Tools & Gadgets

Testers Search for an All-star LED Spotlight

WEST MARINEThe West Marine LED SuperSpot, Model 10926442 ships with the battery removed, and there are no drawings, diagrams, or pictures accompanying the...

Testers Check Beam Patterns and Illumination

Testers in this month's spotlight test evaluated a number of spotlight features. Although some points such as ergonomics involved a small degree of subjectivity,...

Orion Reports on Defective Flare Investigation

In the July 2011 Mailport, Practical Sailor reported that a new Orion handheld flare had malfunctioned during an emergency training course at the Annapolis...

Chandlery: August 2011

The ToolPak retails for $100 and is guaranteed to be free of defects in workmanship and materials for one year.Compared to the last toolbag...

Adjust Your Own Compass

With a little care, boatowners can do a perfectly adequate job of compen­sating their own compasses. The ob­jective in compass adjusting is to neutralize...

Chandlery: June 2011

In our eternal quest to be fouling-free beneath the waterline, we recently picked up a tube of Prop Glop antifoulant for propellers and running...

The Complete Propane Appliance System

Propane and peace of mind can go hand in hand, if you install a quality system and follow a few simple rules.Propane has many...

Hard-to-Find Mercedes Parts – Knotmeter Fouling

Hard-to-Find Mercedes PartsI have a 190 DC diesel auxiliary. I desperately need to find a good exhaust manifold for it. It has a heat...

Update on 10 Long-term Practical Sailor Tests

Long-term testing is a tricky proposition. Products that seem good during initial testing can turn sour a few months or uses later. Products that...

Chandlery: Practical Sailor Holiday Gift Ideas 2010

Temperatures are dropping and the winds are rising, a sign that the holidays are just over the horizon. Every November, Practical Sailor editors celebrate...

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...