How-to

  1. How-To / Maintenance

    Is my boarding ladder safe?

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 27, 2017

    Transom boarding ladders can be tricky to deploy from the water, especially for kids. …Read More

  2. How-To / Maintenance

    Sealing wood end-grain to prevent delamination

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 20, 2017

    It is definitely worth taking the time to seal the end grain of any plywood on your boat. Boatbuilders should all do it, but many do not. …Read More

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  4. How-To / Maintenance

    How to secure cables and hoses in your engine room

    Ed Sherman
    Jul 13, 2017

    Nylon wire ties will harden and become brittle in the heat of the engine compartment. Use metal P-clamps instead. …Read More

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  7. How-To / Seamanship

    Shorthanded sailing guide

    Rupert Holmes
    Jun 26, 2017

    How do you go about sailing singlehanded or doublehanded? Shorthanded sailing is both popular and practical, read our essential to setting your boat up and prepare to enjoy life without a big crew. …Read More

  8. How-To / Maintenance

    How to fix your marine toilet

    Rupert Holmes
    Jun 14, 2017

    With proper use marine toilets are normally very reliable, but what do you do when something goes wrong? Rupert Holmes has the answers …Read More

  9. How-To

    How to fish: fishing for beginners

    Dave Barham
    Jun 14, 2017

    Want to try fishing from a boat but not sure where to start? This handy guide takes you through how to fish step by step, with some handy tips to boot. …Read More

  10. How-To / Seamanship

    How autopilots work

    Rupert Holmes
    Apr 3, 2017

    All you need to know about autopilots and self-steering gear, how they work, what features to look for and how to choose the right one for your needs. …Read More

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  12. How-To / Maintenance

    Cheap boat maintenance: 10 ways to save money

    Rupert Holmes
    Mar 14, 2017

    With the right approach much can be done to minimise the costs of taking care of your boat. Top tips to save money and enjoy cheaper boat maintenance. …Read More

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  14. How-To / Maintenance

    How to prepare and apply antifouling paint

    Rupert Holmes
    Mar 1, 2017

    Rupert Holmes looks at how to get a long-lasting finish while avoiding the hazards of this toxic substance in his guide to antifouling application. …Read More

  15. How-To / Maintenance

    Outboard engine cooling system problems

    Rupert Holmes
    Feb 7, 2017

    Outboard engine cooling systems can be the root cause of many issues, and it's key to fix outboard engine problems before they cause serious damage. …Read More

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