Mailport & PS Advisor

PS Advisor: Grounding and bonding

A client sent me an excerpt from your eBook “Marine Electrical Systems,” and I was a surprised to see the following line of thought. Use...

Mailport: Fuel Additives

Fuel Additives in Europe It was interesting to read your fuel additive tests (see “Are Copper, Zinc, and Brass Mucking Up Our Fuel?, PS December...

Simple Tricks for When You’re Going Aloft

Early summer is about the time we notice that something needs our attention at the top of the mast—an antennae connection, faulty mast light,...

Mailport: Hull Waxing, Sea Anchors, Solent Stays

Waxing Before Storing In the Caribbean, it is common practice to wax a boat before lay-up for hurricane season, then again after returning to the boat, often in November or December. Having read several times in PS that wax provides little UV protection, and given that our boats are not seen for six months while […]

Return to Sailing in the Midst of COVID-19

COVID-19 is going to drag out. A vaccine and significant herd immunity are both more than a year away. We’ll flatten the curve and...

Mailport: Bird Repellants, Bilge Switches, Mini-Scuba

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

COVID-19 Requires Sanitation Caution

Although many of our usual measures we take to keep our crew healthy are sufficient to prevent the COVID-19 from spreading, extra caution is...

Mailport: Boat Insurance, Respirator and Mask Safety, Dry Suits, Riv-Nuts

Insurance Stuff Regarding your April insurance article, when I got my BoatUS/Geico renewal, I spotted an optional coverage that they referred to as a partial...

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...

Mailport: April 2020

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

Doing ‘The Ditch’ Capt. Frank’s Way

Be aware that a less-experienced sailors report of a great anchorage with plenty of depth, or statements like We ran aground here! don't do you much good if they fail to include basic info such as their boat's draft, state of the tide, etc. Other sailors' facility reviews should also be taken with a grain of salt. For example: The dockmaster hates Algerian Snaggle-tooth Poodles (like our Fluffy), so were never coming back, and you shouldnt either!