Some quick mid season checks for your boat.

August 5, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

    Check the raw water impeller for wear. If, like me, you have done more motoring than you wanted to this season, it’s worth ten minutes of your time. I’ve just cleaned up my propeller and shaft as they had quite a lot of shell growth attached.It’s surprising how just a small covering of

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Boat maintenance tips for the procrastinators amongst you

July 13, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

So the season has started! UK weather has perked up and the Med weather has settled down after a rather windy and cold start. I don’t know if you are the same, but I try to do all my boat jobs during the winter months. Well that’s what winters are for.  However, there are normally

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May 3, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

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Five things to check before you go afloat with your boat

April 29, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

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April 19, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

Epoxy Paint Advice With the invention of epoxy paints to the underwater areas of yachts, we breathed a sigh of relief. At last, a coating that would keep water out of the gel coat and help to stop osmosis. And it works. But with sailing and hauling out each year some damage does happen to

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‘Do you know where all your seacocks are?’

January 28, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

A while back I was surveying a yacht in Turkey and had examined the hull externally and counted up the number of through hulls. Later, with the survey of the yachts interior well underway and examination of seacocks I realised that I was one short! We know it’s not possible but there it was one

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Making sure your boat and you are safe at anchor

January 9, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

I do most of my sailing in the Mediterranean now. Well it’s much warmer than British waters for a start. I watch the normal antics of sailors coming into anchorages, motoring around before finding their desired position. Then, anchors away and put the tea on or break out the gin. The thing about the Med

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HOW TO……Repair or renew teak deck caulking.

December 6, 2012 By In Uncategorized No Comment

Many have asked me how to repair or renew the black rubber deck caulking for teak decks? The first and, in my opinion, only problem is how to remove the old caulking. If you are lucky it will have detached itself from the teak decking, allowing it to be pulled up and then just leaving

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Gas and a quick check that could save your life

November 27, 2012 By In Uncategorized No Comment

We all know that LPG- liquid propane gas- is heavier that air. Or do we? Going by some of the gas installations I have seen over the past years you might draw the conclusion that it was assumed that if gas leaked then it would just rise up and be gone. Well it doesn’t. An

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Making teak decks look like new

August 30, 2012 By In Uncategorized No Comment

I have spent many years in the marine industry with teak as the core subject of my business. I have seen teak decks look like new that were twenty years old and decks that look twenty years old that were in fact new! Sometimes it is the quality and cut of the teak that make

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