DIY Projects

Diesel Biocides Take On Contaminated Boat Fuel

Whenever sailors talk about dirty diesel, advice springs forth regarding the best type of filter, the best stabilizing additive for long-term storage, the best...

Boat Holding Tank Sensor Long-term Test Update

In the spring of 2008, Practical Sailor installed and tested seven internally mounted liquid-level sensors and their mated remote monitor panels. Testers evaluated them...

Conversion Kits that Turn Your Boat’s Ice Box Into a Galley Refrigerator

During the past few decades, a technical evolution has made the hardware that powers the refrigeration cycle more efficient and more reliable than ever....

Do-It-Yourself Boatyards

The cost of buying, owning, and maintaining a sailboat has spiraled to an all-time high. The ranks of entry-level sailors, starting out in smaller...

Shore-Power Boat Fire Protection

With the increased demand to have all the electrically powered comforts of home onboard, it should come as no surprise to boaters that the...

Six-Month Checkup: Long-Term Boat Wood Finish Exposure Test

Do you ever wonder why its called "wood finish?" Youre never "finished" with it. Unfortunately, that rings true for most boat maintenance tasks. With...

Eco-friendly Boat Maintenance

In the May 2008 Practical Sailor, we looked at eco-friendly marine maintenance products for outside the hull-less toxic bottom paints, paint strippers, waterline stain...

Rust Busters: Spray Solutions for Seized Fasteners and Other Metal Hardware

For those of us living, working, and playing on the water, rust can show up all too often, as the trailer for one of...

Next Best Thing

While world leaders and presumed financial wizards set to work trying to right the global economy with some very expensive bailers and sponges, Practical...

Bottom Paint Tests 2009 Spring Update

Over the years, Practical Sailor has tracked the evolution in marine antifouling paints. Shaped by government regulations, environmental concerns, and industry innovations, the shift...

C&C 40: What You Should Know | Boat Review

Looking to buy a 38-42 foot sailboat for less than $50,000? Considering a C&C 40? See a C&C Sailboat for sale? What are the...