Plastic Through-hull Warning

Photos by Frank Lanier Cracked nylon thru-hulls are a common problem, as a walk in almost any boatyard will bear out. Unlike fittings constructed of...

Best Marine Toilet Papers

When testers dismantled Practical Sailors test holding tanks-the site of years of experiments with holding-tank chemicals, sanitation hoses, and vent filters-we hoped that it...

Hose Fitting Tips

Pulling hoses is generally low on the fun list. They are in bad places, jammed onto crusty hose-fitting barbs, and have stiffened over the...

Tap Water thats Better than Bottled

If youve followed the first two installments in this three-part series on ensuring safe, fresh-tasting drinking water onboard, youve cleaned your freshwater tank, pre-filtered...

Making Sense of Water Filter Certification

Only a few states require National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certification for water filters, and the requirement applies only to a small number of original...

Keeping Water Clean and Fresh

In the first part of our three-part series covering onboard water quality, we discussed protecting the tank with basic filtration and securing the tank...

Preventing and Treating the Tainted Tank

Foul tank water is completely preventable. Here are some dos and don'ts for a healthy water tank. Dont place glycol or other winterizing agents...

Water Testing Tools

Swimming Pool Test KitWithout a TDS meter and microbe test kit, there is no way of knowing what is being washed from the clouds,...

Water Tank Filters

Universal Cartridge Filters: While we only tested one universal cartridge filter housing (Pentek Slimline 2 x 10) specifically for this article, weve used many...

Types of Filter Media

Water filtration isn't rocket science, but some filter media is better suited for the marine environment than others. And, as we found in our...