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Marine Toilet Maintenance Tips

Early in the sailing season, the things we overlooked during winter storage can come back to haunt us. And with regard to our boat's sanitation system, the spooky item is usually the marine toilet. Seals are often the first to go, with telltale waterlines...
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George Town Is a Changing

Erica and Davy are liveaboard cruisers in the Caribbean experiencing firsthand the wonders of this adventurous lifestyle. In response to our Facebook about the new mooring policy in George Town Exum which you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/PracticalSailor/posts/pfbid0gFuM5gQwDHWcCqVoN4VtN6UoxiYnHSjYc3Rcye66PHkoL6dTZFqqdHQ1wLTBPHDql Change is everywhere. As sailors and cruisers change is...
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Learning to Live with Plastic Boat Bits

After cruising three oceans on an old wooden boat when I was in my 20s and perpetually short on cash, I vowed my next boat would be fiberglass. Three years ago (and 30 years since those halcyon days) I finally settled on a Yankee...
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The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Clear Plastic

Our upcoming special report on marine plastics touches briefly on one of the most conspicuous plastics on many cruising boats--clear vinyl windows. On many older boats, the windows on dodgers and cockpit enclosures are often the first to show visible signs of age, first...
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Preventing Mildew in Marine Fabrics

It's been an exceptionally wet winter in South Florida this year, so we're getting no respite in our ongoing battle with mildew. At least we can air out our boats in between weather systems. Sailors in northern latitudes have their boats sealed up for...