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

Varnish Touch-ups and Take-downs

by Darrell Nicholson on May 05, 2015

The upcoming June 2015 issue of Practical Sailor features the first article in a new series of tests involving wood finishes—two-part varnishes, one-part varnishes, and synthetic finishes. The new crop of coatings promise longer lasting finishes that are easier to apply, but none of these are as easy as preserving the finish you have. To keep brightwork healthy, approach it as you do your own health. Whether its a touch-up or a complete take-down that's on your horizon, here are a few tips on wood care that can save you hours of sweat down the line.

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