Boat Maintenance and Upgrades

Does taking care of your boat seem like a never-ending process? Then we bet you’re on the right track. Boat maintenance and restoration are essential to ensuring that you enjoy every minute you spend on the water. When you know your boat is in great condition, you can spend your carefree days on the water listening to the waves instead of wondering, what is that noise? We will share some restoration stories and maintenance tips and tricks to help you along the way. Or share some of your own – everyone can use a helping hand!

Boat Flippers in a Down Market

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With the U.S. economy sputtering, discretionary spending on boats has been off for several seasons. This is not news to folks like you who scour boat listings … [Read more...]

No Man’s Land

No Man's Land is a small island south of martha's Vineyard.  Prohibited to visitors, this government bombing range is a metaphor for when winter-like weather hangs on  into spring

There is a small desolate island south of Martha’s Vineyard called No Man’s Land--it is stony, flat topped, and devoid of trees. As a matter of fact … [Read more...]

A Scribe’s Scribe or How to Make Replacement Bulkheads

An Architectural Drawing Compass will reproduce your vessels curves when making repairs

I’ve hired a few house carpenters and tried to train them to be boat carpenters and the first thing the yard foreman would always tell them was to throw … [Read more...]

A Walk in the Woods

An aluminum skiff, recently used as a tobogan, waits for spring

I needed a walk in the woods to cure me of the long winter’s cabin fever, the lingering effects of the flu, and a bad case of writer’s block.  I couldn’t … [Read more...]

Looking for a Cheap Used Boat? Buy an I/O

This 18-foot Seville Searay from the early 1980's has an I/O and is a perfectly good cheap used boat for use in fresh water

Powerboats with inboard engines and outdrives (I/Os) are a popular configuration for those boaters who want the high-horsepower and weight distribution … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]