Anchors Aweigh!

Pivoting shank or danforth type aluminum anchors are lightweight and work best in sand.

What kind of anchors come with the boat you’re looking to buy?  Those long lists of equipment included in the sale aren’t usually very descriptive—at … [Read more...]

Lifting Keels

Brigadoon VII, a Bill tripp Jr. design is an example of larger offshore performance cruisers using lifting-keels

A few months ago, I suggested that anyone thinking of buying a boat should focus on use to identify the boat that is right for them. I’m taking my own … [Read more...]

In and Out with the Tide

U.S. Government tide stations managed by NOAA are the basic source for hourly current charts such as this. You can find much more info about tides and currents on their website

Fuel prices continue to soar and there never seems to be enough time for boating, rest, and relaxation.  So, if I could give you one piece of advice on … [Read more...]

Cabin Top Handrails: New Life for Your Old Boat

Old Fire trucks are the best source for metal handrails for your boat.  They've already been polished to a fair the well.  Notice the back of this truck and the longer handles than near the cab, making customizing for your project easy.

Adding new or replacing old cabin top handrails on your boat is a great upgrade that will give you confidence when moving about your boat.  If your boat … [Read more...]

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


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...]

Do You Need a Marine Surveyor?


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...]