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 How To Get Rid Of Stinky Marine Heads

Marine Head MaintenanceStinky 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 auxciliary 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 has to be replaced.

The recall started on July 1st and ends July 1, 2019. New Engines with a 2-year warranty will be provided. See below a notice from the Volvo Penta of the Americas, LLC.

If you have any questions call your local Volvo Penta authorised dealer. Find the your dealer here www.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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How A Marine Diesel Engine Works

DieselengineThis is a super cool demonstration of how a marine diesel engine works!  Don't miss the video at the bottom of this article.

We are not diesel engine specialists, but we have maintained and repaired our own engines in our various boats over the years and have dealt with most issues. So we offer some maintenance and troubleshooting tips later in this article. 

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