Early summer is about the time we notice that something needs our attention at the top of the mast—an antennae connection, faulty mast light, lost halyard, etc. This is not the sort of job for a novice. Before going aloft for the first time, I recommend you take class on climbing with a rigger knowledgeable […]
Battery manufacturers want their batteries recharged to 100-percent state of charge after each discharge. In reality, few cruising boats (or any boats kept on a mooring) return their batteries to 100-percent state of charge after each cycle. If this partial state of charge operation continues, your very expensive AGM battery will soon perform no better, if not worse, than a common deep-cycle flooded battery bank. To keep that from happening, we have a few tips.