How to make an affordable boat cockpit enclosure. Mine cost just $550 vs. a $10K estimate from a canvas shop! [More] Inexpensive DIY Cockpit Enclosure
Repairs, Maintenance & DIY
Simple and more advanced projects, routine maintenance, quick ways to make big differences, solving nagging problems, tips and tools to make the work easier and getting help from pros.
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Boat Used Part Search: locate hard-to-find boat parts quickly and easily — and at affordable prices — with this search tool. [More] Looking For Hard-to-Find Boat Parts?
One careless moment caused a boat fire. What happened, what we did wrong and what we did right. A chilling story of an almost-disaster. [More] One Careless Moment
Step-by-step how to use your phone’s GPS information on a wifi-only iPad (without GPS) with AquaMap. Cost: less than $10 vs. $100 for external GPS. [More] GPS to Wifi iPad for Aqua Map – Under $10
Why we switched from ablative to hard bottom paint on our cruising sailboat, the alternative procedures for doing so and what it cost. [More] Switching from Ablative to Hard Bottom Paint
Spotless Stainless is a dead-easy way to clean your stainless. Brush it on, wait, rinse it off. It’s that simple. Seriously. [More] Spotless Stainless
Feeling stupid. Boat work and the cruising life can do that to you. The lessons we learned as well as how to move on and regain confidence. [More] Feeling Stupid
If hauling out your boat is a new experience, read these tips to make it easier and less stressful. 19 things you need to know! [More] Tips for Hauling Out Your Boat
Lithium batteries are a big upgrade on any boat. Are they worth the price? What advantages do they offer? Review and comparison to lead-acid batteries. [More] Lithium Boat Batteries
Learn what was important in buying a new clock and barometer as part of our boat’s interior renovation and how to keep the brass from tarnishing. [More] Ship’s Clock and Barometer for Our Boat Renovation