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Learning to Live with Plastic Boat Bits

After cruising three oceans on an old wooden boat when I was in my 20s and perpetually short on cash, I vowed my next...

The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Clear Plastic

Our upcoming special report on marine plastics touches briefly on one of the most conspicuous plastics on many cruising boats--clear vinyl windows. On many...

Preventing Mildew in Marine Fabrics

It's been an exceptionally wet winter in South Florida this year, so we're getting no respite in our ongoing battle with mildew. At least...

Gearing Up for Winter Sailing

During my admittedly few winters above the frost-belt, I have only fond memories of the last few days of the season. And Ive always...

Steer Clear of the Marine Cleaner Con

Intent on carrying on with boat projects without impacting the supply chain for essential materials during the COVID-19 pandemic, I started poking around in...

The Boat Show Survival Guide

A few years back at the marvelous Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington (held every September), I was reminded of the hidden dangers...

The Pesky Problems of Boat Pests

Ever since I fell under the spell of E.B. White’s classic tale “Charlotte’s Web,” I’ve been more than reluctant to stomp on every bug...

Treatments to Preserve Ropes and Lines through the Seasons

More sailors in colder climates are finding ways to extend their sailing season through the winter, and we’ve provided a ton of research on...

Hot Water Heater Installation Tips

Although I spent most of my cruising years within 20 degrees of the equator, the landlubber luxury I missed most was not air conditioning...

The DIY Solent Stay or Inner Forestay

Among the many rigging improvements I'm pondering for my Yankee 30 Opal the year ahead is installing a second forestay to allow more flexibility...

Pearson 37 & 37-2 – Behind the Curtain

Are you interested in a racer cruiser sailboat like the Pearson 37 and Pearson 37-2? This week we dive into a boat review of...

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Affordable Cruising Sailboats, Continued

In a search for a budget cruiser, Practical Sailor has made it a point over the years to look at used boats from a prior...