Life Rafts Pt II

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Life Raft Details  Part II   Make certain you understand how life raft security and deployment mechanisms are designed to work, don't assume they've been properly rigged. ...

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...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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After receiving the following letter from a consulting client a discussion on the subject of CO poisoning seemed in order.   Steve, After recalling reading something on...

Oil Change Fundamentals

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A Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting client recently sent me an e mail inquiring about the proper procedures for an oil change.  She didn’t have...

Electrocution Prevention

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Steve: I am doing a major refit of a 1986 Trawler. I've done some of the big stuff, such as a new electrical panel, all...

Primary Fuel Filters 2, 10, 30 Microns?

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Hello Steve,   I have a question, perhaps for your blog. I have a Sabreline 36 Sedan with twin 6LYA-STP Yanmar 370hp engines.  The on engine filters are...

Charge the Other Batteries

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Steve,  I have a 26' center console, 2 jet skis, a 13' whaler and the 58.  Additionally I have two hoists that are battery powered with solar chargers.  Basically,...

When to Adjust Valves

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Steve: I have a question about adjusting the valves on my engine.  If the engine is running smoothly and there is no smoke or slick...

Fire Extinguisher Query

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Dear Steve: I recently looked at a new boat at a boat show.  I noticed something that caught my attention and I wondered if you...