My Articles for Mad Mariner

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Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of writing for Glen Justice at Mad Mariner ( and I’ve had a chance to work with his great crew there on a number of separate pieces. 

The first piece was an overview of the engine choices available to boaters today; covering everything from outboards to the drive pods of Volvo Penta and Cummins MerCruiser Diesel.  Have a look at it here: Story link…

The article talks about how 4-stroke outboards dominate that market segment, with the notable exception of the Evinrude E-TEC line of high-pressure injected 2-strokes.  We also covered basic gas-powered inboards, dominated by computer-controlled, fuel-injected models from companies like Crusader, MerCruiser and Volvo Penta.  Diesels, too, are going electronic and the benefits are significant — better fuel economy, smoother and quieter operation, and drastically reduced smoke and emissions.  The article ends with a discussion of the next wave in marine propulsion, the steerable pod drives now in service with Volvo Penta IPS and coming from Cummins MerCruiser Diesel with the Zeus units.

If you haven’t seen Mad Mariner yet, go check it out.  Glen’s many years of experience as a New York Times reporter gives the site a major leg up over other online boating sites.  He’s got a great collection of basic reference articles and good, hard news, too.  I’m proud to be associated with him and his team.

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Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom’s tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . .