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Making Sense of Plywood Choices

With the myriad ways to combine resins and wood into layers to create plywood, it is no wonder we can get confused when selecting...

Uses for Medium Density Overlay in Boats

Medium Density Overlay, abbreviated as MDO, is a pre-surfaced plywood product developed to make highway signs, so it’s about as weatherproof as you can...

Real World Antifouling Testing

In addition to our panel testing of dozens of paints, we applied six different antifouling paints to our test boat, a Corsair F-24 trimaran....

Install a Standalone Sounder Without Drilling

Are you one of those sailors who believes there are too many holes in the hull of your boat? Have you ever wondered if...

Antifouling for Brackish Water

For two years, we’ve been soaking both our test boat and 11 test panels with 30 different antifouling paints in Rockhold Creek, a brackish...

Wood Rot Prevention Eight Years Later

Wood is strong, stiff per unit weight, easy to work with, attractive, and economical. And it rots. A few special types of wood, such...

PS Advisor: A DIY Bucket with Perfect Fit

Perhaps one reason our buckets keep cracking is that we have to compress them a bit to fit them through the 10-inch rectangular hatch...

SNADs: Snaps Without Screws

No one likes drilling holes in their boat, and to drill holes for a simple snap seems like overkill. I love snaps for window...

Stickier Sail Tape with 3M Primer

Self-adhesive hardware-store hooks don’t stick well to bare fiberglass. Just last week we had one wash into the bilge-pump strainer on our test boat....

F-24 Portlight Replacement

The windows on our Corsair F-24 trimaran were obviously damaged by UV radiation. All we could see through them were shapes of objects that...