Sailing as an Essential Activity

Let’s take away all the boats. Not the ships engaged in essential commerce, not the barges hauling goods, not the net boats catching fish....

Improvised First Aid Afloat

It's nearly impossible to anticipate and prepare for every possible on-board medical emergency, but with a little bit of creative thinking, these everyday objects commonly found on most boats can be used to stop bleeding, sterilize wounds, or stabilize fractures.

Steer Clear of the Marine Cleaner Con

Lest you think multi-billion-dollar chemical companies and their geeks in white lab coats have a lock on cleaning your boat, there are numerous homebrewed solutions that have the ability to bring back that new boat shine.
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Keep Calm and Carry On Cursing

I know plenty of sailors who wouldn't hesitate to curse a J24. I should mention that these are mostly racing sailors, and they do a lot of cursing.

Boat Bottom Blues

While spring usually heralds the start of boating season for most of us, for others it means facing up to long-postponed projects. If you own an older boat, that project probably might be removing the years of antifouling paint that have built up on the bottom. In this blog post you'll find links to a number of useful articles to help guide you through this process.

Need A COVID-19 Toilet Quick? Try This Small-boat Sailor Trick

COVID-19 has made it harder to find a clean toilet these days. This is a tiny inconvenience compared to virus's terrible impacts in the...

Need A COVID-19 Toilet Quick? Try This Trailer Sailor...

COVID-19 has made it harder to find a clean toilet these days. If only you could bring a sanitary bathroom with you. Maybe you have...

Respirator and Dust Mask Safety

A respirator cant protect you if it doesnt fit your face. Its that simple. Anything that prevents a good seal-whether facial hair or a hollow under the side of your jaw-is unacceptable. In a workplace this fit test will be performed in a very rigid manner by a trained technician. However, for the sailor/occasional boat yard worker, we offer this shortcut procedure that is far better than nothing.

Too Many Layers of Bottom Paint?

So, a couple of years back, you acquired a good old boat at a pretty good price-thanks to the market-but now youre wondering how many coats of bottom paint it has. And what kind? Youve put on a few coats of ablative antifouling since youve owned the boat. It has adhered well and has done its job. But each year, the bottom looks rougher and rougher-with big recesses where paint has flaked off. You sweated out some extra prep-work this season, and thought you had a nice, durable subsurface for painting, but each pass of the roller pulls up more paint. Whats going on here?

Annapolis Spring Boat Show Features Great Courses for Cruising Sailors

Spring is a busy time for the cruising sailor, and it's also a good time to sharpen your skills. Sailors moored in the Annapolis...

Hot Water Heater Installation Tips

To keep pipe joints from leaking, use Teflon tape or pipe joint compound, and remember that hose barb-to-hose connections are much easier to make drip-proof with a hose clamp than the same connection made on a threaded pipe stub.