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    With the demand to keep manufacturing costs low, many manufacturers of cruisers up to forty feet don't provide an adequate house battery system. For the average daytime boater, this normally does not present much of a problem, but when you begin to spend overnights on the hook the inadequacies quickly become apparent.

    Some boaters never experience this problem because they run their generators constantly. Of course, this adds to the expense of boating in both fuel burn and maintenance, ...
    by Published on February 9th, 2012 16:44     Number of Views: 4894 
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    As the season comes to an end, we must perform the somber task of winterizing the boat. This is a necessary process to ensure our boat remains protected from the elements through the winter. If done improperly it can cost us thousands of dollars in repairs so attention to detail is a must. However, don't let that discourage you from performing this function yourself. If you don't feel confident in accomplishing the task the first time, hire a marine mechanic to winterize the boat while you watch and ask questions. If the mechanic balks at the idea of allowing you to observe and ask questions, find another mechanic.
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    by Published on February 7th, 2012 00:52     Number of Views: 9497 
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    You have found the boat of your dreams, and the price is in your range. You decide to schedule a sea trial and survey as you continue to look the boat over. Casually, you ask, "what is the boat's maintenance history?" The seller replies, "the marina takes care of my maintenance." At this point, you still don't know any more about the boat than before you asked the question. Contrast that with the seller who presents you with a service log and discusses the past maintenance history with you.
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    by Published on February 6th, 2012 22:27     Number of Views: 7823 
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    As the days get longer the grip of winter begins to wane leaving us longing for the water. Hopefully, all of your winter boating projects have been completed, and now it is time to turn your attention to preparing the boat for the summer. I am a firm believer in the idea that the more time you spend on your boat in preparation, the better time you will have on the water.
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    by Published on January 31st, 2012 23:31     Number of Views: 123576 
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    Just like your car a boat's engine produces heat. On your car this heat is removed by the airflow circulating around the engine and the radiator. On a boat the principle is very similar with a few minor differences.

    There are two general types of cooling systems found on most ...
    by Published on January 26th, 2012 22:41     Number of Views: 42693 
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    Many new boat owners consider driving a boat to be similar to driving a car. However there are many differences between the two.

    Drive is a term usually associated with a land based vehicle, and loosely means to direct the motion and course of that vehicle, while operate and maneuver mean to direct or control with purpose and precision. Pay attention to that second definition, it implies that the operator should possess a certain level of knowledge and skill. Armed with a little knowledge and dedicated practice you will quickly learn to maneuver a boat instead of drive a boat. ...
    by Published on January 17th, 2012 21:26     Number of Views: 2490 
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    I am twenty minutes into my two hour drive home after a weekend of boating and the thought passes through my mind, did I turn off that battery switch? After a few more miles I reluctantly turn around and head back to the boat.
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    by Published on January 2nd, 2012 01:10  Number of Views: 59400 
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    The last few times you used your forward cabin lights you noticed they flickered and were not as bright as they should be. Today when you switched them on the circuit breaker popped. You reset it and it popped again! What now?

    Here is a word of caution before we begin. AC wires on boats use the following color convention, black = hot or current ...
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