Peter d’Anjou

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...]

The Boatyard’s Awake

I spent the past couple of days in a local boatyard preparing a Friendship sloop I am going to captain part-time this summer for the water.  There really … [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...]

Lake Boat Classics

A few years ago, I was discussing buying a boat with a friend. After showing him some examples of the kind of boat I was looking for, he produced his own … [Read more...]

Salty Language, Not Just for Sailors

Salty language refers to curse words, epithets, and swear words that most parents would prefer to keep their children from hearing.  “He talks like … [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...]

Any Boat but a Fishing Boat

Just recently, I had a friend ask my boating advice about fitting out his 24-foot SeaSwirl with outriggers so he could go tuna fishing. We live reasonably … [Read more...]

Determining Value for a Used Boat

One of the common questions we get here at BoatTrader.com is, “what is the value of my used boat?” The common answer is, whatever the actual selling … [Read more...]


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