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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...

Demystifying Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference

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By Steve D'Antonio  Copyright January 2014    Electrical interference can take on several forms, including electromagnetic or EMI, and radio frequency, or RFI.  In the latter...

Raw Water Pump Service

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From the Masthead It’s Just Lunch Not long ago I was involved in a pre-purchase inspection aboard a 70 foot vessel.  As is often the case,...

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...

Life Rafts Pt I

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Recently, an SDMC consulting client who is in the process of having a 68-foot cruising vessel built, contacted me.  He posed several important questions regarding...

May 2018 Newsletter

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Photo Essay: Chafe It’s the bane of every seagoing vessel, taking its toll on everything from dock lines and wiring to sails and hoses.  Every...

Properly Breaking in your Generator and Why this is Important

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  For most users, little thought is given to properly breaking in a generator...   Stories about marine diesel engine longevity are legion and it seems to...

A Boat Buyer’s ‘Top Ten’ Guide to a Pre-Offer Evaluation Part II

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Text and photos copyright © 2018 Steve D'Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc. From the Masthead: Simplicity vs. Reality Not long ago I met with a potential client who...

January 2019 Newsletter

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Photo Essay: Seacock Installation While it’s self-evident that seacocks play a vital role in a vessel’s watertight integrity, I continue to encounter improperly installed examples...

Alaskan Excursion

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From the Masthead By now most boaters are aware of the issues presented by use of gasoline containing ethanol, which include tank and fuel system...