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 Yard Etiquette for DIY Boaters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...]


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