Boat Building and ABYC Standards, Again

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From the Masthead Readers may have noticed that the Marine Systems Excellence eMagazine missed a deadline last week.  That was intentional, however, we also had...

Stainless Steel – Miracle Metal?

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This "wasp-waisted" strut bolt represents a classic example of crevice corrosion Stainless steel; the very name implies virtual metallurgical immortality.  Since its accidental discovery nearly 100 years ago,...

Battery Installation

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From the Masthead Over the past few days, I’ve had feelings that alternate between… those I had after 9/11; those I had in 2008 and...

Anchors Away

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Anchors Aweigh       by Ralph Naranjo All photos copyright Ralph Naranjo   Different vessels and different cruising destinations often call for different anchors.  Is there a perfect anchor?   Large anchors...

The Perils of Chronic Under-Loading

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From the Editor Every time a tragedy of this sort befalls boat owners and the marine industry, I feel compelled to write about it in...

The Good Samaritan at Sea

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From the Editor I’m composing this month’s column as I sit in the pilothouse of a 68-foot trawler, moored at Limehouse Basin, London, the UK. ...

“Zinc” Anode Selection and the Role Played by Galvanic Isolators

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From the Masthead Last month I received an e-newsletter form BoatU.S.® entitled “Boat Fire Extinguishers: Four Myths From the BoatUS Foundation”.  Some were very useful,...

June 2018 Newsletter

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Photo Essay: Bonding Raw Water Plumbing; Is it Necessary? A few weeks ago a client shared with me some observations made by a surveyor, one...

A Pilot’s Perspective

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A Pilot's Perspective: Running in Reduced Visibility By Bill Band All photos by Bill Band Your perspective changes when the weather turns foul or the fog rolls in. You...

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...