How I Escaped from Limbo: the Boat, that is

Pearson 30

Today I escaped from Limbo! Limbo the sailboat, not the other bad place—both seemed equally one step short of hell. My project boat, formerly called … [Read more...]

Fresh Water Storage on Boats: Keeping it Sweet


It's not unusual for boat owners with fixed fresh water systems to experience funny-tasting, foul smelling, discolored, or tainted fresh water systems. … [Read more...]

The Right Boat Tool for the Job

You never know what you may find when digging through a soft tool bag to find that hidden tool.

Plunk goes the soft tool bag filled with old tools on the deck of the launch. Time to change a clogged Racor fuel filter on the boat’s diesel, which … [Read more...]

Buying a Boat with a Partner


Partnering with someone else to buy a boat may be a good option for people with common interests. The partnering advantage comes from shared activities … [Read more...]

Boat Canvas: Increased Value and Comfort

flybridge enclosures

Buying a used boat has one big advantage over buying a new one: all that expensive equipment a new owner purchases to outfit his boat comes standard on … [Read more...]

Heavy Weather Boating

storm waves

Two incidents recently reminded me of things we all should know about boating in rough weather conditions. The first involved my participation on someone … [Read more...]

Baby Boomer Boaters

swim platform

No one likes the idea of growing old. And the physical reality for the seventy-six million Americans that the U.S. Census Bureau estimates were born during … [Read more...]

Right-sizing Your Boat

boat right-size

Right-sizing in the corporate world means the elimination of jobs, but in the boating world it merely reflects a smart choice by boat owners matching their … [Read more...]

Preseason Outboard Maintenance

Seaswirl 2301

In early May, I asked my buddy Lee if he had launched his 2005 24 foot Seaswirl with its 250 hp Yamaha outboard yet. “Not yet,” said Lee. “I’m … [Read more...]

Boating Spring Fever

hull staging

My friends and sailing buddies are calling to see if I can give them a hand as they prep their boats for the spring launch. Bottom painting, rigging, … [Read more...]