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How to Choose a Diesel Engine Rebuild Kit

November 5, 2019

Marine diesel engines have unmatched longevity and durability, rarely requiring rebuilds. Because they are much more efficient than gasoline engines, marine diesel engines can last thousands of hours. If you only put in the average boater's 200 hours a year, your boat's diesel engine could last 40 years. However, even the most well-cared-for diesel motors can wear out, especially if you put in long hours on the water. Instead of replacing the engine, rebuild it to restore it to like-new operation. But how do you tell if your engine needs a rebuild or just one or two parts replaced? And…
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Breaking In a Diesel Engine

November 5, 2019

Whether you've just purchased a brand new boat, or are refurbishing or rebuilding an older one to take out to sea, it's essential to understand the proper procedures for breaking in a diesel engine. While manufacturers and professional technicians can precision-build the parts and components that make up your outboard or inboard diesel engine, following new engine break-in procedures are vital for allowing cylinder and ring surfaces to set and seal in place for a perfect fit. Running a marine engine break-in procedure will improve your overall performance, extend your engine's life and prevent excessive oil consumption that can cost…
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Common Turbo Problems and Failures

November 5, 2019

Many different types of engines utilize turbochargers to provide a boost of power and efficiency. A turbo, or turbine-driven forced induction device, functions by pushing extra air into the cylinders of your engine for increased horsepower without burning more fuel. While typically a long-lasting and reliable component, there are several common turbo problems that can lead to anything from diminished performance to extensive, irreparable damage to the engine and related systems. Signs of a Bad Turbo Paying close attention to how your engine is operating and performing regular service and¬†inspections is a smart way to stay on top of engine…
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Boat Launch Checklist & Things to to Do Before Leaving the Dock

October 31, 2019

What should you do before launching from a dock? Our new boater checklist can help new and seasoned experts answer this question. Plus, you can ensure a safer ride for everyone by following one of these boat launch checklists before leaving the port. This yacht pre-launch checklist includes a yacht safety equipment checklist and precautions to take before departure.   Prepare Your Safety Gear Take an inventory of your safety gear and ensure it all works properly. The Coast Guard inspection checklists mandate your yacht to carry safety devices such as: - Personal flotation devices - Fire extinguishers - One…
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