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...

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...