Online Help for Autumn
Itís getting to be that time of year, when many skippers haul out or head south. Fall also heralds the beginning of boat show season. Here are some PS articles from the online archives that are suited for the season.
If temperatures in your neck of the woods requires buttoning up for the winter, be sure to check out our 2014 articles on choosing the best antifreeze: PS November 2014 and September 2014. The September 2014 antifreeze test report also includes helpful, step-by-step tips on winterizing onboard systems. Protect your boat and sails from mildew during winter haulout with the prevention tips in our May 17, 2017 blog post. Also, if youíre in the market for a winter boat cover, find out what to look for in a pre-made cover and get details on custom covers in the November 2012 PS Advisor. Do-it-yourselfers will want to read the Nov. 2, 2016 post on building your own winter cover and frame.
This is a good time for those lucky crews sailing south for the winter to have their life rafts inspected; youíll find our report on raft inspections in the February 2013 issue. If youíre heading offshore and want to invest in some new foulies for the voyage, check out our top picks in the February 2015 (menís kits) and March 2015 (womenís kits) issues.
Winterís freeze and thaw cycles can wreak havoc on a cored hull. Before the temps start dropping, take a look at our August 2010 test of marine adhesives and get busy with those sealing and re-bedding projects. Whether youíre putting the boat away in the off-season or venturing offshore, your electrical connections need protection; we tested anti-corrosion sprays in the September 2007 issue and greases in the April 2017 issue.
Before You Go
Boat show season is underway. But before you tap into your cruising kitty for shiny new gear, consider stopping by a used-gear chandlery; we profiled some good ones in the February 2011 issue and offered a rundown on which marine gear is safe to buy used. For show newbies, check out our boat show survival guide in the September 2014 blog post. Our recent roundup of our Editorís Choice gear picks (PS September 2017) should also help as you browse the glitzy boat show aisles and docks.