Power Gen

  Troubleshooting Generators, A Three Part Article Part 1-SER Generators (Note:See more articles on the PMG and MAC generators below this piece. Click on photos and drawings to enlarge or print.)     We handle three main types of AC electrical power generators at...

Four Important Ratios

Remember these important ratios that make or break your boat’s handling. 1-Ratio Of Steering Cylinder-To Rudder Arm Travel: When steering components are changed or a new boat is built, the steering helm can require too many turns to steer the rudder from...

MERPOWER-Broken Fasteners

1. Removing Broken steel engine exhaust bolts or studs that are broken off in a blind hole: If possible, start the engine and get it up to operating temperature, then turn it off immediately and disassemble as necessary to the point where penetrating oil or even...

MERPOWER-Using Your Raw Water Pump As A Bilge Pump

Turn Your Engine Into a Bilge Pump If your bilge pumps get knocked out and the boat is filling up, remember this: By re-plumbing your engine’s raw-water pump, it is possible to take water from the bilge and pump it overboard. Simply detach the raw-water intake hose...

Emergency Steering To Get You Home

Many years ago Kodiak logger, Paul Hansen, was crab fishing with his dad twenty miles east of Old Harbor, Alaska, off Kodiak Island. All was well until something gave way in the steering system, and suddenly control of the boat was lost. Looking in the lazarette, they...