An Easy Way to Avoid Engine Failures


There are few things that will ruin a cruise more than an engine failure. But worse still, a sudden engine failure can result in the loss of the boat, or even a life.

There are tons of books and articles on how to properly maintain an engine, but the one tip I never see mentioned is to get the engine oil and marine gear fluid analyzed regularly, something we have been doing for nearly 20 years.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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