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Ask Andrew: Battery Tests – Part 1

June 13, 2024 Testing voltage with a multimeter Modern…

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Ask Andrew: What To Look For If You Launch Late

performing engine checks before start-up May 23, 2024 T…

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Ask Andrew: Engine fires and other scares

(not a Canadian shot btw) May 9, 2024 Boats aren’t inhe…

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Ask Andrew: How to Keep your Brightwork Bright

Before Photo Apr 25, 2024 In the early spring, just aft…

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Ask Andrew: Understanding Fiberglass

Most of the boats on the water in Canada today are made using fiberglass – which is essentially a layer of fibrous stands, infused with a resin that will chemically react with a hardener, to make a strong, solid block.

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Ask Andrew: What Story is Your Gelcoat Telling?

Mar 28, 2024 Note the chalky appearance As kids we’re t…

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Ask Andrew: Trailer Time

Mar 14, 2024 Boats will be on the road soon enough. Sou…

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Ask Andrew: Mid-winter boat hugs

Feb 22, 2024 obvious engine damage – likely water was l…

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Ask Andrew: Dealing with Pesky Pests

Jan 25, 2024 bird droppings cover a deck A boat trip ca…

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Ask Andrew: Off-season Prop Repairs

Jan 11, 2024 With boats out of the water and underwater…

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Ask Andrew: Customers and Boat Yards – Part 2

Dec 21, 2023 In Part 1 I took a look at how customers f…

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Ask Andrew: Customers and Boat Yards – Finding the Right Match

Dec 7, 2023 I hear stories about boaters’ experiences w…

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Ask Andrew: Winter battery storage

Nov 23, 2023 a great time to clean up wiring and termin…

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Ask Andrew: VC17 – Some Facts and Suggestions

Nov 9, 2023 The News: Boaters were met with signs like…

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Ask Andrew: Post haul-out checklists

Oct 26, 2023 The end of the boating season is not on th…

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Ask Andrew: Pre- haulout checklists

Oct 12, 2023 review of the engine systems Boat yards, m…

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Ask Andrew: Electrical Testing Onboard

two examples of common digital multimetersSept 26, 2023…

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Ask Andrew: Diagnostics explained

Occam’s razor is a problem-solving principle that I often use in my work as a marine technician. It’s simple but is also often overlooked; and it’s easy to when we’re confused or scared of the outcome and its effect on our investment.

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Ask Andrew: Maintaining your anchor and anchor rode

‘A chain is only as strong as its weakest link’ is a cliche that is quite applicable in boat maintenance. In a literal sense, a weakest link can apply to an anchor rode, and a weak link in this chain can spell disaster.

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Ask Andrew – Andrew’s Almost Ultimate Spring Commissioning Checklist

It’s that time of year again. The groundhog has been consulted, and we all anxiously wait for the boating season to begin. Here’s a brief outline of maintenance items that you can check off your list when getting ready for launch:

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Ask Andrew: Lifting, launching and trailering

Launch-day is filled with boat owners who aren’t sure where best to place the slings, and are left to rely on the best experience of the crane directors and travel-lift operators.

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Ask Andrew: Off-season maintenance tasks – Part 2

Despite sub-zero temperatures and snow on the ground across the country, we still believe that warm winds and sunny days are coming. In only a few short months, boat prep will be upon us. Boat shows are in full swing from East to West coast which gets the ideas flowing and forces us to think about upkeep and upgrades.

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Ask Andrew: Spring – Under the Hood Pt 1

This is part 1 of a 2-part series on off-season maintenance and upgrades that are ideal to get a jump on now, and aren’t dependent on warmer temperatures (unlike fiberglass, painting and caulking).

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Marine Industry Career Path: “Ask” Andrew McDonald

The next graduate in our Marine Industry Career Path series is one of Canadian Yachting Media’s very own, Andrew McDonald! Andrew most recently graduated from Georgian College in Ontario and has years of great experience in all aspects of the marine industry.

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Ask Andrew – January 6, 2023

With boat show season upon us some will walk the show looking to be inspired, others will be looking for a great deal. Either way, I’m sure you’ll find it. One the great niche markets is the creative ways that the marine industry is supporting getting new boaters on the water. 

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Ask Andrew: Suck Squeeze Bang Blow Pt 2 – Compression in a diesel engine

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on compression testing. Last edition explored how an engine works, why compression is important in engine operations, and what a compression test can reveal about the state of the engine.

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Ask Andrew: Suck Squeeze Bang Blow – The case for compression

Pt 1: Compression in a gas engine. The massive block of iron sitting in your boat (or mounted atop your outboard) takes a lot of pressure (and not just metaphorically). Inside the engine block is where the magic happens: A crankshaft turns to perform work: turning a prop shaft and propeller to make the boat go.

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Ask Andrew: NMEA 2000 Set-up – Part 2

Last issue we explored NMEA 2000 networking, including the advantages of creating an on-board network, and what that network is capable of.

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Ask Andrew: Onboard networking – NMEA 2000 explained

Imagine a world where multiple touch-screens conveniently located will display information from everywhere on the vessel. Information is gathered from the engine, pumps, tanks, cameras, motors, hydraulics, winches, lights and climate control.

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Ask Andrew: Fall means haul-out and boat storage; I get a lot of questions about best-practices.

Boaters tend to be hands-on and active. Many (most?) like to launch and trailer our boats on our own. We are hands on during launch and haul-out… But boat yards and launch ramps also tend to contain a collection of ‘this is what I do’, and not always ‘this is ideal, and I do it for this reason’.

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Ask Andrew: End of Season boating

Most boaters are thinking about the end of the season at this time of year: prepping for haul-out, arranging for winterization and shrink-wrapping, prepping tarps and removing supplies.

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Ask Andrew: The Last Hurrah

As Thanksgiving heads our way, it tends to be the ‘last hurrah’ on many fronts:  the last long weekend before snowflakes, and (for many of us) the last time to enjoy the family boat for the season before other work/school/tasks/life take precedence.

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Ask Andrew: Gelcoat cleaning

As the busy season starts to wind down, many boaters turn to the maintenance that has been neglected or pushed aside for trips and activities aboard. Why now?

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Ask Andrew: Trimming – it’s just plane sense. Part 2: Trim Tabs

Last time, we looked at outboard and stern drive tweaking to get the boat planing. Further to that we look at trim tabs as an additional means. The larger the boat, the more difficult this becomes through raising/lowering the outboard or sterndrive on its own.

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Ask Andrew: Trimming – it’s just plane sense. Part 1

Unlike a car that moves (and requires control) left and right (and perhaps, if you’re an adventurous type, up and down steep grades), and boat has significantly more range of motion. 

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Ask Andrew: Sikflex 291 Kit review

Chatting at the club bar last week, the subject of current boat projects popped up. One boater described his window-replacement project, and the tone from the get-go was one of dismay.

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Ask Andrew: The three-year tune-up

Our boats are now on the water after a couple of really unusual years – if we did get out it was checkered with restrictions, lockdowns etc etc and etc.

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Ask Andrew: The great bilge oil discharge conundrum

I’ve always thought that where safety is concerned aboard, it should be the same whether the boat is a commercial, passenger-carrying vessel or a privately owned sail or power boat.

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Thrusters can make docking easier

Corners like it’s on rails. You can almost see it. A car with a low centre of gravity takes a curve. The driver shifts through the gears and exits the bend with speed and grace. Stops on a dime. That same vehicle smoothly downshifts and comes to a complete stop as though hitting an invisible barrier.

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