Mailport: July 2013

A few issues ago, you had a short article on deck hardware (blocks, traveler, cars, etc.) that included Garhauer, and you mentioned that the manufacturer offered individual parts and complete systems that allow conversion from on deck to cockpit adjustment of the car position. We recently installed the EZ adjustable genoa car system from Garhauer and are very pleased with the results. This equipment fits on existing traveler tracks, is easy to install, and performs as advertised.

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…

Fuel Filtering Systems

I am the new owner of a 1979 Tayana Vancouver 42 with a Volvo D2-55B diesel engine installed in 2004. Fuel is held in two 80-gallon fiberglass tanks and filtered via a Racor 500 utilizing No. 2010 filters. I use 2-micron filters and Biobor JF Anti-Fungal additive. Despite fuel scrubbings, I continue to have to change primary fuel filters with each fueling. I have been told that I don't need as fine a filter as the 2-micron, but I don't want to risk increased maintenance of the diesel. What do you recommend?

PS Advisor: The Curse of the Pox

Boat maintenance master Don Casey, on the BoatUS website (, suggests cleaning the surface using a mild abrasive like Bar Keeper’s Friend ( and fine bronze wool, and then sealing the surface with a wax. Sparmaker Seldén Mast recommends applying Woody Wax ( using bronze wool to seal the surface and remove the pox. Casey cautions against using a polish on aluminum as some are so abrasive they will peel away the anodizing. We’ve had success with Mothers ( and Prism Polish (, but we do not recommend using the Mothers with the Powerball on aluminum. Be sure to read the label on any polish before using it; some advise against use on anodized aluminum.

Mailport: 07/01/05

Boat Review CorrectionPS is indebted to reader Don Reaves of Pittsford, NY, who pointed out that the D/L ratio for the Catalina 387 we...

Mailport: 12/02

Battery Pack WorkaroundThe exchange of letters in the October 1 Mailport regarding the price of replacement battery packs brings up a good point, not...

Mailport: 10/01/04

Furler Follow-up Your article was good except for one major omission. You forgot to discuss furlers made by Reefurl. These furlers are...

Mailport: January 2010

The January 2010 issue of Practical Sailor features letters on such subjects as: orbital polishers, seasickness, MOB technology and heads.

Mailport: 03/05

FenderStep Follow-up Let me contribute both praise and a word of caution about the FenderStep. We used a FenderStep throughout the past summer and...

Exploring the Ins and Outs of Bowsprits for Light-air Sails

A salty Kiwi named Ross Norgrove once said that the most important tool for the owner of a wooden yawl adorned with a bowsprit is a sharp ax. To some degree, his witty comment holds true for contemporary sailors contemplating a mini-bowsprit.