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Is the Heat in My Engine Compartment Going to Cause Damage?
Cramped engine spaces, high heat, and electrical components make for a bad combination.
Sunglasses: Good for Your Health
Good sunglasses do much more than just make a fashion statement: they protect your eyes from damaging UV.
Why Shouldn’t I Run My Bilge Pump Dry?
Rubber shaft seals need fluid for lubrication and cooling. Dried-out, damaged seals and water intrusion are common causes of failure in bilge pumps.
Knot Tying for Boaters: 5 Basic Knots
Five knots every boater should know
Winter Boat Storage: What’s Right for Your Boat?
There may be more options than you realize.
10 Powerboat Design Flaws to Avoid
If you’re shopping for a boat, whether new or used, look out for these 10 design flaws.
Is Metal or Nylon Preferred For Wire Support?
Nylon tie-wraps become brittle when subjected to the heat of engine spaces. Chafe-protected metal clamps are the way to go.
Is My Boarding Ladder Safe?
Transom boarding ladders can be tricky to deploy from the water, especially for kids.
Outboard Steering: Too Stiff?
Your hydraulic steering may not be lubricated well, even though it looks clean. Disassembly required.
Where Can I Find This Special Fuse?
Some fuses will be hard to find in marine supply stores. Spares may need to be special-ordered through the boatbuilder.

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