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 won't 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.


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.


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, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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