Mindful Maintenance

When troubleshooting problems with liquefied petroleum gas, safety always has to come first. The owner of a 36-foot lobster yacht called with a problem: He couldn’t use his propane galley stove. His propane sensor had been tripping the alarm repeatedly, and he had removed the fuse. With the fuse in, the system would not work […]

Analyzing Onboard Fire Claims

Onboard fires happen more than you’d think. Here’s what digging into the GEICO | BoatUS Marine Insurance claim files teaches us about preventing them. Fire ranked No. 5 among the causes of loss for GEICO | BoatUS Marine Insurance between 2015 and 2019. The majority of these fires started in a few very specific places […]

Trawler Skills

Trawler Skills has been created to offer insights and recommendations for current and future trawler owners. This section is trawler-centric, but much of what is covered should be relevant to most power and sail cruisers. Proper preparation should include a basic understanding of many topics such as; safety, first aid, navigation, weather, underway performance, anchoring, […]

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 […]

J/Boats Goes Electric

Iconic sailboat maker J/Boats has introduced its new J/9 daysailer with an optional factory-installed electric pod drive. “In recent years, we have seen growing interest in electric propulsion as a sustainable alternative to diesel inboards or gas outboards,” says Jeff Johnstone, president. “Torqeedo’s electric outboards have been popular as add-ons to our popular J/70, but […]

Cruising Conversations – Episode 6 – Wilson Lin – POCTA

The DeFever line of trawlers has enjoyed an incredible acceptance by the boating market since first being introduced in the 1970s and is still going strong. Arthur DeFever is responsible for the designs and his name is on the brand, but the history of how these trawlers were actually built is one that can’t be […]

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 […]