When Did Your Exhaust Elbow Last Feel The Love?

Chapter 11 of 13 in the Online Book How To Maintain an Offshore Voyaging Boat

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Can't see the whole post? click here. Most of us with recreational boats have exhaust systems with mixing elbows where the raw (salt) cooling water is injected into the exhaust line to cool the gasses so that they can exit the boat via rubber hose without causing a melt down.

Let’s see, salt water and hot corrosive diesel exhaust: ”

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble.

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Propane Tank Gotcha–Take Two

Do you carry aluminum propane tanks like we do on "Morgan's Cloud"? If so, you need to listen up as Phyllis shares some things about re-certifying and replacing them that we learned the hard way...$500 worth of hard way.

FREE Post. I would be the first to commend the authors of the report on their diligence in analyzing the capsize of the Beneteau First 40.7 "Cheeki Rafiki" and the tragic loss of four lives.

Having said that I believe said report failed the offshore sailing community in its recommendations. Here are my thoughts on what we need to do to prevent another tragedy in the future.

Cool Gadget to Keep Your Frozen Food Frozen

Chapter 13 of 13 in the Online Book How To Maintain an Offshore Voyaging Boat

Here's a simple easy to build gadget that makes a huge difference to the effectiveness of your freezer, by circulating the air so the stuff at the top and farthest from the plates does not thaw, while the food at the bottom and against the plates remains frozen, particularly when the freezer is packed tight.

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This and That–June

A few thoughts and photographs in a FREE post to start the month off: lee shores, pubs, books, and a sobering reminder.

Most yacht engines are horribly inefficient, but that can be fixed. In this series Matt, AAC engineering correspondent, explains how in easy to understand terms, and cuts through the marketing hype surrounding the many options.

Every owner of a boat with an engine--auxiliary sail or power--will benefit from reading this, even if you only use the knowledge to better manage your existing engine and, into the bargain, make it last longer and breakdown less often.

Let’s Think Smart

Thinking smart, rather than lazy, can make all the difference when voyaging...and in life.