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September 24, 2020

Last July, I lost one of my sailing icons, Larry Pardey. Since then, I have been reading many online accounts of his sailing resume and accomplishments; all accrues with his wife Lin Pardey. I won’t recount those exploits here, as this is more of a personal nature abou...

August 27, 2020

 Well, it’s not quite that time yet (end of season),but  it’s never too soon to start some preparations.
My yard requires masts be pulled for winter storage, something about those winter gales and all that windage having an effect on the jack stands. That always l...

July 23, 2020

Not all of us have beautiful, pristine masts on our boats. Some of them are, shall we say, “experienced”. Now you could take it to a professional and have them do it. They would probably sandblast or bead blast the mast then apply several coats of Awlgrip primer, sandi...

June 30, 2020

The spring commissioning rush has or is about to start over much of the country. While most of us do a decent job of getting our boats ready for the water, there are at least five areas many of us overlook. Often that failure to check comes back to haunt us later in th...

January 31, 2020

There comes a time in every fiberglass boat’s life when waxing, polishing and compounding no longer do the job. The gel coat has faded to the point of no return or is chipped and crazed. In any case, it is decision time. Is the boat worth investing some time and effort...

November 8, 2019

It’s amazing how high boat and fuel prices foster ingenuity, especially where fuel economy is concerned. Take that title, above, for example. What the heck is strawlering anyway? An innovative solution to high prices? A cheaper way to go boating? Complete clap-trap?

July 29, 2019

Our sails are the engines of our boats and deserve to be treated with respect. Properly cared for, Dacron sails will last a long, long time. I’m still using the original sails on my Matilda 20, Ternabout.
The UV rays from sunlight are the enemy of Dacron. We can’t keep...

July 2, 2019

I knew I was in for some work when I purchased my 1978 Columbia 10.7 (10.7 m/35’) “meter” boat. I didn’t realize how much until I started to replace the fixed widows in the cabin side. The window openings were simply cut through the cabin top, exposing the plywood core...

April 3, 2019

Well, it’s almost here, a new boating season. As always, we need to commission our boats before we can use them. However, in our rush to get our boats in the water, we often overlook some critical commissioning steps. Here are some suggestions to help avoid future prob...

December 31, 2018

 My Columbia 10.7 was suffering from hardening of the arteries. More specifically, hardening of the seacock. In way of explanation, Groco manufactured a style of seacock (SV Series) that featured a rubber plug in its heart.

The Groco SV series of seacocks was a unique d...

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