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The Care and Feeding of Teak Decks
Teak decks are beautiful and practical, but they require special care to look and perform their best.
10 Stupid Spring Commissioning Mistakes
As you get your boat ready for its spring launch, don’t make any of these common and patently stupid mistakes.
How to Use a Spring Line to Tie Up a Boat
The rigging and use of a spring line can make coming into a dock safer and easier.
Basic Boat Battery Check-Up and Maintenance
Marine battery maintenance and check-ups are important, and in this video, you'll learn how and why.
Why Are My Through-Hull Fittings Fouled?
Copper in anti-fouling paint can react with bronze through-hull fittings and reduce the paint's ability. Get down to the bronze, epoxy-coat it, and start over.
Are Electrical Outlets OK In My Engine Room?
Ignition-protected electrical gear is not required by the ABYC in diesel engine rooms. But friction-type receptacles should be able to hold plugs against six pounds of pull.
Basic Troubleshooting When Your Outboard Won’t Start
Don't get stuck at the boat ramp - fix your outboards fast, with these basic troubleshooting tips.
Is My Boat’s Electrical Panel Safe?
Current ABYC standards say the AC side of panel circuitry should be covered, but if your boat was compliant when it was built years ago, a simple warning tag might suffice.
How to do a Seasonal Trailer Inspection
Boat trailers require constant maintenance and attention. Follow this trailer inspection routine on a seasonal basis, to make sure yours keeps rolling down the road.
Are My Seacocks Bonded Correctly?
Bonding seacocks in series with a single wire isn't the best way tto do things. If your fittings are bonded this way, keep an eye on them.

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