Poll Archive

Which of the following best describes your approach to bottom paint?

I choose my own paint, but I let a professional apply (521 votes)

19%

I let a professional apply the paint that he (or boatyard) recommends. (329 votes)

12%

I choose my own paint and I apply it. (1639 votes)

60%

I apply paint that a local professional or boatyard recommends. (254 votes)

9%


What major system on your boat is in most need of upgrade?

a. propulsion (engine, prop, etc.) (155 votes)

14%

b. sails, rig (327 votes)

30%

c. electronics (215 votes)

20%

d. plumbing (78 votes)

7%

e. refrigeration (104 votes)

10%

f. electrical system (150 votes)

14%

g. HVAC (heating/ AC) (65 votes)

6%


What boat chore would you never like to do again?

a. unclog head (443 votes)

48%

b. paint bottom (179 votes)

19%

c. wax hull (94 votes)

10%

d. service engine (34 votes)

4%

e. go aloft (95 votes)

10%

f. clean deck/cabin (11 votes)

1%

g. stitch canvas/sails (15 votes)

2%

h. install new stuff (17 votes)

2%

i. other (44 votes)

5%


What equipment on your boat would you MOST want to replace with new?

a. sails (136 votes)

28%

b. mast and rigging (39 votes)

8%

c. engine/prop (61 votes)

13%

d. electronics (except autopilot) (82 votes)

17%

e. windlass (18 votes)

4%

f. autopilot (38 votes)

8%

g. fridge/freezer (34 votes)

7%

h. head/holding tank (30 votes)

6%

i. water heater (14 votes)

3%

j. tankage (water/fuel) (18 votes)

4%

k. other (14 votes)

3%


Practical Sailor is gauging interest in a consumer-advice report on sailboat chartering. Please let us know how you feel about bareboat sailing charter opportunities.

I have chartered before, and plan to charter again. (1116 votes)

34%

I have chartered before, and might charter again. (535 votes)

16%

I have chartered before, but don’t plan to charter again. (149 votes)

5%

I have never chartered before, but am interested in chartering. (924 votes)

28%

I have never chartered and have no interest in chartering. (540 votes)

17%


What type of marine electronic tests would you be mostinterested in reading about?

Radar (45 votes)

8%

Autopilots (101 votes)

19%

Long-range communication (Sat-com, HF radio, Winmail) (55 votes)

10%

Short range communications (VHF) (15 votes)

3%

Handheld GPS plotters (28 votes)

5%

Fixed GPS Chartplotters (33 votes)

6%

iPad/tablet/smart phone apps (103 votes)

19%

Networked Systems (wind-depth-nav-data, multifunction displays) (52 votes)

10%

Digital Charts/Navigation Software (55 votes)

10%

Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) (48 votes)

9%


Which product testing program would you liked to see expanded in Practical Sailor?

Electronics (188 votes)

43%

Sails and standing rigging (28 votes)

6%

Deck hardware (16 votes)

4%

Safety equipment (14 votes)

3%

Boats and boat design (58 votes)

13%

Maintenance (paints, cleaners, tools, etc.) (31 votes)

7%

Personal gear (knives, flashlights, etc.) (4 votes)

1%

Belowdecks amenities (fans, stoves, etc.) (11 votes)

3%

Systems (batteries, engines, fridges, etc.) (76 votes)

17%

Other (11 votes)

3%


Which of the “big three” U.S. sailboat brands would you be most interested in buying? Either new or Used.






How would you describe yourself as a sailor?

Offshore adventurer (134 votes)

16%

Coastal/island hopper (364 votes)

44%

Afternoon daysailor (138 votes)

17%

Racer/cruiser (81 votes)

10%

Serious racer (13 votes)

2%

Casual racer (20 votes)

2%

Boat tinkerer (37 votes)

5%

Armchair sailor (34 votes)

4%


Which of the following devices do you prefer to use for reading books and magazines?

Amazon Kindle (92 votes)

18%

Barnes & Noble Nook (31 votes)

6%

Sony eReader (7 votes)

1%

Tablet PC or iPad (121 votes)

24%

Smart phone (Droid, iPhone, etc.) (12 votes)

2%

Desktop computer (24 votes)

5%

Laptop computer (76 votes)

15%

Don’t do digital (143 votes)

28%


Practical Sailor is working on a story on potable water. We are interested in sailors' onboard drinking habits. Water, that is. Please choose the answer that best describes your situation:

A.. I generally do not drink nor do I treat the water in my boat's tanks. (252 votes)

32%

B. I purify my onboard water, but I generally don't drink it. (169 votes)

21%

C. I drink the water from my boat's tanks. I don't purify it onboard. (109 votes)

14%

D. I drink the water, and I purify it onboard by adding chlorine or a similar chemical. (94 votes)

12%

E. I drink the water, and I purify it using a filtration system. (172 votes)

22%


How do you feel about "green" eco-friendly marine products?

I always try to buy the "green" option. (95 votes)

30%

I sometimes consider green labeling. (136 votes)

43%

I disregard "green" labeling. (28 votes)

9%

I rarely consider environmental claims
when making buying decisions. (57 votes)

18%


What sort of dinghy do you prefer? Subscribers can also take our dinghy survey (Click here for survey).

Hard rowing/sailing dinghy (55 votes)

27%

Hybrid hard dinghy with floatation collar (17 votes)

8%

Rigid inflatable boat (RIB) (98 votes)

49%

Kayak or canoe (8 votes)

4%

Other (23 votes)

11%


How do you feel about green eco-friendly marine products?

I always try to buy the green option. (232 votes)

35%

I sometimes consider green labeling. (285 votes)

43%

I disregard "green" labeling. (43 votes)

7%

I rarely consider environmental claims when making buying decisions. (100 votes)

15%