Batteries, Cleaners & More


As a subscriber, you have free access to our back-issue archive-more than 2,000 articles. Here are a few topics you might find relevant this season.


Nothing is so frustrating as to starting off the summer with a battery that wont hold a charge. A new battery is a waste if your system is the root of your woes. For insight into how to prolong battery life see the Inside Practical Sailor blog post Dont Kill that New AGM Battery, as well as our recent batter test (see Deep Cycle Marine Battery Test, March 2006), and Andy OGradys advice on extending the life of wet-cell batteries in the October 2008 issue. Our Marine Electrical System ebook, available at www.practical-sailor/books covers everything for lightning protection to batteries and charging systems.

Batteries, Cleaners & More


Ultraviolet rays can make quick work of the clear plastic on your cockpit dodgers and enclosures. And some chemical cleaners can actually do more harm than good (see PS July 2015). We sift through the choices for you in several articles that are linked to in our Inside Practical Sailor blog post The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Clear Plastic. And for a full rundown of all the various cleaning and care concoctions for cleaning and preserving your boat, you can download the complete ebook series Marine Cleaners, at www.practical-sailor.books.

Batteries, Cleaners & More


Whether its a replacement barometer youre looking for (see PS July 2017) or just a how-to guide to the latest meteorological resources available on the internet, you can find it in our archives. Be sure to read our May 2017 report Marine Weather Forecasting, which delves into the tools the modern mariner uses to get accurate forecasts at sea. For hurricane season guidance type Preparing Your Boat for A Tropical Storm, into the search box on our homepage at and youll find several helpful reports.

Darrell Nicholson
Practical Sailor has been independently testing and reporting on sailboats and sailing gear for more than 50 years. Supported entirely by subscribers, Practical Sailor accepts no advertising. Its independent tests are carried out by experienced sailors and marine industry professionals dedicated to providing objective evaluation and reporting about boats, gear, and the skills required to cross oceans. Practical Sailor is edited by Darrell Nicholson, a long-time liveaboard sailor and trans-Pacific cruiser who has been director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division since 2005. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license, has logged tens of thousands of miles in three oceans, and has skippered everything from pilot boats to day charter cats. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida. You can reach him at