A Fast Bottom Paint Finish

A Fast Bottom Paint Finish


In the quest for speed, sailors endlessly debate sail trim, the best cloth, the hottest cut, and which folding prop will do everything. In reality, nothing slows you down more than a dirty bottom, the primary motivation behind Practical Sailor’s trademark bottom paint trials.

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  • Safety & Seamanship

    Cold Water Survival

    When we read about a sailor lost overboard in the storm, we think about PFDs and personal locator beacons, and accept the sea is unforgiving. When we read of novice boaters drowning in a local lake, we’re sad, but say that will not happen us because we wear PFDs. But when we...

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  • Boat Maintenance

    Caulks Versus Mildew

    We expect a lot from sealants. They must withstand UV, salt and cleaning chemicals, bond to everything, flex to absorb mechanical and thermal strains, be strong but removable when equipment needs serviced, and stay white. Wow. In PS “Marine Sealant Adhesion Tests...

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  • Boat Maintenance

    Choosing and Using Jackstands

    We’re guessing 90 percent of sailors have their boat hauled by a yard. A travel lift or crane plucks the boat from the water, and yard guys block the boat for the winter. Your sole involvement is reading a warning in the lease agreement that you will not touch the stands and...

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