Technical Boat Articles

Technical Boat and Yacht Articles

Please find below yacht and boat technical articles submitted by boat owners, yacht consultants and others for Curtis Stokes and Associates. CSA hopes you find this material useful and remember CSA services when the time comes to buy or sell a yacht. Contact Us through our many offices throughout the USA.

Marine DC Electricity for Boats

By Jim Healy

Marine DC Electricity for BoatsThis Article discusses DC Electricity concepts and terminology at an introductory level. This article is intended to help those with little or no background or training…
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The Boat Survey

By Jim Healy

The Boat SurveyA boat survey is a multi-step business process that is initiated by a boat owner or prospective boat buyer. The purpose of the survey is to establish the safety, seaworthiness and market value of the vessel. The survey process consists of the following steps…
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Ship’s Radio Licenses, Ristricted Radiotelephhone Operator’s Permit

By Jim Healy

Ship’s Radio Licenses, Ristricted Radiotelephhone Operator’s PermitIt is key to understand that the requirement for a Ship’s Radio License and a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Permit is imposed on US registry vessels by the US government (via the FCC via International Telecommunications Union treaty). It is not a requirement of any particular foreign jurisdiction.
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Cleaning the A/C Raw Water Loop

By Jim Healy

EPIRB/PLB vs Satellite Messenger/Communicators (SPOT)Aboard Sanctuary, our normal summer and winter locations are mostly in brackish waters. Local water temperatures rise into the mid-to-high 80s in the summer months. Routine preventive maintenance is required to avoid the build-up of sea growth in the raw water circulation plumbing system.
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EPIRB/PLB vs Satellite Messenger/Communicators (SPOT)

By Jim Healy

EPIRB/PLB vs Satellite Messenger/Communicators (SPOT)True Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) operate on “official” GMDSS/SOLAS radio frequencies to communicate with the international, government-operated emergency satellite network. PLBs have some limitations compared to Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon devices (EPIRB), but use the same satellite communications network. This system is monitored by government (often military) emergency response agencies.
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Data Security and the Internet

By Jim Healy

Data Security and the InternetAlthough a different technology study from connectivity and networking, the security of data connections in a wireless network is a serious concern for users of any kind of mobile connectivity platform. This is one of the most complex and jargon-prone areas in the discussion of small, mobile platforms like the SOHO networks found on boats and RVs. I mean to keep it as simple as possible!
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Wireless IP Cameras to Monitor Engine Room

By Jim Healy

Wireless IP Cameras to Monitor Engine RoomBoaters are universally warned to be diligent about performing engine room checks to identify developing problems before they become serious. So now, truthfully, are you methodical about doing hourly checks?
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Polybutylene (PB) Plumbing in Drinking Water Systems

By Jim Healy

Polybutylene (PB) Plumbing in Drinking Water SystemsCruising south in 2017, I became aware that my house water pump was cycling on and off at random intervals. I proceeded to change our water pump head/valve assembly…
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Navigation Via PC or Tablet Computer

By Jim Healy

Navigation Via PC or Tablet ComputerA long-time cruising friend recently asked: “I’ve been researching a replacement for my circa 2000 RayMarine navigation system.
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Diesel Engine Maintenance

By Jim Healy

Diesel Engine MaintenanceWhat I mostly got from that course was the personal confidence that diesel engine maintenance is the same as, or simpler than, maintaining a gasoline engine. My conclusions were…
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Halting Boat Engine Wear

By Capt. Barry Kallander

Halting Boat Engine WearThe most common cause of wear in a diesel engine is contamination of the crankcase oil…
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Automatic Identification System (AIS)

By Jim Healy

AIS UnitThe Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a complex and sophisticated system of marine navigation technologies…
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Check Your Fire Suppression Systems

By Capt. Craig Parkhurst

Fire Suppression SystemCorrect design, installation, and maintenance are critical to the reliability of your fire suppression system.
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Hydraulic Fluid Analysis

By Capt. Craig Parkhurst

Hydraulic Fluid Analysis When was the last time you changed the hydraulic fluid in your stabilizer system or integrated hydraulic system?
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