Systems & Propulsion

Coleman 1000: First of the Truly Portable Generators

Portable power-is it just what you need for extra AC power and battery charging needs, and, if so, what size generator do you really need? Well answer those questions and more as we test and evaluate a cross section of generators from the popular makers that range in size from 750 to 2200 VA (volt-amps; […]

Thoughts on Pipe

There is much confusion on pipe. Pipe is measured in nominal sizes that have nothing to do with any dimensions on the pipe, except...

Offshore Log: A Caribbean-built Wind Generator

For the serious cruiser, efficient power generation ranks right up there with an abundant supply of fresh water; without it, life is a real...

Yamaha 2.0, Merc 3.3 Our Picks Among Tiny Outboard Motors

A few years ago there were more than a dozen small outboard brands to choose from, including Mighty Mite, Tanaka, British Seagull, Suzuki and...

Yet Another Motor Hoist-the Kato

Lifting the outboard motor from the dinghy to its mount on the stern rail (or pushpit as the Brits say) has always been a...

Alkaline Battery Tests: Results Say It’s Bedtime For Bunny

The last time we tested alkaline batteries (June 15 and November 15, 1995), we reported that Duracell dominated the market, with Energizer and Rayovac...

Water Fixer Best Bet for Making Sure Your Drinking Supply is Safe

A vast infrastructure of utility companies and governmental agencies collects, filters, treats, purifies, and distributes water that comes from lakes, rivers, reservoirs and underground...

Alkaline Battery Tests: Results Say It’s Bedtime For Bunny

The last time we tested alkaline batteries (June 15 and November 15, 1995), we reported that Duracell dominated the market, with Energizer and Rayovac a distant second and third, followed by the unadvertised generics. Although that position has not changed much, we now learn that 75% of battery sales are in the AA/AAA families that […]

RIs No-Discharge Controversy

This isn't an item youve likely read about in your local newspaper, but here in Rhode Island, the EPAs designation of all Rhode Island...

marinCool Peltier Effect Refrigeration

Just as theres more than one way to skin a cat, theres more than one way to chill a beer. Serious cruisers usually opt...

The Pros and Cons of Leaving Your Mast Up for Winter

If you are like us, you may feel strangely guilty about leaving a mast up during winter storage. In our case, it is probably those old wooden spar days calling. Ideally, wooden spars need to come down and be sheltered and coddled at regular intervals. Aluminum masts really don't, and the sky is actually a decent place to store them.