Peter d’Anjou

Hose Clamps for Boats: Below the Waterline

The lowly hose clamp is one of the most important items on any boat. Pay close attention to clamps below the waterline when looking at a used boat.

You’re buying a new or used boat, and while inspecting the engine space and below the floorboards you’re pleased to see new hoses on the through-hulls: … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Bad Boat Fuel

For diesel-powered boats, an inline fuel-polishing module can prevent a lot of woes.

Going through the frustrating process of dealing with bad marine fuel? Be it diesel or gas, you’ll want to know how to start fresh and completely eliminate … [Read more...]

Boaters: Who has the Right of Way?

Click here for an app that will test your knowledge of the rules of the nautical road

Boats are zipping past in all directions -- sailboats, powerboats, high-speed ferry-boats, tankers, and an occasional car-carrier, not to mention scores … [Read more...]

Beware Boat Buyer Blindness

Fun, fast, affordable, and trailerable, the Nacra 18 has a bit of a blind spot when the spinnaker is up, especially if it is your euphoric first ride and you are'nt vigilant.

Taking delivery of a new boat, whether it's used or off the shelf, can be a heady time -- sometimes too heady. Some years ago when I was managing a … [Read more...]

Boat Handling Basics: Prop Walk

Thr rotation of your boat's propeller can create prop walk and affect your boat handling

Engine-driven boats with a propeller generally suck water into the propeller ("suction screw current") and eject water from the propeller ("discharge screw … [Read more...]

Other People’s Boats

other peoples boats

I’ve owned a fair number of boats, but when people ask me what kind of boat I have, my answer is, “I currently sail on other people’s boats.”  That … [Read more...]

Classic Boat Insurance

This barrel back stern wooden lake runabout is worth protecting with an "agreed value" insurance policy

Most people have enough invested in their boats to want boat insurance to cover accidents and be able to recoup that investment. There are a few, just … [Read more...]

Boating with Weather Apps for Smart Phones

WeatherBug radar overlay

Eight of us are on  board, sailing on Narraganset Bay, RI, when a tremendous thunderclap gets our attention. A wicked looking massive black cloud arcing … [Read more...]

Budgeting Your Boat Bucks

boat budget spreadsheet

My friends and I use slang for the cost of boating—"boat bucks."  One boat buck is equal to $100. So when we say, “it was a couple of boat bucks," … [Read more...]

Boat Delivery: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?

Cape Hatteras

Anyone buying a boat via the Internet these days may want to consider the delivery aspect of getting the boat home. Trailering is one thing, but delivering … [Read more...]