Poll Archive

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






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%


Inside Practical Sailor Blog

Simple Tips for Maintaining Stainless Steel

April 22, 2014

When applying a paste cleaner, a toothbrush is useful for buffing tight spots and working into the pores of welds; follow by buffing with a cotton cloth. A green 3M scrubby pad helps for removing more aggressive stains. Continued rusting in welded areas might indicate a developing failure, requiring replacement. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and mild soap when done buffing.

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Reader Questionnaire

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