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ABYC Certified Master Technician: Corrosion; Diesel; Electrical; Systems

SEA W-90 Alumni

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Steve D’Antonio
Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc.
Telephone: (804) 776-0981
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50 vs. 60 Hz; Understanding the difference — SMC.
Alternator Charge RegulationSMC.
Art of the Engine Survey‚ TheSMC.
Attention to DetailSMC.
Avoid ShockCruising World.
Avoiding the Boatyard Blues: Costs and FeesCruising World.
Bare Is Better – Painted aluminum requires constant vigilanceCruising World.
Battery TerminalsSMC.
Beef Up Your Antenna WireCruising World.
Benefits of Coolant Recovery Bottles‚ TheSMC.
Beware of Stainless-Steel CorrosionCruising World.
Beware of the OdorCruising World.
Bilge Pump Systems; Design and InstallationSMC.
Bleed Out the AirCruising World.
Boat Building and ABYC Standards‚ AgainSMC.
Boat Buyer's "Top Ten" Guide to a Pre-Offer Evaluation‚ A (Part 1)SMC.
Boat Buyer's "Top Ten" Guide to a Pre-Offer Evaluation‚ A (Part 2)SMC.
Bonding Systems and Corrosion PreventionSMC.
Buying‚ Owning and Selling a BoatSMC.
Carbon Monoxide PoisoningSMC.
Caulk and Sealant Selection and UseSMC.
Charge the Other BatteriesSMC.
Check the Shaft Bearing on the HardCruising World.
Choose the Right Crankcase OilCruising World.
Clean Before You InstallCruising World.
Cleaning Diesel TanksSMC.
Closed Cooling Systems and the Pressure CapSMC.
Closed Crankcase Ventilation; What is it and what purpose does it serve?SMC.
Conventional Wisdom for Conventional Stuffing BoxesSMC.
Cool Piece of Gear‚ A – The heat exchanger — Cruising World.
Cool RunningCruising World.
Core Concerns: Reefing and BackfillingCruising World.
Cored Composite Construction; its Strengths and WeaknessesSMC.
Cracking the Code; Working with Boat Yards and the Marine Industry (Part 1)SMC.
Cracking the Code; Working with Boat Yards and the Marine Industry (Part 2)SMC.
Crimping EtiquetteSMC.
Demystifying Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency InterferenceSMC.
Diesel Dos and Don'tsCruising World.
Diesel Engines: Not Your Father's 4-108Cruising World.
Diesel Fuel Additives (Part 1)SMC.
Diesel Fuel Additives (Part 2)SMC.
Don't Be Alarmed and Sea SenseSMC.
Don't Be Tight When Buying ClampsCruising World.
Don't Freeze Up This WinterCruising World.
Easily Serviceable Hull StrainersSMC.
Electric Shock Drowning and ELCI's ExplainedSMC.
Electrocution PreventionSMC.
Engine Room's Unsung Hero‚ The; Motor MountsSMC.
Enough Juice for the JobCruising World.
Fire Extinguisher QuerySMC.
Fixed Fire Suppression SystemsSMC.
Fuel and Air Filter Service ProtocolsSMC.
Fuel Filter Vacuum GaugeSMC.
Fuel Filters SimplifiedSMC.
Fuel Polishing Systems ExplainedSMC.
Fuel Tank InstallationSMC.
Fuel-Cell Solution‚ The: Promise or Prophecy? — Cruising World.
Get to Know Your Check ValvesCruising World.
Get Your Water Systems Ready for WinterCruising World.
Go After Those Rust StainsCruising World.
Good Reasons to GroundCruising World.
Guess Where the Devil Resides?SMC.
Heat 'Er Up‚ Start 'Er Up — Cruising World.
Heavy Metal (Part 1) – Below-the-waterline running gearCruising World.
Heavy Metal (Part 2) – Below-the-waterline running gear)Cruising World.
Hold Your Boat TogetherCruising World.
Horsepower and TorqueSMC.
Hose Clamps (Part 1); Installation and UseSMC.
Hose Clamps (Part 2); Installation and UseSMC.
Hull StrainerSMC.
