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How To Winterize Your Boats Outboard Engine Correctly pt1

How To Winterize Your Boats Outboard Engine Correctly pt1

How To Winterize Your Boat’s Outboard Engine Correctly. It’s that time of year again, time to winterize your boat. One of the areas that comes up, especially since most outboards are now switching to four-stroke is the matter of changing the crankcase oil. With a little ingenuity, you can turn this from a messy job to one with a minimum Continue Reading »

Spring Check Up, Engine Water Pump

Spring Check Up, Engine Water Pump

Wayne wrote in last week describing what can only be described as a scary situation (I know its happened to me.)  It seems the water pump on his nearly 30 year old Universal diesel finally had a bearing failure. What happens when this occurs is that the impeller inside the pump housing begins to scrape on the inside of the Continue Reading »

Getting Your Electrical System Ready ..

Getting Your Electrical System Ready ..

It’s spring, its in the low 50’s here in RI and that means its time to start getting the boat ready for the summer. The whole getting the boat ready thing has very different meaning to a lot of people. To one friend of mine Spring get ready means getting into every nook and cranny on the boat with a Continue Reading »

Have You Checked Your Zincs Lately?

Have You Checked Your Zincs Lately?

Getting Your Boat Ready For Spring Make Sure You Check Your Boats Anodes (A.K.A. Zincs) I’m starting to think of spring maintenance items on my boat as my cabin fever sets in. One of the things that most folks totally ignore, don’t know about, never have heard of, has to do with anodes (most folks just call them zincs). Not Continue Reading »

Nuisance Tripping With ELCI, Why?

Nuisance Tripping With ELCI, Why?

First, Happy New Year to all! I had a reader query just before the holidays having to do with using a portable generator on a boat equipped with an ELCI device installed at the shore power inlet. For those not familiar with the ELCI device, check out my article in the EBT archives: http://www.edsboattips.com/maintenance-a-diy/21-introducing-the-elci As for the type of generator we’re Continue Reading »

Spare Your Water Pump!

Spare Your Water Pump!

Our friends over at JMP pumps sent this little nugget over today. Some good advice here if you want to prolong your pump’s impeller life, but also to ensure that your pump can perform at its best. People tend to forget basic physics when they install pumps. Pipe diameter, pressure head or lift, (the relative difference in height between the Continue Reading »

Wire Sizing For Outboard Engines

Wire Sizing For Outboard Engines

I had a query several days ago regarding an article I wrote for Cruising World magazine about batteries and battery banks. The fellow loved the article (Thanks!) but had a good question that I should share with everyone. It has to do with wire sizing, specificall the main cable from his boat battery to in his case a small outboard Continue Reading »

What does 900 Horsepower feel like?

What does 900 Horsepower feel like?

Most folks who know me also know that I like all boats, power and sail. Folks who really know me well also know that I prefer classic looking boats that seem, to my eye anyhow, to have timeless appeal. My own Flyzone is a good example of how my taste in boats runs. Check it out here: http://www.edsboattips.com/construction-a-technical/87-eds-boat Anyhow, this Continue Reading »

Fuel System Double Hose Clamps?

Fuel System Double Hose Clamps?

I recently received a query from a reader regarding a requirement for double hose clamps on all of the hoses in his boat’s fuel system. It seems that during a recent survey for insurance the surveyor recommended that double clamps be added “based on ABYC Standards”. The reader is a little confused because the boat hasn’t been modified since new Continue Reading »