How-to: Maintenance

  1. How-To / Maintenance

    How to deal with fibreglass deck leaks

    Rupert Holmes
    Jul 28, 2014

    On a fibreglass boat it’s easy to assume deck leaks are merely an uncomfortable inconvenience. However, any water that gets in can cause structural problems that have the potential to be just as severe as with a wooden boat. Rupert Holmes reports… …Read More

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    10 essentials for long distance cruising

    Rupert Holmes
    Jun 2, 2014

    Assuming you've got the right boat in the right condition for long distance cruising, there are certain items you can't go without. …Read More

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    How to prepare a yacht for offshore sailing

    Rupert Holmes
    May 20, 2014

    Before loading your boat with essential kit for offshore sailing, check the fundamentals are in place, says Rupert Holmes. …Read More

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    8 ways to maintain flawless varnish coatings

    Rupert Holmes
    May 14, 2014

    Bright, smooth varnish not only protects surfaces but also looks great – and maintenance is easy, says Rupert Holmes. …Read More

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    Marine electrics: how to use good terminals and tools

    Apr 17, 2014

    Common or garden connectors are not designed to withstand the corrosive marine environment. …Read More

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    How to finish your topsides: paint, polish or vinyl wraps

    Rupert Holmes
    Apr 1, 2014

    Your choice of finish will affect how often you need to repair and refresh your boat's deck and topsides. …Read More

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    How to care for teak decks

    Rupert Holmes
    Mar 27, 2014

    Over-enthusiastic attempts to scrub your teak deck could cost you a fortune at the boatyard in the long-run. …Read More

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    10 free and cheap boat improvements

    Lenny Rudow
    Mar 20, 2014

    Even a complete lack of funds won't completely halt the determined owner from carrying out boat improvements. …Read More

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    Easier sail handling: 5 steps to a better deck layout

    Rupert Holmes
    Mar 15, 2014

    Improving the layout of your deck gear can make sail handling less of a chore, Rupert Holmes shares five top tips. …Read More

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    How to prevent plywood delamination: sealing exposed end-grain

    Ed Sherman
    Dec 11, 2013

    What should you do if you discover exposed end-grain amongst the plywood fittings on your boat? Ed Sherman answers an owner's question. …Read More

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