Maintenance & DIY

How’s Your Standing Rig?
Recently a surveyor friend in Newport, RI sent me some photographs of some standing rig fittings he had been asked to give an opinion on. The boat was a rather large Oyster ocean going sailing yacht and the issue was that ...
Starbrite Boat Wash vs Biodegradable Seasafe Boatwash
Put Starbrite Boatwash up against its Seasafe Biodegradable Boat Wash, and which works best? Will you lose any cleaning power, just to go green? That’s a question we boat-loving fiberglass shiners want to know the answer to, and I couldn’t ...
Hella LED Lights Now Offer Ignition Protection
Hella just announced that several of their LED lights have been certified to meet Ignition Portection requirements as set forth by international requirements. This solves a problem that has been on-going for some time, finding compliant lighting for en...
Xantrex Adds To It’s TrueCharge2 Line-up
Xantrex just added a new 60 amp rated battery charger to it's already successful TRUECharge2  line-up. This is timely as folks keep adding to their battery capacity on board; bigger battery banks need bigger battery chargers and the new TRUECharge2 ...
Nonskid/Gelcoat Redo, Final Outcome
The Silverton nonskid and gelcoat redo is finally complete. The best way to see how this came out is probably to look at some before and after photos. As for the method used, as I said yesterday, the perimeter of ...
Nonskid/Gelcoat Repair, Part 5
I've been on the road for the last several weeks and unable to track our nonskid and gelcoat repair project. But, in my absence, I had some photos taken to track the progress and now I'm back at the yard. We ...
July 4th Boat Tips
Happy July 4th weekend to all! This weekend is probably one of the busiest boating weekends in the US. Just about everyone that owns a boat is going to give it their best shot to get out on the boat ...
Best Buy Ramping Up For Marine Business
Last week I was in Kansas City at the Skills USA National Championship contest, this week I'm here in Minnesota at Best Buy's Geek Squad University training about 30 members of the Geek Squad team in the nuances of marine ...
Yamaha Motors and The Gulf Oil Spill
Yesterday Yamaha Motors came out with some really sound advice regarding running their engines in the Gulf of Mexico, more specifically what to do if you find yourself running through an oil slick. As far as I'm concerned, their advice will ...
Skills USA, Future Boat Techs
Today we completed the hands-on portion of the USA National Championship competition. The photo below shows one of the contestants totally engrossed in troubleshooting an electrical problem with a Suzuki outboard engine ignition component. Keep in min...

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