Boat Maintenance

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...

Mailport: Marine plywood, fuel additives, through bolt options, winch handle holders

DIFFERENTIATING FIRS I enjoyed your destructive wood testing and your patience in waiting eight years to report comprehensive results (see PS December 2023, “Wood Rot...

Random Orbit Sanders for Bottom Paint Prep

More than a century has passed since Art Emmons, a visionary young engineer at the 15-year-old Porter Cable Company, launched a technology race in...

Deep Cleaning the Supremely Dirty Boat

One reason for my aversion to scrubbing is that a Corsair F-24 trimaran is a folding trimaran, making it a nightmare to clean. Comprised...

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....

The Cheap Big Cruising Sailboat – Endeavour 42

Interested in a 40-45 foot cruising sailboat? Sailing Florida or the Bahamas and need a shoal draft sailboat that’s big enough to be a...

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Aluminum Cruisers: The Basics for First-Time Buyers

Even a quick glance at the commercial maritime industry highlights the value of aluminum vessels. Their inherent durability, strength and resistance to corrosion makes...