Electrical System Tune-up

Electrical System Tune-up

Routine inspections of your vessels AC and DC electrical systems can head off a number of potential issues, from inoperative electronics to fire, in extreme cases. Heres how to help make sure your hours on the water will be electrically trouble free.



Prep Your Diesel for Cruising

For many boaters, theres nothing more pleasurable than sitting at anchor in a secluded cove. Many of us do just that every year, cruising for two to five months at a time. But what if you are new to diesel motors and/or extended cruising. How you do prepare to ensure your boats powerplant is ready for the challenge?


Pay Attention to the Bilges

There are several issues to watch for in a bilge: The first is to keep it dry, the second is to keep it clean and the third is to make sure it stays dry.


Thruster Care

Thruster Care

Mechanically, thrusters are fairly simple devices, but there are several important maintenance tasks that are common to all.


Spring Cleaning and Polishing

The annual ritual of washing and polishing the boat before spring use is one most boat owners dont look forward to. The process of inspection, washing, polishing and protecting the boat may seem like a tedious task, but there are ways to make the effort more effective and to avoid mistakes that will create more work.


Extinguish It

Properly charged extinguishers that are tagged as being current are required by the Coast Guard, and they are important for your peace of mind. Never mind that they can save your life.


Eight Ways to Save Your Electronics

Eight Ways to Save Your Electronics

All boat owners like to stretch their boating bucks, and electronics are a great place to generate savings. Heres a look at eight simple tips that can help extend the life of your marine electronics.


Hull Inspection

Hull Inspection

Whether you are putting your boat in the boatyard to repaint the bottom this spring or launching it after a winter of dry moorage, a complete hull inspection can ensure a trouble-free boating season.


Solid Power Connection for Fire Safety

Solid Power Connection for Fire Safety

As pleasureboats have become more complex, onboard electrical safety has become more important. Although this may be something boaters dont think about very often, here is a critical thought to consider: A high percentage of fires on pleasureboats are electrical in origin.


Banking Power

Banking Power

If your boats house batteries seem to run down very quickly, or if you have to recharge them more than once a day, you should probably increase the house banks size to suit your power needs. With a little effort, you can determine whether your house bank is the correct size for your boats requirements.


Too Much Is Never Enough

Many boaters use their boat during their season and then leave it for many months. The question arises as to how to treat the engines so they will be close to ready when you want to use them again, because its always important that the engines are good to go when it comes time for that all-important first cruise of a new season.


You and Your Exhaust System

You and Your Exhaust System

Marine exhaust systems for inboard engines can be divided into two basic types: dry and wet exhausts. Dry exhaust systems have been around the longer of the two but are now found primarily on commercial vessels or other specialty applications


Diesel Layup

Diesels are hardy, but they still require winterization to ensure they will realize the longevity and trouble-free operation they are famous for. Plus, the more thorough you are about caring for your engine now, the less you will have to be concerned about in the spring.


Battery Talk

In the past, most batteries were all wet lead-acid batteries. You could buy golf cart batteries in pairs of 6v, buy 2v cells or use more standard sizes of various 12v batteries to accommodate your needs. We switched to gel cells many years back, and for the most part they were fine...


Winter Up

Winter Up

Prepping your boats electronics for winter storage is a game of details, and the onboard electronics deserve some special attention during this annual ritual. Even with the simplest of electronic suites, the fall shutdown provides an opportunity to give things a good going-over and make deferred repairs.


Fuel Tank Cleaning

We can all expect to encounter it at some point in our lifelong love affair with boats: the dreaded dirty fuel tank. Every boat owner isnt as particular about fuel-system upkeep and maintenance as you are, meaning that sweet purchase you just made off Craigslist, from the little old lady who only boats on Sunday, may have come with a little extra something thrown in a tank full of contaminated fuel and filter-clogging, injector-damaging crud and goo.


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.


 

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