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Tasteless bilge water

Tasteless bilge water

You could argue that there are many “most important” systems on your trawler: diesel fuel delivery systems, firefighting systems, head and holding tank systems, electrical systems, etc.

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Propeller removal

Several years ago, as I was walking through a boatyard, I came across a mechanic who was in the process of removing a propeller.

Safety minimums?

Elvis Costello’s song “Accidents Will Happen” is a catchy tune and, as it relates to boats, I like to focus on the “will” part.

Alarming considerations

Every morning, I awaken to Hawaiian music that provides me with a smooth transition from deep sleep to facing the day. This sure is more pleasant than the shrill alarm that used to scare me awake and have my heart pumping.

Common senses cruising

What is that? That’s a new and different smell/sound/vibration/leak … something doesn’t seem right. What happened?

Where are you most vulnerable?

This is the second of a two-part series on making sure you have the spares you need for your power voyaging boat.

Trawler hand tools

One frequent question I hear from my trawler clients is, “What hand tools should I have on board?”

Get technical with your trawler

A big part of successfully owning and operating a power voyaging boat is dealing with engines and systems.

A trip to the ER: Part 2

Like all good chores, your ER checks should follow a routine and be consistent.

A trip to the ER: Part 1

In part one of a two-part piece, Jeff Merrill examines the importance of making regular engine room checks and how to set a system to catch the most important information.

Fuel to burn

Heading out to sea for an extended-range passage requires careful planning.

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