Ask Steve

The ‘Ask Steve’ column enables readers 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?” you can learn more about that HERE).

You should provide enough background and detail to enable formulation of a useful response, however, questions should also be direct, and concise, the shorter the better, ideally no more than two paragraphs.  Three or four photos are fine, no more than that please.

Regrettably, not every question can be answered, however, we’ll choose those that are most useful and relevant to ‘Marine Systems Excellence e Magazine’ readers.  If your question is chosen, you will receive a direct response via e mail.  Unfortunately, it’s not possible for Steve to dialog via this venue; he’ll answer the question, if you need more than what’s provided in that response, then check out the Refit Assist Consulting page HERE

Every system, boat, repair and troubleshooting scenario is unique; the purpose of this column is to provide a response based on the information provided by the reader, rather than answers that are broadly applicable to every vessel.

For do it yourselfers, Ask Steve is not a ‘how-to’ instruction service.  SDMC strongly recommends boat owners  consult with an ABYC or other applicably certified technician before performing any tasks with which they are unfamiliar.  If you aren’t a trained mechanic, electrician or boatwright, if you lack the skills or experience, or you are unfamiliar with the system, or work that needs to be performed, call a professional, especially for electrical work.

‘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

To view previous ‘Ask Steve’ posts, please follow this link.