Casting Off:
Looking for Sludge in All the Wrong Places

  Disassembling and cleaning the carburetor. Whenever the small engine on my Uncle Jess’ Chris-Craft stalled, he’d remove the cowling and work some mechanical magic with a screwdriver to get it started again. Not one…

Diesel Deep Dive: Electrical Gremlins in Your Engine Compartment?

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. Working as a marine engineer and mechanic, I have seen and continue to see some of the worst DIY electrical jobs on boats, both recreational and commercial. Unlike residential…

Fiberglass in the Forest:
Lesson in Backyard Lamination

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. For the past 10 years, I have been a shipwright. My boat repair and building career began with bottom painting at CSR, a boatyard on the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle.…

How-To: Stripping Your Boat’s Bottom

This article was originally published in the April 2022 issue of 48° North. It’s April and in the boatyard, the tide is beginning to shift. Just weeks ago, a whole day may have gone by before we spotted anyone else laboring…

The Springtime Shift: Making the Most of the Pre-Season

This article was originally published in the March 2022 issue of 48° North.  Every year, somewhere between a strong southerly wind blowing a hoolie through Puget Sound and daffodils pushing up through the ground outside the…

Recommissioning: From the Blues to Blue Skies

This article was originally published in the March 2022 issue of 48° North Ah, spring at the marina. Full of promise. Renewal. Great times lay ahead.   Blah, blah, blah.  I trudge down to the boat in early March, dock cart…

Tech Talk with SeaBits: Spring Tech Checkup

This article was originally published in the March 2022 issue of 48° North A great thing to do at least once a year, and especially prior to the start of a more active boating season, is to give your boat a tech checkup.…

Diesel Deep Dive: Functional Oil Filtration

(Caption) Engine room of the Maritime Instructor (Seattle Maritime Academy training ship). All engines are equipped with spin-on or cartridge style filters. This article was originally published in the February 2022 issue of…

Diesel Deep Dive: The Effect of Time on an Engine

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of 48° North. Marine diesels endure a tough life during their time on board a vessel. Often I hear, “A diesel will last forever,” or, “That engine will get a…

Diesel Deep Dive: Quirks of the Engine Cooling System

Exploring the quirks of the marine diesel engine cooling system. This article was originally published in the October 2021 issue of 48° North.  It’s a beautiful sunny day, and the water is calling. Once the diesel is started…