Barefoot Gal had good bones but a very tired interior. It was finally time for a major renovation. Learn what all the problems were and our priorities in the update. [More] Our Boat Renovation Begins
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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A propane regulator that extends off the tank is just a leak waiting to happen. Here’s a better regulator installation that’s an easy DIY project. [More] A Better Propane Regulator
Got rattling windows on your boat? You NEED these little gizmos! Not expensive, quick and easy to install. [More] Stop Rattling Windows
We all hate when there’s a problem and want to fix it as fast as possible. Today’s tip, from Georgia Hilton, will cut your troubleshooting time dramatically. [More] An Easier Way to Troubleshoot
Buoyancy tanks are a great idea on a boat. But unless they’re filled with something that won’t let that compartment fill with water, they’re useless if cracked or holed. Solve that potential problem easily! [More] Better Buoyancy Tanks
No, you don’t have to go up the mast to change a halyard. See how we do it in less than 5 minutes from the deck. [More] Installing a New Halyard
Make your own fid and have an easier time with your next double braid eye splice. Learning from the local rigging shop! [More] An Easier Way to Splice Double Braid
How to remove a metal fuel pickup fitting from an 18-gallon Tempo tank or any similar tank. DO NOT use this technique with gasoline or other explosive fuels. [More] Removing Fuel Pickup From Tempo Tank
Three years of using my Aquabot multiple times a day put some wear and tear on it. But restoring it to “like new” operation is quick and cheap. [More] Fix a Leaking Aquabot
We all know that certain engine checks and maintenance are recommended at certain times. And we do most of them. Except those couple that are really difficult. Watch out — those can bite you in the butt! [More] Not-So-Easy Boat Maintenance