DIY Projects

Maintaining Your Boat’s Electrical System

The battery is the heart of a boat’s 12-volt electrical system. In it, a chemical reaction maintains a  potential difference or voltage, which “pumps”...

Are Mildew Preventers the Best Defense?

In January 2009, Practical Sailor tested 14 mold and mildew cleaners, and two household products stood out: the super-chlorinated Klean-Strip Mildew Stain Remover and...

Backyard Boatbuilding: A Father-Son Odyssey

Boatbuilding is a test of Archimedes Principle of buoyancy, but it also harnesses mans impulse to turn dreams into reality. For the father-and-son team...

Mailport: June 2010

In the April 2010 review of beverage holders, I think you "nixed" the Sail-Buoy a bit early because you attempted to use it from...

Mailport: April 2010

I singlehand frequently in all conditions and always wear a tether, but I was wondering: What happens when you go over the side on...

Mailport: February 2010

I understand you are going to do an article on navigating by phone using the iPhone. I thought you may be interested in my...

DIY Topside Paint Test: Two-part Linear Polyurethanes Face Off

Is painting a boat's hull a job for an amateur painter? Should a mono-urethane or two-part linear polyurethane (LPU) be used? Practical Sailor is...

Ground Tackle

As Practical Sailor prepares for a new round of anchor tests, weve been on the hunt for new anchors, as well as new accessories....

Paste Waxes Test Six-month Checkup

How long do they last? In the February 2009 issue of Practical Sailor, we reviewed a sampling of 10 paste waxes that were available...

Practical Sailor Launches Long-term Liquid Boat Wax Test

In the February 2009 issue of Practical Sailor, we reviewed paste waxes, those harder compounds normally sold in cans or tubs. In our perennial...

Catalina 445: What You Should Know | Boat Review

Looking to buy a 40-50 foot sailboat? Considering a Catalina 445? See a Catalina 445 for sale? What are the pros and cons of...