Category: Boat Maintenance

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Cool runnings

Cool runnings

Lindsay Wright has a long and acrimonious history with boat refrigeration. “Like a lot of cruising folk,” he writes, “I’ve been tied up in some godforsaken long-drops of ports waiting for fridge parts to arrive from elsewhere – or the people to install them to turn up in the few hours between siesta and sundown.”...

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Alternative sacrificial anodes

Alternative sacrificial anodes

Electronics are always exciting, engines can be a thrill, even mooring lines and anchors catch passing glances in the chandlery. But let’s be honest, most boaties don’t give a second thought to their sacrificial anodes – those curious knobs of raw metal found on outdrives, shafts, rudders and other metal components that dangle under a...

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Rewiring your boat

Rewiring your boat

Re-wiring your boat is not a trivial task, but if you’re experiencing battery problems, finding it hard to crank your engine or have devices that are not functioning correctly, it’s definitely worth considering. By Norman Holtzhausen. Like many senior gentlemen with prostate problems, an older boat eventually begins to suffer from electrical woes, and it...

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17m Tennant powercat makeover

17m Tennant powercat makeover

After a decade of operating a 17m ocean-going power cat, her owners knew her every quirk and foible, failure and frustration in annoying detail. Fixing them demanded a near-total rebuild, writes Peter Elliott. Photos by the writer and supplied. The first thing that strikes me about November Rain as I stroll down to meet her...