The One-Bucket Cleaning Kit
You can use expensive bottled spray for fabrics, but laundry detergent will work on most stains. The key is to soak first, remove all soap before drying (or it will attact mildew), and to rinse with one of our inexpensive home-made anti-mildew agents.

The One-Bucket Cleaning Kit


Bright, shiny and new looking. That was what we wanted when were shopping for our dream boat, and that is the impression our new-used PDQ catamaran gave. What was behind that spit-shine on a used boat? Besides the obvious hours of labor by the previous owner, it took two baskets of cleaning products, all stuffed in the stern lockers.

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  • Belowdecks & Amenities

    Refitting After 200,000 Miles

    I never dreamed GPS navigation would be so easy from my days of plastic sextant, Zenith TransOceanic radio and a Timex watch. Gone are the frustrating days of waiting hours for a break in overcast skies to take a sextant shot. While on ocean passages we continually run a small...

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  • Wind, Speed, and Depth Instruments

    Marine Weather Forecasting

    Over the last few decades, there’s been exponential growth in the availability of accurate weather forecasts and the net result is safer voyaging. Government spending on weather data gathering and forecast development has soared. Satellites and data buoys have filled in some...

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  • Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

    DIY Rig Check

    Here are two good examples showing the problems associated with the lower or deck level use of swage terminals for your standing rigging. “Swaging” is a process where tubular stainless steel fittings are essentially crimped onto rigging wire under high pressure.

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