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Winter Without Worries

During my admittedly few winters above the frost belt, I have only fond memories of the last few days of the season. And Ive...

Dirt-cheap Winter Insulation for Liveaboards

Insulation is a greater energy-saving expedient; if our heater or air conditioner is undersized, fixing drafts, shading or insulating windows, and insulating non-cored laminate...

Boater Resources and Sailing Stories to Kindle Your Winter Daydreams

Colder, shorter winter days limit the time (most) sailors get to spend on the water. The good news is that wintertime also offers us...

2017 Top Sailing Gear

Scott Rapid Dissolve Toilet PaperFollowing a carefully considered protocol that is not worth delving into here, testers took a second look at toilet paper...

Going Aloft Sans Butterflies

With the fall and winter sailing season fast approaching in South Florida, it's time for me buckle up and do a full inspection of...

Fortifying Marine Fabrics Against the Elements

We had a cold and chilly front blow through Florida last week, which gave us an opportunity to look at something we haven't paid...
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Marine Toilet Maintenance Tips

Early in the sailing season, the things we overlooked during winter storage can come back to haunt us. And with regard to our boat's...

Mailport: Boat heaters, digital charts, photophobia, downsizing

HEATING EFFICIENCY I just saw, with interest, your article about onboard fireplace safety, with the emphasis on safety (see “LPG Fireplace Safety Guidelines,” Inside Practical Sailor)....

Antifouling for Brackish Water

For two years, we’ve been soaking both our test boat and 11 test panels with 30 different antifouling paints in Rockhold Creek, a brackish...

Practical Sailor Looks at Sailing Schools

It seems there are nearly as many reasons to attend a sailing school as there are schools. Some sailors take classes to improve their...