Do-It-Yourself Fuel Tank Cleaning
June 6, 2018 Depending on the size of your fuel tanks, having a professional clean your tank and dispose of the dirty fuel can cost more...
Sailing in Gusty Winds
May 16, 2018 One of my biggest mistakes in life was waiting so long to sail the Great Lakes.
Choosing a Bottom Paint
April 16, 2018 This month's report on freshwater bottom paints is another reminder that the most effective paint in our testing might not...
Staying Safe in the Boatyard
March 12, 2018 My pal Jimmy’s inflatable dinghy sprung a leak. It was a simple repair. He hoisted the boat aboard, put a wire wheel on his...
Educating the Sailor: Start Small
January 15, 2018 Learning to sail is simple. Thousands of youngsters perfect the essential small-boat skills over the course of a summer....
Lessons from the Storms
November 10, 2017 Every storm is a learning experience, but sometimes it takes time to deconstruct the events and recognize what worked and what...
Making a Safe Landfall
August 8, 2017 I feel for the crew of Tanda Malaika, a family of six whose 46-foot Leopard catamaran was lost on a reef on the southwest...
Farewell to the Wood-Trimmed Boat?
July 19, 2017 Do we still want exterior wood on our boats today? Is synthetic a fair substitute? When we stepped aboard the 36-foot Island...
One Hull or Two? It Depends.
July 17, 2017 The monohull versus multihull debate has been going on for decades, and for many PS readers, their minds are already...
Dealing with Bad Diesel
May 19, 2017 About this time of year, many of our readers will experience a gradual loss of engine power, maybe even a complete shut down....
June 20, 2018
One topic often overlooked in any anchor discussion is shaft strength. Yet, as anyone who has spent any time around boats knows, bent anchor shafts are hardly rare. Sure, sometimes the anchor gets wedged into a crevice where bending might be excused, but were hearing about more and more anchors bending under what would be considered normal use. In the upcoming April issue of Practical Sailor, contributor Jonathan Neeves explores this topic in great detail. In his view, the reasons behind bent shafts are many.
Which of the following best describes your approach to bottom paint?
- I choose my own paint, but I let a professional apply (521 votes)
- I let a professional apply the paint that he (or boatyard) recommends. (329 votes)
- I choose my own paint and I apply it. (1639 votes)
- I apply paint that a local professional or boatyard recommends. (254 votes)