Mailport & PS Advisor

Floating Docks and Storm Preparation

With regard to your July 2016 article on storm preparedness and spring lines, what advice is there for storm prep for floating piers? We are in a slip with a 36-foot boat, and there is no way to cross-tie to pilings across the slip. Also, there are no cleats at the head of the slip, only on the finger pier.

Mailport: 02/06

• Boye Knife: Thank you Practical Sailor for recommending Boye knives, and to David Boye for making the perfect sailing knife.After reading Practical Sailors...

Stopping Deck Hatch Leaks

When I searched the internet for advice on repairing a small leak between the lens and sealant on a 20-year-old Lewmar Ocean 60 hatch, on my 1996 Valiant 42, I was dismayed by the dearth of information. Even the Lewmar site does not provide a schematic of the hatch or a service manual. You can purchase a new gasket but that is not what is leaking. There is no mention of the sealant. Hatchmasters quoted a repair cost 1/2 the price of a new replacement with a greater than four-week turnaround. I would still have to remove and replace the hatch. I will wing it, but thinking that if it came to that, I would definitely not want to replace it with a hatch I could not readily service myself. In my subsequent search I found a reference to a PS July 1, 1994 comparison of Offshore Deck Hatches. I was then dismayed to find that the PS archives stop at year 2000. Fortunately, after some rummaging I found the print version. It was still relevant and useful. In fact as far as I can tell, it is the most recent hatch comparison out there.

Snubber Diameter for Larger Sailboats

We recently had a letter from Teun and Chantal Bos, who were trying to determine what diameter anchor snubber to use. Practical Sailor did...

The Many Tales a Stanchion Can Tell

This month’s article on Dyneema lifelines sent us diving into the archives for advice on our own little lifeline project. We didn’t have to...

Mailport 08/15/00

Leisure furl ExperienceFollowing your advice (August 1, 1998 review of Leisure furl, Profurl and John Mast ) I purchased a Leisure furl in-the-boom mainsail...

PS Advisor 07/15/99

Holding Tanks and HosesMy brother-in-law and I are planning to install a holding tank in our 1970 Morgan 28. Ive tried to research the...

PS Advisor: 04/01/05

Crinkly VarnishI recently varnished our saloon table and a few shelves. First, I washed everything thoroughly. Then I sanded lightly; then vacuumed repeatedly to...

Mailport: Iron Keels, Clothes for Cold, Anchor Roll Bars

It would be useful for PS to list which manufacturers use iron encapsulated in their keel. I am surprised to learn that many old sailboats have iron instead of lead as encapsulated ballast.Edward Addeo via PS Online

Mailport: 03/04

Marine vs. Aviation LiferaftsI just read the article on the Switlik Rescue Pod 4 . In the past, you have said that having the...