The Core of the Matter

The principles of fiberglass construction, what to look for in buying an older boat and how to assess and repair any damage  (published May 2015) There are many types of materials used to build boats these days and have been for a long time—wood, steel, alloy and for a while,

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Choosing a Generator

Part II: Installation tips for the faint of heart  (published September 2014) So you have done the research, studied the brochures, completed a dozen electrical needs analysis surveys—the complexity of which would have made Einstein weep—and endured hours of haranguing advise from salespeople, friends, relatives and total strangers in dubious

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Water of Life

How to get, store and use one of our most precious resources while cruising  (published March 2014) Water is useful stuff. We like to drink it, wash with it and clean things with it—pretty much in that order. And the abundant liquid we float on is second best for these

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True Reliability

Where to look when building redundancy into your boat's systems  (published January 2014) Cruising boats are simple but contradictory things: a heap of essential, often complex, systems that you rely on for transportation, comfort and safety. Failure of a critical system at the best of times can be expensive and

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Heavy Metal: Part II

What to consider when installing and operating a new windlass  (published November 2013) So you have spent the money and are now the proud owner of a new windlass. All that remains to do is get the thing to work and then keep it running smoothly. Here are a few

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Heavy Metal

Things to consider when purchasing a windlass  (published September 2013) Marinas and moorings are convenient, but sooner or later you may wish to venture further afield, which means you will need to anchor. And when it comes time to set your hook, the process is going to be made a

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