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Boat Maintenance Tips

Boat maintenance is a critical part of owning your vessel. The systems that protect, propel, and power your vessel are important to keep at peak performance to avoid problems when you’re underway or under sail. Engines, electrical systems, sails, seals, pumps, paint — don’t let them keep you from enjoying your pleasure craft. Waggoner has the boat maintenance tips to keep you in command of your maintenance for a carefree boating season.

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Benefits of Installing an Inverter Bypass Switch

Benefits of Installing an Inverter Bypass Switch

by Art HebertThe bypass switch allows the owner to send power to inverted loads (usually electrical outlets, heaters, dehumidifiers etc.), by sending electric current around the inverter. This is great for periods of extended absence by the boat owner....

Clutch Plate/Drive Plate/Drive Damper

Clutch Plate/Drive Plate/Drive Damper

Whichever name you want to know it by, this out-of-sight, little known, sometimes misunderstood, integral part of the drive train on our boats can ruin your day and cruise if not maintained. For purposes of this article, we will settle on the name Drive...

Protecting Pretty Things – The Bilge Pump

Protecting Pretty Things – The Bilge Pump

by Aiona Hartley   Isn't it pretty? It's a bilge pump. Or rather the inner windings of one. Its literal guts, if you will.  This is what heats up if the bilge pump undergoes "rotor lock." Given enough heat, a bilge pump in "rotor lock" can catch on...

5-star Meals Begin with Proper Grill Care

5-star Meals Begin with Proper Grill Care

Caring for the BBQA strong odor on my boat led me to the lazarette, where we store the propane grill. I had neglected to clean the grill during fall layup, mold had formed on the bits of baked-on food and grease that remained.Grilling is truly our favorite...

Propane Tank – Staying Ahead of Corrosion

Propane Tank – Staying Ahead of Corrosion

A Little Rust Doesn’t Signal the EndRust is a concern in many settings, but especially true in the saltwater marine environment. Nowhere is it a bigger concern than when it comes to your steel propane tank. If your tank has rust, it doesn't mean that the...

Shore Power – How to prepare your boat and avoid ELCI Problems

Shore Power – How to prepare your boat and avoid ELCI Problems

Onboard ELCI – The Why and The HowIf you don’t already have Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter (ELCI) protection onboard your boat, you will want to read this article and learn how ELCI devices can make for safer boating and discover the various...

Like New with Marine Detailing

Like New with Marine Detailing

When we purchased our 46-foot DeFever in 2010, she looked like new and had been well-maintained by her previous owners. When out cruising with her, other boaters complimented her appearance and were surprised to learn that she had been Commissioned as...

Preparing Your Boat for Hibernation

Preparing Your Boat for Hibernation

A Generic Checklist for preparing your boat for winter hibernation. As winter approaches and temperatures begin to drop, Pacific Northwest boaters begin to think about winterizing their vessels. Some hire professionals to do the job and others like to...

What You Need to Know About ELCI-Protected Shore Power

What You Need to Know About ELCI-Protected Shore Power

Shore Power Changes Are Coming Since 2011, efforts have been underway from both the building code side and from the boat building side to address safety issues due to stray electrical current in and around docks and marinas. The National Electrical Code...

Preparing for the Boatyard

Preparing for the Boatyard

Before delivering your boat for service or repair, you can do a few things to ensure the boat’s time on the hard goes as anticipated, the work is completed on schedule, and there are no surprises. Tips for preparing for the boatyard: Create a work order....

Stuffing Box Basics – Seal the Deal Between the Bilge and Sea

Stuffing Box Basics – Seal the Deal Between the Bilge and Sea

Since the year 2000, most new boats have come equipped with shaft seals that require no packing, but inboard powered boats built before then have traditional stuffing boxes with packing. All stuffing boxes work on the same basic principle: Rings of special...

Dripless Shaft Seals – May be Dripless, But Not Maintenance Free

Dripless Shaft Seals – May be Dripless, But Not Maintenance Free

Advocates of dripless shaft seals are quick to point out their benefits over conventional stuffing boxes – no leaks, no flax to replace, no shaft scoring. But, the zinger is always the same. While it’s true dripless shaft seals require less care than a...

Preparing Your Diesel for Cruising

Preparing Your Diesel for Cruising

For many of us, there’s nothing more pleasurable than sitting at anchor in a secluded cove in southeast Alaska, or on the northern British Columbia coast. Many of us do just that every year, cruising for two to five months at a time. But what if you are...

Preseason Inflatable Care

Preseason Inflatable Care

Most inflatable boats and (Rigid Hull Inflatables) RIBs are used as tenders and are subjected to some pretty tough conditions, but if maintained properly, they should provide 10 to 20 years of service.  A little springtime preventive maintenance will help...

A To-Do List for a Carefree Boating Season

A To-Do List for a Carefree Boating Season

Prepare For a Carefree Boating Season―Get Organized With A To-Do-List In the spring rush to get the boat ready, it’s tempting to just paint the bottom and get back to cruising again. But to do so without a thorough inspection can be an invitation for...

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