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Cleaning Waxing

The DIY Track Cleaner Digs Deep into Groove

The simplest cleaning tool is a two-foot section of luff tape or prefabricated bolt rope. Place a grommet in each end, close to the...

Getting Rid of Impossible Bird Poop Stains

I honestly hope you can help. Several weeks ago local seagulls had a sushi feast on my boat. The leftovers were large and small...

Boat Spring Cleaning

We frequently receive suggestions for new cleaners from our readers. Here are a few suggested products that came over the transom that we havent...

A Generic Approach to Specific Stains

For general deck cleaning, unless there is a specific stain, always start with a relatively mild, biodegradeable surfactant. Not strong enough to remove wax...

The One-Bucket Cleaning Kit

Bright, shiny and new looking. That was what we wanted when were shopping for our dream boat, and that is the impression our new-used...

Making an Anodized Mast Look Like New

Have you done any research on the best means of cleaning an aluminum mast? Im having other work done to mine and thought it...

Spiffy Teak Tips for the Penny Pincher

Most teak cleaners don't just clean; they also remove weathered woods surface fibers and expose new wood. As much as 0.010 inches of surface...

Long-term Testing Clear Vinyl

Our long-term test of clear vinyl and clear-vinyl treatments includes environmental outdoor tests with controls, as well as some real-world testing on one of...

Treating Vinyl for Long Life

Vinyl protection is about the long run. In the Practical Sailor January 2014 issue, we reported on the performance of a host of clear-vinyl...

Cleaning the Holding Tank

Weve noticed an odor and a buildup of caked-on solids in the holding tank. My thought is to fill the holding tank with fresh...

Sailboat vs Fishing Boat – Rules of the Road

Join us as we explore the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs) and uncover the nuances of right of way between sailboats...