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Closed Crankcase Ventilation: What is it and what purpose does it serve?

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Closed Crankcase Ventilation: What is it and what purpose does it serve? Text and photos by Steve D'Antonio Copyright December 2013    Fifteen or more years ago this...

The Relationship between Battery Bank Size and Charge Capability

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The Relationship Between Battery Bank Size and Charge Capability   The house battery bank is the electrical heart of most cruising vessels; it supplies all the...

Fuel Tank Installation

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From the Editor What’s right with the marine industry?  That’s right, I said what’s right.  During my twenty year career as a marine journalist, I’ve...

Bonding Systems and Corrosion Prevention

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From the Editor As I write this month’s editorial I’m in flight, returning from a series of back to back inspections and sea trials.  While...

The Art of the Engine Survey

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Text and photos by Steve D’Antonio Copyright 2013   Skilled, experienced technicians understand what they need to do, and they have the right tools and know how...

Inverter Installations; What You Need to Know

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Letter from the editor August 2014 There are two themes to this editorial, the varied environments in which I work, and a new partnership I’ve undertaken. August...

Proper Propeller Removal

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Steve D’Antonio Copyright 2015 SDMC, Inc.   From the Editor When you last heard from me I was still in China.  I’m preparing this month’s feature column while...

Hose Clamps Part II: Installation and Use

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From the Editor A colleague of mine, the editor of a respected marine industry magazine, one for which I write, recently made an editorial leap...

Fuel Polishing Systems Explained

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Fuel Polishing Systems Explained By Steve D'Antonio Copyright September 2013    Seaweed-like tendrils, similar to those shown here, are a sure sign of water contamination Among other things,...

Water Heater Primer

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Water Heater Primer By Steve D'Antonio Copyright November 2013    Marine water heaters come in a variety of shapes and sizes with a similar range of quality and efficiency. "It...