Boat Maintenance

More Boat Maintenance

  • Mailport: May 2015
    In regard to your March 23, 2015 blog on bird deterrents: I moved to Florida a few years ago and was the only...
  • Bottom Paint Checkup 2015
     Subscribers OnlyYou know that you’ve been testing bottom paint too long when you start rooting for the slime and barnacles . . ....
  • Sea Hawk Faces Stricter Scrutiny from EPA
    Family-owned and -operated New Nautical Paints, the makers of Sea Hawk marine paints, is operating under an...
  • Chandlery: March 2015
    In Edgar Rice Burroughs’ early Tarzan books, his hero never swings from vines—but Hollywood’s version...
  • Fixing a Moldy Waste Hose
     Subscribers OnlyI am a part-time live-aboard and sail from Maine to Grenada. I have a mold problem on my two-year-old Shields VAC XHD...
  • Making Engine Oil Changes Easier
     Subscribers OnlySome boat manufacturers have no concern for simplifying things, like changing the auxiliary engine’s oil, once...
  • Chandlery: February 2015
    Laser rescue flares like those offered by Greatland Laser (see PS February 2004, March 2011, and September 2013...
  • 40 Years of Breaking Boat Gear
    Practical Sailor’s 40th anniversary came and went last year without hoopla. We talked a while about marking the...
  • New Anchoring Rules on Horizon in Florida
    So far, no one at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has returned my phone calls, so I’m left...
  • Searching for Spray Shine
     Subscribers OnlyIs there a quick, easy way to get a glossy shine on the deck and topsides between the grueling wax-and-buff efforts?...

Reader Questionnaire

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%

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60%

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

9%