Boat Maintenance

Waste Not is the Rule. But How Do We Get There?

Along with sustainable sailing, green boating, and ocean conservation, you've probably heard the term "zero waste." And on the surface, for me, at least,...

What Your Boat and the Baltimore Super Container Ship May Have in Common

When the mega container ship Dali struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge at 1:28 am on Tuesday, March 26, the world saw a remote...

Check Your Shorepower System for Hidden Dangers

One of the often overlooked maintenance items in the pre-season rush to the water is the AC shorepower system. Over the years of surveying,...

The Scraper-only Approach to Bottom Paint Removal

Spring is just around the corner. For many sailors, especially those with boats on the hard, it’s good time to consider the advantages of...

Can You Recoat Dyneema?

Dyneema fibers are given a thin polyurethane coating at the factory that reduces chafe, UV damage, and adds some stiffness. Hoping that an aftermarket...

Gonytia Hot Knife Proves its Mettle

A hot knife is a luxury item, but nothing is better for cutting and sealing synthetic rope and fabric. We find ourselves reaching for...

Where Winches Dare to Go

Cross sheeting—directing the leeward jib sheet from the working winch across the cockpit to a winch on the windward side—is common practice on sport...

Mildew-resistant Caulks for Boats

Choosing a marine caulk for use above the waterline comes down to which product offers the best resistance to weathering, dirt, mildew, and ability...

Can We Trust Plastic Boat Parts?

When a plastic part on our boat breaks, we often deem it “damn cheap plastic” and toss it away. In some parts of the...

Repairing Molded Plastics

Before looking for the right glue, understand why the part broke. Did it succumb to a combination of UV damage, creep (distortion), fatigue, and...

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...