Mailport July 2012 Issue

Mailport: July 2012

School of Hard Knocks

A frustrating bottom-painting job sparked reader Richard Paden's suggestion that PS offer hands-on how-to workshops.

I am writing to encourage Practical Sailor to consider sponsoring a series of workshops on topics such as painting, engine maintenance, and electrical wiring—I am sure many PS readers would greatly appreciate attending. Many of us have proficiencies in areas other than boat building, electronics, diesel engine systems, and weather forecasting. I am also confident that we all do not learn from just reading and that many of us learn best from hands-on, instructor-led training.

After carefully reading Interlux’s boat painting guides (www.yacht and watching application videos, I worked all weekend, preparing and painting the bottom of my boat. The end result? I am very disappointed. I have far less than the nice, smooth bottom I was striving for.

I am sure lots of boaters have had the same frustrating experience and would welcome the opportunity to attend a PS hands-on workshop.

Richard Paden

Via email

Unfortunately, we’re net set up for that sort of thing. However, PS editors sometimes lead non-PS sponsored seminars on a variety of topics, including Technical Editor Ralph Naranjo’s seminar on safety at sea. Groups interested in hosting one of these can email In regard to your bottom paint: Smooth bottoms are a result of painstaking prep work. Check out the February 2012 PS Advisor for some tested advice.

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