Peter d’Anjou

Marine Battery Types and Charging Tips

There are all sorts of marine batteries, and each different type requires careful care. Learning which type you have on your boat is the first step to properly maintaining them. Photo courtesy of Optima Batteries.

Most boats under 50 feet in length have 12-volt electrical systems. Yet many experienced boaters can’t tell you much about the batteries they have on … [Read more...]

How Big an Outboard Will Fit on My Boat?

Mercury's Four-Stroke series outboards are among the engines covered in their Certified Pre-Owned program.

In this world of bigger-is-better, I’ve often been asked, “Just how big an outboard can I put on my boat?” The answer, of course, depends on the … [Read more...]

Beware of Foul Fuel in Used Boats

Constant vigilance and regular maintenance of fuel filters against water and sediment in fuel systems can prevent expensive engine problems and tank corrosion.

When you’re buying a used boat, you may decide to do the full inspection yourself, or hire a marine surveyor to confirm the boat's condition. Either … [Read more...]

Advantages of Buying a Used Boat

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Unless you’re buying a classic wooden boat with particular pedigree, most boats don’t appreciate in value the way houses do—they depreciate.  They’re … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? Use the Winter to Get It Ready

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Hopefully you’ve winterized and covered your boat by now. As temperatures drop, your hopes of selling your boat may also be depressed. The good news … [Read more...]

Winter Layup Tips for Your Boat

Winterizing engines and fuel systems is a top priority, especially with the ethanol demons ready to wreak havoc during the cold season.

In many parts of the country, this is transition season, time to haul and winterize your boat.  Fall haul-out nearly matches the urgency level of spring … [Read more...]

G-10: The Secret Weapon of DIY Boat Repairers

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People who enjoy fixing old boats all have their favorite products. Some like working with wood, some on fiberglass boats, others with epoxy etc. Regardless … [Read more...]

Diesel Engine Maintenance: The Exhausted Exhaust

This clogged exhaust elbow led to severe breathing problems for the Yanmar 2GM.

  Internal combustion engines act like air pumps: They breath air in, mix the air with fuel, make a fire, then exhaust out the smoke. Diesel … [Read more...]

Shopping for Good Oars and a Nicer Ride

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As a racing sailor I love technology -- lighter, faster, stronger -- but as a professional sailor and someone who grew up in wooden boats I’m also a … [Read more...]

Nautical Rules of the Road: Practice Like the Pros

The traffic separation scheme for San Francisco shows inbound and outbound lanes to and from the north, west, and south.

The nautical rules of the road can seem like pretty dry material to new boaters, but people who are experienced on the water know how valuable they are … [Read more...]


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