Mailport: April 2020

Alphabetical Boat Reviews? What happened to your alphabetized boat reviews. I’m looking for a boat and can’t find...

Twist Your Way Back to Safe Harbor

Last month we looked at some get home “kludges” if your rigging fails. Here I’ll share some other quick fixes to get you home...

Mailport: March 2020

Carbon Foam Battery? I saw your article in about Firefly batteries (carbon foam) in the May 2015...

Are You Ready to Kludge Your Way Home?

The first use of the word kludge is attributed to Jackson W. Granholm in 1962, describing...

Mailport: Check Your Policy; Routine Surveys; Drag-Free Anchoring

Check Your Policy Regarding your recent blog post, “Boat Insurance Shopping Tips,” be sure to read the policy....

Before and After the Cruise Checklists

Last October, PS Editor Darrell Nicholson wrote about the importance of checklists and his inbox was inundated with mail from sailors who shared their own lists. Here are two lists I use when sailing my Corsair F-24: the pre-departure list, and the return to home list. Neither list is meant to be exhaustive-but perhaps it is enough to think about as you craft your own.

Bird repellants, solvent safety, GPS antennas

[IMGCAP(3)] Anti-Bird StrategyFlorida is hard on boats from sun damage, mildew, bottom blisters and birds. I keep the ospreys from perching on my tricolor light by fitting a clear plastic container over it with tacks on its bottom. I have sunbrella deck covers that keep poo from the smaller birds off the deck and also shade the boat to keep it cooler, the paint protected and mildew free. Then, for the pelicans that pooped on my…

Simplifying Your Cleaning Chemicals Kit

Instead of requiring 30 random cleaning products, you would need only four or five with carefully targeted chemistry. Thats it-no more than five cleaners to serve most purposes. Here are the basics to building your own kit.

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

PS Advisor: Cure for the Ventilating Rudder

Got a really fast boat? Zipping along at over 10 knots there are any number of ways air can suck down the leeward side of the blade, spoiling the coanda effect. When planing there are often some air bubbles under boat. If the boat assumes a bow-down attitude under the pressure of the spinnaker or as waves pass, the transom can come a few inches out of the water. Above 15 knots theres enough suction…

Caring For Your Marine Diesel Engine

Expecting calms for most of the passage, we set out in a flat calm with 70 gallons of fuel. Six hours later, around mid-day, the engine wailed, screeched, clanged, and died. Hardly a ripple stirred the Gulf of Panama.