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The Basics of Onboard Drone Flying

DJI Inspire with camera

Have you ever looked through binoculars at the masthead to see why a halyard is fouled or to see what has chafed? If you have, you will know how difficult it is to see anything clearly and have probably had …

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Mosquito Hating Plants

Mosquito (Aedes aegypti). Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

The wind has died and you are sitting on your boat in a lovely harbor, beverage in hand, watching other boats and the cars on the shore, glad you are no longer part of the rat race when you hear …

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DIY : Repairing Your Inflatable

repairing your inflatable

Oops! You’ve hit a piling and punched a hole in the inflatable. Now you have to repair it. Of course, the easiest way is to take it to a repair shop, but if you are in a rush to use …

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Applying and Using the New Varnishes

  You may not have noticed, but the new varnishes are far different from the stuff our grandfathers used. Today’s varnishes are chemically designed to be easy to apply, to give a high gloss finish right from the get-go and …

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Bow Thruster Installation

Photo by Roger Marshall

Do you have trouble bringing your boat alongside a dock when the wind is blowing, or turning your boat when leaving your slip? Boats with a lot of top hamper often have these problems, necessitating the use of a spring …

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Bottom Painting

Photo by Roger Marshall

It is the time of year when most sailors are painting their boats’ bottoms. Many like to do the job themselves but have questions when choosing and applying the right paint. Begin by answering these four questions. How fast is …

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Topside Painting

After respraying. Photo By Roger Marshall

Does your boat’s topsides look shabby? Does polish and buffing do little to make the hull look good? Have you had the boat for five to seven years and never repainted it? If you answer yes to any of the …

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Boat Electrical System Diagram

  Do you have an electrical system diagram for your boat? Do you know where the wires in your switch panel go? If not, you could be in for a nasty surprise should a switch or other component fail. That …

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Which Dinghy Outboard Motor is Right For You?

Photo by Roger Marshall

Should you buy a two-stroke, four stroke, or electric outboard? There are good reasons to look at all of them to make an informed decision. It often comes down to how much smoke/pollution you are willing to put up with, …

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Choosing the Right Inflatable Dinghy

Photos by Roger Marshall

So. You’ve decided inflatable dinghies are the way to go now that you have to purchase a  tender. You’ve learned inflatables don’t dent the topsides. And, they stay afloat even when you are caught in a torrential rainstorm. In addition, …

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Dinghy Deliberations

Photo by Roger Marshall

So, you have decided to buy a new dinghy. What will you look for? Lightness as in the Walker Bay, ease of lifting aboard as in Zodiac’s Cadet Fastroller with its air filled floor, or do you plan on going …

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Top Tips to Make your Boat FUEL EFFICIENT

Note how the leading edge of the bow thruster is bulged out slightly to get better waterflow across the aperture. Photo By Roger Marshall

You filled up at the fuel dock, spent the day water skiing, trolling slowly, or cruising and just got back to the dock, whereupon, you looked at the fuel gauge. The tank is almost empty. In fact, had you spent …

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Making Connections

Boat wires are subject to a lot of vibration and should not be soldered. If they are, the soldered part is usually fine

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Painting Perfection

The rumor going around the waterfront is that painting the topsides of a boat is expensive. If you do the work yourself, the cost will be far lower.

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Working with Epoxy

Wonder glue or miserable failure? Unless you understand the properties of epoxy and mix it properly, you can get problems. It must be mixed in the right proportions (and each manufacturer’s proportions are different), cured at the right temperatures, and …

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