Outboard Troubleshooting

Outboard Troubleshooting

Outboard engines are undoubtedly the biggest boon to small-boat propulsion since the fabrication of the first paddle by some creative, water-loving Neanderthal.



Switch to LED Lighting?

Switch to LED Lighting?

On board Easy Goin we are always looking for a way to reduce house-battery power consumption, enabling us to hang on the hook longer, in a secluded cove, before having to fire up the generator or head for shore power to recharge the batteries.


Screen TLC

Screen TLC

A few of us were gathered on the dock discussing a number of boating topics when one of the skippers shared that he had been spraying his radar and chartplotter on the bridge with glass cleaner and wiping it down with paper towels.


Wet-cell Battery Care and Feeding

Wet-cell Battery Care and Feeding

Batteries are among the most critical components on a powerboat. Almost all of the onboard systems depend on some form of electrical power for their operation, making battery failure a situation to avoid at all costs.


Stop Mold Cold

Mold can creep up on you and it is creepy. There are several ways to avoid mold, or at least limit its ability to be as significant a presence as it might otherwise be.


You Can Defeat Odor

You Can Defeat Odor

A boat is an easy place for odors to take hold. While odors can come from many places, the holding tank, hoses and heads can make the most obnoxious odors on a boat. Clean your toilets often, and clean the surrounding areas as well. If you can get the guys to take a seat, that helps.


Staging for a Faster Sale

Staging for a Faster Sale

Similar to when you sell a house, getting your boat sold quickly and for the most money is a lot about the first impression. Of course, choosing a good broker who wants to handle your boat, given its price, and has had good success is important.


Keep Your Diesel Purring

Keep Your Diesel Purring

Diesel engines are legendary for their reliability, durability and fuel economy. Theres a catch to sustaining those attributes, however, and thats proper maintenance of key components. A deferred valve adjustment may negate all of a diesel engines virtues.


Be Safe and Healthy on Board

Knowing your health, welfare and other needs and that of all passengers on board is very important. If some passengers have disabilities that restrict their ability to get on and off the boat, you need to know it. You can, without any embarrassment to them, take some extra measures.


Bond with Your Bilge Blower

Bond with Your Bilge Blower

Bilge ventilation is probably one of the most overlooked engine-room systems, despite its importance in removing dangerous exhaust fumes and fuel vapors from the compartment. Although the bilge blower is built to withstand the harsh engine-room environment, it may pick up dust and debris. You should inspect and clean it every season.


Color Guard

Color Guard

The electrical systems found aboard todays cruising vessels have complex AC systems able of providing reliable power to meet all your electrical demands. Even the smallest trawlers are equipped with shore-power capability, and many have a generator and an inverter as well. If the system is maintained in good working order, problems are unlikely.


What’s Behind the Engines and Gears?

What’s Behind the Engines and Gears?

Connected to your gears are the prop shafts, of course. The first concern is that they need to run from inside the boat to the outside of the boat, necessitating a hole or two in the boats bottom. Stuffing boxes do the job of sealing water out and letting shafts spin freely. Next, the shafts go through strut bearings, and then there are the props on the end.


Engine Room Rehab

Engine Room Rehab

Water can get inside a boat in a variety of ways: big waves, rain, leaky fittings/plumbing/tanks, washdowns and more. The most feared method of water intrusion, and rightfully so, is a hole in the hull.


Seal the Deck

Seal the Deck

With all the concern about water-contaminated fuel, theres a ton of advice to be found regarding additives, filters and at what level to keep your fuel tank during storage. The empty-tank/full-tank debate rages on, and most of this advice is great, but...


Extended Cruising Preparation

Extended Cruising Preparation

It's the time of year when boaters up and down the West Coast are looking forward to the cruising season and preparing to head out for one- or two-week trips, or a summer of extended cruising, and they are establishing their to-do lists. If youre one of those people, what should be on your list?


What’s The Health  of Your Hoses?

What’s The Health of Your Hoses?

Does your boat have hardening of the arteries? Marine hoses are equivalent to arteries and veins in the human body; they transfer important fluids throughout your boat. The arteries on your boat may include various forms of hoses, including flexible hoses, tubing, conduit, ducting, exhaust and fuel lines.


Teak Restoration

Teak Restoration

I like teak decks. They are not slippery when wet and look good as long as they are kept clean. On our Krogen 42, the teak on the side deck and cockpit deck is covered.


Prepare for the Boatyard

Prepare for the Boatyard

Once youve chosen a boatyard, your work is far from over. Before delivering your boat for service or repair, you can do a few things to ensure the boats time on the hard goes as anticipated, the work is completed on schedule and there are no surprises.


The Forgotten Safety Equipment

The Forgotten Safety Equipment

The gear the U.S. Coast Guard and state regulations require us to carry aboard our boats is often purchased, stowed and promptly forgotten until we are subject to an inspection or find ourselves in the middle of an emergency. Neither of these is a good time to discover an item doesnt measure up, especially if that item is a fire extinguisher.


No-Nonsense Name Board Care

No-Nonsense Name Board Care

Back when sailboats were the only boats, there was no requirement to show lights at night. The advent of power necessitated navigation lights. In conjunction with masthead and stern lights, sidelights showed the approximate course and direction of another vessels travel. To make this work, the red and green sidelights had to be visible from only the port and starboard sides respectively.


5 Things to Know About EPA-Approved Portable Fuel Systems

5 Things to Know About EPA-Approved Portable Fuel Systems

With the introduction of the latest EPA regulations, portable fuel systems such the one used on your dinghy or other outboard power craft have undergone some changes. Here are the key points you need to be aware of...


Maintenance Free?

Maintenance Free?

Advocates of dripless shaft seals are quick to point out their benefits over conventional stuffing boxes no leaks, no flax to replace, no shaft scoring but the zinger is always the same: Theyre maintenance free!


Keep Your Fenders Looking New

Keep Your Fenders Looking New

One sure-fire way to spoil a boats appearance is to have dirty, stained fenders hanging from the rails or lined up on the deck. Dirty fenders leave ugly streaks on the hull that can be difficult to remove.


Remote Access to Your Remote

Remote Access to Your Remote

A lot has changed on the technology front, both on land and on the water, since my wife and I bought our 39-foot Carver in 1995. Cellular service has gotten a little better, and Internet service via satellite access points has improved dramatically. To get online while we cruise, Candy and I use a standard satellite dish attached on a downrigger mount to the rails tuned by yours truly once we get to a dock.


Consider a Dual  Fuel-Filter System

Consider a Dual Fuel-Filter System

A fuel filter always seems to clog at the worst possible moment, such as when you're running an inlet in rough weather and the wave action stirs up long-dormant crud from the bottom of your tank.


 

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