August 30th 2014
Nylon tie-wraps become brittle when subjected to the heat of engine spaces. Chafe-protected metal clamps are the way to go.
August 8th 2014
Transom boarding ladders can be tricky to deploy from the water, especially for kids.
August 1st 2014
Your hydraulic steering may not be lubricated well, even though it looks clean. Disassembly required.
July 25th 2014
Some fuses will be hard to find in marine supply stores. Spares may need to be special-ordered through the boatbuilder.
June 20th 2014
If you measure with a thermometer, you'll probably find that those wires aren't as hot as you think.
March 21st 2014
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.
March 14th 2014
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.
February 14th 2014
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.
February 7th 2014
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.
January 31st 2014
If your boat has an access hole into the engine compartment for fire-fighting with a portable extinguisher, be sure to have the right type and the right nozzle.