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!

Marine Battery Types and Charging Tips

flooded or wet type battery

Most boats under 50 feet in length have 12-volt electrical systems. Yet many experienced boaters can’t tell you much about the batteries they have on … [Read more...]

LED Lights For Your Boat: Green Boating Upgrade

LED cabin lighting

New boat builders have had to improve their products to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. High-end builders like Sabre, Trinity, Morris Yachts, … [Read more...]

Plotting Positions on a Paper Chart

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Many boaters today prefer to use electronic navigation tools such as GPS rather than traditional position fixing techniques. While I use and appreciate … [Read more...]

Navigation: How to Identify Hazards on a Chart

A hazard such as a wreck can have multiple symbols to indicate the type of hazard

I mentioned in last week’s blog, How to Judge the Tide and Not Run Aground, that to become a competent boater there are three basic things you will … [Read more...]

Sun Power: Solar Battery Chargers for Your Boat

Solar Power flexible panel

Like many boaters, and particularly sailboaters, I have always been cognizant and even enamored by wind power, but I didn’t give much thought to solar … [Read more...]

Shore Power

A 30 amp 125v cordset are not your only options for connecting to shore power

One of the modern conveniences of life is that we can bring our electronic devices practically anywhere—even to sea. New marinas are made more attractive … [Read more...]

Boat Yard Etiquette for DIY Boaters

This boat was jacked up off its keel so the owner could fair the bottom of the keel and left that way for a week until a storm blew it over.

The trend in boat yards is to not allow do-it-yourselfers to do any work on the outside of your vessel. With high storage fees for a relatively small patch … [Read more...]

Galvanic Soup

This launch was previously in fresh water, but with a new owner and new location in salt water the underwater protection by sacrificial anodes needed to change

Repairing the rubrail on a small rowboat the other day triggered a multi-day thought process about the metals used on boats.  To start, it was a simple … [Read more...]

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...]



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