Hull

How to Maintain the Gelcoat on Your Boat

By | Posted June 2016

Don’t live with dirty, stained gelcoat. Spruce it up easily by choosing the right cleaners and sealants.

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Smart Through-Hull Management

By | Posted March 2016

Keep the Water on the Outside.  Keeping through-hull fittings exercised is a simple way to make sure they work. But that’s only the beginning of what you should be...

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Fiberglass Fabric Basics

By | Posted October 2015

So you’ve got a quarter guard that got torn up by a piling? Or you need to plug a hole left by an extracted through-hull? Fiberglass fabric’s the answer.

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Neptune 5 Bottom Paint

By | Posted September 2015

Easy cleanup and lightning-fast dry times are just a couple reasons why Pettit’s Neptune 5 might be the next bottom paint for your boat.

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How To Strip Your Bottom

By | Posted April 2015

All things come to an end, including bottom paint. Here’s how to cope with antifouling separation anxiety.

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Hull Vanes for Fuel Efficiency

By | Posted February 2015

Heesen Yachts uses one of a kind under-water “wing” to provide unparalleled efficiency.

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Essential Spare Parts to Keep On Your Boat

By | Posted October 2014

You may be tempted to keep all sorts of spare parts on your boat, but really, you’d just be adding clutter to your decks. We break down the essential spare parts you really...

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Bearings and Shafts on Your Boat

By | Posted October 2014

We answer all your questions about bearings and shafts  Capt. Richard Thiel does a deep dive on your bearings and shafts, parts of your boat that are probably a lot more...

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How to Maintain the Bilge on Your Boat

By | Posted September 2014

There’s nothing glamorous about it, but maintaining a clean and well running bilge system is a good indicator that you’re a consummate boater. Here's everything you...

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How to Maintain Your Stabilizers

By | Posted January 2014

Ever wonder what goes into keeping a stabilizer system up and running? Aside from the initial outlay of installation, the money spent to keep a system running smoothly can be...

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Get Your Boat Surveyed

By | Posted November 2013

A surveyor can uncover problems you don’t see before they turn serious. Should you have your boat surveyed every couple of years? Mike Smith investigates the value of having a...

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How To Buff Your Hull The Right Way

By | Posted March 2013

Polishing and cleaning your boat with a power buffer may be intimidating at first, but after you get used to it your hull (and your forearms) will thank you. 

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Making a Better Boat

By | Posted January 2013

It all starts with the hull. If you haven’t got that right, there’s no way to fix it. Here we provide a full course in how boats are built, to underscore the point that the...

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