More Marine Treasures To Buy Used

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Along with those items mentioned in the main article, here are few more used-gear bargains to watch for. Got a great buy to share? E-mail it to

Paul Luke stove: The classic Paul Luke stoves are as durable and practical as they appear, and renowned for their excellent balance when gimbaled.

Ships clocks, oil lamps, and barometers: Weems and Plath ( still services brass chiming clocks, but it’s better to buy one that still works. Don’t mistake the cheap-plated oil lamps for solid brass.

Hypalon dinghy: Boat sales often don’t include the dinghy. Look for Hypalon-tube Achilles or Avons made after 2003, and preferably from a place with a short sailing season.

Hatches: If you’ve priced new hatches lately, then the appeal of a good hatch is obvious. If it leaks or is scratched, get an estimate from Select Plastics ( or do it yourself.

Sunbrella: The DIY sailcover is a lot cheaper when you use surplus material from the local used gear chandlery.

Windvanes: If it’s a pre-1992 Monitor, adding the reinforcing strut guard from Scanmar ( is worth the expense. The Aries windvane website ( offers good research material on these classic workhorses.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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