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What's the weather?

Did you know you can now view the weather in real time on your GPS? The Garmin GDL 30/30A can do just that. The GDL 30 receives XM WX Satellite Weather data, including animated NEXRAD…

Do you need a bow thruster?

The short answer to this question is no. People have used boats for centuries without them. But on the other hand, do you need electric lights – no, you don’t. There are alternatives, but if…

Selecting a bottom paint

One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at the marina is which is the right bottom paint to use. It is also one of the hardest to answer because the proper material…

Stuffing Boxes

The stuffing box is the last line of defense between the water and your engine room. It allows the shaft to be in two places at once – inside the boat and outside the boat…

Prop Coatings

The bane of boaters is fouled running gear. We have seen owners who use bottom paint to try to fight this, but always with limited results. Over the last couple of years, we have experimented…

Spring Commissioning

After a winter lay-up, nothing can be more disappointing than problems with your first cruise. Proper spring commissioning should alleviate the potential for problems. The following are some of the procedures you should use when…

Teak Deck Maintenance

Decks are a constant topic of conversation with our customers. We basically see two kinds of decks – wood strip (teak) or painted non-skid over fiberglass. Both have their own benefits and drawbacks. (more…)

When good bearings go bad

Vibration problems seem to have multiple causes. Most causes though, seem to have a common result – bearing wear. Most engine related vibrations are transmitted down the length of the shaft causing bearing wear. Worn…

Engine Room Maintenance

Maintaining your engine room is essential for retaining the value of your boat as well as proper performance. Even if you are checking your engine room on a regular basis, a dirty engine room appears…