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Mud isn’t created equal, and no one anchor is best

On Aug. 6, 2014, the 81-foot research vessel Rachel Carson pulled away from her dock at Solomons Island, Maryland. Powered by twin 1,205-hp MTU diesels and a pair of Hamilton jetdrives, she cruised into the Patuxent River and explored the bottom with...

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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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Boat handling Part III: low-speed operation

While being able to maintain high planing speeds in rough seas makes a boat safer and more seaworthy, it’s also inevitable that you’ll have to occasionally run at slower speeds...

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On Sail

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Small wooden boats, big follies … or not

If Aristotle was right, there is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man. And if he had known sailors (and how could he not?) he must have...

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Used Boat Review

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Bertram 28 Flybridge

The boat looked like hell. After two and a half years on the hard, it was filthy. The plywood cabin doors were falling off their hinges. The tops of the Ford inboards were rusted from dripping water. The cabin was damp and...

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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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