Features July 2019 Issue

Batteries, Cleaners & More

As a subscriber, you have free access to our back-issue archive—more than 2,000 articles. Here are a few topics you might find relevant this season.


Nothing is so frustrating as to starting off the summer with a battery that won’t hold a charge. A new battery is a waste if your system is the root of your woes. For insight into how to prolong battery life see the Inside Practical Sailor blog post “Don’t Kill that New AGM Battery,” as well as our recent batter test (see “Deep Cycle Marine Battery Test,” March 2006), and Andy O’Grady’s advice on extending the life of wet-cell batteries in the October 2008 issue. Our Marine Electrical System ebook, available at www.practical-sailor/books covers everything for lightning protection to batteries and charging systems.


Ultraviolet rays can make quick work of the clear plastic on your cockpit dodgers and enclosures. And some chemical cleaners can actually do more harm than good (see PS July 2015). We sift through the choices for you in several articles that are linked to in our Inside Practical Sailor blog post “The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Clear Plastic.” And for a full rundown of all the various cleaning and care concoctions for cleaning and preserving your boat, you can download the complete ebook series Marine Cleaners, at www.practical-sailor.books.


Whether it’s a replacement barometer you’re looking for (see PS July 2017) or just a how-to guide to the latest meteorological resources available on the internet, you can find it in our archives. Be sure to read our May 2017 report “Marine Weather Forecasting,” which delves into the tools the modern mariner uses to get accurate forecasts at sea. For hurricane season guidance type “Preparing Your Boat for A Tropical Storm,” into the search box on our homepage at www.practical-sailor.com and you’ll find several helpful reports.

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