Boat Maintenance

The final touch to any haulout, a careful application of antifouling to the bottom of the keel.

Spring Inspection Checklist for Boats

The sailor’s guide to seasonal inspection

Spring is here. Time to step back, put on your inspector hat, and approach the boat as an independent hired inspector would.

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A Fast Bottom Paint Finish

 Subscribers OnlyIn the quest for speed, sailors endlessly debate sail trim, the best cloth, the hottest cut, and which folding prop...

Choosing and Using Jackstands

 Subscribers OnlyWe’re guessing 90 percent of sailors have their boat hauled by a yard. A travel lift or crane plucks the boat...

Caulks Versus Mildew

 Subscribers OnlyWe expect a lot from sealants. They must withstand UV, salt and cleaning chemicals, bond to everything, flex to...

Chlorine and Caulk Don’t Mix

 Subscribers OnlyWhile interviewing boat maintenance professionals for background information preferences, several quipped that in...

Picking the Best Bottom Paint

This month’s report on bottom preparation is another reminder that the most effective paint as determined by our...

Mailport: Dustless Sanding

Regarding your recent Waypoints article about making your own dustless sander (see “Dustless Sander, PS April...

Repairing Plastic Tanks

 Subscribers OnlyPlastic holding tanks and water tanks have the advantage of not corroding, but they are hardly failure proof. Plastic...