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
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.
And be sure to check out our recommended tools in the Amazon Store!
I get it. Trying something new can be intimidating. That’s true even after ten years of living aboard and cruising. But I’ve discovered that I can do a lot more than I think I can! [More] You CAN Do It
When someone goes up the mast, we think — logically — of their safety. But we also have to think about those on deck. Simple safety precautions. [More] Safety from the Top of the Mast
Big windows in a boat are wonderful for providing views but can really heat up the inside. Regular shades work most of the year, but better window shades can lower interior temps by 10°. Just 5 minutes and less than $20! [More] Better Window Covers
Planning to clean the bottom of your boat yourself? Here’s what you need. [More] Bottom Cleaning Tools
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
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