Boat Maintenance

Boat Maintenance: The Satisfaction of Hard Work

It's a fact: fixing up and maintaining boats can be hard, painful work. It's also some of the most satisfying work you can find.

As I begin to type this blog, I look down at the backs of my hands, and they look like they’ve been put through a cotton gin. My hands ache from tugging … [Read more...]

Anodes for Outboards and Outdrives

Mercury sells replacement kits, which include all mounting hardware, for about $75. Just specify which drive or outboard you have to get the right parts.

Scientists discovered a couple of centuries ago that when you fasten two metals together in seawater, electrons will flow from the more active metal, the … [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...]

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...]

Fixing a Used Boat

I've owned more boats than I have fingers and all of them have been used. In fact, I've never owned a brand new boat. Oh, I commissioned dozens of new … [Read more...]

5 Winter Lay-up Tips for Your Boat

In many parts of the country, this is transition season, time to haul and winterize your boat.  Fall haul-out nearly matches the urgency level of spring … [Read more...]

Engine Starter Woes or Click, Click, Nothing!

It is the middle of the night, and we’ve been sailboat racing offshore for 14 hours so the batteries are draining down. We decide to start the engine … [Read more...]

How to Paint the Bottom of Your Boat

In order to maintain the durability and appearance of your boat, occasionally the bottom of your boat will require a new paint job.  While the prospect … [Read more...]


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