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Mailport: July 2021

NEVER-SEEZ With regards to your recent blog post, “More Boat Tips: Unsticking Stuck Nuts and Bolts,” it makes a mess, but I always use Bostik Never-Seez when ever I put something back together on my 20-year-old boat. I can attest that even stainless bolts through aluminum threads exposed to the salt water environment always free […]

Mailport: June 2021

WINCH GREASE FALSE SAVINGS? With regards to your report on winch grease (see PS February 2017, “Budget Priced Winch Grease,”), price is a small consideration compared with my labor. One thing you didn’t mention is how hard it is to clean the old grease off. Winches should be serviced regularly and cleaning last year’s grease […]

Don’t Confuse AIS Beacons with PLBs

Lots of confusion has arisen over the use and functionality of personal locator beacons (PLB) and automatic identification system (AIS) devices. Both can increase your odds of survival but do so in very different ways. The PLB is a diminutive EPIRB and functions in exactly the same manner as its big brother, the EPIRB. Details […]

Mailport: May 2021

Bottom Paint Removal Tips I removed 40-plus years of bottom paint from half of my Catalina 27 hull over the weekend. We laid down poly dropcloths, peeled off as much as possible with stiff narrow putty knives (sharpened with a file every few minutes) then sanded…and sanded. I may use a stripper for the trickiest […]

PS Advisor: Trucking Your Boat Home for Storage

If COVID-19 has delayed your fitout, and yard costs are exceeding your original budget, storing your boat on your own property while you complete your work might be a practical option. When you use boatyard facilities for hauling and launching when the boat is trucked elsewhere for storage, there are a number of special factors […]

Mailport: April 2021

Crimping Small Wires Regarding your recent reports on joining small wires, I have a Perry 59-foot sailboat with 12V DC, 24V DC and 110V AC via both shorepower and a 4kW inverter. We’ve never had electrical problems with connectors when installed, but often have problems getting a good crimp. Often times we have needed to […]

Outboard Tiller; Multihull Steering Tips

When we purposely destroyed a few boathooks during testing I saw an opportunity to make a new tiller extension for my outboard (see PS November 2016 “The Blow-by-blow Boathook Test”). I first tried this trick it was for the 18 hp Nissan on my Stiletto 27. This time it was for the 3.5 hp Mercury […]

Mailport: March 2021

Lifesling Cautionary Tale I want to add to the comments about Lifesling web failures (see PS August 2016 “Lifesling Webbing Beckets Fail”) Last summer, my wife and I were out for a casual weekend cruise on Chesapeake Bay. Having found a protected anchorage that appeared free of the pesky stinging nettles so common in the […]

Tips on Painting Your Peeling Mast

Chips and scrapes in a carefully painted mast start out as a cosmetic issue. But as moisture intrudes and corrosion takes over the paint blisters and hard metal becomes powdery aluminum oxide. Left unattended, especially in damp, salty areas, such as in the bilge or underneath mast hardware, this corrosion process can destroy metal and […]

Mailport: February 2021

Mast paint What is the best way to repair the blisters on my painted aluminum mast? Blisters occur near pop rivets or other attachments to mast. Thanks for any help. Tim Nordhaus Whoodogi, Pacific Seacraft 40 Gloucester Point, VA Paint failure near hardware attachments can often be traced to galvanic corrosion caused by the reaction […]

Sizing Up the Autumn List

Some of the best sailing I ever had was September on Narragansett Bay, pretty close to heaven in my mind. But before we let a long September reach carry us away-and hopefully carry us through winter-its a good time to take out a pen and pad, and start to build the winter work list.