Reference Cell Testing; Know Thy Corrosion Protection Level – Editorial: Old vs. New

Text and photos © 2021 Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc. From the Masthead I recently made a flight aboard a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, a seaplane manufactured in 1959. It’s in commercial service and flies almost every day. The art deco-inspired cockpit is a study in simplicity; gauges and controls are well-refined, accessible and easy […]

July 2021 Newsletter “Vented Loop Remote Drains”

Text and photos © 2021 Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc. Photo Essay: Vented Loop Remote Drains Vented loops, sometimes called anti-siphon valves or siphon breaks, are very simple components that play an extremely important part in your vessel’s raw water systems, from bilge pumps to engines and gensets. The mission of a vented loop is […]

Engine Room Inspection – Editorial: Cruising the Columbia River

Text and photos © 2021 Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc. From the Masthead I’m writing this column, while lying alongside a dock in Portland, Oregon, having just completed an eight-day passage from Kennewick, Washington, via the Columbia River. The trek took us through a range of topography and climate, from brown, arid desert hills, where […]

June 2021 Newsletter “AC Ground Wire Sizing”

From the Masthead Let me begin by apologizing to Marine Systems Excellence readers for our hiatus. As most boat owners, and virtually anyone who is buying, selling, building or repairing vessels knows, the industry has been super-charged during COVID. As a result, I’ve been traveling extensively for the past 12 months, and even more so […]

January 2021 Newsletter “Fixed Fire Extinguisher Detail”

Text and photos © 2021 Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc. Photo Essay: Fixed Fire Extinguisher Detail Fixed fire extinguishers perform, or are ready to perform, an invaluable service to every vessel in which they are installed. In the event of an engine room fire, these units will discharge automatically, most at 175° Fahrenheit, as well […]

“Fiberglass Repair and Secondary Repairs” & “Steering You Straight”

Text and photos © 2021 Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc. The feature post follows this note from author Steve D’Antonio From the Masthead Steering You Straight Recently, while carrying out a pre-purchase inspection, I came across a checklist that the vessel owner had prepared.  It was one of several, including those for pre-getting underway, anchoring, […]

January 2021 Newsletter “Wire Design”

Text and photos © 2021 Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc. Photo Essay: Wire Design It’s a question that occasionally comes up among boat buyers or forum dwellers, one relating to the type of wiring used aboard a particular vessel. One of the more common misconceptions holds that the wiring used for small craft and yachts […]

December 2020 Newsletter “Means of Escape”

Text and photos © 2020 Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc. Photo Essay: Means of Escape The recent fire and resulting fatalities aboard the dive boat Conception, (covered in an SDMC MSE editorial here) drove home a number of points for many boat owners and some boat builders, including the need for smoke alarms, the importance […]