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How To Clean An Outboard Motor Carburetor

Outboard enginesCan we agree that the dinghy and properly functioning outboard is simply one of our most important, if not THE most important "accessory" for sailboat owners? Unfortunately, the outboard engine can be one of the most frustrating pieces of equipment once it develops a problem. We all have had issues with our outboards at one time or another and the frustration of a stuttering or non-starting outboard engine can be overwhelming. We know, we've been there and so has almost every boat owner we know. 

Having the outboard engine fixed by a professional is expensive and most often the problem can be attributed to the fuel, a problem that most of us can deal with. However surprisingly few boat owners know how to diagnose and fix the problem. So, when I saw the article about cleaning the carburetor of an outboard engine in Practical Boat Owner, I knew I had to share! David Parker describes in detail with color pictures, how he saved a lot of money with a careful strip-down and clean of the carburetor.

Another good article to read is this simple troubleshooting guide that accounts for about 95% of the problems on an outboard engine, is this article by our friends at The Boat Galley. Save some money with David and Carolyn!

 How To Get Rid Of Stinky Marine Heads

Marine Head Maintenance helps you avoid stinky marine toiletsStinky marine heads and holding tanks, is one of THE most discussed subjects amongst cruisers. Marine toilets need not stink, but they often do and it can drive one crazy. The maintenance and cleaning of toilets and holding tanks onboard have wide ranging solutions, of which we have probably tried almost every one of them out there!

We have a pretty good solution that works on our own boat. Fresh water flush, regular cleaning of the discharge hoses with vinegar and lubrication with oil, has effectively fixed the problem for us. Practical Sailor also has some products and solutions that we intend to give a try and BoatUS give us some great tips for toilet maintenance.

Another great article by Practicle Sailor: Combatting Onboard Toilet Odors

We would love to hear your own solutions for a fresh and clean smelling marine head!

Volvo Penta Engine Recall Alert!

Volvo Penta Engine Recall

We recently did a survey on a 2013 Lipari 41 in Tortola, BVI for our client. As luck would have it, this boat was eligible for FREE engine replacements under the Volvo recall arrangement. What a stroke of good luck! You might also be eligible!

If you own Volvo Penta Engines, you too may be entitled to two brand new engines. According to Volvo Penta, they are doing a recall of certain D-130 and D2-40 compact auxiliary engines. These Perkins engines, marinized by Volvo Penta for the recreational boating industry, are good engines, but do not comply with USA emissions standards and have to be replaced.

The recall started on July 1, 2017, and ends July 1, 2019. New engines with a 2-year warranty will be provided. 

If you have any questions, call your local Volvo Penta authorized dealer. Find the your dealer here volvopenta.us or contact Volvo Penta of the America, 1300 Volvo Penta Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320, Phone (866) 273-2539.

Need A Rigid Hardtop Bimini For Your Catamaran?

custom Bimini hardtop for catamaransDedicated Marine, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale can custom-make a rigid hardtop Bimini for you! A life-long sailor with solid credentials in boat-building and repair, Chris Spencer recognized a gap in the marine industry for hardtop biminis. Most production catamarans do not come with a hardtop bimini and is a very expensive option. Chris figured out how to fit good quality biminis aftermarket at a reasonable price. He set about to developing a line of hardtop biminis for several catamaran brands and models and is now the premier bimini go-to guy.

The recent offering from Chris for the Lagoon Flybridge Catamarans not only provides necessary weather protection but also safe access to the high boom. The biminis make it easy to add functional options such as the increasingly popular solar panels and bimini enclosures. Dedicated Marine's aftermarket products are in-line with the high quality of the boats and is designed to enhance the already well-appointed catamarans. Clients globally head to Dedicated Marine to complete their catamarans whether for circumnavigation, charter, living aboard or just some well-deserved limin’.

Electric Winch Conversion Tips

Electric winches on board sailboats are becoming increasingly popular. It makes shorthanded sailing much easier and allows a crewmember to hoist and trim any size sail in all kinds of conditions with a simple push of a button. With more and more larger sailboats being used for liveaboard, cruising, and weekend sailing, the sails are also bigger. An electric power winch enables any crew regardless of strength abilities, size, or physical condition to perform the strenuous tasks required to sail a bigger catamaran efficiently and safely.

An electric winch makes high-load jobs easier such as hoisting the mainsail when sailing short-handed. It allows you to look up at the main whilst hoisting it to make sure there are no snags or hold-ups. We are converts! When we bought "Zuri", our new Lagoon 450S, we decided an electric wince was an expense that was well worth the cost. In the video at left, Tech Team member, Craig Blazer from Harken, shows us how easy it is to upgrade your Harken Radial winches to electric powered.

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