What to expect in restoring an old sailboat.

Its been about 3 years since I've bought this boat. It has needed constant working on it, and it seems like I've replaced almost every single thing in the boat, that I wish I had just got a more expensive boat to start with. On the other hand, I have … [Read more]

How to shrink wrap your boat for winter

Whether you are storing the boat in a yard or living on it year round, at some point you will have to shrink wrap the boat. When living on the boat in the northern climates, it creates a nice green house effect that traps the heat from the day in the … [Read more]

Replacing the Waste Deck Fill Cap

After working on some fiberglass projects this spring, and accidentally spilling acetone onto the deck, a little bit of the acetone had seeped into the deck fill and melted the plastic waste deck fill cap firmly in place. When the summer boating … [Read more]

Building a Propane Locker for your boat

A marine propane locker has to be an airtight enclosure that isolates the propane from the interior of the boat. This project involved not only sealing a massive hole in the existing propane locker compartment but also extending the locker to fit a … [Read more]

Repairing Wet Deck Core of the Cockpit Floor

Its time to fix the boat's sagging deck core. At some point over the last 30 years of this boat's life, water has managed to work its way into the floor through the cracks in anything that was bolted into the cockpit floor. The cockpit's fiberglass … [Read more]

5 Things to Look For When Buying a Used Sailboat

I had no idea what to look for when I purchases my used sail boat. All I had to go by was what I thought looked cool and so I ended up picking a boat mostly based on its looks. Thankfully I had a survey done and the surveyor pointed out a whole list … [Read more]

Refinishing Teak Handrails

The handrails on my boat have taken a beating over the years from the sun. What was once a rich shiny brown is now a dull faded gray. I had been thinking about sanding the teak handrails down for some time but the thought of the work involved made me … [Read more]