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Mike Hobson
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Managing Editor for UsedBoatEquipment.com
Managing Editor for UsedBoatEquipment.com

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How to check keel bolts

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We are proud to announce an article on UsedBoatEquipment.com appearing in the latest edition of pontoon and Deck Boat magazine

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Boating hits mainstream media

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What the new RFS ethanol levels mean for boating

What you need to know re fuel for the next boating Season

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Outboard Motor Maintenance
Unless you own carbureted models or have diagnostic software installed on your laptop or tablet, there are limits as to what an owner can do to service today’s digital outboards. But with common hand tools and shop supplies, a few do-it-yourself projects help prevent bigger problems, save money and leave you free to concentrate on fishing.

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Sailboat Propellers

Standard props supplied with many production boats are just enough to do the job. They will propel the boat under power, but will not give optimum performance across a range of conditions. The reason for this of course is cost. The best propellers cost quite a bit more than a standard or fixed prop. The picture shows a new Beneteau waiting for an owner with its standard 3 blade fixed prop.

If you were to choose the optimum prop for your boat 
you would consider factors like;

Drag under sail 
Speed & Power in forward 
Stopping power 
Vibration 
Power in reverse 
Maintenance 
Cost

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Lazy Jacks
The following articles describe the various systems available to handle sails without having to or reduce the amount of manual labor required to handle them.
These systems make it easy to raise lower and reef the sail . First up are Lazy Jacks which are the cheapest and easiest method of handling a mainsail.

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Choosing a Sailboat Propeller
Standard props supplied with many production boats are just enough to do the job. They will propel the boat under power, but will not give optimum performance across a range of conditions. The reason for this of course is cost. The best propellers cost quite a bit more than a standard or fixed prop.

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Chart Plotting in the Digital World
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