February 1, 2003

PS Advisor: 02/01/03

Chandlery: 02/01/03

Subscribers Only Serious Wheels

Clear Plastic Cleaners

Subscribers Only All 14 products worked to some degree, but we were most impressed by the Armada 210 and Plexus among the sprays, the Dolphinite among the liquid pastes, and, as a Best Buy, the Mer-maids among the liquids.

Seaward 25

Subscribers Only A trailerable pocket cruiser introduced in 1984 by Hake Yachts, this pricy plumb-bowed sloop is made for exploring the shallows. It's laid out for a cruising couple or young family.

Offshore Log: More Kiwi Companies

Subscribers Only Last month, we started a survey of marine manufacturers in New Zealand that are riding, and sometimes creating, the wave of sailing technology that is rolling around the world. Here are a few more.

Restoring Decks: Nonskid Options

Subscribers Only We evaluated four paints, 10 additives, and three mats for slip resistance, ease of application, and appearance. Treadmaster's mat still rules, in our view. West Marine's paint is a Best Buy.

Mailport: 02/01/03

As the World Turns

Inside Practical Sailor Blog

The Mystery Chain from China

by Darrell Nicholson with Jonathan Neeves on November 17, 2014

Surprisingly, one of the best chains in our most recent test was one of the generic Chinese chains. This chain showed good strength, and had a thick galvanized coating that showed a high resistance flaking and abrasion. However, the other generic Chinese chain in our test showed appalling performance, so bad, that we believe it is unconscionable for any marine chandler to sell it. And here is the quandary. We’ve identified a promising, economically-priced chain, but it is virtually impossible for the average boater to distinguish it from junk.

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