We like having a photo record of our travels . . . but our camera is paying for itself, too. If you can find a part number, you may not be locked into buying a proprietary part! [More] The Photo That Saved Us $120
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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Wondering how you’ll keep the bottom of your boat clean of growth as you cruise? Info and tips on hiring a dive service to do it for you. [More] Hiring a Diver to Clean Your Boat’s Bottom
Got hairline cracks and want a fast and easy way to stop them from leaking? Capt. Tolley’s is your answer. [More] Capt. Tolley’s Penetrating Sealant
If you or your partner were incapicitated, could the other one do all the necessary chores on the boat? How we set our systems up and how it’s paying off. [More] Designing Boat Systems that Everyone Can Use
How to connect a Standard Horizon GX2200 VHF with GPS and AIS receiver to a Garmin chartplotter. Wiring and device settings. [More] Connecting GX2200 VHF/AIS to Garmin Chartplotter
Don’t let sunlight ruin the display on your cockpit VHF microphone! Five minute DIY project to protect your investment. [More] Cockpit Mic Cover
Need a RayMarine/Raytheon or Autohelm instrument or autopilot repaired? Dan Gerhardt can repair many items that companies say can’t be fixed [More] Raymarine Instrument Repair
Why repair o-rings annually, even if they don’t appear to be cracked? Contaminated fuel and engine damage are only a few of the problems you’ll avoid. [More] Boat Maintenance: O-Rings
With age, gelcoat gets chalky unless it is polished regularly. But even if your boat’s gelcoat has been neglected, it’s possible to bring it back with just a bit of DIY elbow grease! [More] Renewing Chalky Gelcoat
How to tell if you have a blockage in an outboard fuel line, why they occur and how to choose a replacement fuel line that will have fewer problems. [More] Outboard Fuel Line Problems