DIESEL ENGINE SMOKE: BLACK, BLUE OR WHITE?
Any excess smoke from a modern marine diesel is a sign of a problem, and the color of the smoke helps indicate the nature of the problem.
A marine diesel that shows a bit of smoke on start-up is probably nothing to worry about, but if it keeps on smoking after a few seconds of run-time, or starts smoking after it warms up, or when you throttle up, that engine is screaming to you to get something fixed. But what’s causing the smoke, and just what needs fixing? Read more...
3 CHEAP BOATING TRICKS: GET ON THE WATER FOR LESS!
Cheap boating may sound like a contradiction, but it doesn't have to be with these DIY tips.
1. FILL UP AT THE BUNKER, NOT AT THE MARINA
Fuel is expensive, but it is more expensive the closer to the water you buy it. Fill up on the way to your destination instead of at the marina and, depending on the size of your tank, you'll probably save at least a few bucks. Read more...
A SIMPLE WAY TO FIX YOUR FOGGY RAYMARINE C & E CLASSIC DISPLAYS
Is your C or E Series Raymarine MFD getting blurry or foggy? Have you had someone come and look at it only to tell you that it cannot be fixed and 'you need to upgrade to the latest and greatest' and that you will need to upgrade your radar, fishfinder, autopilot and everything else because 'the old stuff can't communicate with the new stuff'? Well, I have great news for a lot of you.
While we can't escape the 'planned obsolescence' that it s masterfully orchestrated by all marine electronics manufacturers, we can certainly delay it for as long as possible. Through trial and error, we can breathe new life into our existing equipment and save our hard earned cash for more important things like beer and antifoul. READ MORE