Boat Maintenance

Simplifying Your Cleaning Chemicals Kit

Instead of requiring 30 random cleaning products, you would need only four or five with carefully targeted chemistry. That’s it—no more than five cleaners to serve most purposes. Here are the basics to building your own kit.

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Winter Maintenance

For many of us, the falling of leaves marks the end of the sailing season. The boat is winterized for the season and...

Reviving Gelcoat & More

One of the most common questions we get from new owners of old boats is how to bring back new gelcoat shine....

Clean Potty Overkill?

 Subscribers OnlyIt’s not sailing, but we’ve got to talk about it because it’s not fun when it goes wrong. The head....

Can Diesel Damage Fuel Lines?

Given the tiny amount of fuel it takes to clear the jetty and hoist sail, our 50-gallon fuel supply can last, quite...

Making Sense of Solvents

 Subscribers OnlyPractical Sailor wades into the world of thinners and clean-up chemicals.