Exploring Afloat

Exploring unknown shores is less dangerous and more fun if you have a plan

Many people dream about taking a boat to a far-away place. Like any adventure it is not without risk and maybe that is part of the appeal. Perhaps your … [Read more...]

Storm Preparations: At the Dock

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As the first winter storms of 2010-2011 descend on the nearby North Atlantic, I am reminded that we are all subject to furious storms. There is no greater … [Read more...]

Rotten to the Core: Fiberglass Core Repair, Part Two

Exposed Rotten core with test holes showing the extent of the damage

In my last post, I explained how to identify where the core of a fiberglass boat needs repair. When repairing core problems it is important to find the … [Read more...]

Inboard or Outboard? The Boat You’ll Buy Next

Outboards are easy to replace, and new models are quiet and environmentally friendly.

You’re in the market for a new boat, you know where you're going to keep it so you know the general size and draft constraints.  You've thought about … [Read more...]

Fiberglass Core Repairs, Part One

Foam Core is serated on the left to conform to curves while on the right is the material on the backside that holds the sheet together

If you are considering buying an older fiberglass boat that your marine surveyor has indicated has water in the hull, don’t be put off-- this is fairly … [Read more...]

G-10: The Secret Weapon of DIY Boat Repairers

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People who enjoy fixing old boats all have their favorite products. Some like working with wood, some on fiberglass boats, others with epoxy etc…but … [Read more...]

Do You Need a Marine Surveyor?

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Some years ago, I would have always advised anyone buying a boat to have it surveyed by a professional certified marine surveyor.  That is no longer the … [Read more...]

Grooming Your Boat to Sell

With the backlog of boats on the market, it is essential that your boat stand out from the crowd if you want to sell it. Put yourself in the buyer’s … [Read more...]

Cover Frames for the DIY Boater

If you follow my blogs, you’ll have read that I’m a big believer in covering your boat during the off-season (see "5 Winter Lay-up Tips for Your Boat". … [Read more...]

Relax Afloat, Before You Pull the Boat

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Summer boating has its own vibe—groups of friends, rushing off for the vacation, a rendezvous, packing the kids onboard, and, if you’re like me, competitive … [Read more...]