Thanks to more sophisticated software and lower costs, gyroscopic stabilizers are to be found on more and more boats with each passing year, and Seakeeper can take much of the credit.
Former Technical Editor Steve D'Antonio profiles one of the great marine industry hubs, and better kept secrets, in North America: Seattle's Ballard Neighborhood.
Sometimes gas inboards make sense; here's how to keep yours running, and running safely as well as a few cautions to be aware of.
Alexei Mikhailov, is a former Soviet-era academic and engineer who specialized in hydrogeology in Magadan, a Siberian city located on the Sea of Okhotsk, and the current mastermind behind Bering Yachts.
While it may seem that a particular mechanical failure happened “suddenly,” the truth is that it had probably been sneaking up for a while. Here is what to look for.
Hoses are the unsung heroes of the cruising vessel, conveying everything from seawater and fuel to effluent and exhaust gasses, they serve stolidly for years and sometimes decades, providing the vessel and its crew with the necessities of life while maintaining seaworthiness.
Every cruiser, at one time or another, faces a damage control scenario, wherein a piece gear fails, sometimes benignly, sometimes catastrophically. The “gear” could be anything from a failed raw water hose to a breached hull. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, you’ve been fortunate, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't prepare.
After being dormant for the winter, spring commissioning affords boat owners an opportunity to reacquaint themselves with various systems, and carry out routine maintenance. While it’s desirable to inspect all of a vessel’s systems before she is taken out for her first spring cruise, key systems warrant the greatest attention.
If you own a boat you’ve no doubt dealt with the nemesis of rusty, frozen or stuck hardware. It’s inevitable, anything made of ordinary carbon steel or iron aboard a vessel will, if not adequately protected, rust or seize. In some cases, even if it is protected. Here is how to win the battle...
“Negative, we don’t run vessels at full throttle around here,” declared the dealership’s captain and lead mechanic, shortly...