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New Products

New products

Flexible Solar Panel From SUNBEAMsystems Designed in Sweden with clean looks, a high finish and with no visible internal wiring, the surface of the SUNBEAMsystem ‘Tough’ flexible solar panel is, as the name suggests, tougher than other panels seen before …

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“Hard Time” Made Easier

hard time

Whether you are hauling out for a short period or planning an extended stay on the hard, living on your boat while it’s on land can be challenging. We have spent many months in various boats yards between Trinidad and …

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Dealing With Dirty Fuel

dirty fuel

  Bound for the Windward Islands from the Bahamas, perhaps via the Dominican Republic and the Mona Passage, you’ll often find the subject of dirty fuel at the top of the agenda over those keenly awaited sundowners. It was mid-March. …

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Hauling Out Catamarans in South Florida – Part II

Hauling Out Catamarans South Florida: Courtesy of Catamaran Boatyard

Strictly Sail Miami, this past February, was a catamaran enthusiasts’ dream. Production, semi-custom and custom cruising cats lined the docks at Bayside in Miami. All those multihulls shared a common need; sooner or later they will have to be hauled …

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A Cruiser’s DIY Toolbox

A Cruiser's Toolbox: Sail repairs while on passage

Whenever I’m given the choice on clearance forms whether our boat classifies as a Commercial Vessel or Pleasure Craft, I fight the urge to draw another box with the label ‘Floating Workshop’ or ‘Sailing Building Site’. Not that life on …

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Avoiding the Boatyard Blues

Plan, and avoid the boatyard blues

We had hauled our boat at a DIY-friendly boatyard and left her on the hard for a few months to dry out. We returned to prepare the bottom for fall cruising only to find a half-dozen new signs in big, …

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Making DIY Canvas Seam Sew Easy

Ann Eichenmuller

Arms full of groceries; we rushed down the dock and huddled under the Bimini just seconds before the sky unleashed a deluge of rain. As we were congratulating ourselves on our perfect timing, the drops began to seep through our …

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Finding the Right Boatyard

Photo by Rosie Burr

Hauling your boat out of the water can be a nerve wracking experience. Finding the right yard for the job is imperative. Some yards have wonderful facilities but not the technical support you require, some have the skilled labor but …

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