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Date: December 3, 1998

DILLINGHAM, Alaska--Wondering about the advantages of dripless shaft seals in your fishing boat? Or are you one of those fishermen whose idea of preparing your boat for storage means tossing a tarp over it?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need Boatkeeper, a new online series of free articles with tips about boat maintenance from Alaska Sea Grant.

Boatkeeper author Terry Johnson, a University of Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agent in Bristol Bay, has owned and operated fishing boats in Alaska for 15 years. Currently he charters his 50-foot motor yacht in western Alaska.

Johnson covers a host of important topics, including readying your boat for the season, fighting corrosion, getting the most from your radio, understanding diesel engine specifications, and yes, even the advantages of dripless shaft seals. In all, articles on thirteen topics are available.

The articles were originally printed in Pacific Fishing magazine, but are now available on the internet at:

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a marine research, education and outreach service headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. It is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in partnership with the state of Alaska and private industry.

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