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How is your nautical winter weather awareness?

The gale warnings that had been issued for much of Puget Sound over the weekend have been downgraded. Anyway, they weren’t the first of the season and chances are your lines have already been tested and found firm (or wanting, and been replaced, as the case may be!) for our winter storms. And we’ve dodged […]

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How to improve your life with LED

The advent of affordable LED lighting has created a quiet revolution in boating power systems. If you have ever settled down and done the math on your DC-side power system on board, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that the best bang for your buck in increasing your system power capacity comes from creating savings. […]

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This boat was “winterized” by placing a space heater in the engine room. While afloat in the slip, it caught fire when the extension cord used to power the heater shorted. - (Photo courtesy of BoatUS)

True or False: Take the boat winterizing quiz

BoatU.S. sent out this true/false quiz talking about popular misconceptions that go along with winterizing your boat. Are you getting it right when you pack up for the winter? You’re putting the boat away for winter. So what half-truth, wives tale or tall story have you heard about winterizing a recreational boat? Boat Owners Association […]

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Understanding engine overheating problems

Why is the engine overheating? Our Yanmar engine’s shrill alarm was the jarring start to some stressful hours during the last five months, and we asked that question many times. The answer was not one root cause, but more likely a series of related events, as a domino effect of different issues cascaded. I’ve written […]

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Dyneema + low-friction thimbles

Since I took up sailboat ownership I discovered the level of innovation with UHMWPE has been remarkable in the sailing world. I did not know that my background in rock and alpine climbing would pave the way into utilizing the same dynamic and static systems used for fall protection. There are four actors that are […]

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Calling all Cheapskate boaters!

With fall rains no longer to be denied here in the Pacific Northwest, the summer cruising season is well and truly done. It was a good one, but now most boaters are securing their craft for winter’s storms, and thoughts are turning from next weekend’s adventure to that long, long list of boat projects that […]

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