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Understanding overcurrent protection

Understanding overcurrent protection

The engine faltered, and with that a cloud of dense, white smoke erupted from under the small runabout’s dashboard, enveloping the cockpit and its occupants … I vividly recall my first encounter with overcurrent protection, or more accurately the lack thereof.

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Exhaust system design

There are two approaches to marine exhaust setups.

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.

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.

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Events & Seminars

SSCA Annapolis Gam

2018.09.29

The 32nd Annual Annapolis Gam will be held at a new venue this year--the Maryland Yacht Club(MYC).  The three-day event is scheduled for...

Harvest Moon Regatta

2018.10.25

The Harvest Moon Regatta® is an annual sailboat race offshore from Galveston, Texas to Port Aransas, Texas. The event is sponsored by Bay...