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Checklist for troubleshooting an overheating engine

  The 30hp marinized Kubota engine on our 1979 Dufour 35 had always run a bit hot.  The previous owner told us it was happiest at 190°F and 1800 RPM, even though the manual specified an operating temperature of 170°F and 2400 cruising RPM.  We didn’t know any better, so we shrugged and bought the …

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Brighten up your boat with non skid deck paint – Waterborne

Looking to give an old boat new life? Repainting the decks with non skid deck paint is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to dramatically improve your boat’s appearance. Chris Valentino is in the process of restoring his 1967 O’Day Widgeon and has been blogging about it at C2 Valentino. He shares this quick and easy …

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How to careen a sailboat – the low cost haulout

At 24, John Pennington and his wife Kara Potter set out to circumnavigate in their Cape Dory 30. Over the following 4 years they occassionally found themselves in far-flung places where haulouts were either unavailable or prohibitively expensive. In the guest post below, John explains how they beached, cleaned, and painted their boat over two-days …

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Clean the bottom of your boat like a pro

We’d neglected the bottom of our boat for a month and the warm Mexican waters had transformed our sleek hull into a furry ecosystem teeming with life. My partner, Robin, had begun naming the fish living underneath MonArk, our Dufour 35. Presumably, they’d mistaken us for a benevolent barnacle-encrusted whale, or worse, a coral reef! …

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Keeping greens fresh without a fridge

  When my partner, Robin, wants to get my attention, he’ll come home with a big beautiful bouquet of freshly cut collard greens. If it’s a special occasion, maybe a dozen stems of rainbow chard. I’ve always liked greens and, as anyone who’s lived without refrigeration can attest, nothing says “I love you” like a …

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