Boatyard Chemical Wisdom
Boatyard injuries often are linked to power tools and falls, but exposure to chemicals and poor protection also pose risks.

Boatyard Chemical Wisdom


With all of the products out there claiming to be “green” or “non-toxic,” surely there must also be villains that are now best avoided. In just a century we’ve begun to make a fine mess of the world that we need to live in for the next few million years. Yet we are making progress, and finding less hazardous replacements is a part of the answer.

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  • Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

    Tools to Tame the Jibe

    The loads of a flying jibe in late summer squall are enough to shred sails, rip out deck or boom fittings, bend or break the boom gooseneck, or even bend the boom itself. The novice sailor learns very quickly to be wary of an unintentional jibe.

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  • Boat Maintenance

    Quick Fixes for Clear Plastic

    Clear vinyl windows are a miracle when they are new, allowing sailors to have an outdoor experience while keeping rain and spray at a distance. As they age, however, yellowing, stiffening, and cracking set in as the plasticizer that keeps them supple begins to deplete. The right...

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  • Health

    Strategy to Fight Seasickness

    Getting over seasickness as quickly as possible must be the focus and responsibility of all on board. Having dealt with 400 seasick sailors (out of 1,200 sail-training students) on ocean passages over the past 42 years, I have become very experienced at prevention and treatment....

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