Ask Steve

The ‘Ask Steve’ column enables users to pose questions about their boats, marine systems and gear, and customer service issues (it’s not the place to ask, “which boat should I buy?”) .

Provide enough background and detail to enable formulation of a useful response, however, questions should be direct, and concise, the shorter the better.

Regrettably, not every question can be answered, however, we’ll choose those that are most useful to ‘Marine Systems Excellence e Magazine’ readers.  If your question is chosen, you will receive a direct response via e mail.

Please note, every system, boat, repair and troubleshooting scenario is unique; the purpose of this column is to provide an overview based on the information provided by the reader, rather than answers that are broadly applicable to every vessel.  SDMC recommends boat owners  consult with an ABYC or other applicable certified technician before performing any tasks with which they are unfamiliar.

‘Ask Steve’ reserves the right to edit questions for clarity and editorial style. In order to be considered, questions must contain the author’s full name. Questions should be sent to

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