In recent years, the popularity of absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries has soared, yet few owners truly know how to take care of them. If you want to get your moneys worth out of a new AGM battery or battery bank, it should be installed as a systemnot simply dropped in as a replacement for flooded batteries.
Readers familiar with the work of William Crealockthe renowned designer of the Crealock 37, the Cabo Rico 34, the Dana 24, and at least 30 other production-built vesselsunderstand that his designs are steeped in practicality. Crealock famously wrote: Seaworthiness...
Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear
When rigs fail, it is often a spectacular event, precipitated by the sudden breakage of a rig componenta wire, a terminal, or a chainplate, for instance. Because this so often comes as a surprise, and because it has been known to happen even to conscientious sailors who...
As we dug into the topic of electronic storage mediathe memory cards we use for routine software updates on our marine electronicswe found that even the makers of our marine electronics were a little confused about which memory cards worked with their own systems. We...
Inside Practical Sailor Blog
by Darrell Nicholson on April 14, 2015
Choosing the right sealant or flexible adhesive used to be fairly straightforward. There were fewer products and usually there was somebody to tell you which compound was best for bedding cleats or sealing joints. That's no longer the case. These days trying to find the right sealant for the right job is as complicated as choosing breakfast cereal, except that if you make the wrong choice you areliterallystuck with it. Fortunately, we've carried out a number of tests on caulks and adhesives to help you make the right choice.
Which of the following best describes your approach to bottom paint?
- I choose my own paint, but I let a professional apply (521 votes)
- I let a professional apply the paint that he (or boatyard) recommends. (329 votes)
- I choose my own paint and I apply it. (1639 votes)
- I apply paint that a local professional or boatyard recommends. (254 votes)