go through a zinc anode on the prop shaft every month. Marine electricians seem unable to correct the problem. Any suggestions?






Hull of a Choice

What are the pros and cons between an aluminum and a fiberglass hull?





Going Nuts

I have an age-old question. I have a 1990 33-foot Sea Ray with twin 5.7L inboards and v-drives (a very common inboard setup among many boat manufacturers). When installing the props on the shafts, there are two nuts, one thin and one thick. Which nut goes on first? I have walked around our yard and seen them on both ways, so which is the correct way? The most popular way seems to be the thick one first. Is there a logic for installing them any particular way?





A Port Contortionist

Because I fell in lust instead of slowly into love, I find myself the owner of a gorgeous 29-foot Sea Ray, with twin 5.0 Mercs. I’m a DIYer, and if I contort myself just so, I can change the oil, the oil filter and the spark plugs on the starboard engine. The port engine isn’t as kind. How do you service the port side of the port engine? I sure can’t see anything..





An Ounce of Prevention

An Ounce of Prevention

We always plug in our boat to dock power where we keep our boat. We have had to replace several power cords and a couple of connectors on the boat. What can we do? The cords and replacing the power inlet connectors are expensive.





Portable Power

I do not have a generator on board but am thinking about installing one. I have seen some boaters using a portable generator, which isn’t cheap but costs a lot less than an installed generator. What should I be considering?





Eat Great Aboard

Eat Great Aboard

Do you have any advice on preparing for cooking aboard? We are both foodies.





Ethanol Headaches

I’m an old-timer (like you) and grew up knowing that winter meant filling my boat’s fuel tanks before I put it to bed for the winter. Of course, gasoline then was real gas, and was about $2 a gallon. As soon as I bought a cruiser with a 300-gallon tank to feed twin 502 big-blocks, gas went to $5 a gallon for ethanol. I am not happy about putting $1,500 worth of pig-food in my fuel tanks and letting it sit over the winter just to drive me nuts with the results in the spring. My heirs aren’t happy about seeing their inheritance in Pop’s gas tank, either. Help?





Call Like Magic

When I am out of the country, I find that some of the 800 numbers will not work outside the U.S. We travel to both Mexico and Canada. Is there a way to get phone service outside the U.S. that gives a U.S. CLID?





Praise for Toilets

I am considering upgrading my toilets to VacuFlush. Are they as good as advertised, and are there any setup considerations? What about maintenance?





Time to Let go of the Legacy?

I have a 1995 40-foot motorboat with a 1995 Raytheon 610 chartplotter. I also have a computer with Nobeltec Visual Navigation Suite, which was installed several years ago. The computer is failing, and the old Raytheon plotter is nothing like the new stuff, but it works fine. What can I do, that makes sense economically?





Get Particular about Paint

Get Particular about Paint

I’m planning to paint my older inflatable. Can I use any rubber-based paint?





Why the Big Bucks?

My neighbor has a four-cylinder, four-stroke, fuel-injected Yamaha. I have a four-cylinder, two-stroke, direct-injected Evinrude E-TEC. I realize each has its positives and negatives, but this week, both of us had to have an injector replaced. Maybe it’s in the water, as the saying goes. Both of us called the same mobile tech. My neighbor paid for 10 minutes’ diagnostic time, a half-hour replacement (the injector was $161) and 10 minutes for a courtesy computer download. I paid for a half-hour diagnosis, $293 for an injector, an hour to remove the old and install the new one, plus almost an hour to integrate the new injector with the EMM. How can there be so much difference in injection systems?





In the Clear About Fog

In the Clear About Fog

My wife and I have a fear of navigating in fog. We always travel with other boats when it is foggy. However, there are times we just want to cruise on our own. How can we get over the fog fear?





New Canvas Considerations

New Canvas Considerations

We need to replace our canvas, and I am looking for advice. What are the major factors to consider?





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