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    by Published on February 20th, 2013 00:30     Number of Views: 8732 
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    The portlights on our boat were in need of replacing. The outsides were chipped and many of the inside screw clamps were failing. I?d like to share with you the steps I took to replace ours.



    I removed the inside as well as the outside trim screws. I was able to pry off the outside trim ring fairly easily by hand. I found the last install was done with silicone and not really well sealed at the bottom.
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    by Published on December 12th, 2012 01:06     Number of Views: 7768 
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    Here is my best attempt at a write up on this procedure.

    Here we have the subject cabinet door. The style and rail frame is solid teak (?). The center panel is a mahogany ply, with laminate on the front face.
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    by Published on August 13th, 2012 17:30     Number of Views: 7269 
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    It was around 3:15 in the morning when the anchor alarm went off, up until that point I had still maintained my hourly routine of checking on the boat's condition. I could tell this time was different. The rain was louder than normal, and I could hear the canvas popping with the rapidly shifting wind. I glanced quickly at my iphone and bounded up the stairs headed to the helm. ...
    by Published on June 29th, 2012 17:34     Number of Views: 24534 
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    Sniff, Sniff...If you spend quite a bit of time on your boat you may see folks with their noses in the air after you flush your toilet if your holding tank vent line does not have a filter. The holding tank has to allow air to escape as it fills with effluent and the process reverses as the tank is pumped out.

    Newer boats normally come equipped with a filter already in place but if your boat is older, sniff, sniff! You have two options, buy a new filter kit or build your own. The kits are pretty expensive but all that is required is to ...
    by Published on May 12th, 2012 22:21     Number of Views: 38602 
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    Whether you are renaming an old boat or christening a new one, accomplishing the ritual properly helps ensure you receive the favor of the gods. The results of ignoring this warning have been cited as the contributing factor in many marine related accidents from boats sinking to spilling your drink.

    You are probably asking, what is the proper way to perform the ceremony? Not so fast, to truly be a competent seafaring ...
    by Published on April 11th, 2012 16:26     Number of Views: 8617 
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    My boat's non-skid surfaces are beginning to lose their effectiveness, so I decided to freshen them up a bit. I researched various products and after reading several reviews I settled on a product from New Zealand called KiwiGrip. KiwiGrip is a hard acrylic polymer that cleans up with water and is very easy to work with.

    KiwiGrip is a paste like paint that comes in white and can be tinted to the color you desire. For application, they ...
    by Published on February 9th, 2012 16:44     Number of Views: 4711 
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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: 9089 
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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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