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Engines are the primary propulsion power source in cruising boats, either in single or twin inboard applications. Most cruising boat engines are inboards, but some use stern drives or outboard engines, too. Mounted beneath the cabin sole, and like a car or truck, marine engines have transmissions that help shift the engines in and out of gear, as well as reducing the revolutions to a speed usable by the propeller, which they are linked to with a stainless steel shaft. Engines in cruising boats are typically diesel engines, which are safer than gasoline engines because the fuel used is not readily combustible.

In Search Of The Oily Grail


Former Technical Editor Steve D’Antonio, a self-proclaimed ‘Diesel-ista,’ possesses a life-long love off all things diesel. But when it comes to tenders, why are we forced towards non-diesel options?

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The Cruising Joys of Joystick Manuverability

Volvo Penta IPS joystick and hand

Joystick controls have had a large impact on the decision making of many would-be boat owners. To them the fact that the vessel was ill suited for their needs in a multitude of ways was secondary to the value of the ease of maneuverability.

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Should Boaters Buy an Extended Warranty?


It’s acknowledged among boat owners that boat engines have improved in quality and reliability over the years, and backing that up are recent surveys from J.D. Power & Associates reporting a steady decrease in the number of reported problems in marine engines. So is buying…

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The Importance Of Oil Sampling

Oil Sampling

This is a case study of how oil sample analysis can reduce the risk of poor engine performance or catastrophic failure. Today’s diesel engines are designed and built to run trouble free for thousands of hours before needing major service or rebuilding. Follow the manufacturer’s…

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