Hull Strainers RevisitedSMC.
Importance of ProfessionalismSMC.
Ins and Outs of Cored Composite Construction‚ TheSMC.
Ins and Outs of Shaft Alignment‚ The (Part 1)SMC.
Ins and Outs of Shaft Alignment‚ The (Part 2)SMC.
Inspect Your Grounding SystemCruising World.
Introduction into the World of Marine Inspections‚ AnSMC.
Inverter Installations; What You Need to KnowSMC.
Is your Belt the Right SizeSMC.
Job That'll Steer You Right‚ ACruising World.
Keep an Eye on Keel BoltsCruising World.
Keep an Eye on the Fuel TankCruising World.
Keep It Clean – Multistage fuel filtersCruising World.
Keep It CoolCruising World.
Keep the Valve Train on TrackCruising World.
Keeping the Keel AttachedSMC.
Keeping Your Bilge Dry with Dripless Stuffing BoxesSMC.
Know your Underwater AlloysSMC.
Life Rafts (Part 1)SMC.
Life Rafts (Part 2)SMC.
Low Down on Coaxial Cable and Connectors‚ TheSMC.
Matter of Degrees‚ ACruising World.
Oil AnalysisSMC.
Oil Change FundamentalsSMC.
On Being Well Connected – Mast wiring and radio antennasCruising World.
Onboard Alarms (Part 1)SMC.
Onboard Alarms (Part 2)SMC.
Orderly Transfer of Power‚ AnCruising World.
Original Equipment vs. Aftermarket Oil and Fuel FiltersSMC.
Paint and Aluminum – How to Ensure a Good MixSMC.
Perils of Chronic Under-Loading‚ TheSMC.
Pick the Proper HoseCruising World.
Pilot's Perspective‚ A – Running in Reduced VisibilitySMC.
Plan Ahead and Play It SafeCruising World.
Planning for and dealing with A Sinking ShipSMC.
Play It Safe with Gas on BoardCruising World.
Play It Straight – Engine and prop-shaft alignmentCruising World.
Primary Fuel Filters 2‚ 10‚ 30 Microns?SMC.
Portable Fire Extinguishers; Not all are Created EqualSMC.
Potable Water SystemsSMC.
Powerful BondsCruising World.
Prevent Leaking or Frozen Valves Below the WaterlineCruising World.
Propeller InstallationSMC.
Propeller RemovalSMC.
Properly Breaking in your Generator and Why this is ImportantSMC.
Put Your Motor to WorkCruising World.
Raw Water Pump ServiceSMC.
Read Those Smoke Signals – The color of your diesel engine's exhaustCruising World.
Relationship between Battery Bank Size and Charge CapabilitySMC.
Safe Shore Power and Electrocution PreventionSMC.
Seacock Selection‚ Service‚ and Avoiding the PitfallsSMC.
Securing Your Boat to a Dock‚ with a Homage to CleatsSMC.
Service Your Stuffing BoxCruising World.
Shaft Bearing EtiquetteSMC.
Shore Power Cord – FireSMC.
Simple Essentials for the Cruiser's Tool KitCruising World.
Simple Valve Prevents Flooding‚ A – an anti-siphon deviceCruising World.
Stainless Steel – Miracle MetalSMC.
Starter PostSMC.
Stay in Charge of Your DC SystemCruising World.
Taiwan LookBookSMC.
Tie Up and Plug InCruising World.
Time for a New Filter?Cruising World.
Trend Toward Complexity‚ TheSMC.
Unraveling the Corrosion MysterySMC.
Value of Backup Power‚ TheSMC.
Water Heater PrimerSMC.
When it comes to boats‚ simple is better… or is it?SMC.
When to Adjust ValvesSMC.
Winterize Your Batteries‚ Then Chill — Cruising World.
Wire and Plumb Your Bilge Pump ProperlyCruising World.
Wiring Strain ReliefSMC.
"Zinc" Anode Selection and the Role Played by Galvanic IsolatorsSMC.
Exhaust Systems — SDMC.
Fuel FiltersSDMC.
Fixed Fire ExtinguishingSDMC.
Fuel System BleedingSDMC.
High Output Charging – Part ISDMC.
High Output Charger – Part IISDMC.
Oil AnalysisSDMC.
Pre- Purchase Inspections ExplainedSDMC.
Means of ReboardingSDMC.
Steering Clear of Trouble =
Steering SystemsSDMC.

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