Peter d’Anjou

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...]

How to Scare Off Boat Buyers

old boat under tarp

Maybe it’s the white beard and sunburnt face that encourages people to ask my opinion about boats they are interested in buying. I prefer to think … [Read more...]

Inboard Engine Alignment

engine alignment

If you have an inboard engine on your boat and have excessive vibration, it may be due to the engine not being properly aligned with the shaft. Worn cutlass … [Read more...]

Boat Vibration: Chasing Down the Culprits

pulling tail shaft

Fiberglass boats built in the 1980’s are numerous and, with routine maintenance, fun to own. The routine maintenance caveat is a cautionary tale. Let … [Read more...]


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