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Starting Woes

by Nigel Calder, Posted May 12, 2010
This is the time of year when I receive emails like this: “My engine ran fine when I laid it up last fall, but now it won’t turn over…” It is also the time of year when that magical device, the digital multimeter, earns its keep.

Please note, I wrote digital. If you have a cheap analog meter (the one with a swinging needle) do yourself a favor and replace it with a decent digital one. If


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GPS Harmony

by Gordon West, Posted April 19, 2010
Dick Hansen of Norwalk, Connecticut, asks:

"My new chartplotter is just great and gives me aerial and radar overlays. But when I transmit on VHF Channel 68, a frequency we use a lot in my area, the GPS hiccups, the chartplotter freezes, and it can take about 30 seconds for the system to recover. Everything works fine when I transmit on other channels; it’s just 68 that is


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Water Babies

by Don Casey, Posted April 19, 2010
Olene Boyko of Urbanna, Virginia, asks:

"On removing the inspection plates on the welded steel water tanks aboard my 48–foot boat, I could see they were painted on the inside with a blue high-gloss rubber-like paint. I also saw quite a bit of corrosion around the edges of the opening for the inspection plates and a considerable amount of scum and algae growth. Bleach has


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Well Sprung

by Win Fowler, Posted April 19, 2010

Joe Nieters of Dillon, Colorado, asks:

 

"What are the advantages of a rigid boomvang? Many boats I’ve seen with them seem to also have topping lifts, and a lot of the rigid vangs also have a block-and-tackle control arrangement."

Win Fowler replies:

The advantage of a rigid boomvang is that it supports the boom. Having a topping lift and a rigid


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Get the Shine On

by Charles Mason, Posted March 23, 2010
Photos by Mark Corke

Simply removing accumulated dust and grit on your hull with a garden hose before the spring launch might make it a little cleaner, but to get a sparkle on your topsides you’ll have to spend a bit more time and effort. Fortunately, getting a spit-and-polish shine is neither difficult nor complicated. “I know some sailors honestly believe that they can pour


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