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Think twice before telling people you’re a cruiser

I was hanging in a bar near the airport in Savannah, Georgia, one rainy evening, en route from somewhere to somewhere. A rather beefy gentleman was also in attendance, hanging out both literally and figuratively. He was clearly enjoying the beverages and...

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Know-How

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Power & Motoryacht University 2013

- Improve your seamanship, one line at a time at Power & Motoryacht University -

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Questions and Answers

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Q&A - Outboards

While out on the water, your outboard won’t start. What should you look for before calling for help? - Does the engine sound like it is cranking over? If not,...

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On Power

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Pods, inboards and joystick maneuvering

Volvo Penta revolutionized marine propulsion in 2005 by introducing its IPS pod drive system. Joystick control was added a year later, allowing two pods to turn and shift independently and...

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On Sail

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Racing to Alaska for a pile of cash

“The most engaging conversation is an argument.” That’s how Jake Beattie frames his proposal, which, of course, is a take on messing about in boats. Beattie is executive director of...

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Used Boat Review

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Monk 36

George “Rip” Tyler admits it was not the ideal sea trial. First, the engine quit on the boat he intended to buy just as he and the owner were returning to the marina. They dropped the anchor and found it was a...

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New Gear

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Xantrex’s Freedom SW inverter/charger

Xantrex’s Freedom SW inverter/charger provides automatic on-board power management. Connected to AC shore power, it runs appliances and electronics. When you’re off the grid, it inverts DC battery power to...

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Tech Talk

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Dead pump diagnosis: It was my fault

A little detective work uncovers the importance of using the right tools for the job - I had wired the backup bilge pump in my center console fishing boat with...

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