Fuel Filters Simplified

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Fuel Filters Simplified   Story and photos by Steve D’Antonio        The debris in this filter bowl is a sure sign there is trouble in the fuel tank....

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,...

Don’t Be Alarmed and Sea Sense

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Don't Be Alarmed Why engine and other systems alarms are invaluable by Steve D'Antonio Keeping track of what is going on with your vessel's vital systems is a crucial part...

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...

Paint and Aluminum – How to Ensure a Good Mix

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Ensuring the Longevity of Paint When Applied Over Aluminum Components April 2011 Military, commercial, scientific and a few recreational vessels built using aluminum alloy often utilize the un-painted approach, and...

Cruising Log of S/V Alchemy

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Dear SDMC blog subscribers: What follows is a recent cruising log entry from SDMC Captains' Club members Dick and Ginger Stevenson, cruising aboard their Valiant...

All in a Day’s Work for a Chesapeake Pilot

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The following monologue was written by a colleague of mine, a 30+ year veteran Chesapeake Bay Ship's Pilot.  On two occasions I've had the pleasure of accompanying...

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 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...