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.


Get Tough on Rust

Rust is a concern in many settings, but it is especially prevalent in the marine environment. Nowhere is it a bigger concern than when it comes to your steel propane tank. If your tank has rust, it doesn't mean the tank is going to be faulty (as long as it's light surface rust).


Sacrifice Is the Best Defense

Sacrifice Is the Best Defense

Sacrificial zinc anodes are the critical frontline in protecting metal running gear and engines from costly damage due to galvanic corrosion. They are not cheap, but compared to the cost of the damage they prevent, theyre a bargain.


Breaking the Code

Breaking the Code

The fuel is what makes your engine fire, but its the crankcase lubricant that keeps it running. Its important to use the proper type and grade of oil, and to do this, you need to understand the alphanumeric rating printed on the container.


Ventilation 101

Ventilation 101

Nothing enhances the quality of life belowdecks during the heat of summer or when cruising hotter latitudes like plenty of cool, fresh air. Good ventilation provides a multitude of benefits, from prevention of odors, condensation and mold growth to the elimination of minor carbon monoxide...


Be Seen

Be Seen

Electronics manufacturers have done a wonderful job bringing reliable, high-quality marine electronics of all sizes and applications to market. But there are times when old-school technology may be the best application for your situation, such as being seen during times of limited visibility.


Safety? Check.

Safety? Check.

Any time is a good time to confirm or rethink your commitment to onboard safety. Three areas that are ripe for inspection or implementation will keep you and your passengers safe all year. And they dont require a lot of effort on your part.


A Shower Keeps the Boat Clean

A Shower Keeps the Boat Clean

Despite that old saying about getting there being half the fun, when it comes to boating everyone knows the fun really begins once you arrive at a favorite anchorage.


Easier Oil Changes

Easier Oil Changes

Regular oil changes are arguably the most important thing a boat owner can do to increase an engines service life. As with most preventive maintenance, however, the easier the process, the more likely it will happen. Heres a look at how to make your oil-changing routine as painless as possible.


Rub Out the Rub

Rub Out the Rub

Boat owners who take pride in the appearance of their boat try to prevent the minor, but unsightly, marring caused by chafing and abrasion. Such marring can happen to painted or varnished wood finishes, polished chrome and stainless metal hardware, and smooth fiberglass and gelcoat finishes.


Get Your Ground Tackle Ready

Get Your Ground Tackle Ready

I cant overstress the importance of good ground tackle and its maintenance. On Easy Goin, we inspect the ground tackle annually as a part of our spring commissioning.


Water Heater Replacement Made Easy

Water Heater Replacement Made Easy

Water heaters crash for a variety of reasons. A failed heating element can often be repaired by replacing the defective parts. More serious is failure from freeze damage, which can split the water tank when the water in it expands. Often, water heaters are located in out-of-the-way places in the boat, and the damp environment can cause corrosion, rust and eventual failure as well.


Lithium-Ion Batteries Advance

Lithium-Ion Batteries Advance

Boaters considering upgrading or replacing a battery bank will find, after doing a bit of research, there are major changes taking place in battery technology.


Be Good to Your Belts

Be Good to Your Belts

The belts that provide life support to your engine's accessories--the alternator, auxiliary alternator, raw-water pump and circulator pump--will typically provide reliable, trouble-free service, provided they are properly maintained and replaced on a regular schedule.


What the Flux?

What the Flux?

To begin, lets give credit where credit is due: No other device has facilitated navigation and exploration more than the humble magnetic compass. Although a magnetic compass remains as relevant today as during the time of Columbus its still the only piece of gear that can point the way home in the event of a complete power failure...


 

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