In response to this series, Bottom Paint and Your Boat, paint manufacturers have been in touch with us to advise that they have new anti-fouling products on the market. Sea Hawk Premium Yacht Finishes has introduced a TBT-free anti-fouling paint called Biocop Tin Free (TF). According to their research, Biocop TF out-performs the old tin-based [...]
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The maintenance and care of your bottom paint after application will ensure longevity and active bottom growth management. Be forewarned… You have to stay on top of it.
Tips on how to paint a boat: Now that the bottom of your boat is prepped and ready to go, you have to make a decision. Will you apply the paint yourself or will you pay a boatyard to do it?
The Local Boater Option (LBO) is, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a part of their “comprehensive effort to improve security at our nation’s borders while enhancing legitimate travel
Removing boat bottom paint is often a difficult process. Here are some tips on how to remove your hard and antifouling paint and important why you should!
So what is the best anti-fouling paint for your boat? How do you choose from all those paints that are on the market? We have already seen that type of water, boat usage, and water temperature will have an effect on the type of anti-fouling paint tha
Are you a racer, a cruiser, a weekend warrior or a daily professional? Do you dry sail your boat? All of these factors determine what type of paint you choose.
Explains the impacts of different antifouling boat bottom paints on the environment and what to look out for with Interlux, Sea Hawk and Pettit.
In this year’s USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament only one boat—Blue Bayou, a 61’ Viking out of Lafayette, Louisiana—carried four experienced female anglers, a St. Thomas first in this male-dominated sport. Who are these women who fish the deep sea for potentially huge billfish? Debbie Freeman, 53, owner (with husband, Sonny) of Blue Bayou, has [...]
Strategies for transporting your boat after purchase. Is using a delivery crew a good option?
It’s a vital step – let a professional survey and sea trial the boat. They will see things that you had no idea you should be concerned about.
The agreement to purchase a boat can be as simple as a handshake deal, or as complicated as a roomful of brokers, attorneys, and bankers can make it
The Racing Fierce competition and fair-play were the hallmarks of Angostura’s Tobago Sail Week 2006. Although the sailors at Crown Point Beach Resort regatta compound were very friendly while on land, they became fiercely competitive when they hit the race course. I was particularly impressed by self-imposed penalty circles – no one had to call [...]
Finding your dream boat is sometimes the easiest part. NEGOTIATING a great deal on that dream boat is always the hardest. Don’t get emotional – here are some tips to come out ahead.
Now that you know how much money you can spend to buy your boat, let’s go through some of the ways you can find your boat.
A boat has to be taken care of in order to operate properly and retain her eye appeal. The saltwater marine environment is tough on everything, and what the saltwater doesn’t attack, the Caribbean sun does.
Where you are going to keep your boat – and how much it will cost in the Caribbean. Don’t forget to consider your plans for Hurricane Season!
The process of obtaining boat insurance does not have to be a daunting one. Break the process into steps, ask questions along the way, and don’t be afraid to comparison shop.
All At Sea asks the boat insurance experts… Why does boat insurance cost so much? What can boat owners do to keep their insurance costs down? What are the requirements to qualify for boat insurance?
St. Kitts, according to the Department of Tourism, is 23 miles long and 5 miles across. This lovely, guitar-shaped island boasts miles of deserted beaches, acres of open land, an impressive fort, a gorgeous rain forest and very friendly people. But you want to know about the boating, don’t you? Good news! There is boating [...]
What you should know about purchasing boat insurance including what to budget, geographic impacts on insurance, creating relationships with your broker and some basics on terminology.
Talk with some experts regarding boat insurance. They have offered good, comprehensive information. It is important to fully understand the cost, requirements, and coverage of insurance before you buy.
Establishing priorities can be difficult, especially for a first-time boater buyer. Unless you have unlimited funds at your disposal
This series will provide you with some guidance, advice from experts, and places to find information about many aspects of buying a boat – some that you might not have thought about.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. I missed racing, so when I found out that a Prindle 19 was up for sale, I was thrilled. This was a race boat that I could afford! So what if I had never raced a beach-cat? I’d raced a variety of sailboats – I could [...]
All At Sea explores some advanced anchoring techniques that are common throughout the world. Practice your skills and become proficient so that you don’t embarrass yourself.
By the beginning of February, most of our friends were asking us the same question: “Why aren’t you going to St. Maarten for the regatta?” We began to wonder … Why weren’t we going to the regatta? After some discussion and a mad scramble to make last-minute travel arrangements, we were in! We would stay [...]
Setting your hook will be the easiest part. However, you can’t just roar into an anchorage and throw your hook over the side as soon as you are close to the bar.
The rumor? Jimmy Buffett was going to play at the Westin on St. John and he was bringing country western stars Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney! Maybe Monday; maybe Tuesday but definitely coming!
What kind of anchoring equipment do you need for your boat? What is the best type of anchor? Should you have more than one kind of anchor?
How to anchor’s biggest question is WHERE TO ANCHOR. What’s allowed? What should you be thinking about? What is the best type of anchorage?